(ROSEMONT, Ill.) - The Cavaliers are pleased to welcome Barbara Bolender and Geoff Thursby to The Cavaliers Board of Directors.


“We’ve worked hard over the past five years to build a strong and diverse skill set and viewpoints on our board,” said Chris Hartowicz, Board President. “Barbara and Geoff have helped to round out the talent and experiences and raised the bar from a professionalism standpoint. I’m really excited about the future with them on board.”

Bolender looks forward to working in conjunction with the rest of the board to provide for the future of The Cavaliers.

“I am thrilled to serve in my first season on the board, and excited about the direction of The Cavaliers under Monte Mast's leadership,” Bolender said. “I have always credited my band experience with shaping me in terms of discipline, work ethic, teamwork and taking pride in what I do. It is an honor and thrill have the ability to give back by serving on The Cavaliers board of directors.”

Thursby, who marched in the mallet line of the Cavalier Cadets from 1977 to 1979, looks forward to work with the organization once again.

“I have always found excellence in any form to be inspiring, especially in the arts,” Thursby said. “A great performance gives me the motivation to improve something that I already do, or to try something new.”

About Barbara Bolender

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Barbara Bolender is the chief people officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on attracting visitors by promoting the destination as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In her role, Bolender is directly responsible for overseeing the People and Possibilities operations of the LVCVA, including the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Bolender joined the LVCVA in 2016. Prior to joining the LVCVA, she served as vice president, legal affairs-labor relations & assistant general counsel for Boyd Gaming. She has also held positions as a human resources director at both corporate and property levels for large casino/hotel companies.

Bolender holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Kentucky University, as well as a juris doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She also earned a master of business administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bolender is a member of the National Public Employer Relations Association, Nevada Society for Human Resource Management, International Public Management Association and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

About Geoff Thursby


Geoff Thursby, an alumnus of The Cavaliers, marched in the mallet line for several years (pre-front ensemble), and still regards the guys in his section to have been among the strongest friendships that he has held his entire life. “There are too many stories to be able to choose a favorite, but the days still bring about strong feelings of closeness, teamwork, and brotherhood.”

Thursby is the Finance Manager for Mars, Inc., specializing in the development of tools and solutions that are used company wide to help groups manage their budgets and understand their spending. He is the founder of the Cavaliers Investment Club, has hobbies that include music composition and fitness of which Thursby incorporates a fitness program to help the Corps during and between the winter camps.



About The Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers were founded in 1948 from Boy Scout Troop 111 by the late Don Warren. One of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, The Cavaliers have won 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships, since 1992.

The Cavaliers provide a variety of life-changing educational and performance programs for young people that go beyond music and performing arts to build personal accountability, excellence, teamwork and camaraderie. Programs include GearWORKS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Chromium Winds, Crystal Lake Thunder and Midwest Connection.

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Ill.