Bob Rada has been involved with competitive marching activities since the early 1970s when he was the music director/arranger for The Cavaliers. He was a long-time Tuba student of Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony and also studied with John Fletcher of the London Symphony and the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. Bob was a member of the Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. After postgraduate work at DePaul University, Bob taught in Europe and returned to the United States to pursue a performance career. A tuba player, his varied career included performing with Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Tormé, Henry Mancini, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Grant Park Symphony as well as the Bolshoi and Royal Ballets. Bob also was a member of the Chicago Brass Ensemble and the Chicago Brass Quintet. He has judged for the Central States Judges Association, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps Associates. He currently resides in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois where he is a sought-after performer, arranger and adjudicator. Bob has arranged for and instructed with bands which have won Mid-States championships as well as KMEA state finalists. He was honored by being asked to arrange the music for The Cavaliers' 60th anniversary reunion corps that performed at DCI finals in 2008 as well as serving on the music staff. Bob is currently the Director and Music Director for the Midwest Connection, a new Cavalier sponsored co-ed adult community drum corps project. He is also the music consultant for The Cavaliers' Chromium Winds, 2017 WGI Independent Open class champions. Bob has recently been appointed the arranger for the All Illinois Marching Band.