Derrick Mergen has served as a member of the Bluecoats Board of Directors since 2001. Derrick’s Drum Corps roots date back to the early 1960’s when, at the age of eight, he began his marching career with the Cambria Cadets Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Ebensburg, PA. He enjoyed eleven summers in the horn line with the Cambria Cadets before entering college, and later returned to serve as the Corps Director in 1980.
Marriage, career, and fatherhood became priorities during the 1980’s and 1990’s but Derrick remained a passionate Drum Corps fan and ultimately returned to the activity in 1999 when his son Kurt joined the Bluecoats organization.
Derrick and his wife Irene live in Indiana, PA. Derrick contributes creative media and data-processing efforts to the Bluecoats, and assists with the corps website.