Nikki Szymanski returns for another year as Color Guard Caption Head. Originally from Maumee, OH, Nikki fell in love with color guard in the fourth grade. After High School Nikki received a Bacholor’s degree in Middle Childhood Math and Science Education from Bowling Green State University. Nikki’s diverse marching experience includes The Glassmen (‘10-’11), The Academy (‘13), The Cadets (‘14-’16), and Juxtaposition Winterguard (‘13-’15). As an instructor Nikki has taught numerous high school programs in Ohio as well as the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in ‘17 and ‘18. Currently residing in Columbus Ohio, Nikki is the Vice President of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association, a 6th grade Science teacher in Grove City, and Color Guard Director at Central Crossing High School.
Palmer is an instructor, music designer, drill writer and body movement designer for programs across the country. He has worked with a number of DCI, WGI, university and high school programs including Spirit of Atlanta, Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Colts and Glassmen.
O’Neill is a Houston-based color guard instructor and choreographer who has worked with the Glassmen, Troopers, Boston Crusaders, Madison Scouts and previously with Music City in 2018, as well as multiple high school and independent winter guards around the country. He also serves as the program coordinator for Eklipse Winter Guard in Nashville.
Chad has been a passionate contributor to the pageantry arts since 1999, and prior to his current role at the Blue Knights, he arranged, coordinated, or consulted for several DCI World Championship Finalists including The Cadets, Spirit of Atlanta, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. An acclaimed percussion arranger, wind arranger, and program coordinator for high school and collegiate marching bands across the country, Chad’s work throughout the fall has won the hearts and minds of students, staffs, fans, and adjudicators. Accolades include many BOA Regional Championships, three silver medal finishes in Class AA at BOA Grand Nationals, and several state championship performances. He can also be seen walking across Heinz Field on game days as Creative Consultant for the Pittsburgh Steeline.
We welcome Brian Greenleaf to the Seattle Cascades as our 2020 Color Guard Designer/ Caption Supervisor. Mr. Greenleaf has instructed the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, the Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cavaliers Drum and bugle Corps, and has served as the caption head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Greenleaf is also the founding director of Black Gold Winter Guard.
The Glassmen Alumni Ensemble has been invited to perform as the opening act for DCI’s SoundSport competition taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium prior to World Class Finals. Here’s some information about the performance and the preparations and rehearsals taking place prior to the performance. Be sure to check this page for updates as the performance gets closer.
Thank you to all who have registered to be a part of the Glassmen Alumni Corps. If you have not registered yet and want to be a part of continuing the “Experience of a Lifetime” which our corps has given its members for the past 51 years, please do so at the Glassmen Alumni website, http://www.glassmenalumni.org/. You will need to be a member of the site, which is free, in order to register with the GAC.
Sunday, as you may know, we released the music and audio files which the GAC will play at this summer’s performances. Yes, you read that correctly, performances PLURAL. In addition to the All-Star Review performance on Sunday, June 23rd, the Glassmen Alumni Corps will also be one of the groups providing entertainment on behalf of the Glassmen at Twylite Thursday on June 20th. This is a weekly fundraising event featuring four Toledo non-profit organizations. The organizations themselves provide the entertainment for the attendees and the GAC is more than happy to do so for the corps this year, both as a way of giving back to our family as well as helping the corps earn the funding it needs to return to the field in 2014. Other performance opportunities are arising and we will keep you posted if and when any are finalized and added to the schedule.