Jeff Sacktig

A New York native growing up in a family of drum corps performers, Jeff began his drum corps career at the young age of nine in the very same church group that his father marched in the 1940’s, The St. Matthias Blue Max. During his teen years, he marched with the Sunrisers Drum and Bugles Corps before becoming a member of the Garfield Cadets.

Currently Jeff is the Visual Designer for Carolina Crown. Having spent a good number of years involved with drum corps he joined The Cadets Visual Staff in 1990 and in 1995 became the Visual Designer and held that position for 20 years spanning from 1995 to 2001 and then again from 2003 to the 2015. Jeff was a part of seven DCI World Championship titles and numerous medalist placements. His contributions to not only The Cadets, but to drum corps overall has been called legendary. His drill often involves large, sweeping curvilinear forms and he prefers a faster, riskier style with many exposed block rotations and pass-throughs. Supporters call him one of the leaders in drill design known to “push the envelope” with his work now often imitated by others.

While most known for his drill writing for The Cadets, other DCI corps he has worked with includes Crossmen, Magic of Orlando, and Capital Regiment. His expertise and leadership has been seen in the Drum Corps Associates circuit as well. He is currently the Visual Designer for Atlanta CV and recently was involved with Cadets. Internationally, Jeff is the visual designer the Drum Corps Japan Champion Yokohama Scouts.

Jeff is also an active designer for indoor percussion, winter guard, and marching band. He has spent 12 years as the visual designer for the four-time WGI World Class Gold Medalist Dartmouth H.S. Indoor Percussion. Dartmouth’s full production value from concept, set design, costuming, musical/visual expression of composition has helped shaped the way for the indoor percussion arts. Other percussion groups Jeff has designed for include: Cadets Winter Percussion, United Percussion, East Side Fury, Odyssey, First Degree, Forsyth Central H.S., and Kennesaw Mt. H.S.

Some of Jeff’s winter guard design credits include: Paramount, Emerald Marquis, Black Watch, Crimson Kings, St John’s Productions, Lassiter H.S., Salem Blue, and Apex.

Jeff has designed numerous marching band shows since 1990. Some highlights include Texas State Champion Vandegrift HS, Bands of America (BOA) Finalist Seminole H.S. and Pomona H.S., BOA Regional Finalist Vandegrift HS, Wakeland H.S., Castle H.S., Kiski H.S., McEachern H.S., and Fayette County H.S., and TOB Champion Pocono Mt H.S.

In 2015, Jeff was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame and in 2008, was inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Woodstock, GA with his fiancée Michelle Owens, a Crossmen alumnus.

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