michael rosales

MICHAEL ROSALES, born in Manila, Philippines, moved to San Francisco at the age of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San Francisco Bay Area.  His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz and Color Guard makes him one of the most sought after Choreographers in the country. He has danced for recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Deborah Cox, Luis Fonsi, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen ,Gloria Trevy, and Macy Gray.  Michael was on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning show BLAST! as a lead and was a feature performer in a new show called CYBERJAM in London where he was also the Choreographer Assistant.  Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy’s Celebration and the Latin Teen Choice Awards.  He has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens in Tampa, Sea World in San Antonio, the FED EX Orange Bowl Halftime Show and was the Head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanettes Dance Line. In Miami, Michael is the co-founder of TAE Talent Agency which cast dancers for the recent blockbuster films Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages. He is also on Faculty with the MODAS Dance Workshop and Intensives and was the Choreographer for the new show BLAST! The Music of Disney which toured Japan in 2017.

Michael was a former member of the Concord Blue Devils, Fantasia of Riverside and San Jose Raiders. He has worked with The Carolina Crown, Bluecoats, Cadets Color Guard and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps and Colorguards. In the Winterguard season, Michael has been involved with Braddock Independent World, Paramount World and West Broward High School World among a handful of other programs.  Michael is currently the Lead Choreographer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corp and Choreographed the 2019 Production of BLAST! The Music of Disney which toured Japan.

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michael james

Michael James, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida where he received a BA for Modern Dance Performance. After college, he performed in the American Stage Company’s “Shakespeare in the Park” Series for five seasons, as well as danced and choreographed for the Children’s Theater Tour.

Michael was a scholarship student at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts, where he studied under Linda Kent and Carolyn Adams. He also danced with The Men Dancers of Jacob’s Pillow International Touring Company, which allowed him to dance and teach in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was also a member of The Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah.

As a color guard designer and choreographer, Michael is currently designer and choreographer for Oviedo HS (SO), McNeil HS (SO), Sunlake HS (2018 Sch. A Silver Medalist), University of South Florida WG (2018 IA Finalist), Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, Union HS, and Park Vista. He has worked with Timber Creek HS – FL, Cypress Creek HS – FL, Seminole HS – FL, Tarpon Springs HS – FL, The Company Winter Colour Guard, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Miamisburg HS (OH), Pope HS (GA), Center Grove HS (IN), and Northmont HS (OH). He’s also been on staff with The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, and The Magic of Orlando.

Michael’s choreography has also been viewed at Pleasure Island with the Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, University of Central Florida’s Starlet Knights Danceline, Oracle Performance Ensemble, University of South Florida’s Herd of Thunder and winter guard, 1999’s Orlando Fringe Festival, and numerous other high schools and colleges around the country.

lauren drislane

Lauren Drislane currently resides in Dayton, Ohio where she works within a special education setting teaching K-12 Health and Physical Education. Originally from New York state, she has been involved in the marching arts since 2001. As a performer, she was involved in numerous organizations including Shenendehowa HS Winterguard, Onyx Winterguard, and the Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard. In having a strong passion for dance, she has also performed with the SUNY Cortland Dance Company and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble.

Along with her drive for performing, Lauren has also taught numerous scholastic and independent ensembles with a focus in movement. She is currently teaching the Miamisburg HS Winterguard, Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

“With movement being a fast growing element in the marching arts, this clinic is geared to build knowledge and tools for students and educators to take home. I am looking forward to sharing a day full of performance opportunities, education workshops, and expanding elements in marching visual programs!”

dr. elliot cleveland

Dr. Elliot Cleveland is a former World Class DCI and WGI Finalist turned Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2017, he combined his passions of performance and health to found Marching Health, the nationwide leader in marching arts health and wellness education. Dr. Cleveland works with some of the most recognized ensembles in the country, including Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, and Wando High School. His goal is to help improve the safety of the marching arts while also optimizing the physical capabilities of the performers.

peter beckhart

Peter Beckhart has performed, instructed, and designed many competitive shows in the marching arts. His performing experience includes six years of DCI, aging out with the Concord Blue Devils. Peter also performed with the Riverside Community College winter drum line in 2011 and 2012.

As a visual designer for fall marching bands and spring productions, Peter has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles since 2009. He currently designs drill for Ayala High School (CA), Harrison High School (GA), James Martin High School (TX), and many other fall programs across the country. Peter is also a sought after choreographer for some of the most established marching bands and winter drumlines in the country including Leander High School (TX), Ayala H.S. (CA), RCC winter percussion, and Dark Sky Percussion.

In the drum corps world, Peter taught the Blue Devils ‘B’ in 2012 and has been on visual staff of the 19-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013. He is also the drill designer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from Sacramento, CA.

Peter is humbled to have opportunities to work with some of the best programs and students in the world and is always striving to be a better instructor and designer. He lives in Anaheim, CA.

robert jordan

Robert Jordan is an instructor and performer from Southern California that has traveled around the world spreading his passion for colorguard. Robert has marched with The Blue Devils, RCC Marching Tigers, Gold, and Fantasia Winterguard. He works with multiple World, Open, and A Class groups each season on top of doing clinics, giving private lessons, and teaching others in the community how to campaign effectively and market themselves properly on social media. He strives to not only make colorguard a household word, but to help the outside world understand the possibilities that are available within the modern day marching arts community.

irving lopez

Irving Lopez is a Los Angeles native with over 15 years of colorguard experience. He marched with prestigious groups such as Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Fantasia and Diamante. Irving occasionally participates in clinics across the U.S. and has taught many High School & Independent groups in Southern California. In the marching arts community he is better known for his colorguard inspired videos on Instagram as “PunkRockIrving,” with more than 65,000 followers to date.

angie mayhue

Angie Mayhue is 23 years old and has been doing colorguard for over ten years now. She marched five years of drum corps and four consecutive winters at the Pride of Cincinnati. She was incredibly excited to spend last year choreographing for the Boston Crusaders and their winterguard INspire. With about 17 thousand followers on Instagram, and teaching clinics all over the United States, the thing that inspires her the most is seeing the youth in the activity and how they push it to new heights.

kaysey leigh thompson

Kaysey Leigh Thompson is an active choreographer and color guard instructor hailing originally from from Boston, MA. Clients have included The Crossmen, The Madison Scouts, The Blue Knights, McNeil High School, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, Origins Winterguard, Eklipse Winterguard, Paramount Winterguard, Westlake High School , and Cedar Ridge High School, among others.

Kaysey began her dance and color guard training at 5 years old, performing with a local winterguard directed by her parents. In the years since, she has performed with several WGI and DCI groups including St. Ann’s World, SCV Winterguard, The Cadets and The Crossmen. Along with color guard, Kaysey has an extensive background in stage and film. Kaysey spent 15 years touring and performing with Blast!, Shockwave, and Blast: MIX, Blast: The Music of Disney and has appeared in projects with Walt Disney Studios, NBC, and Fox Television.

Kaysey currently resides in Austin, TX. Since transitioning from a stage performer role, she holds a position on the choreographic and instructional team for Blast: The Music of Disney, in addition to acting as the Visual Ensemble supervisor.

laura gasper

Laura Gasper began her color guard career at Carroll High School in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the activity. After Carroll, Laura marched Winter Guard at Crown Guard ’01, and Pride Of Cincinnati ’03,’04,’05. She started her drum corps career in 2000 at Carolina Crown and spent 6 years with the organization, serving as captain for the last two before aging out in 2005.

Once her time as a marching member had come to an end, Laura began working with a number of DCI and WGI ensembles. She has lent her skills to the guard staffs at Crossmen, Troopers, Madison Scouts, and Bluecoats before joining the Santa Clara team in 2014. Laura has worked with winter guards at many high schools, including Northview, Carmel, and currently West Broward High school. She has also served on the instructional staffs at Zydeco and Braddock Independent for many years.

Laura graduated with her degree in Studio Art-Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design and is currently the Co-Owner of L.Mercado Studios in Florida. In her down time, when not working on color guard, Laura enjoys teaching ceramics classes, overseeing gallery shows, and drawing or sculpting her own work as well.

dr. edmer lazaro

Edmer found dance through colorguard. He was a marching member of the San Jose Raiders Independent World Guard from 1996-2001 and for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corp in 1998 and 1999. He was on staff with the San Jose Raiders, James Logan High School World and Open Guard, Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard, Bluecoats Indoor, and Bluecoats Drum Corp. He has served in different roles as technician, movement instructor, designer, choreographer, and physical therapist. Edmer’s undergraduate education includes a BS in Kinesiology and BA in Theatre Arts and Dance. He went on to graduate school to receive his clinical doctorate in physical therapy and later an MS in Health Care Administration. Edmer is also a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. He owns a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been involved in color guard for over 20 years. He enjoys teaching injury prevention and physical training for dancers, especially in the color guard world, so that they can have a deeper understanding of their bodies in motion and add years to their participation in the activity. 

michael brady tarr

Originally from Wyandotte, Michigan, Michael Brady Tarr is grateful to have enjoyed a successful career in the pageantry and performing arts that spans nearly three decades. Teaching and consulting with many drum corps and high school programs throughout the world, Michael’s extensive and successful career includes working with The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2018-Present), The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (1994-1998, 2013-2017), The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (2007-2009),The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (2001-2004), and The Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2000).

Michael has been fortunate to work with many outstanding high school and International programs including the Texas A&M University – Commerce Band (Commerce, Texas),the Lassiter High School Marching Band (Marietta, GA) the Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band (Kennesaw, GA), the Flower Mound High School Marching Band (Flower Mound, TX), the Avon High School Marching Band (Avon, IN), the Carlton J. Kell High School (Marietta, GA), the Milford High School (Milford, MI), The Owasso High School Marching Band (Owasso, OK), The Aimachi Band and Color Guard (Nagoya,Japan), the Horwang High School (Bangkok, Thailand), and St. Joseph School (Bangkok, Thailand), as well as many other national caliber programs.

As an adjudicator/ clinician, Michael is in high demand judging throughout the world. Michael is an active adjudicator for Bands of America/ Music for All, WGI, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the Indiana State School Music Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association. Michael also had the honor to adjudicate the All Thailand Marching Championship and the All Japan Marching Championships.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal Communication (1997) and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (1999) from Eastern Michigan University. During his undergraduate studies, Michael’s work on a presentation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium was later expanded and developed into a research article focusing on Adolescent Children and Deception, which was presented
at the National Communication Association Convention (1997). In addition, Michael served on the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan-Dearborn and most recently served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, Georgia Campus. When not teaching, Michael is avid reader who enjoys traveling, staying active, and studying the works of Benjamin Hoff and W. Timothy Gallwey.

courtney allyson mills

Courtney Allyson Mills began her love for dance, theater, and the creative performing arts in Seminole, Florida where she performed in the prestigious Seminole High School Marching Band and Colour Guard. Her experiences in high school paved the way for performing with two-time WGI gold medalist, The Company Color Guard and DCI finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Courtney has been a clinician, choreographer, and adjudicator for over 15 years. Currently, Courtney is a Visual Captionhead at Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ms. Mills holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Arts in Performance Psychology from National University. While in attendance at TWU, she was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year and was voted by her peers to be the Undergraduate Adjudicating Representative. Recently, Courtney received a Specialization in Social Emotional Learning from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Courtney is the founder and facilitator of ColorguardEDU, an online education platform specifically for instructors, directors, designers, and choreographers to attain information on how to better themselves as teachers. Her mission is to provide the color guard constituency with content that helps develop our activity from an education standpoint, while encouraging artistic growth through healthy teaching practices.

Ms. Mills resides in beautiful Colorado and loves hiking, her animals, and the mountains. She is the dance and yoga teacher at Smoky Hill High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Courtney is the director of Smoky Hill Dance Collective.

catie toal

Catie Toal is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She has been dancing for over 15 years. Catie has danced all over the United States, and more recently has performed in Europe and South Korea. She has a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, as well as a Pilates certification. Since graduating, she now dances and trains professionally in Los Angeles with personal mentors such as Galen Hooks and Makenzie Dustman. 

When she’s not dancing, she is teaching all over the world. Internationally, she’s taught clinics in both Costa Rica and Indonesia. She’s also taught and choreographed for A, Open, and World Class groups throughout the country. She currently teaches and choreographs predominantly at Palm Desert Charter Middle School and Etiwanda High School. 

She specializes in choreography and technique for dance, colorguard, winterguard, wind ensembles, marching band, and winter percussion groups. She also assists Michael Rosales for clinics and masterclasses across the country. 

Catie’s love and appreciation for color guard largely started in 2012 where she began her first winterguard season. She did winter guard for 5 years before she fell in love with Drum Corps. She then went on to travel with the Cadets in 2015 and The Blue Devils in 2016 and 2017 where she had the honor of winning a DCI World Championship and being a featured soloist for The Blue Devils. 

Through this activity Catie has traveled all over the US, danced and choreographed for the judges convention of WGI, and represented The Blue Devils on the Fuse TV show “Clash of the Corps.” She is so honored to be where she is today with all of the help from her mentors and educators. She hopes she can give back to the community the way it has so generously given to her! ?

matt hartwell

Matt Hartwell is currently the Visual Caption Manager for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (SCV) and the drill writer for Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (SCVC). He is also the Visual Caption Head for Pulse Percussion, an Independent world class WGI drumline. In 2010, he had the extreme honor of designinga production for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said’s Royal Guard of Oman Marching Band. He was hand-selected to design the program for His Majesty’s 40th year in power celebration and a private dinner performance for His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. Between 2014-2017 Matt was one of the Show Directors for a Drum Corps style stage show called “Mix It Up” at Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. Matt has also designed many successful programs for high schools, middle schools, and non-profits throughout the country. Creating a product that is exciting for both performers and audience members is something that drives Matt to design a memorable and effective production.

Matt Hartwell is a graduate of Salem High School in Salem, VA. While attending Morehead State University in Morehead, KY he was a member of the Marching Band and studied Euphonium under Dr. Stacey Baker. 2004 welcomed Matt’s first summer of Drum Corps as a Baritone member of The Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Columbus, OH.  He then marched with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps from Rosemont, IL, playing the Baritone in 2005 and 2006 (Winning a DCI World Championship), and performed on Tuba in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Matt had the privilege to perform on the Tuba with The Aimachi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan.

His holistic approach to the entire design process and great communication skills will ensure that the early stages of crafting your custom production will be smooth and efficient for all involved. Whether you’re looking for overall program coordinating, or effective drill design, Matt is able to craft a design that is perfect for your programs specific needs. Matt has had the pleasure to learn from some of the best in the activity, and he is excited to pass along many valuable lessons learned to create effective, memorable, and easy to clean show designs.

heather graham

Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather Graham currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio. Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, beginning with a successful career in baton twirling and rhythmic gymnastics. Heather was recruited by her high school guard at the age of 12 and has since been performing in the color guard activity. While continuing to be a consistent member in the activity, she graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a degree in Communications and a minor in biology.
Heather is a proud alumni of the drum corps activity, performing in 2010 with Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched five years with New Berlin Eisenhower, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and five seasons with the Pride of Cincinnati 2013-2017.

Heather currently serves as the Colorguard Director for Miamisburg High School and the University of Cincinnati. She has instructed various marching programs across the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Whitnall HS, Franklin HS, Friendswood HS., Sycamore HS, Northmont HS, Westerville HS, Shadow DBC, Origins, Calgary Stampede, INspire, as well as the 2016 Carolina Crown.

Additionally, Heather is a designer and choreographer for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and has served in this capacity for the past three seasons.

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