Former Arizona Sun director to lead Capital Sound

Capital Sound (Madison, WI)
Photo by Larry Stolldorf

Lauren Ripley has been named the new director of the Capital Sound.

“Lauren is an absolute gem, and we are delighted to have her here,” Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association Executive Director Bob Wall said during his announcement. “She brings a wealth of experience in the activity as a past DCI Division II director, which will enhance our program here with the Capital Sound. Her enthusiasm is boundless and wonderfully contagious. Lauren is a welcome addition to the Association. Under her leadership, Cap Sound will continue to perform entertaining and fulfilling programs for the members and fans.”

As the executive director of the Arizona Sun Youth Foundation in 1990, Ripley was the backbone of the Arizona Sun Drum & Bugle Corps of Phoenix, AZ. Touring with the division II corps for several years and performing locally in the Phoenix area, the Arizona Sun was only a small part of Ripley’s accomplishments. Over the past 20-plus years she has instructed many high school marching band and color guard programs and was a marching member of the Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

Leaving the warmth of the Phoenix area with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Nathan and Emily, for Wisconsin winters may surprise some, but not those who know Ripley. Her new job will truly be a family affair. Nathan is 14 and plays trumpet, while Emily, 13, loves guard. They both will march with the Capital Sound this summer.

“Being a parent of teenage children has given me new perspectives to use in the position of corps
director,” Ripley said. “I take very seriously the awesome responsibility of providing a quality, positive, life-enriching experience for the members and their families.”

An added bonus in the selection of Ripley was her husband. He holds a master of music degree and was a band director for eight years. He also worked with the Arizona Sun horn line.

“More then likely, Mike will be out on the field as much as he can.” Ripley said. “That is a big part of the appeal of this opportunity for me. My whole family is becoming a part of a much bigger, much older family. And we were made to feel welcome immediately.”

Ripley can be contacted at