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.
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.
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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.
Jenny Porter Tilley wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. She was a member of the brass section in 2001 and 2002.
It’s not unusual to hear odd sounds in an old, crumbling building in the middle of nowhere. Those of us burdened with an overwhelming sense of logic can always attribute it to something our teeny human brains can comprehend: Plumbing. Wind. Settling. Animals. The person sleeping nearby.
Kim (Waller) Nash wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. She was a member of the color guard from 1997-1999. Below, Kim describes five effects being a member of the Glassmen had on her everyday life.
1. “Never be late.”
I am habitually early. Literally, everywhere I go, everything I do — I’m early.