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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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.
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.
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.
Cameron Smith is a native to Gibraltar, Michigan, where he graduated from Carlson High School in 2013. There he competed in four field season, two of which he served as the drum major. Cameron is currently attending Eastern Michigan University, perusing a degree in Business Management and Human Resources. He continued his marching career with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as a member of the color guard. Previously serving as a choreographer for Grosse Isle High School, Cameron is now a design consultant for the winter guard at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana.
Being the child of a band director and Southwind founding member, Justin’s love for music and performing sprouted at a very early age. Originally from Heflin, AL, he adopted the alto saxophone as his first instrument of choice and attended various local and regional honor bands throughout high school, receiving top placements. Justin went on to attend Jacksonville State University and join The Marching Southerners colorguard (‘06, ‘07). Afterwards, he performed with Eastern Shore Independent winterguard (‘10) based in Pensacola, FL. Justin most recently completed 5 consecutive seasons with Paramount World winterguard (‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18) based in Atlanta, GA. As an instructor, Justin has been teaching kids and adults for 10+ years in many areas including early childhood (shapes & sounds, creative movement), youth / teens (music & marching, vocal training, musical theatre, technical movement), and adults (technical movement, improv). Justin is currently the Marketing and Client Service Director at DANCE 411, part of 411 Productions LLC, an international dance and performing arts company based in Atlanta, GA. He also donates his time to their nonprofit wing, Mission For Movement, in an effort to make the performing arts accessible to all dreamers.
Stevie Miller joins the Southwind staff with a wealth of performing experience for color guard. She has been active in marching band color guard as well as winter guard for several years. She is currently serving her fourth year as the assistant color guard director for Fairhope High School band in Fairhope, Alabama. She has performed with several winter guard programs as well, groups including Northwest Florida Independent, Xcelsior Independent and Jay Independent winter guards. Stevie has a passion for developing the skills of young performers and enjoys witnessing the growth and development through detailed instruction and helpful critique to enhance the performance of the individual performer and the ensemble performance. Steve is currently studying to complete her Business degree in college.
Sherilyn started her colorguard career in 2004 with the Escambia High School Colorguard. After graduating in 2008, she decided to pursue another aspect of colorguard, dance. She has furthered her dance training through conventions, dance workshops, dance productions, and classes. In 2013, Sherilyn was a member of the WGI Independent World Percussion bronze medalists, Music City Mystique, as 1 of 4 featured dancers in their show entitled, "Taboo”. She is a sought after instructor in the Gulf Coast region for dance and choreography in both the colorguard and independent dance activity. Sherilyn graduated from the University of West Florida with her Bachelors in Psychology. She recently completed master’s coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of West Florida. Currently, Sherilyn resides in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, Jerry, and dog, Sabian.
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
Marsha Foster has been re-appointed the color guard caption head of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 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 33 years and they have two daughters.