Visual Instructor, The Cadets
Jon Bilby is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London where he earned his BA Honors degree in Design Education.
Jon began his drum corps journey in England aged nine and had marched a full nine seasons before performing as a member of the Cadets of Bergen County from 1996-1998. Jon received a distinguished service award in his rookie season and aged out as Cadet Of The Year in 1998.
Jon immediately joined the instructional staff in 1999. He has remained an integral part of the instructional staff for over a decade, including the 2000, 2005 and 2011 championship seasons.
Jon has been a proud member of The Cadets visual team during the following seasons - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017.
Jon was beyond humbled to learn of his induction into the Cadets Hall of Fame in 2017.
Jon has continued to be involved in the marching arts as a designer and educator throughout Europe and North America, most recently with Passaic High School (NJ), Truggio MB (Milan, Italy) and five-time Irish Champions - Tallaght Youth Band (Dublin, Ireland). Jon is also the designer for the 2016, 2017 & 2018 WGUK A Class Champion - Mayflower A Winterguard.
Jon has taught Design Technology at inner-city high schools in London for the past 14 years and has specialized in Pastoral and Behavior awareness. Jon worked as Head of Learning for five years before becoming Assistant Principal at one of the UK's largest high school, Langdon Academy (London) in 2013. Langdon Academy is in one of the most statistically deprived regions of Britain and Jon wanted to get his grounding in teaching before moving on. 14 years later and he still loves the students and the ability to have an impact on their education and improve their life chances.
Jon lives in Billericay, Essex, UK, with his wife Michelle, and his four beautiful children, Charlotte, James, Olivia and Emily.