New Director of Education Announced
We are extremely excited to announce the appointment of Ron Abate’ as our new Director of Education. Ron brings an incredible level of experience and history with both judging, teaching, administration and design to our overall team. Please see the attached bio for complete information. Even though Ron lives on the east side of Pittsburgh, with web and phone technologies, and his ability to drive to our region when needed, we are excited for his addition to Cavalcade. His complete impressive bio is below. Welcome Ron!
Ron Abate’ is recognized as a designer, consultant and clinician in pageantry arts for three decades. He has been Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, and also Visual Education Director and Associate Director in his tenure. He has adjudicated for PFCJ, IPA, NJNJ, Drum Corps Associates, Drum Corps International, NYFCJ, NYSFBC, US Bands, Musical Arts Conference, Cavalcade of Bands, CWEA, TRWEA, MAPS, Ontario Drum Corps Association, SWFCGC, NESBA, and the New York State Percussion Circuit. Ron is also an Associate Member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and the International Trumpet Guild with formal education in trumpet performance and pedagogy.
Ron has facilitated educational events for MENC, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Lakeshore Marching Band Association, Mid York Color Guard Circuit, New York Federation of Contest Judges, Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, New York State Percussion Circuit, Mid Atlantic Indoor Network and East Coast Judges Guild. Ron has been past caption facilitator for the NYFCJ, the first education coordinator for MYCG and was instrumental in coordinating adjudication from national and regional sources into NY winter guard. He has presented research on performer motivation and pageantry arts program design to numerous performing units and ensembles across the US.
Dr. Abate’ has been connected to many notable ensembles and championship programs including: Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Cicero-North Syracuse HS, Northstars, Laurens-Jaguars color guards, Piscataway HS, Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Naples Winter guard, Penn Trafford HS, General McLane Lancers HS, West Genesee HS, Kingston Grenadiers Drum and Bugle Corps of Ontario, Canada, Steel City Ambassadors Mini Corps and the California University of Pennsylvania Marching Band.
Dr. Abate’ is a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology graduates. He has his BS in Human Services Management and MS & Doctorate in Psychological Studies. Credentialed as a psychotherapist, behavioral consultant and crisis intervention specialist professionally for many years in New York, Ron moved to western PA in 2013 and is a therapist within the Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh PA and is a Consultant for Autonomy Life Consulting.
In the local community, Ron has been Vice President of the board of directors for the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica, NY (where he lived for 26 years). He served as a committee member for the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and with the Boilermaker 15K Road Race Committee in Upstate New York. Dr. Abate’ is active in animal cruelty prevention and advocates for victims of domestic violence with pro-bono counseling.