Bill Gullatt was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He started playing trombone in 1976 after his father "got a deal" on a horn from Hallman's music. Bill comes from a musical family. Both parents and his three siblings all participated in instrumental and vocal music. His mother is a retired middle school choral director and his wife is currently a high school choral director. Bill was first introduced to drum corps in 1979 at a DCI show in Huntsville, AL. He later auditioned for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps from Montgomery, AL for the 1982 season however had to withdraw just before tour. In the fall of 2010 Bill and Doug Childs were discussing drum corps over lunch. Two months later the Rocketeers held their first rehearsal in Bill's living room. Bill is excited to start this new chapter of the Rocketeers as we enter our eighth season.
Bill is a graduate of Butler High School in Huntsville and was in the marching, concert and jazz bands under the direction of Mr. Frank Kendeigh. He continued to play trombone and baritone in college in the University of Alabama Huntsville wind ensemble and pep bands, community groups and currently plays in the Asbury United Methodist Church orchestra and jazz ensemble "Jazzbury". Bill has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Athens State University. His professional background includes sales, customer service, marketing, software development and small business startup. He is also trained and has served in leadership roles in both Scouting and Men's Ministry. Bill and his wife Dorene live in Harvest, AL and have three daughters (and a future son in law).
Douglas has performed in and had leadership roles in music groups ranging from the concert hall to the marching field. Douglas has been a tubist for over 30 years. He has performed with and taught in school bands, community bands, Wind Ensembles, Pep Bands, Orchestras, Marching Bands, Scramble Bands, and Drum Corps. Douglas is a veteran of Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, and brings over 20 years experience in event management and conference planning to the board. Douglas has served on the boards of Fire Departments, sports teams, enthusiast conventions, and musical organizations.
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A lifelong resident of north Alabama, Mr. Johnson has been involved in drum and bugle corps since 2005. Having performed with several distinct groups, including Music City Legend, ALLIANCE, and Southern Knights, he commands a wide range of knowledge with regards to corps operation and management. The 2018 season will be Mr. Johnson's fifth, nonconsecutive year with the Rocketeers and his second as a member of the Board of Directors. Having graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he was also a member of the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and pep band, Mr. Johnson works full-time as an engineer and furthers his passion for music and the performing arts in his free time.
Thomas Peterson is a founding member of The Rocketeers, serving as a performer and instructor since 2011. Thomas began his drum corps career in the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched in 1979 and 1981. He also performed as a member of the Music City Legend Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004 and 2005 as well as serving on their Board of Directors. Thomas graduated with a B.M in Music Education from The University of Mississippi and is a former high school band director. Today, he works at Hallman’s Music in Huntsville, Alabama. Thomas lives in Madison, Alabama with his wife, Phyllis, and daughter, Rachel.