Chris McCarthy - Instructor 

Originally from Binghamton, NY, Chris discovered his love for color guard and the marching activity at age 12. From 2001 to 2007, he attended Susquehanna Valley MS and HS performing with the marching band, color guard, concert band and spending his last two years serving as Drum Major. In 2006, Chris made the jump during his junior year to independent color guard. He spent several years performing with Spectrum Winterguard, primarily in the Independent Open class, as well as the A and World Class. He served as Guard Captain in ’09, ’10 and ’11. Chris has also marched with The DCA finalists Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from ’07 – ’08.

At the age of 16, Chris began to choreograph and stage for small programs throughout upstate New York. Following HS, he spent a short time studying at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and then spent four years as an Operating Room assistant at a regional trauma center. During this time, he served as designer, choreographer and/or director for a number of programs. His experiences lead him to transitioning to Texas in the summer of 2013. Some (of the many) programs he has worked with include: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI), Spectrum (NY), Greater Johnstown HS (NY), Westwood HS (TX), New Braunfels HS (TX), Cedar Ridge HS (TX) Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (TX) and ATX Winterguard (TX).

Chris currently resides in Austin, TX, where he is spending his fifth year as Colorguard Director as well as Marching Band coordinator at McNeil High School. He also designs and choreographs for SperlingDesigns and is also a freelance artist. Chris is also a Cofounder and Co-Director of Origins, a newly formed Independent Open colorguard that will make its inaugural debut in the winter of 2018.

In his "real life", Chris enjoys hiking, kayaking, coffee with friends and the endless pursuing of craft beer. He is a firm believer that laughter truly is the best medicine and never takes life for granted. Chris is extremely blessed and thankful to be spending his summer with the Bones Colorguard!
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