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Peashey joins Magic of Orlando leadership team

Magic of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
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Well-known drum corps personality Tom Peashey has joined Magic of Orlando as chief financial officer. In this capacity, he will oversee the financial activities of the organization, establish auditing systems and guide Magic’s long-term financial goals.

Peashey has an impressive career in drum corps spanning nearly 50 years, serving as a performer, instructor, adjudicator, chief judge and corps director. He is currently the director of marketing and public relations for Drum Corps Associates, the governing body for senior drum & bugle corps, and holds a key role in running the DCA Championships. He spent 24 years with the Rochester Patriots where he teamed with the late John Nolan to create and expand the organization into a multi-million dollar operation. Peashey retired from the Patriots in 2002 as chief financial officer.

“We are immensely proud that Tom is joining our leadership team,” said Tim Heberling, president of Magic’s board of directors. “Tom’s financial expertise and rich drum corps history is a welcome shot-in-the-arm for our organization. He has an impeccable reputation within the drum corps community.”

Currently, Peashey is a partner in Wacon, Ltd. of Long Island, providing Bingo Electronics, consultation and management for charitable gaming operations throughout the world. He is considered an expert in non-profit 501(c)3 organizations and charitable gaming.

“Tom was already very active in Magic with the installation of our Bingo operation,” Heberling said. “The transition to CFO feels very natural and comfortable, especially when you consider Tom’s impressive string of financial successes.”

Peashey is also a frequent contributor to several drum corps publications and a staff member of Drum Corps World. He hosted a drum corps radio show for many years in the late 1960s and was the “color commentator” for the first ever Drum Corps International television broadcast in 1974 at Ithaca, NY. A former radio disk jockey, Peashey still announces many drum corps and color guard shows each year.

Tom lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Karen. They have three married children and five grandsons.

“Tom is a very welcome addition to the Magic family and will definitely play a key role in plotting Magic’s future,” Heberling said.

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