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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for Wills Point ISD, a position she has held since the fall of 2020. 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, and Wills Point 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 - 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 is currently serving as head Colorguard Director. 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 and Tulsa Finalist, and a 2019 National A Silver Medalist.
Along with teaching at Melissa, 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.
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 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).