George Perry to Retire after Two Decades of Service

After nearly two decades of service to Pacific Crest, Board President George Perry will retire on December 31st.

According to Executive Director Stuart Pompel, George first got involved when his son, Ryan, performed with the corps in 1994. “Ryan went on to perform with the Santa Clara Vanguard, but George stayed on at PC, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996. I immediately came to rely on him as a volunteer, donor, and adviser.”

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Congressman Ed Royce (Left) presenting the California Senate Resolution to George Perry and his wife, Sue.

George served for a decade as Vice President, and in 2009, he became President. He has led the organization through some of its most significant growth these past three years. In recognition of his vast service to Pacific Crest, the organization’s Volunteer Hall of Fame is named in his honor.

At the Board of Directors Holiday Party on December 5th, George was recognized for his long and dedicated service to Pacific Crest.

As a special surprise, U.S. Congressman Ed Royce attended the party and presented a California Senate Resolution on behalf of State Senator Bob Huff.

George spoke of his service to Pacific Crest during that presentation. “Over the past twenty years, I’ve watched Pacific Crest develop from a Division III start-up corps into the highly respected World Class Drum Corps it is today. To watch the members, who often come from competing high schools, mature and become a cohesive performing unit is a rewarding experience, and has given me great pleasure. I am certain that I have received more than I have given. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of the organization.”

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Board Vice President Phil Mortensen (left) and Executive Director Stuart Pompel (right) presenting to George Perry on behalf of the Board of Directors

“I consider George a great friend,” said Pompel. “There’s so much of him embedded in the DNA of Pacific Crest. He continues to be a role model for our alumni, supporters, and volunteers, and I know his impact will continue on.”