Crossmen welcome Michael James; 2017 Color Guard Instructional Team Announced
The Crossmen organization recently announced the instructional team & choreographers for the Color Guard caption, welcoming renowned choreographer Michael James for the 2017 season!
In addition, Tyler Edrington will return for his fourth season as the Color Guard Caption Head, along with many familiar faces from 2016. "We continue to be so impressed with the team of educators and designers that Tyler attracts to the organization," said Fred Morrison, Executive Director. "Adding Michael James into the mix is a huge step forward for a Color Guard program that has seen such great success in the last few seasons. Welcome Michael!"
The Crossmen have four 2017 eXperience camp & audition locations: Dallas | San Antonio | Houston | Dayton - register today! crossmen.org/membership
2017 Color Guard Instructional Team (To read bios, click HERE):
About Michael James, Choreographer
Michael James, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance Performance. After college, he performed in the American Stage Company's "Shakespeare in the Park" Series for five seasons, as well as danced and choreographed for the Children's Theater Tour.
Michael was a scholarship student at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts, where he studied under Linda Kent and Carolyn Adams. He also danced with The Men Dancers of Jacob's Pillow International Touring Company, which allowed him to dance and teach in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, he was a member of The Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah.
As a color guard designer and choreographer, Michael has worked with Cypress Creek HS, Seminole HS, Tarpon Springs HS, Union HS (OK) Timber Creek HS, Freedom HS, Father Ryan HS (TN), Dobyns Bennett HS (TN), John Overton HS (TN), The Company Winter Colour Guard, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Miamisburg HS (OH), Pope HS (GA), Center Grove HS (IN), U.S.F. Winter Guard, and Northmont HS (OH). He is also on staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Carolina Crown. He previously has worked with the Phantom Regiment, The Cavaliers, and the Mandarins.
Michael's choreography has also been viewed at Pleasure Island with the Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, University of Central Florida's Starlet Knights Danceline, University of South Florida's Herd of Thunder Marching Band and winterguard, 1999's Orlando Fringe Festival, and numerous other high schools and colleges around the country
Posted by on 21st October, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Crossmen announce Winds design & instructional team!
This week the Crossmen announced the design and instructional team for the inaugural season of the recently formed Winds group. “It has been our philosophy from the start that this group should include many of the designers and instructors that are already in place for the Crossmen Drum Corps,” said Joel Moody, current Asst. Corps Director that will run the Winds group. “Ultimately our hope is that the Winds group will supplement and connect both performing ensembles from an excellence and educational standpoint.”
Andrew Markworth (Music Arranger) and Andy Ebert (Visual Designer) will write for both the Drum Corps and the Winds group. Tyler Edrington (Color Guard Designer) and Molly Favret (Costuming and Graphic Design) will also help create and consult for both ensembles.
In addition, Tim Darbonne has joined the team as visual coordinator. Music instructors will include 2016 Crossmen Brass staff members Matthew Valentine as well as Caitlin Hall (2013-2016 Drum Major). Keller Shelton, a DCI alum and Texas Band director rounds out the instructional team. Rico Gomez, current Crossmen Assistant Operations Director/Tour Director will prove additional logistical and operational support along with other outstanding Crossmen Administration. More staff announcements are expected in the coming weeks.
Competing in WGI World class competition, the Crossmen will travel to both the one-day WGI regional events in Dallas and Houston as well as the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
Auditions will take place October 9th and 16th in San Antonio, with the first rehearsal on December 10-11th! Visit www.crossmen.org/winds to register today!
Posted by on 20th September, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Crossmen announces Daughtrey as Visual Caption Head for 2017
More changes were announced this week for the Crossmen visual program. Blake Daughtrey will take on the role of Visual Caption Head in 2017, joining Andy Ebert who was recently announced as the Visual Designer for 2017. This announcement comes just days before the Design Team and Caption Heads convene in San Antonio for their annual retreat and planning sessions.
Daughtrey rounds out an already outstanding instructional team led by returning 2016 Caption Heads: Tyler Edrington (Color Guard), Josh Brickey (Percussion) and Steve Mason (Brass). “Blake is a great fit for the visual caption head position, with Andy [Ebert] leading the visual design,” said Exec. Director Fred Morrison. “We expect great things from Blake and his team --- all building and expanding on the successes of the corps in 2016.”
While some additional staff positions will be announced in the coming weeks and months, the corps is not expected to undergo any additional major changes for 2017.
Visit our MEMBERSHIP page for information to register for the 2017 edition of the Crossmen!
2017 Crossmen Instructional Team
Steve Mason, Brass Caption Head
Josh Brickey, Percussion Caption Head
Tyler Edrington, Color Guard Caption Head
Blake Daughtrey, Visual Caption Head
About Blake Daughtrey, Visual Caption Head
Blake Daughtrey began his drum corps career in 2005 with Carolina Crown. After aging out in 2010, he joined the staff for one season at Colts, followed by 5 seasons at the Madison Scouts. Blake studied music education at both Appalachian State University, and Columbus State University.
Currently residing in Greenville, SC, Blake is a designer, drill writer, and teacher for many high school marching band programs. He is also heavily involved with WGI percussion, both as a designer and teacher, specifically with Walled Lake Percussion, and Redline Percussion.
Posted by on 7th September, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Ebert to Join Crossmen Design Team!
The Crossmen organization announced this week that Andrew ‘Andy’ Ebert will serve as the Visual Designer for the corps in 2017.
Joining Ebert is virtually all of the Crossmen design team from 2016, led by Program Coordinator Ed Devlin. “We are excited to bring Andy on board for 2017,” said Ed Devlin. “He is well respected as a designer throughout the marching arts and most certainly at the drum corps level. We look forward to his work with the returning design team members from 2016, and expect great things in 2017!”
2017 Crossmen Design Team
Ed Devlin, Program Coordinator
Andrew Markworth, Music Arranger/Music Coordinator
Andrew Ebert, Visual Designer
Tyler Edrington, Color Guard Designer
Jaime Alvarez-Calderon, Program Consultant
Al Chez, Program Consultant
Rich Kim, Program Consultant
Brian ‘Bosco’ Brown, Program Consultant
Wayne Markworth, Program Consultant
Molly Favret, Costuming & Graphic Design
About Andrew Ebert, Visual Designer
Andrew Ebert is a full time designer and clinician for the marching arts based out of Greenville, SC where he lives with his wife and two children. He has a degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University.
Andrew began his marching career with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000 and aged out of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004. Following his age-out season, he joined the staff of the Carolina Crown. Since 2005, Andrew has worked with Carolina Crown, the Madison Scouts, and the Troopers in a variety of roles. 2017 will be Andrew’s first year with the Crossmen, serving in the role of Visual Designer.
Outside of drum corps, Andrew has been a part of programs all around the country including state champions, BOA Regional champions, BOA Grand Nationals class medalists and champions, and BOA Grand National Finalists. Andrew is also involved in WGI Percussion, most notably as a Co-Founder and designer for Redline Percussion starting in 2008 and more recently as a member of the design team with Infinity Percussion.
Posted by on 2nd September, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink