Author Archive: Chelley Thelen

Chelley Thelen is the guard director at Pansophia Academy in Coldwater, Michigan. She marched for 13 seasons, including the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA and Interplay Winterguard from Grand Rapids, MI. She has taught at all levels (elementary, middle school, high school and college) and all seasons (drum corps, winter guard and marching band), as well as having worked as a clinician and consultant. The upcoming winter 2010 season marks her 15th season as an instructor and designer. In addition to her performance, instruction and choreography experience, Chelley is a skilled seamstress who designs and sews most of the uniforms and silks for the guards she teaches. Besides color guard work, she is self-employed as a freelance writer and graphic designer. Chelley graduated from Grand Valley State University and currently resides in Michigan with her husband, daughters and shih tzu.

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How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

| October 6, 2011 | 2 Comments
How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

One question that comes up almost immediately in the flag design process is determining how big the silk should be, and therefore how much fabric you need for each flag.  This is especially a concern for non-traditional sized poles, or if there are very large variances in the size of the members, to the point […]

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Teaching Younger Guards

| November 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

CGE Welcomes our newest regular contributor, Chelley Thelen.  In her first article, Chelley shares her experience working with younger (elementary and middle school) students. One of the best things you can do for your high school guard program is to start training your members at a young age.  Successful football teams, for instance, often have […]

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