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: Art Grossman
Vice President of Percussion and Winds: Jeff Ausdemore
Treasurer: Christin McNair
Secretary: Caleb Hunter
Parliamentarian: Justin Good
Member At Large Colorguard Novice-Cadet-Regional A: Michaela Bocock
Member At Large Colorguard Scholastic A-Open-World: Taylor Tucker
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.
The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Corporation and shall, in general,
supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Corporation. He or she shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors. He or she may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the Corporation authorized by the Board of Directors, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other
instruments which the Board of Directors have authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and
10execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws or by statute to
some other officer or agent of the Corporation; and in general, he or she shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.
Vice President of Colorguard
Originally from Western Michigan, Art Grossman now resides in Fort Worth, TX. He has served as the director of multiple independent units including CGT Fort Worth, Insignia and Eagle Mountain Independent. In addition to serving the independent community he has been the color guard director of Saginaw High School since 2007. Additionally, Art is a program coordinator and project manager for Marching365 where he designs and choreographs for many marching bands from around the southwestern United States. He has also worked with many NTCA units over the years including Chisholm Trail HS, Boswell HS, Birdville HS, Springtown HS, McKinney HS, Keller Central HS, and many more.
He has previously served the NTCA executive board as Member at Large A-World and as as a member of the scholarship and steering committees.
Art looks forward to serving the membership of NTCA in the role of Vice President.
Vice President of Colorguard:
In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall
perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or Board ofDirectors.
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.
Vice President of Percussion and Winds:
In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or Board of Directors.
Christin McNair graduated from Texas Christian University in 2005 where she earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Instrumental Music Education. She was a flute/piccolo player in the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band where she marched piccolo and color guard.
Christin is a Hall of Fame member of the North Texas Colorguard Association. She served 10 years on the Executive Board as Secretary and Treasurer. She has assisted with the color guards at Wester MS, Jones MS, Mansfield HS, Lake Ridge HS, Timberview HS, Midlothian HS, Marcus HS, Ars Nova Independent and Cypress Independent. Christin was a performing member of Ars Nova Independent World Winter Guard in 2010 and 2011, and captain in 2012 and 2013. She also traveled to Boston on the weekends to perform with Blessed Sacrament Independent World Winter Guard in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Christin is currently in her 18th year as the Assistant Band Director at Wester Middle School and Asa Low Intermediate School in Mansfield.
The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such monies in the name of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositaries as shall be selected by the Board of Directors; and in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall make a written report of the finances of the Corporation at each regular meeting of the Directors and members and at such other time as the Directors shall require.
Caleb Hunter currently serves as the color guard director at Azle High School. He believes that color guard is a means to promote student achievement in their social, academic, and professional lives. Caleb Hunter has worked as a clinician with many programs throughout West Texas, the Texas panhandle, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hunter is passionate about cultivating student development and program achievement at the schools he touches. Hunter believes in teaching young women and men to be confident in themselves and their abilities, and that competitive achievement is simply one tool to accomplish that. Hunter teaches his students self-care, team building, creative exploration, and positive self-talk as they learn the art of color guard and hopes that this influence will permeate other areas of their present and future lives. This brings confidence within his students, and builds strong programming with self-assured and self-reliant performers more prepared to enter the world.
Caleb Hunter was a member of the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corps for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons where he consistently performed in Drum Corps International Finals. In 2015, Hunter received the Madison Scout Guard Member of the Year award. In addition to his drum corps experience, Hunter marched with Black Gold Independent World and Color Guard Theatre Dallas where he advanced to WGI Open Class Finals in 2015 and 2016. Caleb Hunter is currently attending Columbia College in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature, his expected graduation date is December 2021.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and of the
regularly scheduled meetings in one or more books (or electronic archives) provided for that purpose; give all notices in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records; and, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors. The secretary will supervise electronic correspondence to communicate with the membership via email and website posts.
Originally from Copperas Cove, TX, Justin now resides in Fort Worth, TX. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from Tarleton State University in 2011 and with a Master of Arts in Music degree at Texas Woman's in Fall of 2013. In that time Justin have had an extensive performance career marching with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, the Sound and the Fury Marching Band at TSU, Texas Woman's University Wind Ensemble, Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble, the Dallas Cowboys Color Guard, and as a cast member of the Black/White Gold Independent Color guard in the 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2021 seasons. He was humbled to have been a part of the 2011 White Gold Independent A cast that earned a bronze medal at WGI World Championships.
Justin has directed, choreographed, and trained Color Guards since 2011 for districts including Denton, Krum, Allen, Melissa, Van Alystyne, Shamrock, Wellington, River Road, Halletsville, Decatur, Italy, and Bowie as well as serving on staff for Black Gold Independent Guards from Fall 2016 to Spring 2018. He is currently the Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Weatherford HS.
Justin has been a part of NTCA since 2012 and has served with several committees as well as heading the Nominating Committee for several years. This will be his first year as Parliamentarian.
The Parliamentarian shall assist the President plan meetings and agendas for meetings, as well as maintain order in the meetings. The Parliamentarian will also serve as chairperson of any committee which revises documents of the Corporation, including, but not limited to, By-laws, Articles of Incorporation and the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Novice, Cadet, Regional A)
Originally from Tulsa, OK, Michaela relocated to the Dallas area in 2014 to teach band and color guard and has been an active member of NTCA since. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with Honors, receiving her Bachelor’s in Music Education and a certification to teach EC-12 Music in the state of Texas.
Michaela is currently an assistant band director and the color guard director at Sherman High School in Sherman, TX. Over the past ten years, she has taught color guards across Oklahoma and North Texas of skill levels ranging from Cadet Novice to National A, along with independent groups. In NTCA, she has taught at McKinney North High School, Melissa High School, Celina High School, Wills Point High School, and Sherman High School. She has also taught various camps and clinics across DFW and has been a judge for the Caprock Color Guard Circuit based out of Lubbock, TX.
As a performer, Michaela spent 2009-2013 marching DCI where she spent time in Open and World Class groups, including Memphis Sound, Forte, Genesis, and The Cadets. She was also a member of the OSU Cowboy Color Guard from 2010-2012 and marched various Independent groups in the Tulsa area.
Professional affiliations outside of NTCA include TMEA, TBA, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the National Flute Association.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Novice, Cadet, Regional A):
The two Members---at---Large shall act as a liaison between the Membership and the Board of Directors and shall convey ideas and concerns to the Board of Directors from the
Membership. The Member---at---Large is also responsible for other such duties as may be assigned by the President.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Scholastic A, National A, Open, World)
Taylor Tucker grew up in Mesquite, Texas. She graduated from the University of North Texas in the honors college with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She spun in the Colorguard and Winterguard all four years at North Mesquite High School, and in her first year of college, she marched in the UNT Green Brigade Colorguard. She then marched the White Gold Independent A and Open, and Black Gold Independent World.
Taylor has performed with Colorguard Theatre Dallas, which made open class finals at the Winterguard International World Championships in its inaugural year. She went on to march with Cypress Independent Winterguard, this time making world class finals. Her drum corps experience includes marching with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle corps.
While in college, Taylor was a tech for Lakeview Centennial High School. She then became the Head Colorguard Director at Naaman Forest High School from 2014-2015.
Taylor has served for three years as the Head Colorguard Director at Sachse High School. During that time, the colorguard received Best Colorguard at marching competitions all three seasons, and jumped from the Regional A division to the National A division at NTCA. Sachse also is a 2017 WGI Dallas and Austin regional finalist.
Taylor joined Melissa ISD in 2017, and served as head Colorguard Director for 5 years. She has worked with students in elementary, middle, and high school. All of the Melissa guards have earned numerous awards under her direction. Most notably, Melissa HS is a WGI San Antonio, Tulsa, and Dallas Regional finalist, with the varsity guard placing top 3 at the 2022 Dallas Regional. Melissa Varsity is also a 2019 and 2022 National A Silver Medalist.
Taylor Tucker has just started a new journey as the Independence High Colorguard Director for the 2022-2023 school year.
Along with teaching various schools, Taylor has taught camps, clinics, and worked with colorguards from all over the world, with students from all ages. She was a flag tech for CGT Denton, and was a designer for Banda Municipal de Zarcero winterguard, a colorguard from Costa Rica. For the 2021 season she served as the assistant director of Black Gold Independent World. She is now one of the Co-Founders of Girasol Winterguard in Costa Rica.
Member-At-Large (Colorguard - Scholastic A, National A, Open, World):
The two Members---at---Large shall act as a liaison between the Membership and the Board of Directors and shall convey ideas and concerns to the Board of Directors from the Membership. The Member---at---Large is also responsible for other such duties as may be assigned by the President.
Richard Kearns serves as Percussion Director at Burleson Centennial High School (Burleson, TX), as well as a designer and clinician for many ensembles in both Indoor and Outdoor Arenas.
The Burleson Centennial Percussion Program has established itself as one of the top World Class Ensembles in the country, with multiple Top 10 Finalist appearances at the WGI (Winterguard International) World Championships, as well as being named the 2017 WGI PSO World Champions.
Prior to his time at Centennial, Richard was the Percussion Director of Azle High School (Azle, TX), where the Percussion Section won numerous awards and Championships in the NTCA and TCGC Indoor Circuits as well as multiple successful appearances at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Richard was also the Percussion Director at Palestine High School from 2008-2011, as well as the Battery coordinator at Tyler Jr. College. Upon joining the Palestine Band Staff, the PHS Percussion Program received numerous awards in the TCGC & NTCA Indoor Circuits, Lonestar & 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’s passion within the activity also goes well beyond just teaching percussion. His abilities as a conceptual and visual designer for Marching Band and Indoor Drumline have turned out many crowd-pleasing productions, including the 2016 WGI PIO Gold Medalists, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (TX), 2017 PSO Gold Medalists, Burleson Centennial High School (TX), and the 2022 PSO Gold Medalists, Sherwood High School (OR).
Richard serves on the WGI Advisory Board, as well as the NTCA (North Texas Colorguard Association) Executive Board. Richard was selected by WGI as one of the top designers from around the world to be part of WGI's 1on1 consultation program. Ensembles from across the country use this platform to receive online feedback and guidance on how to improve their percussion program throughout the year.
Richard currently resides in Burleson, Texas with his wife Stacie and Daughters Sam & Lennon. When he is not teaching, you can usually find him on the golf course. He is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.
The Percussion Representative is named the Member-at-Large
Percussion and shall serve as the liaison between the percussion membership and the Executive Board.
The Percussion Representative shall perform all duties incidental to the office of Percussion
Representative, and other such duties as may be assigned by the President.
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.
The Winds Representative is named the Member-at-Large Winds and shall serve as the liaison between the winds membership and the Executive Board. The Winds Representative shall perform all duties incidental to the office of Percussion Representative, and other such duties as may be assigned by the President.
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 Hughes Middle School in Burleson ISD. Mrs. Bonebrake's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), and Women's Band Directors International (WBDI).