A Special "Thank You" to Chris Naughtin sticky icon

Back in June 2015 we lost one of our Kingsmen brothers, Chris Naughtin. Chris had a deep love for The Kingsmen and the drum corps activity. Chris attended Millikan High school in Long Beach and was part of their ROTC program where he performed with the rifle drill team. This is where he was first introduced to the drum corps activity at various local parades. Chris soon found himself in the Lakewood Diplomats. Like many others of us, Chris moved on to the Anaheim Kingsmen in 1972 and performed in a very good cymbal line to win the first DCI Championship. Chris continued to practice and he found himself in the bass drum line of the 1973 Kingsmen. We became very good friends that year and we taught the Los Caballeros youth band together. I started giving him lessons and he continued to improve as a percussionist. Chris soon found himself in The Kingsmen tympani line as part of one of the top two drum lines in 1974.


Chris was financially very solid and made several anonymous donations to the Kingsmen Alumni Corps (KAC) as well as The Kingsmen Drumline & Colorguard (Junior Corps) effort after the conclusion of the alumni corps project. I had many conversations with Chris over the years about making donations to the current organization, Kingsmen StarCorps, Inc. These always included naming the organization as a beneficiary in his trust.


Sadly after Chris passed away, I heard from one of the trust attorneys that The Kingsmen StarCorps was named in his final will. The current organization headed up by Tim Benge has received the trust donation and has since opted for an investment, and at this current time, will fund underprivileged kids scholarships in various music and visual arts programs including the drum corps activity. The future of any Kingsmen performing unit will be up to the current board of directors of the Kingsmen StarCorps.


In honor of Chris and his mother Caroline, who was a uniform volunteer in 1972, and his father Howard, these scholarships will be referred to as the "Naughtin Memorial Scholarship".


Jim Whobrey, June 2017


Chris Naughtin is on the right

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This Memorial is dedicated in remembrance
of Kingsmen members, parents and staff

(year listed is at their height of performance)
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Members

Al Marion
~2015
1976  Soprano
1977-1978, Visual Staff
Art West 1974 Mellophone
Barbara Fischer 1970 Rifle
Bart Cromwell
1951 ~ 2011
2006 & 2007 KAC Baritone 2010 KSC Drum Major
Becky Werner-Fulton
1962 ~ 2010
1976 & 2007 Flag
Ben Fields 1982 Euphonium
Bob "Whitey" Hart
~ 2012
1973 Snare
Brad Wright
~ 2013
1976-1978 Soprano/Baritone
Carl Blackman 1974 Baritone
Chris Hamilton 1969 Flag

Chris Naughtin
~2015 

1972 Cymbals
1973 Bass
1974 Tympani


Chuck Madrigal
~ 2015
1976 Cymbals
Dan Veal 1982 Quad Tenor
Debbie Sergeant 1977/78 Rifle
Doug "Pooh Bear" Kenyon
1960 ~ 2013
2007 KAC Baritone
Edward Crew
1964 ~ 2012
1982/2007 Tenor
Ed Slauson 1972 Timpani
Emrick Franklin 1976 Mellophone
Frank Marin 1977 Contra
Gary Van Pelt
1954 ~ 2011
2007 KAC Contra
Jackie Yee 1976 Rifle
Janet Dunmore 1982 Guard
Jim "Jimmy" Campbell 1970 & 1973 Baritone
Jim Good
1952 ~ 2014
1972 Drum Major & 2006 KAC Drum Major
Jim Weigner 1978 Soprano
John Jay Park
1925 ~ 2009
1971-1974 Quartermaster & 2007 Natl Squad
Jon Van Deventer 1970 French Horn/Drum Major

Ken Nease
1952 ~ 2015
1967-1970 Baritone & 2006 KAC Baritone
Margaret Sedillo 1972 Flag
Mark Howes 1977 Soprano
Mark Valerio 1972 Cymbal
Michelle Mueller Senesac
1965 ~ 2013
1983 Flag/2007 KAC Flag

Mike McCool
1957 ~ 2015
1973-1974 Mellophone 1976-1978 M&M Staff
Mike Nusskern 1970 Bass
Mike Serrano
1953 ~ 2012
1976 Soprano/2007 KAC
Paul "PJ" Jasionowski
1962 ~ 2011
2007 KAC Concert Timpani
Perry Raulli 1974 Soprano
Richard Bidwell 1974 Baritone

Richard Davis
1949 ~ 2015
1968-1970 Milford Shoreliners/2007 KAC Contra
Rick Montijo 1976 Mellophone
Roberta Pixley 1972 Flag
Ron Cain
~ 2013
1973-1974 Soprano Soloist
Ron Stohler 1967 Soprano
Ron Valencia 1971 Baritone
Stanley (Randy) Knaub 1970 Mellophone
Steve Adams 1972 Soprano
Taisto Tilman 1969 French Horn
Terry Walker 1972 Snare
Tim Achin 1982 Snare

Tom Tewes
1957 ~ 2015
1973-1974 Baritone
Parents and Staff
Albert Wilson Parent Volunteer 1969
Bernice Porter Uniforms/Board Member 1971
Betty Adkins Parent Volunteer 1976
Betty Rotsch Music Copyist 1965
Bill Buice Quartermaster 1965-1969
Bill Masters Quartermaster 1972
Bobby Hoffman Drill Design 1974
Bruce Leo Director 1978
Caroline Naughtin Parent Volunteer 1972
Clarence Braga Parent Volunteer 1976-1978
David Adkins Parent Volunteer 1976
Dean Thomas Quartermaster 1972
Doc Caron Chaperone and Photographer
Don Buckley Quartermaster 1967
Don Wells Director 1974
Don Wilbur Parent Volunteer
Donald A. Porter Founder&Director 1971
Donald Palinsky Board Member 1971
Ed Balluck Sr. Quartermaster 1964-67
Edwin McAdams Board Member
Fred Sanford Drum Instuctor 1967
Gene Rotsch Brass Instructor 1965
George Popp Parent Volunteer 1971
Harvey Nash Board Member 1972
Helen Brokke Parent Volunteer 1969-1974
Howard Brokke Parent Volunteer 1969-1974
Jerry Kerby Percussion Instructor 1973
Jess Hubbard Parent Volunteer 1967-1972
Jimmy J. Wyatt Quartermaster 1978
Joe Martinez Marching Staff 1970
Kenneth E. Nease Board Member 1971
Leonard "Rocky" Melton Quartermaster 1977
Margaret Nease Board Member 1971
Margaret Wilson Parent Volunteer 1969
Margie Finklea 1967-1970 Corps Nurse
May Geimann Board Member 1978
Mike Powers 1973-1974 Parent Volunteer
Otto Langer Chuckwagon Cook 1971
Paul Devlin Parent Volunteer
Paul Pouliot Quartermaster 1972
Pete Cost Quartermaster 1972
Raymond Rieke Board Chairman 1972
Robert W. Douglas Parent Volunteer 1967-1972
Robert Palmer Big Blue Editor 1971
Ralph Petersen Parent Volunteer 1970
Ruth Balluck Uniforms 1964-1967
Sam Hamilton Instructor/Brass Arranger 1965-1966
Thelma "Sam" Tyler Parent Volunteer 1977
~ Spectemur Agendo ~

A Special "Thank You" to Chris Naughtin

Back in June 2015 we lost one of our Kingsmen brothers, Chris Naughtin. Chris had a deep love for The Kingsmen and the drum corps activity. Chris attended Millikan High school in Long Beach and was part of their ROTC program where he performed with the rifle drill team. This is where he was first introduced to the drum corps activity at various local parades. Chris soon found himself in the Lakewood Diplomats. Like many others of us, Chris moved on to the Anaheim Kingsmen in 1972 and performed in a very good cymbal line to win the first DCI Championship. Chris continued to practice and he found himself in the bass drum line of the 1973 Kingsmen. We became very good friends that year and we taught the Los Caballeros youth band together. I started giving him lessons and he continued to improve as a percussionist. Chris soon found himself in The Kingsmen tympani line as part of one of the top two drum lines in 1974.


Chris was financially very solid and made several anonymous donations to the Kingsmen Alumni Corps (KAC) as well as The Kingsmen Drumline & Colorguard (Junior Corps) effort after the conclusion of the alumni corps project. I had many conversations with Chris over the years about making donations to the current organization, Kingsmen StarCorps, Inc. These always included naming the organization as a beneficiary in his trust.


Sadly after Chris passed away, I heard from one of the trust attorneys that The Kingsmen StarCorps was named in his final will. The current organization headed up by Tim Benge has received the trust donation and has since opted for an investment, and at this current time, will fund underprivileged kids scholarships in various music and visual arts programs including the drum corps activity. The future of any Kingsmen performing unit will be up to the current board of directors of the Kingsmen StarCorps.


In honor of Chris and his mother Caroline, who was a uniform volunteer in 1972, and his father Howard, these scholarships will be referred to as the "Naughtin Memorial Scholarship".


Jim Whobrey, June 2017

Chris Naughtin is on the right

Kingsmen Alumni Corps 10th Anniversary Party

Kingsmen Alumni Corps 10th Anniversary Party


Thank You Ken Nease...

Tuesday November 22nd 2005 First Tuesday night rehearsal of the KAC Hornline Ken Nease volunteered the use of the Western High School Band room so that the Kingsmen Alumni Corps Hornline could rehearse on Tuesday nights. These Tuesday night rehearsals continued for the entire course of the project, with attendance averaging between 40 to 60 horns.
Kingsmen Alumni Corps
After 35 years Ken Nease has his chops back: Ken Nease Kingsmen Article