Anthonny Oviedo Herrera.
Desamparados. San José. Costa Rica.
Anthony lives in Costa Rica and he is the representative of the Marching Arts Inc in Central América. He started in different dance academies from Costa Rica. From 2012 to 2013 he was Color Guard Caption Head of the first Professional Color Guard made in Costa Rica in Acosta's Marching Band.
He initiated with the project of creating more teams, as well as Color Guard trainers in Costa Rica, to increase and improve the level of the Marching Bands class A of the country. Since 2013, he has been Nuestra Señora Hs Color Guard Caption Head and Visual designer of the Color Guard and Marching Band in Costa Rica. This Band is composed by only women, and is the only one with this characteristic, besides it has great international projection.
Also, he is Color Guard manager of the Salesiano Don Bosco Hs, and Antonio Obando Hs teams in Costa Rica. Also, with the help and guide of Porfirio Gómez (president of Marching Arts Inc) Since 2014, he has given clinics in all the Color Guard teams in Costa Rica. Moreover, with the help of MAI, he has been the encourager of the Professional Color Guard in countries like Panamá (with the support of Crescendo foundation of musical Bands from Panama) Honduras and Guatemala.
In December, 2015 he travels to Panama to give a Color Guardclinicto more than 200 performers at the same time in the locality of the Maracana stadium of Panama City
Now a days, he is studying Dance and expression in the SMART Academy from Costa Rica. In the academic level, he is studying Business Administration, Publicity and Communications, and Design and Photography in Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte in Costa Rica.
Francisco Castaneda is currently the Orchestra and Choir teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction Colorado, a position he has had since 2006. A native of Central California, he received his music degrees from Modesto Junior College in Modesto California and Colorado Mesa University, formerly Mesa State College, in Grand Junction Colorado. Mr. Castaneda has been playing the Bassoon since 1995 and plays for various groups including the Grand Junction Symphony, High Desert Opera and the Colorado Mesa Wind Symphony. As of June 2015 he will also be the Vocal Music Council’s District 7 Representative for the Colorado Music Educators Association.
He has been involved in marching band since 1995 and since 2003 has been the head color guard coach at Central High School in Grand Junction Colorado. In 2013 he became the head coach for the Colorado Mesa University Maverick Stampede Marching Band and Pandora Independent Winter Guard. He has also been the head coach at Fruita Monument High School, Grand Junction High School and Palisade High School. This last winter season he started a Winterguard program at Grand Mesa Middle School which would become his Junior Varsity Colorguard at Central High School. During the summer of 2003 he marched for Fever Drum and Bugle Corps from Modesto California.
I have lived in Grand Juncition Colorado since 2003 and absolutely love living here. Being able to compete in the Winterguard activity is tough for my groups, since it requires a 4 hour drive to and from a show in Wonderful Colorado Winter Weather, but I have no regrets starting and continuing the guard program at Central. I Have two baby girls, my kitties, named Luna and Keiko, and I love them with all my heart!!!
Josh Swain is a fine arts educator, choreographer, adjudicator and clinician across the country. Josh’s introduction to the musical and pageantry arts started in high school band and color program and grew from there. Originally from North Florida, he went on to perform with the Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps’ Color Guard, Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, the University of Florida’s ‘Fightin’ Gator Marching Band’s Florida Visual Ensemble, and other small collegiate based modern dance companies and ensemble in the Gainesville area.
Professionally, Swain has worked with renowned programs in the drum corps activity such as The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Genesis, Music City, and most notably, The Cavaliers. Also, his instructional and design credits extend to WGI Finalist programs including the Pride of The Netherlands Winter Guards, The Edge Independent Winter Guard, East Coweta High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School amongst other regionally successful scholastic programs in the Southeast; specifically Georgia and Florida.
Josh currently is the director of the Cherokee High School Guard and Dance Programs and leads both the design and instructional staff teams for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Yellow Jacket Marching Band’s Color Guard and nationally competitive winter guard. Additionally, he is an active adjudicator for marching band and winter guard competitions operating in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California. He will be spending his 2017 summer with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps as a choreographer and technician for the color guard caption.
Aside from color guard, Josh is a certified School Nutrition and Dietary Manager specializing in Farm-To-School practices as well as a credentialed Human Resource Professional for the Food & Nutrition Services of the Cobb County School District located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, GA. He received his undergraduate education at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida with continuing/professional education credits from the Texas A&M University and the Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Mississippi.
Kenny has been a part of the marching world as a designer, instructor, and performer for many excellent programs. Most recently, Kenny been the ensemble director, designer and choreographer for the Arapahoe HS Marching Band and Winter Guard programs since 2004. Under his direction, the Winter Guard has won State an amazing 6 times, scoring no less than 2nd in 11 years! With Kenny's drill and choreography, the Marching Band has consistently had top 3 visual scores, helping create one of the best moving musical ensembles in the state of Colorado.
Before Arapahoe, and currently, Kenny teaches other Colorado high school ensembles including Legacy HS and Bear Creek HS. Kenny has been a staff member, designer or choreographer for 18 Colorado State Champions.
Being a former marching member in the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Kenny learned about Honor, Loyalty and Dedication. He was able to continue those ideals while creating his own style. He was a visual and guard staff member for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 1996-1999 helping them to be a DCI Finalist.
Kenny learned from some excellent professors and instructors while studying music at both Metropolitan State and Bowling Green State Universities. His love for music is a key ingredient to the choreography he dreams up!
Growing up Kenny was a star and supporting member of over 25 plays and musicals in Northwest Ohio. He danced, acted and sang his way to the stage for multiple audiences. His experience of staging and especially dance helps him create the unique style we see on the field and floor.
Since 1993, Kenny has been teaching, creating and designing for multiple Marching Bands, Color Guards, Drumlines, and Dance teams starting in Ohio and Michigan, then traveling to North Carolina, California, and Colorado. His knowledge and training skills are a gift to us at MAI and we are looking forward to experiencing his creativity this camp season!
Master Dance Teacher
Born in New York, Liza Noriega migrated to Arizona in 1982. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with K-12 Certification in Dance at Arizona State University and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. She began her color guard career at Coronado High School and is now celebrating 33 years as a choreographer, clinician, and performance coach throughout Arizona and California. In 1991, she began her drum corps teaching career with Arizona Sun and in 2004, continued with The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps. She was also on design staff for the Academy Winterguard who were Bronze medalist at WGI. She continues as the ASU Marching Band Movement Instructor for the nearly 400 member band and colorguard and is an integral part of the design team for FeniX Independent World Guard – WGI Finalist 2013 & 2014. In addition, she also directs The Academy Summer & Winter Youth Guards (ages 5-12) who, according to Liza, “they continue to steal my heart.”
Liza has been the director of Dance and Color Guard at Desert Mountain High School since 1995 while serving as the Performing Arts Department Chair for 6 years. There, she manages an Arizona Chapter for National Honors Dance, Teaches InterbaccalaureateDance, Cultural Connections and is founder and director of “Desert Dance Company.” She has earned numerous scholarships and Educators Awards through the National Dance Educators Association. In 2010, she was selected as the Charros Educator of the Year by her peers. In 2012 she earned the nationally recognized, Bill Evans excellence in teaching award by NDEO and AZDEO. In 2013, she was inducted into the WGAZ Hall of Fame. Liza has been happily married to her husband, Phillip, for 27 years and has 3 beautiful children and a daughter-in-law. Her most satisfying accomplishment is that all her children can dance!
Chadd D Hartman
Chadd graduated from Las Vegas High School, where he then attended The University of Nevada Las Vegas. Chadd started his performance career with the Crossmen Drum Corps through a variety of roles from 2009-2012 and Fantasia Winterguard in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Chadds teaching career started in 2011 teaching several bands/colorguards in Nevada and Texas. Currently Chadd is the Colorguard Director at Mater Dei High School & Westminster High school and also instructs Nogales High School. This year Mr. Hartman is with the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps for his 3rd summer. He has appeared in dance/colorguard roles on T.V. Shows such as "Glee", "Parks & Recreation", and several commercials.
Chadd's passion for Dance and Colorguard is what has motivated him to share his experiences/knowledge with students around the country.
Mr. King is currently in his 23rd year as an independent music educator, arranger, consultant and performer with a specialization in marching percussion. Mr. King is currently the percussion caption head/arranger for Highland (2009, 2016 Arizona Division 1 State Champion.) Desert Ridge, and Mountain View High Schools in Arizona. Mr. King also serves as the Executive Director/ Caption Head of Vision Percussion Indoor Drumline. Mr. King has previously served as caption head/arranger/clinician for various other high schools in the state of Arizona.
Mr. King also has served as the marching percussion specialist at Northern Arizona University , bass drum/ snare drum, instructor for the 2006 Drum Corps International Division II World Champion Academy Drum and Bugle Corpsand the WGI Scholastic A Finalist / Champion Page High School.(Consultant 2001-2005)
As the owner of King Percussion LLC, “Championship Concepts For Percussion,” Mr. King has worked with groups in Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Kentucky in both the marching and indoor percussion arenas. In his twenty three years as an adjudicator and percussion designer/instructor, he has worked with more than 25 different percussion programs at the high school, college and drum corp levels. As a creative percussion arranger, Wardell’s percussion writing is designed to closely integrate concert and marching percussion techniques to enhance all components of the musical score. Wardell has a strong teaching philosophy guided to offer life lessons through music and dedicated practice.
Excelling educationally and competitively in both the local and national circuit, Mr. King is in high demand as an educator and clinician. He provides both rudimental and drum set lessons to students of all ages and educational backgrounds.
With extensive studies in the jazz arts, Mr. King is part of the W Quartet, who continue to play for audiences around the Phoenix Area.
Wardell proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, and Remo Drumheads.
After participating in color guard at Sierra Vista High School, Brianne began her teaching career at Sierra Vista and various high schools around the Las Vegas Valley. She is presently on staff at Las Vegas’ premiere Open Class Winterguard 702 Independent. She has recently relocated to the Southern California area and teaches at Aliso Niguel HS. In the summer, she also teaches the Vanguard Cadets (2016-Present) and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-Present).
Brianne Risa Tomas performed with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2011, then she concluded her drum corps journey at the Vanguard A-Corps in 2012. Her love for the organization and activity continued on to the winter seasons where she also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard (2013-2016). She holds her B.A. in Sociology and minor in Dance from the University of Las Vegas, NV.
Victoria is entering her first year as a Color Guard Technician for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. Victoria started her professional color guard career in 2010 when she marched with Pacific Crest for 3 years. Ending her time with PC as a captain in 2012, she concluded her drum corp journey with the Santa Clara Vanguard A-Corps from 2013-2014. She decided to continue performing with the organization and experienced her first WGI with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard from 2014-2016 and had the privilege to co-lead the Winter Guard in 2016.
Victoria has directed and choreographed for several programs throughout Southern California. Currently she directs and designs for La Mirada High School and is the weapon choreographer for Mayfair High School.
As a student of California State University of Fullerton, Victoria is currently studying Kinesiology with an emphasis on Physical Therapy and Exercise Science and holds her license in clinical and sports massage therapy. With her current educational background and her passion to teach, Victoria hopes to pass on her knowledge to aid her students in unlocking their physical potential in the arts.
Jacob Javier was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His love for the performing arts began at Schurr High School, where he was a 4 year member of the music program. After finishing 2 years of color guard with Schurr HS, Javier continued his Winterguard career with Diamanté Independent World as cast member from 2012-2015. His drum corps experience includes performing with Velvet Knights (2011) Carolina Crown (2013/2015) & instructing Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2014).
With a passion for growth, Javier moved to Atlanta in the fall of 2015 to continue his performing arts education as a cast member with Paramount World 2016 and just finished the 2017 season with The Pride of Cincinnati. Javier has worked with multiple groups in California/Georgia, and is currently teaching the WGI Scholastic Open Finalist program Mill Creek High School!
His passion for this activity grows more with each year and he can’t wait to take the next step with Phantom Regiment color guard this summer!
Noel Joseph Gabrintina
is currently the Color Guard Director at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX. He has most recently concluded his 3rd year at Reagan. During his time, the color guard has growth tremendously and has earned great success in both the fall marching band season as well as the winter guard season.
Originally from San Diego, CA he graduated from Westview High School. Prior to his position at Ronald Reagan High School, he has instructed many southern and northern California color guard ensembles. High Schools including Mount Carmel, Poway, Los Altos, and Oak Grove. Each earning their own successes in their respective circuits.
He has performed extensively throughout the color guard and winter guard activity. His performance history includes marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA for 5 consecutive years from 2009 to 2013. Having received a Golden Foot award for Visual Excellence his age out year. He has marched multiple Independent World class winter guards including Fantasia, Corona, and Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard where he served as the captain.
Most recently he has professionally performed with the broadway musical BLAST! Joining the cast as a member of the "Visual Ensemble" on their 2014 Japan tour where he performed in all 47 prefectures of Japan.
Austin was born and raised in San Jose, California, where he attended Leigh High School. He was an active participant in the color guard program, as well as in the wind ensemble, travelling to places such as San Francisco and New York to perform. He then went to attend UCLA, where he was a member of the marching band for 3 years, serving as the captain his last year. While a member of the marching band, he performed in Taiwan at the Taoyuan Band Festival in May 2016. He has marched in the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as well as in the Santa Clara Vanguard, and performed in the 2017 Rose Parade.
He has taught at Santa Monica High School while he attended college, and has since relocated back to San Jose where he teaches various schools in the area. He holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music History from UCLA and is currently applying towards Masters programs in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology field. He is currently the Administrative Assistant for Marching Arts Inc.
MAI | CENTRAL AMERICA TEAM
Current Color Guard manager (Caption Head) at Nuestra Señora HS Marching Band, Salesiano Don Bosco HS Marching Band and Anthonio Obando School Marching Band (Costa Rica).
He is the sales representative of MAI - Central America.
Current Color Guard caption head at Palmares Marching Band (Costa Rica).
Started her preparation as a professional color guard on 2013 with the "Banda Juvenil de Palmares".
At the age of 18, she is one of the young instructors at Marching Arts Inc - Centra America.
Current Color Guard manager at Zarcero Marching Band (Costa Rica.
She is also in charge of the color guard team at the new "Color Drum Academy" in Zarcero (Costa Rica).
She started her preparation as a dancer and color guard performer on 2012, when she was just 15 years old.At her age of 18, she is also one of the instructors at Marching Arts Inc - Central America.