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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.

Jeremy Contreras – Director of Operations

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.

Joshua Sanchez – Marketing Manager

Joshua Sanchez, graduated from 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.

Clarissa Herrera – Colorguard Director at James Madison High School

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.

Jacob Barrientes – Colorguard Director at William Howard Taft High School

Jacob Barrientes 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.

Hunter Phillips – Colorguard Director at Byron P. Steele High School

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 Director at Byron P. Steele High School.

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

Hannah Oliver – Colorguard Director at Boerne High School

Hannah Mayer – Colorguard Director at Samuel Clemens High School

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

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.

Aaron Salas – Colorguard Director at Legacy of Educational Excellence (L.E.E. HS)

Zachariah Jacobes – Colorguard Director at Alamo Heights High School

Allyson Padron – Assistant Colorguard Director at Earl Warren High School

Jinelle Drake – Assistant Colorguard Director at Byron P. Steele High School

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.

Regan Martilla – Assistant Colorguard Director at William Howard Taft High School

Dana Youngblood – Assistant Colorguard Director at Boerne High School

Madelyn Ramirez – Assistant Colorguard Director at Earl Warren High School

Kassandra Garcia – Assistant Colorguard Director at Alamo Heights High School