Contact

All correspondence should be mailed to:

North Texas Colorguard Association
P.O. Box 181404
Arlington, TX 76096

Phone:
817-944-9864
Please note we are not an ROTC colorguard that presents colors.


NTCA Executive Board
President:
Danny Martinez
Vice President of Colorguard: Casey Snead
Vice President of Percussion and Winds:
Jeff Ausdemore
Treasurer: Terry Hurley
Secretary: Jenn Vaught
Parliamentarian: Estelle Gravois-Murr
Member At Large Colorguard Novice-Cadet-Regional A: Crystal Walker
Member At Large Colorguard Scholastic A-Open-World: Debra Oldroyd
Member At Large Percussion: Richard Kearns

Member At Large Winds: Brandon Day

Colorguard Judge Coordinator: Ted Wemhoff
Percussion Judge Coordinator:
Jason Harvey


NTCA Staff:

Circuit Administrator: Stephanie Bonebrake

Contest Directors:


Danny Martinez
President

Danny Martinez has been a colorguard educator for over 25 years, and has taught and choreographed for many schools throughout the United States. Those units include Springtown, Crowley, The Colony, Lake Highlands, and Highland Park, among others. He also has Independent Winterguard teaching experience with units such as Ars Nova “A” and director of the 2011 WGI Bronze medalist White Gold.

In his time as a colorguard educator, Danny has taught a variety of skill and age levels. From elementary and middle school programs to independent color guards, he has shared his passion for the activity and understands the importance of each and every level and looks forward to working with these groups again from his new role on the board.

As an active member of NTCA, Danny has served on the NTCA Executive Board from 2009-2014, and was elected president for three of those years preceding his current board position. Danny is a member of the NTCA Hall of Fame as well as the Black Gold Hall of Fame.

Danny looks forward to serving the members and students of NTCA.

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Casey Snead
Vice President of Colorguard

Casey Snead has been sharing his passion for the marching arts with his students for over the past decade, working with a multitude of locally and nationally competitive programs. He had the opportunity to perform as a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and has been a multi-year veteran of Black Gold, both as performer and staff member.

Moving forward from his performing career, Casey has worked with numerous WGI regional and national finalists including Forney HS, James Martin HS, S. Grand Prairie HS, Aledo HS, Ars Nova, and Black Gold. Along with a strong background in writing and designing indoor programs, Casey loves to combine the artistry found in WGI with marching band in the Fall. He has had the pleasure to work with multiple band programs over the years including Aledo HS, Berkner HS, Canton HS, Forney HS, S. Grand Prairie HS and James Martin HS.

Casey is proud to serve in the capacity of Vice President of Colorguard on the NTCA Executive Board.

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Jeff Ausdemore
Vice President of Percussion and Winds

Jeff Ausdemore currently serves as the Virtual Music/Technology Instructor for Grapevine Colleyville ISD-a new role created through the new online academy iUniversity prep. Prior to this role, Mr. Ausdemore served as Percussion Coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School for 11 years, serving as the percussion coordinator, head of jazz studies, and co-director/composer/arranger of the CHHS marching band. In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Jeff Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 through 2010. Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas at Arlington as adjunct professor of percussion, and served as the music director/composer for the Insignia Percussion Ensemble. In the pageantry arts, Ausdemore has composed/ arranged, instructed and consulted with numerous college/high school marching bands and drum corps throughout the United States, including Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Limited Edition, Northern Aurora, and Southwind.

Mr. Ausdemore is a clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault Musical Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Pro Mark sticks and mallets, holding a Master of Music degree with distinction from New Mexico State University (2002), as well as Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University (1999).

Jeff is proud to serve once again as Vice President of Percussion and now also Winds on the 2018/2019 NTCA Executive Board.

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Terry Hurley
Treasurer

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Terry relocated to Flower Mound, Texas in August 2014, after his final season with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He has marched with indoor programs in Virginia and Texas, including CGT Dallas in 2016. In NTCA, Terry has directed at The Colony High School, Northwest High School, served as a technician and choreographer at Marcus and Keller High Schools, and now is the Director of Keller High School beginning the 2018 fall season.

Terry has served the circuit on the Steering Committee for two full years, on the NTCA Executive Board as Member-At-Large, and is now proud to serve in his new role as NTCA Treasurer.

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Jenn Vaught
Secretary


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Estelle Gravois-Murr
Parliamentarian

Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Estelle now resides in Fort Worth, TX. She graduated from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, LA and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, where she earned a BA in music, theatre and dance. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington for a masters in teaching, and also earned a masters degree in music from Northwestern State University. She is a dance teacher and band director at Alvarado HS, and teaches the colorguards at Alvarado HS, Everman HS, Northwestern State University, and is the proud director of Texas' first competitive special needs team, the AISD BUDDIES. She is a designer and choreographer for multiple programs in the areas of marching band, colorguard, dance team, and cheer. She has performed or worked with a myriad groups including Alliance of Miami, Ars Nova, and The Cadets. She has been involved with NTCA since 1995 as a director, adjudicator, and board member, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the NTCA Hall of Fame. She is a member of TBS, KKY, SAI, TBA, TMEA, and WBDI, and is the proud mother of two sons who are both active in the pageantry arts.

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Crystal Walker
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Novice, Cadet, Regional A)

Originally from Winnsboro, TX, Crystal Walker now resides in Marshall, TX with her husband Trey Walker and two children, Briana and Connor. Crystal earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications at Northwestern State University in 2005, where she was a member of the Demon Heat Colorguard. After graduation, she worked at Horseshoe Casino as a Marketing/Events Coordinator and Supervisor. She worked in the entertainment industry for five years before deciding she wanted to become a teacher. Crystal has been a director in the Marshall ISD school district since 2010. She teaches four colorguard classes throughout the day at the High School and Junior High levels, and she is the director of the MISD Special Needs colorguard/dance class. She also has her hand in the AVID program at Marshall where she helps first generation students meet their post-graduation goals. Crystal choreographs, judges, and conducts movement camps for numerous other colorguard programs, dance studios, and dance teams. She also is a member of Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA). Overall, she enjoys sharing her overflowing inspiration for both dance and colorguard to young artists and is so lucky to have a career and a passion wrap into one.

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Debra Oldroyd
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Scholastic A, National A, Open, World)

Debra Oldroyd currently serves as Colorguard Director at Azle High School. SInce 2001, her innovative ideas have contributed to the visual design of the Azle MGP marching program. In 2004, Debra introduced a competitive winterguard program at AHS. Since 2006 Azle has fielded both a JV Winterguard and a Varsity Program. Cadet programming was added in 2016. Recent NTCA awards include 2017 NA Champions, and 2018 RA medalist.

Debra has 40 years experience in the performing arts as a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, studio owner, and adjudicator. Throughout her career, she has consulted on and created many award winning works for companies and teams throughout the United States.

As a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Debra was fortunate to be taught by several icons of the dance world. Awarded a Governors Scholarship for the Arts, she studied Martha Graham technique with Toni Pickall, performed with contemporary Company Orchesis, and was a member of the CU Ballet Company. Later, at Brigham Young University, studies with Les Ditson provided performance experiences with important choreographers including Murray Louis, Martha Graham Company, and Alwin Nickolais. Choreographic awards include a N.A.P.A. award for her contemporary choreography of Oklahoma. In 1996, she was names Artistic Director for the St. Adele Dance Company in Quebec, Canada. Debra is also former director of the AHS Emerald Dazzlers. Professional affiliations include Texas Dance Educators Association, and National Dance Educators Association.

Debra loves sharing her passion for performance and teaching and is excited to serve the members of NTCA.

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Richard Kearns
Member-At-Large (Percussion)

Richard Kearns serves as Percussion Director at Centennial High School in Burleson, TX. He is a Visual and Conceptual Designer for many successful Indoor Percussion groups and Marching bands, including Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (Ft. Worth, Texas), in which the ensemble was the 2016 WGI Open Class Champion, and now Centennial High School in Burleson who are the 2017 WGI Scholastic Open Class Champions.

Richard previously served as the Percussion Director at Azle High School from 2011 through 2014. Over that time period, the ensemble earned many awards and accolades on a state and national level. Highlights for the group’s success include Lonestar Classic Champions, TCGC Champions, NTCA Champions, and WGI World Championship Semi-Finalists in both Open and World Class, in Dayton Ohio.

Prior to Azle, Richard was the Percussion Director at Palestine High School, as well as Battery/Drumline Coordinator at Tyler Junior College. Upon joining the Palestine Band Staff in 2008, the PHS Percussion Program received numerous awards in the TCGC and NTCA Indoor Drumline Circuits, and the Lonestar and Plano Drumline Competitions. In 2011, the Palestine Indoor Drumline was the TCGC Open Class Champion. His instructional contributions for TJC helped lead the group to their WGI PIO World Championship in 2008, promotion to WGI World Class, and becoming consecutive Finalists at the WGI World Championships.

Richard is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo Drumheads, and Paiste Cymbals.

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Brandon Day
Member-At-Large (Winds)

Brandon Day is currently in his 5th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Azle High School. He went to the University of North Texas and graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education. While at North Texas, Brandon was a member of the Brass Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, the "Funky Fresh" Basketball Pep Band, and the UNT Green Brigade. While in his last year with the Green Brigade, he was on the band staff. While in college, Brandon taught multiple state-level high school marching bands in DFW including Keller HS and Azle HS.

Brandon has been involved in drum corps since 2006. He performed with Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007 Championship season. He also marched Crossman Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010. After performing, Brandon has also taught a few drum corps including Revolution from San Antonio, Crossmen from San Antonio, Guardians from Houston, and the Troopers from Casper, Wyoming. He is currently on brass staff at the World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and Co-Brass Caption Head at the Guardians.

Brandon is an advocate of the WGI activity. He taught an Independent A Winds group for 2 years and currently leads the Azle HS Open Indoor Winds group which is the WGI 2018 Open Class Winds World Champion. Brandon's professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

Brandon is excited to be in this new position with NTCA and looks forward to helping the winds activity grow in North Texas.

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Stephanie Bonebrake
Circuit Administrator

Stephanie Bonebrake began her NTCA career in 1998 bringing her first Texas winterguard to compete. Since that time she has been an instructor of several units including Fossil Ridge and Summit High Schools, NTCA contest coordinator, contest host, board member, and launched the NTCA Circuit Administrator position in 2005. In her first six years as Circuit Administrator, the circuit grew from 120 units to over 200, and then she returned to serve as mentor and consultant for the circuit in both 2011 and 2013. Now in her original role as Circuit Administrator beginning again from the 2016 season, Stephanie is looking forward to yet another great NTCA season with continued growth and success working with the great units, instructors, and directors within NTCA.

Mrs. Bonebrake received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education with Administrative certification both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently she resides in Mansfield, Texas with her husband Brad and daughter Reagan. She also serves as a WGI Contest Administrator and is a band director at James Coble Middle School in Mansfield ISD. Mrs. Bonebrake's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator's Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

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