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Richard Lopez – Owner

Richard Lopez has been an instructor and show designer since 1978 for many Texas High School color guards and bands.  Richard has designed shows for numerous indoor color guard state champions, UIL Texas State marching finalists and WGI regional champions.  He has also designed programs for state solo and ensemble color guard champions. Richard was the education director for the Texas Educational Colorguard Circuit and has been the President for the circuit for 4 years.

Richard is also a marching band drill designer.  He has written for the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many high schools.  Many of his drills have placed in the UIL State Marching Band contests. His drill for the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corp finished 4th at the DCI Finals.

Richard is the owner of Performer’s Academy, a consulting company for the visual arts.  He is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Megan Crumrine – Director of Operations

Megan graduated from Tom C Clark High School in the fall of 2010. She was a part of the color guard for three years and the Commander of the guard her senior year.

Megan marched DCI with Genesis Drum and Bugle Crops in 2011. She also marched two seasons in WGI. One with the Identity A winter guard in 2011 and one with Capriccio Independent in 2015.

She currently teaches at James Madison High School.  She has been at Madison for the past ten years, where she has helped lead the groups to many awards.

Megan currently serves as the Treasurer for the Texas Educational Colorguard Association Circuit.

Angelica Gonzales – Instructor

Angelica graduated from Sandra Day O’Connor high school, where she was a member of the color guard team for four years. After graduating, she went on to complete three seasons of independent winter guard, competing in world class with Identity Winter Guard from 2014-2016.

She is currently the director at Alamo Heights high school for the past five years and has helped the team earn a silver medal at the 2019 TECA North Zone Championships.

Angelica has an Associate of Applied Science in 3D Animation from Northwest Vista College. She is also continuing her schooling to study 3D animation and game development.

Clarissa Herrera – Instructor

Clarissa attended James Madison High School and graduated the spring of 2013, where she marched all four years with the color guard. During that time, she served as a leader for the color guard for three years. After high school she took a couple years off then she was given the opportunity to march with Industry Independent in 2016 and 2017. Clarissa started teaching at her alma mater as an assistant until she was promoted to Instructor at Samuel Clemens High School starting in the summer of 2017 to present.

Clarissa used to attend at the University of Incarnate Word from the fall of 2013 to spring of 2016 where she studied Nursing with a minor in Psychology.

Hannah Oliver – Instructor

Hannah went to James Madison High school where she marched all four years in color guard. She was also captain of the guard for her final two years.

Hannah has taught at Madison High School as an assistant until she was promoted to an Instructor at Boerne High School, where she currently teaches.

Hannah went to Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she acquired her Associate Degree of Science in General Studies. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree of Kinesiology in Exercise Science at University of Texas San Antonio.

Hunter Phillips – Instructor

Hunter Phillips graduated from Wagner High School in 2017, where his color guard career began.  Outside of high school in 2016, he marched with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also marched with Invictus World Winter guard from 2018-2020 and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2018-2020.

He started as a color guard assistant at Wagner High School, then taught at Madison High School as an assistant. From there he was promoted to an Instructor at Steele High School.

Hunter currently goes to San Antonio College where he is pursuing his degree in dance.

Jeremy Contreras – Instructor

Jeremy Contreras currently serves as the Director of Color Guard for Earl Warren High School. He is a graduate of South San Antonio High School and attended San Antonio College majoring in Theatre.

In the summer of 2012, Mr. Contreras marched in the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as the Colorguard Captain. He then marched an independent Winter Guard Program, ATX Winter guard in Austin, TX. He has worked with numerous organizations such as Harlandale HS, Samuel Clemens HS, McCollum HS, Southwest HS, Harlingen South HS, Genesis DBC, and Capriccio Independent.

Mr. Contreras currently serves as the President for the Texas Educational Colorguard Association. He is also the Colorguard Director for McCollum HS in Harlandale ISD and Southwest HS in Southwest ISD.

Ronald Burton – Instructor

Ronald Burton graduated from John Jay Science and Engineering Academy High School in San Antonio, Texas in 2012. In his time there he studied clarinet privately under the artist Ruth Aguirre. In Addition to his time there, he was also a part of the John Jay Silver guard, where he studied under Ruben Alejandre for the four years. In the summer of 2012 Ronald marched in the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, here he was taught by Albert Riojas.

Ronald went to University of Texas at San Antonio in pursuit of his degree in Cyber Securities/ Information Systems. In his time at University of Texas at San Antonio he joined the UTSA Band program for non-band majors playing the clarinet in University Band. He also joined the UTSA auxiliaries (Colorguard). There he was under the instruction of Randi Miles. Ronald also took part in the UTSA Colorguard independent group. Ronald became Colorguard captain his last three years there. Ronald took a couple of side elective classes in dance, Modern Dance and Intro to Dance.

Ronald started teaching in 2012, being a technician at John Jay High School and William Howard Taft. In 2018 he became the Head Colorguard director at John Marshall high school. In 2018 and 2019 he took the group to a challenging competition in the Scholastic Regional A Division at the WGI San Antonio Regional. In 2019, Ronald lead the group to finish 4th place at the Texas Educational Colorguard Association Championship in the Regional A division.
Ronald is currently the Texas Educational Colorguard Association Vice President of Colorguard. He also currently serves as the John Marshall High school Colorguard instructor in NISD, the Colorguard Instructor at Jourdanton High school in JISD, and a technician at McCollum High school in the HISD.

Ruben Alejandre – Instructor

Ruben Alejandre went to William Howard Taft high school and graduated in 2003. He was a member of the Taft Raider Band color guard and winter guard all four years of high school. After graduating high school, he marched DCI, Revolution DBC of San Antonio Tx for two summers 2005 and 2006, silver medalists in division III class.  Ruben also marched WGI in independent open class 2004 IO WGI championship finalists, 2005 IO WGI finalists, 2006, 2007, and Revolution World guard 2010. He was also on staff at Revolution DBC in 2008.

Ruben has taught at various high schools around the San Antonio area such as John Jay HS, Warren HS, Holmes HS, Taft HS, and Medina Valley HS. He is currently working with the Holmes Husky Band program.

Ruben have also attended Northwest Vista college where he majored in dance. He has also attended many dance college festivals and well as performed independent college and few professional dance ensembles.

Gabriel Stainbrook – Guard Tech

Gabriel was a Summa graduate from James Madison High School. While attending, he was a member of the Mighty Maverick Marching Band from 2015-2018 as a clarinetist and Sophomore year joined the Colorguard program from 2016-2019. He was able to accomplish making the honor band program during this time as well as the Scholastic National A Class Varsity Colorguard program his first year as a member, under the direction of Richard Lopez and Megan Crumrine. After graduating from James Madison High School, Gabriel started teaching with the Alamo Heights High School Colorguard. He helped manage both the fall and winter programs for the 2019-2020 season.

He has received his Associates in Psychology from Northwest Vista College and during this time also studied dance through the San Antonio College Dance program. He is looking to transfer to UTSA for his bachelor’s in this field of study in order to better understand student’s mental health.

Hannah Mayer – Guard Tech

Hannah graduated from James Madison high school in the fall of 2019 and marched for four years in the color guard program under the direction of Richard Lopez and Megan Crumrine. She trained all four years on flag line and served two years as a color guard captain.

She started working at Samuel Clemens high school as a color guard tech in August of 2019 and is still with the school.

Currently, she is at Northeast Lakeview College, where she is working towards getting her associate degree in music. She plans on transferring to UTSA for the 2021 Fall semester, where she plans to work towards getting a bachelor’s degree in music.

Jacob Barrientes – Guard Tech

Jacob Barrientes currently serves as the Assistant Director of Color Guard for Earl Warren High School. He is a graduate of Harlandale High School.

Mr. Barrientes marched with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard for the 2019 Drum Corps International Season where they won the George Zingali Best Color Guard Award. He then marched an Independent Winter Guard Program, ORIGINS based out of Austin, TX. He has worked with organizations such as McCollum HS and Southwest HS.

Mr. Barrientes currently serves as the Historian for the Texas Educational Colorguard Association Circuit.

Jessica Lara – Guard Tech

Jessica went to John Marshall High School and marched with the color guard for four years. She graduated from Marshall High School in 2019. She currently teaches at her alma mater with Ronald Burton.

Jessica is currently attending Northwest Vista College and plans to transfer fall 2020 to UTSA.  She is studying to become a music educator but more specifically, an orchestra director.

Jinelle Drake – Guard Tech

Jinelle went to Judson high school and graduated in the fall of 2018, where she marched with the color guard for all four years. Outside of high school, she has also marched ATX Winter Guard. At ATX, she has marched for six years and ten seasons.

Jinelle has taught at Randolph High School, Clark High School, Clemens High School, Judson High School and is currently teaching at Steele High School.

Jinelle is currently enrolled in Hallmark University for her bachelor’s in business and Healthcare Management.

Joshua Sanchez – Guard Tech

Joshua Sanchez, originally from Fredericksburg, TX, graduated Fredericksburg High where he marched trumpet his freshman and sophomore year, became head drum major as a junior, and lead his band to achieve 2nd place at the 2012 UIL State Marching Band contest his senior year.  Josh joined his high school winter guard as a sophomore and participated through his senior year.

Josh attended Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science with a focus in Fashion Merchandising, along with a Business Administration minor. In his free time as a college student Josh marched Trumpet with the Bobcat Marching Band in the fall of 2013 and was a part of the Identity World cast in 2015.

When not teaching, Josh can be found being a Craftsman for Coach at North Star mall or catching up on all things pop culture.