Rachel  Foster - Guard Instructor

Nathan Alvarez - Guard Instructor

Leo Finular - Guard Instructor


Leo Finuliar is currently the color guard assistant director at for the award-winning Tate High School Showband of the South from Gonzalez, FL Mr. Finuliar currently resides in Milton, FL and is currently enrolled at the University of West Florida working on a degree in Elementary Education, ESE and ESOL.  He is originally from Santa Clara, CA. Mr. Finuliar's colorguard performance includes Wilcox High School, San Jose Raiders, Orion Independent Open, San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps and Northern Lights. Mr. Finuliar is currently the Color Guard Representative for the Gulf Coast Guard and Percussion Circuit (GCGPC) in Pensacola, FL.

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Nathan is a native of Gulfport, MS where he graduated from Harrison Central High School in 2001. In the HCHS Band Program he was a trumpet player, Drum Major, member of the indoor percussion ensemble Paragon, as well as, a member of the winterguard program Korkoma. After graduating high school, he began his 14 year tenure with the Harrison Central High School Band Program as an instructor, choreographer, assistant director, and in his last years with the program, the director of the colorguard and winterguard programs which has consistently earned superior ratings, best in class awards, GCGPC and LMCGPC championship medals and sweepstakes awards, WGI Regional Scholastic A Finalists, WGI Regional Scholastic A Champions, WGI Word Championships Scholastic A Semi-Finalists and WGI World Championship Scholastic A Finalists. His passion for colorguard also led him to perform 3 years with Banderas Independent, based out of Pensacola, and 1 year with W3 Performance Ensemble, based out of Gulfport, MS. In 2004, Nathan was apart of the colorguard instructional staff for the Spirit Camp Clinics based out of Marietta, GA and in 2009, the Colorguard Director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Band of Gold. Throughout the years, Nathan has also served as a choreographer, technician, consultant and show/staging designer for numerous colorguard and winterguard programs, clinics and camps in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Nathan graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with an Associates of Applied Science, and Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts as well as an Associates of Arts in Human Resources. Currently living in Mobile, AL, Nathan is one of the founders and directors of Xcelsior Independent Open Winterguard, a colorguard instructor for the Daphne High School Colorguard since 2014 and actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit.

Sarah Smith is a graduate of George Mason University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs with a minor from the department of dance. Her drum corps experience includes membership in the 2014 Crossmen, and the 2015-2016 Phantom Regiment. Sarah has performed with a number of WGI groups, including Stonewall Independent, and most recently joining the cast of Onyx for the 2017 season. She has taught a number of high school color guards, and looks forward to her first season teaching with Southwind.



Cassie Sadler - Guard Instructor

Robyn Ball - Guard Instructor

Jenni Penndleton - Guard Instructor

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Guard Instructional Staff

Brooke Howe - Guard Instructor

Sarah Smith - Guard Instructor

Marsha Foster - Guard Caption Head and Choreographer

Cassie graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 2014. There she completed four field seasons and four winter seasons, three of which she served as captain. She then continued to march with Jay Independent and Xcelsior Independent. She also has taught groups such as Jay High School, Foley High School, and Escambia High School. Cassie currently resides in Fort Walton Beach, FL practicing Applied Behavior Analysis at a private school.



Brooke Howe is a graduate of The University of Alabama and currently works as an aerospace engineer in Huntsville. She’s originally from Daphne, Alabama where she attended Daphne High School and marched in both the color guard and winter guard for 4 years. While attending UA, Brooke was in the Million Dollar Band Color Guard and was a founding member of the Alta Marea Winter Guard, Winter Guard International World Championship Finalists. Brooke was also a  member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for four years, spinning flag, rifle, and sabre, and was a captain during her age out year. She is currently the color guard director at Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL

A native of Hattiesburg, MS, Robyn Ball holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s degree from William Carey University. At Southern Miss, she was an active member of the flute studio as well as the Pride Guard in which she held the position of Co-Captain for two years. At Carey, she sat principal chair in the Symphonic Band. Robyn has been involved in the color guard activity for the past 16 years. Her career began as a performer at Oak Grove High School and continued to USM and the 2006 season at Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps. After high school graduation, she began the teaching side of her career as instructor/choreographer for various groups across the Pine Belt and Mississippi coast. Robyn spent five years in the Gulfport School District where so founded the Gulfport Varsity and JV Winter Guards, helped them earn a number of medals as well as a first place victory in the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit, and took the Varsity Winter Guard to their first WGI Regional performancesince their founding. Currently, Robyn is an Assistant Band Director and the Color Guard Coordinator for the Clinton Band. Last year, the Clinton Winter Guard brought home a state championship in Scholastic AA in the Mississippi Indoor Association. Robyn is very excited to be a member of the Southwind Team and family!

Marsha Foster has been appointed the color guard caption head of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season. Mrs. Foster earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis. While at MSU she served as the color guard captain and choreographer. She also performed in the wind ensemble, symphonic band and the MSU Camerata Singers. She marched on the weapon line with the Memphis Blues Brass Band Drum and Bugle Corps in 1982. Her 30+ year career of color guard choreography and instruction began at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN and extends throughout the Southeastern United States to numerous award winning High Schools as well as several Universities. Currently Mrs. Foster is in her 7th year at the University of South Alabama and 16th year at Daphne H.S. in Daphne, AL as the color guard coordinator/instructor/choreographer for both guard programs. Under her direction the DHS guard has consistently earned Best in Class and Best in Show awards at marching band contests. The DHS winter guard has medaled in the Scholastic A Class the last 13 years in the GCGPC Circuit. Seven times they have been Circuit Champions. They were the WGI Pensacola Regional Scholastic A Champion for 2010 and have been semi-finalists at the WGI World Championships 6 times. Mrs. Foster has been married to Mark Foster for 32 years and they have two daughters.

Kelsey Jones - Guard Instructor