Ron Lambert has served The Cadets as Assistant Corps Director since October 2019. Ron is also the co-founder and President of RK Advisory Group, a healthcare solutions firm based in Tampa, Florida.
Ron has been involved with the pageantry arts since he was 16, a journey begun with the Illiana Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1984. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois where he spent 5 years in the Marching Illini, and ended his DCI marching years as a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps snare line from 1986-1988. In the years since, he has been an instructor, designer and administrator throughout the Drum Corps community. Prior to joining The Cadets, Ron spent three years as the Assistant Director of the Boston Crusaders 2017-2019.
Ron recently retired as the Director of Bands at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Florida where he taught from 2004-2021. He was a faculty member at the University of South Florida 2000-2005, serving as the Director of Athletic Bands Percussion which included the Herd of Thunder Marching Band and two campus groups he founded, the USF Show Band and and the USF Winter Percussion program.
Ron was the 2018 Lakewood Ranch Teacher of the Year. He is also a two-time Lakewood Ranch Fine Arts teacher-of-the-year. He is a 4-time Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Award recipient 2016-2019, and is a GRAMMY nominee, finishing as a Quarterfinalist for the 2017 GRAMMY Educators Award. His professional music affiliations include DCI, WGI, FFCC, MFA/BOA, FBA, and FMEA. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities.
Ron spent several years as a Director’s Track facilitator at the Music For All/Bands of America Summer Symposium Leadership Camp 2008-2012. He has arranged for marching band programs throughout Florida, Texas and California and for several drum and bugle corps around the country. He is a professional drummer who has many recording and touring credits and over 25 years of private and curricular education experience, and in 2007, Ron co-produced and arranged for the critically acclaimed touring and off-Broadway musical, BattleDrum. Ron is a proud endorser and ambassador for the Yamaha, Remo, Zildjian, and Innovative Percussion companies.
Ron resides in Apollo Beach, Florida with his wife, Karyn. He has two children, Jessykka and Brandon, a granddaughter Zoë, and two cats, Logan and Chadwick.