The CGE Team
Our CGE editorial team works together over the web to keep CGE moving forward. We write, brainstorm ideas, share what’s going on in our region, lead the facebook page discussion and edit articles submitted by all of the amazing color guard educators who contribute their articles and tips to help us build this resource. Most of us met through this site and connected through our shared passion for building this resource for coaches.
Catina Anderson – Virginia – Editor/Founder
Catina has been participating in the color guard activity for more than 20 years, first as a performer and since the fall of 1994 as a coach and choreographer for high school color guards in Maryland and Northern Virginia. She was a member and captain of the Towson State University Tiger Marching Band Color Guard. She taught high school biology and chemistry prior to leaving full-time teaching to start a family. She has earned a Bachelors in Biology, a Masters Degree in Education and has completed coursework towards an Associates in Applied Music (Vocal). She has most recently worked with the fall and winter color guards at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. Over the past few years she has resigned from full time coaching while primarily focusing on her family and starting a photography business. From 1997 until December 2010 she wrote a technique column for Halftime Magazine and has written several feature articles for Halftime as well. She has served as both the education specialist for the Atlantic Indoor Association and the color guard coordinator for the northern part of the circuit. Catina began this site in January 2007 after recognizing a need in her local color guard community for providing support to beginning coaches and the sharing of coaching strategies. She is passionate about the mission of promoting positive coaching techniques and providing educational support for instructors in the efforts to grow their own programs as well as contribute to the growth of the overall colorguard activity. Email Catina .
Chris Casteel – California
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.
Darcie Gudger – Colorado
Darcie Gudger’s color guard career began with a broken off broomstick and a stained handkerchief taped to the top for a flag. Her mother tried to foster a love for all things baton, but Darcie was too enamored with the shimmer of shiny fabric under stadium lights to succumb to maternal pressure. In middle school and high school, Darcie marched both fall and winter seasons for Lake Lehman High School in Lehman, Pennsylvannia.
College forced Darcie to pursue interests outside of guard. She was a member of the exclusive Houghton College Choir that toured every spring break. Darcie earned a B.A. in psychology from Hougton College and an M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She taught high school special education full time for four years before pursuing her dream of becoming a writer and full-time mom.
Darcie got involved in guard again through instructing the award-winning Sheridan High School color guard in Denver, Colorado for eight years. Currently she is the Color Guard Caption Head at both Columbine High School in Littleton, CO (since 2009) and Evergreen High School in Evergreen, CO (since 2012). In addition to teaching guard, Darcie is an active Individual Analysis Equipment judge for the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association. The 2009-2010 season will be her 8th year as a judge.
Darcie has completed her first young adult novel which includes the world of color guard and is working toward publication. Darcie has been married since 1998 and has a six year old son who aspires to play 7 instruments and be a band director and worship leader. Hobbies include hiking, camping, biking, knitting and singing.
Jennifer Hiltwine – Virginia
Jennifer Hiltwine is a 2009 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in English Literature. During her four years at the university she led the growth of their outdoor color guard program from 6 to 20 members. She began her color guard career at Broad Run High School, in Ashburn, Virginia, where she spent eight seasons participating in both indoor and outdoor activities, including four seasons as a captain. This season she has returned to her alma mater in her first year as a full-time assistant coach. She is excited to have found an outlet in Color Guard Educators which ties together her love of the marching arts with her writing skills as she searches for a full-time job in the editing and publishing industry.
Jennifer has written multiple articles for an international magazine stationed in London during her college intership and has had the opportunity to write for (and in some cases help establish) several on-campus publications. Here at CGE she will be focusing on editing along with writing articles of interest for college-age programs and high school student leaders. She is excited to be joining our team and we’re thrilled to welcome her!
Lorraine Kohagen – California
Lorraine has been involved in the color guard activity since 1989, first as a performer, then as an instructor and adjudicator. She is currently instructing the color guards at Saugus and Valencia High Schools in Santa Clarita, California, as well as designing for other guards in California. Lorraine also has worked with programs in Utah, New York and Georgia. She was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005. She is an Adjudicator for SCSBOA, WGASC, and UWGA, and has also traveled to Oregon, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests. Lorraine lives in Santa Clarita, California with her husband, Kevin and son, Dylan, who is 10 years old.
Cheryl Myers – New York
Cheryl Myers is 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.
Carly Philp – Virginia
Chelley Evans Thelen – Michigan
Chelley started color guard because her twin brother and best friend talked her into joining them as they auditioned for color guard. She originally planned on being in the front ensemble, but after picking up a flag for the first time, decided that throwing things was more fun than pounding on things.
Chelley has performing experience in color guard, dance and music. She marched color guard for 13 seasons (6 years of drum corps, 4 years of winter guard, and 3 years of marching band), including the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA and Interplay Winterguard from Grand Rapids, MI. She has also performed with the dance troupe at Grand Valley State University, focusing primarily on modern dance and ballet. Chelley also plays piano and sings, and is currently in the choir at her church.
Currently, Chelley is the guard director at Pansophia Academy in Coldwater, Michigan. Her brother who was instrumental in talking her into trying color guard for the first time is also on the guard staff at Pansophia. 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. Prior to having her daughter in 2005, she also taught ballet and creative movement classes. The upcoming winter 2010 season marks her 15th season as an instructor and designer in the color guard activity.
In addition to her performance, instruction and choreography experience, Chelley is a skilled seamstress who designs and sews most of th euniforms 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 with degrees in Philosophy and Advertising/Public Relations. She currently resides in Michigan with her husband, preschool-aged daughter and shih tzu.
The CGE advisors form a volunteer committee of color guard educators and organization representatives established to provide insight and guidance to the CGE Editorial Team. They include educators and business people with a variety of experiences and backgrounds as well as familiarity with various geographical regions and competitive organizations. The CGE Advisors are passionate about the mission of the ColorGuardEducators.com and passionate about the growth of the marching arts activity.
Christine Ngeo Katzman – Halftime Magazine
Christine Ngeo Katzman is the CEO/founder of Halftime Magazine, a print publication and online community presenting the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts. Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007. CGE is thrilled to have her experience and expertise in the publishing industry as part of our advisory board!
Eduardo Martinez – Pennsylvania
Eduardo Martinez is a visual design consultant with Broad Run High School in Asburn, Virginia. He was worked with high school and independent marching bands and winter guard programs in the Middle Atlantic and Southern California areas since 1995. Past program affiliations include McLean HS (Virginia), Solution Performance Ensemble (Huntington Beach, CA), and Revelation (Richmond, VA).
Eduardo has judged fall marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions since 1999. His current and past circuit and judging affliations include American Drum Line Association, Atlantic Indoor Association, Southern California Percussion Alliance, Souther California School Band and Orchestra Association, United States School Band Association, Winter Guard Arizona and Winter Guard Association of Southern California.
Eduardo is a Senior Economist with Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, PA. He graduated with a BA in International Business from California State University Fullerton in 1993 and a MA in Economics from California State University Long Beach in 1998. He has been a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 2007.
Rose Molinary – Kentucky
Rose has been the color guard director at Raceland-Worthington High School in Raceland, KY since 2005 where she directs both fall and winter programs. As a relatively new instructor she brings a fresh perspective to the advisory board, providing the insight and experience of working through the first few years directing and growing a program. During the day, Rose works for the Family Resource and Youth Services office for her school district. Her husband, Guy, is the band director at Raceland-Worthington and while they don’t have any children yet, they have 3 wonderful dogs. Rose has been involved in the activity for the past 12 years, beginning as a performer at Oldham County High School in Buckner, KY. She is a frequent participant in the CGE forum and a contributor to the website. She hopes to bring many new and exciting ideas and articles to Color Guard Educators and that her experiences will help new instructors who are also working to build their programs.
CGE is blessed to have many colorguard educators from throughout the world willing to take time to write down their experiences and share their tips. Those listed here as Regular Contributors have contributed 3 or more articles in the past year.
Amanda Gilanyi – New Jersey
Amanda Gilanyi began her color guard career in 1996 as a freshman at Lenape High School in Medford, NJ. After graduation, Amanda attended La Salle University in Philidelphia to pursue a degree in Digital Arts & Multimedia Design. In 2003, when the color guard position opened up at Lenape, she jumped at the chance to get involved – and has been there ever since. Since joining the Lenape staff in 2003, Amanda has helped produce 6 championship bands and 5 championship color guards in both the USSBA and Cavalcade circuits. Her favorite part of being on staff is seeing the legacy of the band passed on year after year. Lenape has a succesful history dating back to the early 1990s, of which the students take huge pride in. Amanda is currently living in Collingswood, NJ with her fiance’, working full time at philly.com as a web producer, and planning a June 2011 wedding in addition to instructing. Her blog, “One more time, I promise!… Now do it again” was started in Spring 2009 because she wanted somewhere to write out her experiences as an instructor and give and receive color guard advice. Amanda is excited to contribute to CGE because it is the only group of its kind. She hopes that readers find her articles both informative and enjoyable to read.
Brenda Scarpati – Michigan
Thank you to all contributors – past and present!
Special Thanks to all of our past and present contributors (including those who have kindly taken time to participate in interviews). This site would not be the resource it has become without their generosity. We list them here with gratitude!
Catina Anderson, Karen Ashworth , Julie Baldwin, Darrick Betro, Dean Broadbent, John Burns , Jen Carrasco, Chris Casteel, Jennifer Cortez, Alan and Florence Dyck, Guillaume Eek , Judy Einuis, Sara Field, Amanda Gilanyi, Jim Goodrich (WGASC interview), Anna Jakubowski, Peter Gomez , Darcie Gudger, Matt Johnson, Jody Jones, Angela Khebou, Tammi Leibee, Mary Ann Licamele, Liz Martin, Ed Martinez, Meghan McCourt, Rose Molinary, Cheryl Myers, David Noland, Margie Osgood, Danielle Paul, Nicki Rametta , Mario Ramirez, John – Premier Rifles, Brenda Scarpati, Jennifer Schero , Carrie Lynne Schott , Danielle Smith , Chelley Thelen, Tim Tilley , Jim Shade , Nicole Younger , Heidi Zarder, The Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), Alicia Parker
Special Thanks to Paul J. Martin, Northern Virginia guard coach and Graphic Designer who helped to redesign our website header and background for this newly redesigned site.