Excitement and momentum for Southwind’s 2020 season continues to build. To complement its impressive design team, Southwind is proud to announce the staff of its colorguard for the coming year.
According to Corps Director Lawrence LeClaire, “As we continue to grow as a program, colorguard is one of our key areas of focus. Right now, we are very enthusiastic about the strength and the direction of where we are heading.”
With the high demand and strong conceptual nature of its show design, Southwind is becoming more of a destination for talent. “This year, we’re already seeing all kinds of response to last year’s show. We’re recruiting over a wider geographic radius. We’re getting inquiries from parts of the country that weren’t even on the map for us a couple of years ago. To us, it’s signs of a program that’s on its way up.”
Here is Southwind’s colorguard staff for the 2020 season:
Justin R. Draper, Caption Head
Justin Draper attended Jacksonville State University and join The Marching Southerners colorguard in 2006 and 2007. Afterwards he performed in 2010 with Eastern Shore Independent winterguard based in Pensacola, Florida. Justin then became a feature member of the Atlanta-based Paramount World winterguard 2014-2018 . In addition to his work with Southwind in 2018-19 as a lead choreographer, Draper also worked with Spirit of Atlanta in 2019 as a lead choreographer. For fifteen years, Draper has instructed both children and adults for 15 years in early childhood shapes, sounds creative movement, youth and teens music, marching, vocal training, musical theatre technical movement, and adults technical movement improv. His passion for education and coaching has led him to work in many diverse areas including Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Southern Association for Performance Arts, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Gulfcoast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit, Mississippi Indoor Association, StarQuest Dance Competition, Revolution Talent Competition, and Fusion National Dance Competition.
Bryton Moore, Assistant Caption Head
Originally from Athens, Alabama, Bryton Moore was a member of the Marching Southerners Color Guard from 2015 to 2018. While studying Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Jacksonville State. Moore also marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and 2018. Throughout his marching career, Moore has worked with numerous color guard programs in the Alabama and Georgia area including Coosa High School, McIntosh High School, and Helena High School. Moore will graduate from JSU in December 2019. This is his second year working with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.
In addition to caption heads, the follow staff members are looking forward to providing the corps with striking visual impact in its 2020 tour:
- Thomas Funk
- Tyler Garcia
- Kris Harris
- Devon Kugler
- Jaylen Ray
- Sherilyn Sperling-Charvat
- Patrice Turner
“This is just an incredible team we’ve put together,” adds LeClaire. “We can’t wait to show
our fans and the drum corps community the progress we’ve made as a program.”