John Prendergast – Litchfield, NH
Chairman & Treasurer – Executive Committee
For the past twelve years, John has owned and operated an FAA-certified aircraft component overhaul business in Londonderry, NH. Previous to that, John held various management positions including President of two regional airlines. John is a graduate of Boston College’s School of Management. Before entering the airline industry, he worked as a CPA for the accounting firm that is now Deloitte and Touche.
Paul G. LaFlamme, Jr. – Nashua, NH
Paul LaFlamme, better known as PG, has been involved with the drum corps for most of his life. Participating as a member from 1986-1994, Paul learned drum corps operations from the ground up. A member of the Board of Directors from 2000 on, he became President of the Spartans in 2009.
In private industry, Paul has owned and operated a number of businesses including real estate, title insurance, and property management. Paul also served for two terms in the NH House of Reps from 2000-2004. He lives in Nashua with his wife, Kathryn and two children Julia and Andrew.
Ann Prendergast – Litchfield, NH
Ann has been a volunteer with the Spartans organization for over 20 years. An energetic mother of four and proud grandmother of five, Ann now has over 35 years of volunteer experience with several youth organizations including those dedicated to music, sports, civic, and community activities. Ann is a college graduate with prior executive administrative assistance experience and as such brings strong planning and organizational skills to her volunteer activities. As part of the Spartans’ administrative staff, Ann contributes to the daily operations of the Corps’ internal management.
Paul G. LaFlamme, Sr. – Hollis, NH
Paul grew up in Nashua, NH and is the son of the founder of the organization. He is a graduate of Nashua High School. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1972, he went to work for the Tulley Buick Dealership in Nashua, where he still works as a member of their management team. Paul attended Daniel Webster College and NH Vocational Technical College and is a graduate of General Motors University of Automotive Management. He is a former member of the Spartans and has spent most of his life working with and traveling with the Corps as a member, a parent, a bus driver, and as a board member.
Andy Smolko – Windham, NH
Andy is the CEO of CertaPro Painters of Nashua, NH and Westford, MA. He grew up in NJ where he marched in two local Drum and Bugle Corps from 1969-1976. After his marching career was over, he was color guard and visual instructor for several high school bands, an all-girl Drum and Bugle Corps and many winter color guards – medaling in several championships. Over the years he has continued to follow Drum Corp closely and has a particular interest in the Open Class because he believes that it is a very important part of the activity. Andy joined the Spartan’s Board of Directors in 2015 and became the Communications Director in 2019. Andy has a BS Degree from the University of South Carolina in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration.
Richard Rigolini – Everett, MA
Richard works in administration at Boston University. He is a member of the Spartans design team and started working with the corps in 1997. Richard has previously been on the design teams of many local high school bands and drum corps. Richard is currently the President of the New England Scholastic Band Association, was an adjudicator for Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International, has been a member of the DCI Rules and Systems Task Force and held a position on the WGI Board of Directors as a representative of the Sacred Heart Color Guard from Roslindale MA. Richard is currently the vice chair of the DCI open class advisory board.
Rev. Mark Jackson – Lexington, MA
Mark is the senior minister of the First Baptist Church in Lexington, MA. Prior to moving to Lexington, Mark served as the minister of the First Baptist Church of Nashua, NH for seven years. From March of 2003 until November of 2008, Mark was a part-time motor-coach driver for Spartans Coach Lines. He drove one of the buses for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps on many trips including parades, regional competitions, a presidential inauguration, and several national competitions.
Barbara works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Although she marched in any drum corps, she has been a Spartan supporter since 1999 when both of her sons joined the Spartan Cadets and her older son, Anthony, continued marching with the Spartans for several years. Her husband, Guy, has marched in both Junior and Senior corps.
Barbara has been a prolific Volunteer for many years and can usually be found at the Spartan’s bingo on Tuesday evenings. She has also fitted/altered uniforms, she was part of the team that started the spirit wear / souvenirs and also worked the souvenir trailer. Barbara single-handedly designed and made the banner that was carried in the 2005 Inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. This banner continues to be used today.
Guy is currently employed as an engineering assistant with BAE Systems. Guy started marching in drum corps in the late 1960’s in local eastern Massachusetts and Mayflower circuit Corps. Starting in 1972, he marched the first 3 years of DCI in a top 12 drum Corps. Both of Guy’s sons have marched in the Spartan organization starting in 1999. He and his wife, Barbara, have been active members of the Spartan’s organization ever since.