About us

The Columbus Saints Performing Arts Inc (formerly Saints Drumline Inc) is a 501c3 performing arts non-profit located in Columbus, OH. We provide affordable music & arts education through the marching arts, for youth in Central Ohio. With support of our community, we’re able to provide numerous programs such as Drum & Bugle Corps , WinterGuard, and Community After-School Performing Arts Ensembles at a fraction of the cost.


What we do

We educate, develop, support, and propel our members towards being strong leaders and confident performers. Instilling values of integrity, selfless service, loyalty, and the value of hard work; we provide a stable place for our members to grow.


Meet the team

Our experience in groups such as Big Ten marching bands, Historical Black College & University bands, theater and musical groups, competitive DCI / DCA / CYO drum & bugle corps, world class WGI / OIPA / MEPA ensembles, and even U.S. military bands gives us a unique insight into entertainment and well rounded music education.

2017 Administrative Staff

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Marshall Cheatham

Founder & CEO

St. Andrew’s Hornets 69-77 – Marshall spent many years working as a social worker and teacher in many urban areas. Spending time first in the Chicago Public Schools, Columbus, and Ohio Department of Family Services, it helped him realize the lack of opportunities for young people in the community. Starting the Saints Drumline in 2003, Marshall; with the support of numerous community leaders and educators, was able to provide a youth music opportunity starting with 6 members growing to over 40 active on the drumline and later dance line.

Email: mcheatham@columbussaints.org

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Le Ron Carlton

Executive Director

US Army Bands Worldwide 99-08; Cincinnati Tradition 12-13 – Executive Director Le Ron Carlton joined the Saints in 2013 to manage the change and refocus of the program. Spending the greater part of the last 10 years traveling and performing around the world, Le Ron settled in Columbus, OH to be close to family, attend school and work. By day Le Ron works a System Engineer for a large Fortune 500 and spends his free time supporting the Saints as they work to provide affordable music education to Central Ohio.

Email: lcarlton@columbussaints.org

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Chris Groves


Dutch Boy 93; Bluecoats 95 – Drum corps was such a profound experience in my life.  I bring marketing and fundraising skills to the Saints and help provide the drum corps experience for the youth of central Ohio.

Email: cgroves@columbussaints.org

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Martin Williams

Recruitment & Member Experience Director

Cincinnati Tradition 09-12 ; Rocketeers Mini-Corps 14-16; Jim Ott Brass 15-16; Erie Thunderbirds 16– I love music and have worked for a long time to share it with young people in Columbus.

Email: mwilliams@columbussaints.org

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Cayse Stepp

Executive Assistant

Various MSSBA and OIPA Ensembles ; Columbus Saints ’15 – Cayse has been a long time supporter of the arts in Columbus and joined the Columbus Saints in 2015 as one of the original Color Guard members. Her drive, and focus has been an asset to the Saints.

Email: cstepp@columbussaints.org

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Jeremy Anderson

Souvenir Manager

Carolina Crown ’95 ; JOBE ’16

Email: shop@columbussaints.org

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Amy Francis

Kitchen Manager

Founder – Supporters of Youth Activity

Email: kitchen@columbussaints.org