Author Archive: Denise Johnson

A native of Southern California, Denise has been involved within the color guard activity as a performer, director and judge for over 25 years. She has instructed at numerous color guard summer camps throughout the country and has taught at various high schools in the Southern California area. Additionally, she has worked as the guard instructor for “Hollywood’s Band,” the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. Denise has judged for Winter Guard International (WGI) and at present, judges for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Utah Winter Guard Association (UWGA) and the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC).

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and English from California State University Long Beach, a California professional clear teaching credential from the Graduate College of Education at CSULB and a Juris Doctor degree from American University. Denise taught in secondary education as an English Educator for ten years before moving to the collegiate level. Currently, Denise is the Career Services Manager at the University of Southern California and has also taught for the USC Marshall School of Business as well as the USC Rossier School of Education. When she is not attending USC athletic events or judging on the weekend, she spends her time in Foothill Ranch, CA where she lives with her husband and their extremely energetic four-year old son.

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What Does That Mean? Understanding Terminology from an Equipment Judge’s Dialog

| February 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

During Field Season, the Auxiliary judge looks at everything that goes into your show, namely vocabulary (both body and equipment), costumes, equipment, props, staging of performers, color choices, etc..  If it is on the field and not playing an instrument, the Auxiliary judge will most likely talk about it. When we move into Winter Guard, […]

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What An Equipment Judge Is Looking For In Your Show……

| January 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Often times, as I am sitting in the stands during a break in a contest, I get many questions from the spectators seated around me.  They vary from “what are you doing?” and “how do you sit that long?” to “do you really have to talk through the entire performance?”   Undoubtedly, at some point in […]

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