Vanguard Music and Performing Arts
Office Staff

  • Jeremy Van Wert
    Jeremy Van Wert
    Executive Director
Jeremy Van Wert
Executive Director

A former SCV A-Corps quad player, Jeremy has remained involved in the drum corps activity as an author, instructor, health and wellness consultant, and volunteer since aging out in 1998. Licensed in California, Jeremy has a masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child therapy and over a decade of mental health experience providing therapy, crisis response, advocacy, suicide prevention, and intensive services for individuals with chronic and profound mental illness in the greater Sacramento area. Jeremy also has a masters of business administration and is the Vice President of Residential Services and Business Development for Summitview Child and Family Services in Placerville California.

Jeremy currently lives in Foresthill California with his wife Sheri and remains involved in building appropriate mental wellness support for member corps of DCI. Jeremy is an alumnus of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band (90-94), attended Homestead High School, marched in the SCV Cadets (95), and SCV A-Corps (96-98). Jeremy also leads fundraising efforts for the Art Velarde Memorial Scholarship that has covered the out of pocket costs for several SCV percussion members. Jeremy is an optimist, a supporter, a connector, and a creator who believes that with thoughtfulness, positivity, and energy, humans can dream, innovate, and build impossible things.

  • Michael Kovalich
    Michael Kovalich
    Chief Financial Officer
Michael Kovalich
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Kovalich is the business director for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Miami-based Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a large law firm with offices throughout the US and worldwide. He also serves as CFO for SPARC International, a consortium of computer chip manufacturers, and is co-owner of a fitness studio in Los Gatos.
Mike’s interest and enthusiasm for drum corps began in his youth. Mike participated in the Hilltoppers Drum and Bugle Corps in his hometown and went on to play solo soprano for the Imperial Guardsman of Livingston, New Jersey. Mike has been involved with Vanguard for eighteen years and has held been heavily involved as a member of the SCV Board of Directors. He served as chair of the Vision 2000 Strategic Committee, and has also served on the Finance, Bingo and Pacific Procession Committees.
Mike has participated in other non-profit organizations as board or committee chairs for Junior Achievement, San Jose Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America, and the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and Masons. Mike holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Hayward.
Being involved with the Vanguard has been an enjoyable experience for Mike, who admires the values and traditions that promote and exemplify exceptional, championship-level performances year after year, earning Vanguard its reputation as the most innovative drum corps in the world.

  • Andrew Nguyen
    Andrew Nguyen
    Human Resources Manager
Andrew Nguyen
Human Resources Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Natalie Parrish
    Natalie Parrish
    Office Manager
Natalie Parrish
Office Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Kale Duprey
    Kale Duprey
    Operations Manager
Kale Duprey
Operations Manager

Kale is a Bay Area Native, born and raised in San Jose. He started his Drum Corps career in 2011 with The Vanguard Cadets, where he marched until 2015. In 2017, he participated with Vanguard in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, and later joined the A-Corps Support Staff for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He was instrumental in the operation and functionality of Miss Amana and continues to manage all fleet and facility needs at the Vanguard Hall.

  • Stephen Duncan Holaday
    Stephen Duncan Holaday
    Bingo Operations Manager
Stephen Duncan Holaday
Bingo Operations Manager
  • Hao Duong
    Hao Duong
    Asset Management Coordinator
Hao Duong
Asset Management Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

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