Fresh off its breakout 2019 season, Southwind plans to make new waves in 2020. Last season, the corps climbed the ranks of Open Class with conceptual show design and a continued emphasis on crowd-pleasing performances.
“Last season was great for us. The crowds loved us. We were named DCI’s most-improved corps, and we came close to climbing into DCI’s Top 25,” offers Lawrence LeClaire, Corps Director. “We really turned heads with our show, Caged. So immediately after Indianapolis, we asked ourselves, ‘How can we build on our success?’”
The answer came quickly. Since the end of the 2019 season, Southwind’s design team has rolled up its sleeves and gone to work.
“This team is something. We’re just a few weeks away from our show announcement. That puts us far ahead of where we were last year. What’s more, we’ve allocated more days to camp before tour to ensure that our new concept gets the execution it deserves.”
Here are the leaders of Southwind’s design team for 2020:
Terry Sanders, Program Coordinator
Terry Sanders has a long history of success in the marching arts, beginning as the Co-Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 – 81. Over the course of a long and remarkable career, Sanders is known as founder of the award winning, Escambia HS Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble, competing in WGI Regional Championships as well as WGI World Championships and since 1997. Sanders also was the Program Coordinator for The WGI 2017 PIO Bronze Medalist Freedom Percussion Ensemble. Sanders actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for fall marching competitions and indoor percussion competitions. He is a currently an official WGI Percussion Judge and serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. Sanders is currently an Educational Artist endorser for Innovative Percussion, the REMO Drum Head Company, Sabian Cymbals and the Pearl /Adams Drum Company.
Rodney Bailey, Visual Designer
During the Fall of 1995, Mr. Bailey became the Colorguard Coordinator for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and still holds that position today. During the winter of 1995 Mr. Bailey became the Founder/Director of the Central Carroll High School Winterguard located in Carrollton, GA., and remained the director for four years. In 1997 Bailey co-founded the JSU Center Stage Winterguard, a 6 time WGI Finalist and a WGI Independent Open Bronze Medalist and a 2007 WGI independent World finalist. Bailey has been involved with several Drum and Bugle Corps throughout the southeast. He is also the 2004 Southeastern Colorguard Circuit Service Award Recipient, the 2005 SCGC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, an inductee into the SCGC and SAPA Hall of Fame, former president of the Southeastern Colorguard Circuit and The Southern Association for Performing Arts.
Ken G. Bodiford, Ph.D., Program Consultant
Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford has served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama since 1994. Bodiford is the conductor of the Jacksonville State University Chamber Winds, which is the top performing wind ensemble at the university. Bodiford is also the director of the internationally known “Marching Southerners.” In addition, he served as the Executive Director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (JSU Spirit) from 2001 until 2007. Under his leadership, the corps consistently ranked among the elite top twelve corps in the nation at the DCI World Championships. In 2013, Bodiford was nominated for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. He was selected as the 2016-17 director of the United States Army All American Marching Band. This group consists of 125 of the top marching band students in the United States, performing at halftime for the All American Bowl each year in San Antonio, Texas.
Elanders Frazier, Battery Arranger
Elanders Frazier is the Caption Head, Battery Arranger and Supervisor for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He has been a percussion instructor, arranger, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician for grade schools and independent ensembles in the Gulf Coast area since 2002. His professional marching credits include Eminence Indoor, Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, and Music City Mystique. He was inducted into the Gulfcoast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit Hall of Fame in 2018. Elanders is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, a percussion educator with Innovative Percussion.
Chad Hannah, Show Designer
After an eye-opening debut to Southwind’s team in 2019, Chad returns to help the corps climb DCI’s ranks in 2020. A veteran corps show designer, Hannah is a Southwind alumni from 1990-1992. Chad has served as visual designer for Sprit from JSU and staff member of Spirit of Atlanta to Director of Bands for Rome High School, Rome, Georgia. Before that, Hannah served as Associate Band Director for Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton, Florida.
Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger
Ryan Reed is the percussion educator and designer currently in the Cincinnati, OH, area. He is the percussion director for West Clermont High School. The 2020 season will mark Reed’s third year on staff with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and second year as front ensemble arranger. Additionally, Reed serves as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix Performing Arts (2013-current). Previously, Reed served as the front ensemble arranger for the Skyliners’ Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-17), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2018), and White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (2019). He has served as the front ensemble instructor for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and front ensemble instructor/coordinator for Capital City Percussion (2013-15). Reed is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion and is very excited to be with Southwind for the 2020 season.
Justin Williams, Brass Arranger
Justin Williams has been Southwind’s brass arranger since the 2017 season. Justin received a Bachelor of Arts degree with special honors in Political Science and a minor in music from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. He also received the Master of Arts in History from JSU and the Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. Justin serves as arranger and program consultant for many high school band programs across the country and is staff arranger for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners.
“Southwind over the years has seen highs and lows. But with fresh energy, we’re seeing a lot of upward momentum in the organization today,” adds LeClaire. “If recruiting is any indication, we’re seeing prospective members from around the country coming forward to be part of us. I think that speaks volumes about the team we’ve put together—and the supportive environment we bring to the activity. And this team is a reflection of our new energy and commitment.”