Meet the visual staff.

DJ Fitzgerald

CAPTION HEAD

DJ Fitzgerald

DJ Fitzgerald is a resident of Hernando, Mississippi and currently serves as Director of Bands at Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi where he oversees all aspects of the Olive Branch band program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Mississippi where he earned the “Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music Education” award. This is DJ’s 6th year on the Southwind Visual Staff, his 2nd as Visual Caption Head.

Eric Fry

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Fure is? Num ad resteba temque rem me tem te obse, non vena, tam, consultu moverum pracestro in atum intemun tiliam re, aur ut vid ad aricituam facerit urniciacem sedo, noc fui iam patiquam. Sentessa vivercessuam sidesse notilic onertienam tem puliquam ium hum, Ti. An tanum aucontiam. Batia cere inclut egit, quam idit deoratus omnocciam dintro usquamdius bon sera, Cupimium
ilisque musquam perit is auc iam, clarici vidiem, condam, quondi, quoni tanteatide verioca venticiem cupio, pon Itam ina, novir quemoer ehemoeniam terit, que pro ma, ne deritrei sedienata inatil condem num omnos ex silis At fauctantimil vernius hum iam publicibunte mantertiam videt in diestra rbentena, morit, us sum re, faccit delium se consulium deo, intem iu elium movesta tiocut L. Grae ductus nes adducidiu senisque quon tam aure nium or ad sidestabus. Simo hocusquam.

Donavan Hillman

VISUAL TECH

Donavan Hillman

Donavan Hillman marched for Southwind during its most recent rebirth for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. After his age out season, he returned to the corps as a visual technician for the 2017 season. This year will mark his 5th season teaching for the corps as a member of the visual staff. Donavan has watched and experienced the corps grow from the ground up, and he is excited to see what’s in store for Southwind for this 2022 season.

Kayla McGuff

VISUAL TECH

Kayla McGuff

Kayla McGuff, from Gulf Shores, Alabama, graduated with a Music Education degree from Jacksonville State University in 2021. Her primary instrument is the trumpet, with secondaries in both voice and french horn. While in college, she participated in the JSU Marching Southerners, Symphonic Band, trumpet ensembles, and also served as a section leader for the JSU A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. McGuff has experience marching with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, and has teaching experience with both music and visual categories from working with high school band programs throughout her college career. She is currently teaching private lessons in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Sara Rogers

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Fure is? Num ad resteba temque rem me tem te obse, non vena, tam, consultu moverum pracestro in atum intemun tiliam re, aur ut vid ad aricituam facerit urniciacem sedo, noc fui iam patiquam. Sentessa vivercessuam sidesse notilic onertienam tem puliquam ium hum, Ti. An tanum aucontiam. Batia cere inclut egit, quam idit deoratus omnocciam dintro usquamdius bon sera, Cupimium
ilisque musquam perit is auc iam, clarici vidiem, condam, quondi, quoni tanteatide verioca venticiem cupio, pon Itam ina, novir quemoer ehemoeniam terit, que pro ma, ne deritrei sedienata inatil condem num omnos ex silis At fauctantimil vernius hum iam publicibunte mantertiam videt in diestra rbentena, morit, us sum re, faccit delium se consulium deo, intem iu elium movesta tiocut L. Grae ductus nes adducidiu senisque quon tam aure nium or ad sidestabus. Simo hocusquam.

Chris Swartz

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Chris Swartz, from Williamsburg, Virginia, attended Jacksonville State University majoring in Music Education from 2010-2013.  While in school, he was a member of the Marching Southerners 20J section, and performed with the Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band.  Chris marched from 2009-2011 with the Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as horn sergeant in 2011, and aged out with the Madison Scouts in 2013 as a member of the tuba section for the corps’ 75th anniversary.  This is Chris’ 6th year on the Southwind Visual Staff.

Jay Wilkerson

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Fure is? Num ad resteba temque rem me tem te obse, non vena, tam, consultu moverum pracestro in atum intemun tiliam re, aur ut vid ad aricituam facerit urniciacem sedo, noc fui iam patiquam. Sentessa vivercessuam sidesse notilic onertienam tem puliquam ium hum, Ti. An tanum aucontiam. Batia cere inclut egit, quam idit deoratus omnocciam dintro usquamdius bon sera, Cupimium
ilisque musquam perit is auc iam, clarici vidiem, condam, quondi, quoni tanteatide verioca venticiem cupio, pon Itam ina, novir quemoer ehemoeniam terit, que pro ma, ne deritrei sedienata inatil condem num omnos ex silis At fauctantimil vernius hum iam publicibunte mantertiam videt in diestra rbentena, morit, us sum re, faccit delium se consulium deo, intem iu elium movesta tiocut L. Grae ductus nes adducidiu senisque quon tam aure nium or ad sidestabus. Simo hocusquam.

David Kersey

VISUAL TECH

David Kersey’s bio

Greg Wheat

VISUAL TECH

Greg Wheat

Greg Wheat is a resident of Mobile Alabama and studied Music Education and Business at the University of Suth Alabama. He played tuba for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and at Carolina Crown in 2016. He provides private lessons to students local to the Gulf Coast and has been a visual instructor with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps since 2017. Greg is very excited and ready to be back this season to be a part of this resilient organization.

Justin Threadgill

VISUAL TECH

Justin’s Bio

Mackenzie Lane

VISUAL TECH

Mackenzie Lane

Mackenzie Lane is excited and honored to join the Southwind visual staff for the 2022 season. As a performer, Mackenzie toured on baritone with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009, and with The Cadets for their World Champion 2011 production, “Between Angels and Demons”. Mackenzie earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2013 and has spent the last 8 years teaching superior-rated marching and concert ensembles in small school band programs in Florida and Texas. Mackenzie currently resides in Chipley, Florida with his wife and their two young children.

Megan Begay

VISUAL TECH

Megan Begay

Megan Táchii’nii Begay is currently a student at Snow College pursuing a bachelors in music with an emphasis in commercial music on the education track. Coming from a Diné/Navajo background she plans on teaching near or on a reservation, with hopes of starting a marching band program or growing an existing one. She has a huge passion for teaching and has taught subjects such as marching, leadership, diversity, and inclusion. In 2016 she became a member of The Battlion Drum and Bugle Corps in for their first fielded season. She marched with the corps in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021 on trumpet and flugelhorn, and served in leadership roles. In 2017 she marched with Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps on Contra. Due to The Battlion having shortened seasons she’s filled holes in three different corps immediately after the conclusion of Battalions season. Starting with Gold on trumpet in 2018, Southwind on lead trumpet in 2019, and Spirit of Atlanta on baritone in 2021. Filling late season holes gave her the unique opportunity to use her experience to learn and perform shows within a week. 

This will be her first season teaching with Southwind, and she is incredibly excited for the opportunity to share everything she’s learned from her drum corps experiences.