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.
Our 2015 annual meeting took place Sunday, March 1. To listen to a recording and view past meeting information, click here.
Steve Aylward wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. He was a member of the brass section from 1998 to 2002. Below, Steve describes how being a member helped him become a music educator.
Everyone has their own experiences of what the Glassmen meant to them and how the organization impacted their life. I am sure that eventually in this space I will have the chance to talk at some length about it, but as I started to think through this first blog, I made a realization…
After Glassmen Inc. declared bankruptcy a little over a year ago, some alumni requested that we make jackets available again. It took some work, but the GAA board was able to make this happen. Check out these examples, which more than 50 Glassmen recently received by mail. We’ll let you know the next time we place an order!
Join us at 1 p.m. EST Sunday, March 1, for our annual meeting.
This meeting is open to all.
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The Board of Directors will present via audio, and attendees will have the chance to participate in a chat window. Please post in the comments or contact us if you have questions.
We’re conducting our annual survey to collect information and comments from alumni to help us make decisions about our direction. It’s important that we get as many alumni as possible, from all eras, to fill out our brief form.
The survey is anonymous, and it should only take a few minutes of your time. Click here to begin!
We need your help to gather more items to digitize and complete our history. We’ll take photos, programs, tour schedules, patches — anything to do with the Glassmen that can be easily mailed and scanned. It’s our goal to collect as much as possible from all Glassmen seasons.
You can send your items to the Glassmen Alumni Association by mail. We’ll make sure they get back to you. If you have items to send, or additional questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name (and previous names, if yours has changed), your return address, what you’ve got and the years your photos/other items are from. We’ll get back to you ASAP and let you know where to send them.
We promise to take good care of anything you send, but cannot assume responsibility for any damage when mailing. We’ll scan and return them to you by mail as soon as possible.
A recap of the Glassmen Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting is now available on our website. Board members discussed this year’s DCI finals and surrounding social events; future planning for a performing ensemble; outreach; and merchandise, among other topics.
Meeting recaps are available online once they have been approved by board vote at the following meeting. Past recaps and additional documents are also available at www.glassmenalumni.org/meetings. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please use the comments section.
As promised, we have added the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps cookbooks and patches to our Glassmen Experience website and are available for purchase.
Get yours before they’re gone!