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Joey Powell - Crown Guard Caption Supervisor/Choreographer

Joey Powell is a Carolina Crown alumnus, having performed in the guard from 2006 through 2009. He is currently the Director of Color Guards and Science Instructional Specialist at James Bowie High School of Arlington, Texas. He has been working in the Austin independent School District for 4 years teaching both color guard and biological and life sciences.

Since joining Bowie in 2012, the color guard ensembles have seen tremendous growth, receiving several national and local awards. The Varsity team is currently a five-time state champion, a two-time Winter Guard International finalist in Open Class, and most recently a top 5 World Class Finalist. The JV Team has been a finalist in Winter Guard International Austin Regional the past three years, while winning their class each year. They also are a two-time state champion for the Texas Color Guard Circuit.

Joey started his color guard teaching career at West Johnston High School for the Johnston County School District from 2007-2012. While teaching West Johnston, the Color Guard was the 2010 Scholastic Open Champion and Scholastic World Finalist in 2011.

Joey Powell has been involved in the Drum Corps and Winter Guard activity for over 10 years as a performer and teacher. His teaching experience most recently has been with The Santa Clara Vanguard (2012-2016) and Carolina Crown (2010-2012).  Joey has also been on the teaching teams for The Crossmen, First Flight Independent World, Mechanicsburg Scholastic World, Braddock Independent World, Black Gold Independent World, and several High School programs in the country. He will also be joining the Paramount Team for the 2016-17 Winter Guard Season.

Rick Subel - Artistic Coordinator

Rick Subel is the director and designer of Paramount Winterguard of Atlanta, GA, the WGI Independent World Class colorguard he founded in 2011. He has also been the artistic director of the Georgia State University Colorguard since 2012.  

In the DCI world, Rick has most recently designed and choreographed for the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he has spent the last six seasons. Having assisted in a choreographic role in 2013, this is Rick’s second time working with Carolina Crown. He is excited to be back and explore new creative possibilities with the Crown team. 

Rick began his life in the pageantry arts in 1992, in the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County. After graduating from high school, he joined the Emerald Marquis Winterguard in 1995, where he performed for five seasons. He also spent two seasons in the colorguard of the Blue Devils, and one season with the Brass Theatre (Star of Indiana/"Blast"). 

Rick has designed and choreographed for many prestigious independent and scholastic colorguard programs including the Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sacrament, Juxtaposition, The Academy (UK), Chimeras, The Knights (UCF), Phantom Regiment Winterguard, Seminole High School, Miamisburg High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kell High School, Greater Johnstown High School, Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Harrison High School, South Forsyth High School, and River Ridge High School. Rick has also choreographed and designed for many successful drum corps including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, the Crossmen, the Bluecoats, and Phantom Regiment. In addition, he has choreographed and taught many successful drum corps colorguard programs including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Phantom Regiment and Bluecoats.

Mykail Costner

Mykail Costner has been an instructor, designer, performer, and choreographer for the 5-time WGI Independent World Class Champion, Fantasia. He has instructed the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Crossmen, as well as Logan High School (CA), Arcadia High School (CA), Mt. Carmel High School (CA), Valencia High School (CA), El Dorado High School, and James Bowie High School (TX). He has also worked with the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers, 2007 BOA Grand National Champion LD Bell High School (Hurst, TX), and 2006 BOA Grand National Champion Broken Arrow High School (OK). He is currently teaching and designing at James Bowie High School, West Lake High School, and Vandergrift High School in Austin, Texas.!

Mykail has extensive knowledge in the dance community and has been taught by many brilliant members of the WGI family. Such as Stanley Knaub and Karl Lowe. Mykail has also written for many World Class programs and often called upon as a design consultant and clinician for bands and guards across the United States. 

 

Michael Floyd 

Being not only a native of South Carolina, Michael Floyd is an alumnus of the Crown organization, dating back to 1994. Michael's experience and skills vary far and wide, including over 20 years of service in the DCI and WGI. Ten of his years have been spent with Crown and he continues to add more. His other accomplishments include two degrees (Biochemistry and Biology), and a Doctorate of Pharmacy. We continue to welcome and enjoy Michael as a part of the Crown team! 

Andria Foerch

Andria is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, where she began her color guard career while attending Seminole High School. She went on later to join The Company Color Guard from 1995 until 1999. Additionally, she participated with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 1996 until 2000 and taught there for an additional two years after aging out of DCI.

Andria has been an instructor for several other drum corps including Santa Clara Vanguard (2003-04), Phantom Regiment (2005-06, 2009-2010, 2015), Bluecoats (2008), and Crossmen (2011-2015). During the off-season, Andria is involved with several programs in the Atlanta area including Paramount Winter Guard. Andria has been a part of the local circuit, Southern Association for Performance Arts, for the past few years serving on the Executive Board. In addition to color guard, Andria also works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Senior Application Analyst throughout the year.

Andria enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Rick, and two dogs—Buckley and Simon.

Erin England

Dancing since the age of 2, Erin was introduced to the pageantry arts while studying at the University of Georgia. Her first experience performing in winterguard was with the 2004 Study cast. Her immediate captivation with the activity led her to pursue further experiences performing with Ad Astra per Aspera in 2005, Phantom Regiment Winterguard in 2007, Pride of Cincinnati in 2008, and Northeast Independent in 2010. Her marching drum corps experience began in 2004 and ended in 2007, completing all four seasons with Carolina Crown.

As an instructor, Erin has taught at various high schools in the Atlanta area, including a 6-year stay at McEachern High School where she revitalized the winterguard program and led them to a “AA Championship” within the local circuit in 2013, as well as in their first WGI Regional appearance in 10 years.

At a collegiate level, Erin began working with the Georgia State University Colorguard and Winterguard programs in the fall of 2013. She was ecstatic for the program’s success as Independent Class IA Champions in 2014 and their performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2015. Currently, she is continuing her work with Georgia State University as the guard director.

Her drum corps teaching experience began in 2008 with Carolina Crown and has most recently served as the movement instructor for the Crossmen from 2013 through 2016.

This winter Erin can be found teaching dance to high school and college winter programs beyond the Atlanta area and will join the Paramount Winterguard organization for a fifth season. Outside of the pageantry arts, Erin is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on dance at Kennesaw State University and is currently an intern with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he teaches third grade at a local elementary school. Brian is finishing graduate school and will have a masters in educational leadership and an endorsement in gifted education by the end of the year. He has been teaching color guard in Kentucky for 13 years. 

Brian has been the guard director at Paul Laurence Dunbar high school in Lexington, Kentucky since 2009. Paul Laurence Dunbar made WGI finals in the Scholastic A class in 2013.

Brian’s drum corps career includes marching in Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, and The Cavaliers. Brian taught the Santa Clara Vanguard color guard in 2011 and 2012. His winter guard experience includes one season at Juxtaposition and four seasons with The Pride of Cincinnati (2005-2008). Brian was a part of the independent world staff for Zydeco and currently teaches several independent programs including Lexis Winter Guard since 2011. 

Meghan Wleczyk

Meghan Wleczyk is a native Texan living in the Austin area. 

Meghan has served as a director, clinician, design consultant and prop designer with a multitude of high school programs all across Texas since 2005 including Mansfield HS, John Paul Stevens HS, Georgetown HS, McNeil HS, and James Bowie HS. She is currently serving as an assistant in her 3rd year with James Bowie HS working with both the nationally recognized, state finalist James Bowie HS Outdoor Perfoming Ensemble as well as both the six time State Champions and WGI World 5th place Finalist James Bowie World and A Class winterguard programs. Meghan has also worked with ATX Winterguard A Class & Regional A programs from 2013-2015.
 
Meghan is an alumnus of The Cadets, the Crossmen, and Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps from her years of marching from 2006-2008. She was also a member of the Revolution Winterguard in 2007. Outside of competition, Meghan serves as the Executive Director for the Austin Stars Performing Arts Association which has hosted the Texas Drum Corps Preview since 2005.

Kelsey Murphy-Bishop

Kelsey Murphy-Bishop is a Philadelphia native that has been participating in the color guard activity as a performer (Jersey Surf and Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps) and educator for nearly fifteen years. Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2011, she has been an educator for a number of high school color guards in the area, with her focus on the weapon line. She is a proud member of the educational staff for the 2016 WGI Scholastic World finalists, James Bowie HS (Austin), and serves as the Board Secretary and a member of the educational staff for Invictus, an Independent World guard from Austin.

Kelsey has earned degrees as a Bachelor of the Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia), and a Master of Science of Nursing Education from Western Governors’ University (Austin).  She currently resides in Austin, with her husband, Mike, and sister, Mickie, and when she’s not teaching, she works as a Neonatal ICU nurse. 

“This is an incomparable staff, with the ability to envision and push the activity in new and exciting ways, while guiding the membership to grow into technical and skilled performers," says Kelsey. "I am thrilled to be back at Crown, to work with such a loving and innovative group of people. Special shout out to our members, who allow me to do what I love, every day.”

Stephanie Boisjolie

Stephanie Boisjolie has taught drum corps since 2000, including groups such as Santa Clara Vanguard and Boston Crusaders. In 2016 she spent time at both Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts assisting their color guards with their technical programs. She has also taught high school bands as a technician and a director such as Seminole High School, Cypress Creek High School, Harrison High School, Wheeler High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School. 

She has been a part of winter color guards and most recently taught the Crown Guard and Phantom Regiment winter guards out of Atlanta from 2007-2010. Stephanie has been a part of high school programs as both a lead technician and a director. She has also instructed high school winter guards such as Seminole High School, Cypress Creek High School, Harrison High School, Wheeler High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School. 

Stephanie has been involved in the color guard activity for 25 years. She is currently a third grade teacher in Forsyth County, Georgia, and works with a local high school program.

Josh Waite

Joshua is excited to join the Crown team where his outdoor marching career began. In 2012, he joined Carolina Crown where he eventually would age out in 2014. His indoor performing experience began with Amor Winterguard from Birmingham, AL. He has also been a marching member of Paramount World since 2014, while also pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Joshua currently resides in Atlanta, GA, where he is the Director of Colorguard at Forsyth Central High School and Technician at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA. Joshua has also enjoyed choreographing and instructing at other programs such as Pearl High School, South Forsyth High School, Georgia State University Winterguard and Magnolia Independent. Away from the performance field, he also enjoys working as an In-Home Stylist and Design Consultant for West Elm in Alpharetta and Herrick Designs in Atlanta. 

Katie McIlraith

Katie began her involvement in the Colorguard activity in 2007, being a native of Cobb county Georgia, graduating from Pope High School. Since then she has been a marching member of Paramount World for five years. She was also a member within the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, aging out in 2014. 

In 2011, she began working with a various programs in the south east including Hillgrove High School, Allatoona High School, and Pope High School. 

Currently Katie resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a full-time Colorguard technician at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Outside of Colorguard, she works within the Grady Healthcare system assisting in Neonatal care. She recently received a B.S.N. from Kennesaw State University with a specialization in Trauma and ER. 

Katie is very excited to once again be a part of the Carolina Crown Organization, working among an incredibly talented team of staff. 

Omar Aguila

Born and raised in Miami, FL Omar currently resides in Centerville, OH. Having taken dance classes at a young age, he was always interested in the performing arts.    
 
Omar began his Color guard career at Miami Senior High, he later went on to March with Braddock Independent world for three years from 2012-2014. He began his Drum Corps career at the Boston Crusaders in 2012, later marching with Carolina Crown where he was a member of the Color guard from 2014-2016. He is currently a marching member with the Pride of Cincinnati Winter guard where he has been at since 2015.  
 
Omar is currently working with different programs in the Ohio and Indiana area such as Bellbrook, Northmont, and Northeastern high school. 
 
He is currently enrolled at Sinclair College in Dayton, OH where he began this fall working towards a degree in Pharmacy Tech. He is very excited to be returning to Crown as a member of the color guard staff and is looking forward to a great season. 
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