19 January 2016
After 24 years of leading the Blue Devils organization, David Gibbs is announcing his decision to transition into a new role. "As we continue to grow and thrive, I feel that the time is right for us to add to our leadership team in a significant way," says Gibbs. On 29th February, the Blue Devils will welcome Justin Heimbecker as the new CEO of BD Performing Arts.
"I'm thrilled and honored for the opportunity to join the BDPA family," says Heimbecker. "Since its inception, the Blue Devils organisation has been at the forefront of the drum corps activity, both on and off the field, taking risks and embracing a pioneering spirit as it relates to their mission - to support young people through the performing arts. I look forward to working alongside Dave to provide leadership to all aspects of BDPA, contributing to the continued success of the entire organization in an ever-changing landscape of drum corps and nonprofit management."
"I could not be more excited about this addition to our team," says Gibbs. "Justin is a great fit for BDPA. His experience and vision for our brand will allow us to develop and grow as we continue striving for excellence. We all welcome Justin wholeheartedly and look forward to introducing him to our BD world."
Heimbecker has spent his career growing all areas of music and marching programs. While one of his main focuses has been in the drum and bugle corps arena, his classroom experience has also afforded him the opportunity to work with students of all ages. Most recently, he has supported hundreds of music programs across the nation through his leadership role with USBands.
Adding Justin to the team will allow Gibbs to focus on new projects as well as manage the increasing growth of System Blue as the brand's President and Board Chair.