Crossmen are excited to welcome two new additions to the 2015 Color Guard Staff!
The Crossmen Color Guard Staff is excited to welcome James Smith and Allison Mayer to the team for the 2015 Season! Their experience and dedication to marching arts has made them excellent additions to our world class staff!
James Smith is currently the Program Coordinator and Show Designer for Ooltewah High School in Tennessee where he has been since 1982. His bands have been consistent finalists at BOA regional championships. James was a consultant for the BOA Grand National Champion Lassiter High School and was a visual consultant for the Jacksonville State University Winter Guard, “Center Stage” in the early 2000's.
James’ other winter guard and drum corps experience includes being an instructor for the Pride of Cincinnati, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Ooltewah High School winter guard (World Finalist 1992) as well as consultant for many bands in the Atlanta area and the southeast. James was a member of the 1978 Madison Scouts. His most recent accomplishment includes visual and drill design for East Lake High School winter guard, the 2 015 WGI Scholastic A Silver Medalist. James is thrilled to be a part of Crossmen in 2015!
Allison Mayer, originally from northern Wisconsin, currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She started her performing career back in 2007 with the West Johnston High School Color Guard in Benson, North Carolina. After high school years, she spent the summer of 2011 with The Music City Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard. The three following summers, 2012 through 2014, she spent performing with The Phantom Regiment Color Guard. As for Winter Guard, Allison spent the winter of both 2013 and 2014 with First Flight Independent World. Currently, Allison is marching the winter of 2015 with Paramount Winter Guard out of Atlanta, GA.
Through performing, Allison has found a love for giving back to the activity. She has spent the past two years teaching at Marvin Ridge High School as well as Marvin Ridge Middle School. She is currently the assistant director of Concord High School Winter Guard in Concord, North Carolina. In addition to teaching color guard, Allison is graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May of 2015 with her degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is very excited to spend her first year with Crossmen!