Visual Caption Head, Carolina Crown
As a designer, Ron Hardin is very active and closely connected with the pageantry activity. He has designed hundreds of programs for bands, drumlines, winter guards and drum corps.
Mr. Hardin is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the world, having done many clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Since 1999, He has served as a visual judge for Winter Guard International, annually adjudicating for many circuits, regionals and world championships.
In addition, Hardin has performed judging clinics for NMEA, NSBA, WGI, several indoor percussion circuits and the Judging Association of Mid America. He has produced several instructional videos and has appeared in WGI's "Meet the Judge" series.
His designs have appeared in several BOA regional finals, won numerous state championships and circuit contests, and have won three WGI Percussion Gold Medals.
As an instructor, Mr. Hardin has been a part of teams earning six DCI World Championships and eight High Visual Awards, including the 2012 and 2013 John Brazale Best Visual Award.
His experience in the drum corps activity is extensive, spanning over 20 years. As a performer, he spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Star of Indiana. Upon the completion of his performing career, Hardin joined the Blue Devils Visual Staff. After eight seasons, he spent five years as the Visual Caption Head of Santa Clara Vanguard. He then spent four years as the Visual Caption Head of the Bluecoats before taking his current position as Visual Caption Head of Carolina Crown, where he has served since 2011.
In addition to instructing, Mr. Hardin has designed visual programs for Yamato, Pride of the Lions, Magic of Orlando, Minnesota Brass, Legends and Pioneer. He has also served as the Visual Coordinator for the Blue Stars. Ron has served as an instructor representative on the DCI Instructors' Task Force and on the DCI Medical Project Advisory Board.
Ron Hardin is also currently the Director of Bands at Papillion - La Vista South High School. He took this position in 2014 and is excited to build a national-level program. Prior to his current appointment, Hardin was the Director of Bands at Bellevue East High School for 14 years, and he led the Chieftains to many successful performances in all areas, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Bands, Indoor and Concert Percussion, Chamber Ensembles and Indoor Color Guard. Under his guidance, these band programs have performed in 10 different states.
Mr. Hardin also has an extensive history as a professional music educator and performer. He was the founder and past conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony and was the Director of Bands for six years at Clayton Vally High School in Concord, Calif., where he served as President of the Contra Costa County Band Director's Association and Vice-President and Contest Coordinator of the Western Band Association.
In addition, he was the recipient of the Jack R. Snyder Young Band Director Award.
Mr. Hardin has also served two terms as the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Marching Band Chair.
When he is not teaching or conducting, he finds time to play bass trombone with several ensembles. His greatest pride and joy are his wife, Molly, and their daughters, Emma and Celeste.