All correspondence should be mailed to:
North Texas Colorguard Association
P.O. Box 181404
Arlington, TX 76096
Please note we are not an ROTC Color Guard that presents colors.
NTCA Executive Board
President: Danny Martinez
Vice President of Colorguard: Michael Cabrera
Vice President of Percussion and Winds: Jeff Ausdemore
Treasurer: Terry Hurley
Secretary: David Arvin
Parliamentarian: Dr. Estelle Gravois Murr
Member At Large Colorguard Novice-Cadet-Regional A: Nick McMahan
Member At Large Colorguard Scholastic A-Open-World: Lindsay Kusmierczak
Member At Large Percussion: Richard Kearns
Member At Large Winds: Brandon Day
Circuit Administrator: Stephanie Bonebrake
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.
Vice President of Colorguard
Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Michael Cabrera now resides in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also did extensive training and performing in both the ballet and modern ensembles at the Scottsdale Community College. He is currently studying Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University based out of San Francisco, California. Before moving to Texas, Michael was the Colorguard Director at Mira Costa High School and New Bury Park High School in Southern California. He also has served as dance technician at Los Alamitos High School, Nogales High School, Santa Monica High School, and Upland High School in Southern California.
Michael is now celebrating five years as Director of Colorguard at Red Oak High School.
Marching/Performing Experience to include:
- eXaltation Independent Winterguard in Gilbert, Arizona (2001-2005)
- Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2003)
- Fantasia - Independent World (2006-2008) 2007 Silver Medalist; 2008 Gold Medalis
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 2019/2020 NTCA Executive Board.
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.
David Arvin, a native of Moore, Oklahoma, began his career in the marching arts as a percussionist before venturing into the color guard activity. As a performer, he spent his summers with The Troopers and The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and his winter seasons with Eclectix Independent, Central Independent, and CGT Dallas.
His teaching career began by helping open Southmoore High School's program its inaugural year before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma to become the director of Union High School Colorguards. In his time at Union, he helped the program become a Grand Nationals Finalist, WGI Open Class Finalist, and a State Champion many times over. David also served as a choreographer and technician for The Blue Knights (2012-2017), Eclectix Independent (2012-2014, 2016) and Kickapoo High School (2016-2019).
David served a two-year term as the Circuit President of WGPO (Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma) in addition to serving on numerous councils and committees.
After performing with CGT Dallas, David decided to relocate to Texas to further his teaching career. He is now the director of Rock Hill High School in Prosper ISD. Additionally, he served as the co-director of CGT Denton for their 2019 debut in World Class.
Dr. Estelle Gravois Murr
Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Estelle now resides in Cleburne, TX. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, where she earned a BA in music, theatre and dance as well as a master's degree in music. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington for a masters degree in education and earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is the fine arts coordinator and head colorguard director for the Alvarado Independent School District, and teaches adjunct at Northwestern State University. Dr. Murr 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 of 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 college students majoring in music education and are active in the pageantry arts.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Novice, Cadet, Regional A)
Nick McMahan was born in Corpus Christi, TX and has lived in multiple cities across the state. After graduating from Calallen HS, Nick attended UT Arlington where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, marched the UTA guard and performed with and choreographed for the UTA Dance Ensemble, sending a piece to the American College Dance Festival.
Nick has performed with world class organizations such as Ars Nova Winterguard, Glassmen DBC and Black Gold Winterguard. He served as a staff member for White Gold Winterguard, earning a bronze medal at WGI World Championships.
He has performed with and choreographed for several dance companies including Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Springfield Dance Alliance and imPulse Dance Project.
He has designed and choreographed for guard programs at Arlington Lamar HS, Frisco Heritage HS and Ozark HS in Ozark, MO.
He currently resides in Mansfield, TX and teaches guard at Legacy HS. He works for NTCA as Unit Representative and serves on the education committee. He hopes to accept a position as a special education teacher in MISD within the next year.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Scholastic A, National A, Open, World)
Lindsay Kusmierczak comes to the NTCA Board with a goal of service and support. She has been teaching in the pageantry arts for over 20 years. Currently, Lindsay is the Color Guard Director at Prosper High School, as well as the Color Guard Caption head for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle corps. Lindsay started marching in her high school color guard, which led her to auditioning and marching for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (2000-01), and then went to the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. She marched in the color guard (2002-2005) and winter guard (2007). Lindsay has taught several drum corps including; The Phantom Regiment, The Blue Knights, The Glassmen, Southwind, and the Italian drum and bugle corps Millennium. She has taught both Bluecoats Indoor and Paramount independent, WGI World Class Finalists. Before moving to Texas, Lindsay was on the color guard staff for the BOA and WGI Finalist, Harrison High School. As a native of Southern Illinois, she also taught at O’Fallon Township High School, as well as several schools in the St. Louis metro area.
Lindsay is a firm believer and supporter of life-long learning. She is currently pursuing her second graduate degree at the University of North Texas, studying Learning Technologies. She also holds a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, as well as a degree in fine arts with a minor in art history from Northern Illinois University.
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.
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.
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.