Board Candidates for Elected Seats – 2017

The FPA requires a minimum of nine (9) “elected” director positions which are elected on staggered 3-year terms. Each year at least three (3) director positions become available and are voted upon at the FPA Annual Meeting by qualified “members” of the association.

As well, the board of directors can elect “appointed” directors to one (1) year terms. This is done at one of the regularly scheduled board meetings throughout the year. To eventually qualify for an “elected” board position, a person must first serve in an “appointed” board position. This gives the person time to serve on the board and gain experience before committing to a longer term.

The Governance Committee of Forward Performing Arts has vetted and qualified the following candidates for consideration of open board positions with a term of three (3) years. Select + to expand and review their bios.


Drew is a long time percussion and marching music enthusiast. He marched as a snare drummer with the Philadelphia PAL Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 1975 -1976, and the Lehigh University “Marching 97” from 1977-1982. He has also played in jazz quartets and big bands for many years, and is currently providing percussion instruction for the Loveland, Ohio High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion organizations.

Drew graduated from Lehigh University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical engineering. His career has been as an Engineering Manager with Procter & Gamble, where he has held leadership roles in manufacturing and in the environmental, health & safety arena. Drew has led environmental system development for P&G international acquisitions in China, Korea, Mexico and Western Europe. He has served on several advisory boards including the Pennsylvania Environmental Council-NE Region and the Chesapeake Bay Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Drew lives in Cincinnati Ohio. He has served as a member of the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association Board of Directors since 2011.

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin School of Music, having taught high school instrumental music for 33 years, Mr. Heilman brings with him a variety of performance and adjudicator experience. He has been a member, instructor, Executive Director and Board of Directors member with The University of Wisconsin Marching Band, The CapitolAires Drum & Bugle Corps and The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. He also continues to serve as the Assistant Director of The Wisconsin Ambassador’s of Music, a position that he has held for the past 22 years as well as serving as the Associate Director of Percussion at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida. He has judged in the marching band circuits in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Florida and Arizona.

Although Mr. Heilman currently resides in Florida, he continues to perform with his big band, ALL THAT JAZZ up in the Midwest. He is a current or former member of MENC, FBA, FMEA, WMEA, PAS, NAJE, PHI MU ALPHA, and PHI BETA MU. He is the past president of The University of Wisconsin School of Music Alumni Association and currently serves as an educational consultant/liaison for The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Throughout his teaching career Mr.Heilman has served as drill designer/program coordinator for Verona HS, Oregon HS, Merrill HS, Waunakee HS, Waukesha West HS, Greendale HS, Sauk Prairie HS, Oconomowoc HS, Charles City, Iowa and St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota.

While teaching at Verona High School, his band received numerous state and Midwest honors. They were Finalists in the prestigious BOA SummerNationals Marching Band Competition and received an invitation to the Orange Bowl Band Festival by winning the Midwest Championships in 1982 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Verona Band was also selected to represent the State of Wisconsin on three separate occasions at the prestigious Festival Of States National Band Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Heilman’s jazz ensemble also hosted such jazz greats as Buddy Rich and his Big Band, Maynard Ferguson and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band Orchestra, giving his high school musicians the opportunity to perform along side such amazing jazz greats.

In 1984 Mr. Heilman was asked to serve on the founding committee to formulate what is now our WSMA State High School Marching Band Championships. He has continued to serve as the Marching Band Coordinator, Festival Chairman and Chief Judge for the past 34 State High School Marching Band Championships.

In 1995 his McFarland High School Band was selected to represent the United States of America in the 50 th Anniversary Celebration to the end of World War II held in Moscow, Russia. The McFarland Band performed ten times in a twelve day period while in Moscow and performed a joint concert with the Russian Army Band and the U.S. Air Force Band held in Red Square in front of 200,000 people.

In 1997 his McFarland High School Marimba Ensemble was one of five high school percussion ensembles throughout the entire United States selected to participate in the Bands Of America National Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble Festival.

Although he has been retired since 2007 Mr. Heilman continues to remain active as a clinician, adjudicator, consultant and performer.

Ton Stam is the owner of Chocolaterie Stam, a quickly expanding chain of chocolate stores in the U.S. and Holland. Ton comes from long line of European Chocolate makers and decided to bring the family name to the U.S. His association with the corps is what brought him to the United States in the first place. Having marched in a traditional European military band, Ton pursued his dream to march with the world-renowned Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Having marched in 1981 and 1982, Ton was one of the first Europeans to cross the ocean and march American drum corps, creating a path for many others to follow.

Ton makes Des Moines his home and base of operations for his business. He was previously a member of the board of directors from 2009 – 2013.