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: Caleb Hunter
Parliamentarian: Dr. Estelle Gravois Murr
Member At Large Colorguard Novice-Cadet-Regional A: Nick McMahan
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 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:
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.
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.
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)
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 James Coble Middle School in Mansfield ISD. Mrs. Bonebrake's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator's Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.