Exciting New Feature! Check it Out!

| December 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

We are SO excited to announce a new regular feature here at CGE!

We have assembled a team of experienced and talented adjudicators who will be joining us here at CGE on Mondays.  Each Monday will focus on one of the four winter guard captions.

Cheryl Myers (our well-loved “movement chick”) will continue to talk about movement training block on the first Monday of each month.  She will continue her series starting in January.

Joe Paul who joined us last month will focus on aspects of Ensemble Analysis on the second Monday of each month.  His next article begins our feature for the 2011 season next week!

Denise Johnson is joining us as our Equipment Caption expert on the third Monday of each month.

And Chris Casteel, a long-time CGE team member rounds out the panel to discuss GE on the last Monday of each month.

You won’t want to miss Mondays here at CGE!

If you haven’t already done so, please join us over in our Facebook Group and take a moment to type your email address into the subscribe link above (right) so you don’t miss a single entry.

We thought you might like to know a little more about each of our panelists.  Here are their bios:

Cheryl Myers:

Cheryl Myers began her pageantry career as a member of the Liverpool High School Marching Band and Winterguard, going on to travel and teach with  Marching Auxiliaries as an All-American before performing with the Admiral Guard out of Poughkeepsie, NY. In addition, she worked and danced with the Terpsichorean Society at SUNY Oneonta, choreographing for (3) years, while also acting as Captain of the Kickline & Dance Team.  (Yes, she spent some time with pom-poms and wearing those Nike saddle shoes!)  Her instructional experience encompasses many Central NY winterguard and marching band programs, including Critical Acclaim, U-E High School, Trumansburg High School and Marcus Whitman.

Currently, Ms. Myers is a member of the NY Federation of Contest Judges for both Marching Band and Colorguard, specializing in movement and field visual. She adjudicates for WGI, and is blessed to judge indoor colorguard and band contests around the country. Additionally, she presents clinics to band directors and guard instructors alike on various topics including incorporating a basic movement block into rehearsals, and building a movement program from the ground up. She was thrilled to take her first tap class in her mid-twenties, and continues to dance whenever possible, even if only in the kitchen.

Ms. Myers lives in the Fingerlakes area outside of Ithaca, NY where she works as a financial/estate planner and a freelance proofreader/editor. She is pursuing her CLU designation, but is far more proud of her primary career: that of raising her two beautiful children, a future dancer and drummer.   She is thrilled by the opportunity to join Colorguard Educators, and is hoping to provide a bit of humor, levity and more importantly, continue to learn in this great world of pageantry we call home.

Joe Paul

Joe Paul has had a long and varied engagement with the “marching arts” as a designer, instructor, director and judge. He was both a performing member and instructor for Avatar Winter Guard from Southern California and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL. More recently he has taught a number of high school color guards, as well as Allusion Winter Guard from Thousand Oaks, CA. He has been a judge for the SCSBOA, WBA, WGASC, UWGA, WTCGA & CIPA. He is currently the drill writer for Valencia High School in Valencia, Ca, staging designer for the Chino High School Winter Guards and tour manager for The Cavaliers.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from California State University, Northridge and lives and works in Los Angeles as a freelance graphic designer.

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.

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel has been involved in the Color Guard activity since 1981 as both a performer and an instructor.  She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Education from National University.  Her experience as an instructor has spanned the course of two decades with several medaling guards for the WGASC (Winter Guard Association of Southern California).  Currently, Chris is an adjudicator for the SCSBOA (Southern California Band and Orchestra Association) and the WGASC.  In addition, she has traveled throughout the United States as a guest adjudicator for other color guard circuits.  Presently, she holds the position of Education Coordinator for the WGASC.  Finally, she is a full time middle school teacher who specializes in Language Arts and Math.

So there you have it!  We can barely contain our excitement over here!!

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We hope you’ll join us in welcoming our adjudication panel for the 2011 winter season!  

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Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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