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: Susan Hanggi
Vice President of Colorguard: John Leonard
Vice President of Percussion: Jeff Ausdemore
Treasurer: Christin Alkhazshvilly
Secretary: Carol Meadows
Parliamentarian: Estelle Gravois-Murr
Member At Large Colorguard Novice-Cadet-Regional A: Stephanie Childs
Member At Large Colorguard Scholastic A-Open-World: Casey Snead
Member At Large Percussion: Richard Kearns

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

Please note we are not an ROTC colorguard that presents colors.

NTCA Staff
Circuit Administrator: Stephanie Bonebrake

Contest Director: Rayanna Hoeft

Contest Director: Kirsten Meyer

Contest Director: Dawson (Scooter) Spicer


Susan Hanggi
President

Susan Hanggi, originally from Atlanta, GA, started her colorguard career at Pope High School. She went on to earn a Bachelors Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Masters Degree from the University of North Texas. During that time, she performed with Santa Clara Vanguard and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pride of Cincinnati and Phantom Regiment Winterguards.

Today, she teaches PreAP World Geography in Keller ISD, and is the Director of Colorguard at Guyer High School. She has worked with renowned organizations such as Kell High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Phantom Regiment and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and their Winterguards and Colorguard Caption Head for the Madison Scouts. Susan served two years as the NTCA Steering Committee Chair and as Member-at-Large for NTCA A-O-W units.

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John Leonard
Vice President of Colorguard

John Leonard, a native of Chicago, began his dance studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his Bachelors of Arts with honors in dance from Columbia College of Chicago. Leonard continued his dance studies at Arizona State University where he was a graduate student and teaching assistant on scholarship. Leonard has performed with the Cavaliers and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Field of View and Pride of Cincinnati winter guards, Ludwig Dance Theatre, and the national and Japan tours of the Broadway show Blast.

A teacher and choreographer for nearly twenty years, his work has been seen in most of the fifty United States and even abroad in places like Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Leonard is in his seventh year as director of the Marcus Color Guard program, and has worked with distinguished organizations such as Fred J. Miller Clinics, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, Lake Park High School, Centerville High School, First Flight Winter Guard, Field of View, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Arizona State University. Previously serving two years as NTCA President, Leonard is in his fifth year on the NTCA board currently serving as Vice President of Colorguard. Leonard also serves on the WGI Color Guard Steering Committee as the A/Open representative.

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Jeff Ausdemore
Vice President of Percussion

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 on the 2016/2017 NTCA Executive Board.

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Christin Alkhazshvilly
Treasurer

Originally from Arlington, TX, Christin now resides in Mansfield. She graduated from Arlington High School and attended Texas Christian University, where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education in 2005. She is in her 12th year as band director at Brooks Wester MS and Asa Low IS in Mansfield ISD. She was a performing member with Ars Nova Independent World in 2010 and 2011 and Captain in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 and 2015 she traveled to Boston, MA on the weekends to perform with Blessed Sacrament Independent World. Christin has served as Secretary for NTCA in 2008-2009 and has been Treasurer since 2009.

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Carol Meadows
Secretary

Carol Meadows is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at school, Mrs. Meadows studied oboe under Dr. Charles Veazey, was a member of the University’s Concert Band Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Nick Williams, and participated in the Green Brigade Marching Band with the color guard for three years, spending two of those years as an officer in the guard. Mrs. Meadows received her Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University in May of 2016. Outside of school, Mrs. Meadows performed in the North Texas Color Guard Association and Winter Guard International Circuits with Insignia Open 2004, Insignia World 2005–2006, and Black Gold Open 2007. She has also worked with many color guards in the area over the last few years, some of which include Liberty High School in Frisco, Berkner High School in Richardson, J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, and Little Elm High School in Little Elm. Mrs. Meadows was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard from 2005–2007 and was the flag captain in 2007.

Mrs. Meadows is excited to join the staff at Rockwall HS this fall as the Symphonic Band Director, and is looking forward to working with the colorguard. Mrs. Meadows taught in Mesquite ISD from 2009-2012 at North Mesquite High School. She conducted the Concert Band and taught the Color Guard at North Mesquite, as well as starting beginners on Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Flute and French Horn at McDonald Middle School. She taught in Birdville ISD from 2012-2016 at Birdville High School where she directed the Concert Band, Color Guard, and taught AP Music Theory. Mrs. Meadows graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX where she was very involved in the marching and concert bands. She participated in the A Cappella Choir, Bell System Show Choir, color guard, and winter guard in leadership positions as well as being a member of the National Honors Society.

Mrs. Meadows is currently a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Texas Music Educators Association. In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, traveling, relaxing with her cats, Marco and Mason, and spending time with her husband Chris. Mr. Meadows is a Math teacher at Timber Creek High School in Keller, TX.

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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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Stephanie Childs
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Novice, Cadet, Regional A)

Stephanie Childs has been involved in teaching colorguard since 1986, and has taught in many Texas schools, including Dublin, Azle, Mexia, Electra, and Stephenville. She has also been an active member of the NTCA Steering Committee and is currently a WGI volunteer at the WGI Dallas and Southwest Regionals. Stephanie is the director of the Stephenville High School Colorguard and has been in charge of the program for the past 16 years. She also teaches kindergarten for SISD. Stephanie is married to Mike Childs, and has two children, Caitlin and Cameron.

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Casey Snead
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Scholastic A, Open, World)

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 very excited to serve on the board and is available any time to answer questions related to the growth and development of units across the spectrum of classes from A to World.

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Richard Kearns
Member-At-Large (Percussion)

Richard Kearns serves as Percussion Director at Centennial High School in Burleson, TX. Richard is also 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.

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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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 also received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education with Administrative certification 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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