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Meet the 2024 Cascades Guard Staff

As the drum corps community eagerly anticipates the 2024 season, all eyes are on the vibrant colors, intricate choreography, and emotional performances that make up the guard section.

Leading the 2024 Color Guard is a group of individuals whose expertise and passion promise to elevate the Seattle Cascades' guard to new heights. Let's delve into the exciting tapestry of the 2024 Guard Staff.

Anthony Riederer, Color Guard Caption Supervisor

Anthony Riederer has served as a technician, choreographer, consultant, designer, and caption head for scholastic and independent organizations in the Midwest, Intermountain West, and Pacific Northwest.

He co-founded Cascadia Winter Guard and currently serves as the Guard Designer at Century High School (Oregon). Anthony also serves as an adjudicator for a number of marching band contests and winter guard circuits nationwide. Previously, he was the Judge Coordinator and an appointed member of the Board of Directors for the Heartland Winter Arts Association.

Anthony holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation and Community Planning. Currently, he manages the Community Development Code for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon. In this role he seeks to support predictable development outcomes which drive forward Hillsboro's values of being a proactive, well-designed, sustainable, and business-friendly community. Though a Wisconsinite at heart, he is grateful to live in among beauty and splendor of the Portland-area.

Brooke Winsor, Color Guard Co-Caption Head

Brooke Winsor has been involved in the marching arts for over 12 years. She has been a DCI Finalist with the Crossmen and WGI finalist with The Pride of Missouri State. Brooke has taught at various programs in the Midwest over the last 7 years and currently teaches in the Omaha, NE area where she serves as the winter guard director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

After receiving her degree in graphic design and illustration from Missouri State University, Brooke currently works as a Graphic Artist for G2 Performance.

Grace Batchelor, Color Guard Co-Caption Head

Grace Batchelor is from Albuquerque, NM and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. Spending over 10 years in the marching arts activity, Grace began her drum corps career in 2015 with Seattle Cascades going on to march The Academy in 2016, Crossmen in 2017, finishing her drum corps career with The Blue Knights starting in 2018, serving as Color Guard captain there in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Grace also marched a season of WGI with FeniX Independent World in 2018.

Her teaching experience includes serving across sixteen different high school productions as a weapon technician, choreographer, and design consultant. Grace spent her first season teaching drum corps with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2022. After learning what it meant to be a part of Seattle Cascades in her rookie year of drum corps. Grace is thrilled to return and continue the organization's growth.

Jacob Javier, Color Guard Choreographer

Originally from Los Angeles California, Jacob has been involved in the marching arts activity since 2008. Starting out his performing career as a Clarinet musician, his love for color guard quickly evolved and resulted in performing with 3 Independent Open DCI/WGI organizations before graduating HS. Since then Jacob has had the opportunity to perform with multiple World Class organizations including Diamanté Winter Guard, Bluecoats Indoor, Carolina Crown, Paramount Winter Guard, and the Pride of Cincinnati. Jacob then and now continues to share his passion with the activity through teaching. He’s had the privilege of working with numerous DCI and WGI organizations as a technician, choreographer, designer, and color guard consultant. Some of these groups include Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Mill Creek HS, Choctaw HS, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Tarpon Springs HS, and the Phantom Regiment. Jacob is currently going on his 7th year as Color Guard Director of the LD Bell Band program from Hurst, TX. He proudly continues to explore his passion and creativity there and with the winter guard program at LD Bell, which he originated. In his free time, Jacob enjoys commuting to Los Angeles to visit family, running, hot yoga, and spending time with his fiancé and three dogs in Florida.

Zach Dye, Color Guard Choreographer

Zach is native to Greenfield, Indiana where he began his color guard career in 2009. After high school, Zach continued his performing career with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps 2010-2013 and Zydeco World Winter Guard 2012-2013. After recovering from a knee injury in 2014, Zach was able to join Carolina Crown in performing an abbreviated production of their 2014 program in Japan.

Zach has taught various educational camps as well as high school, college, and independent color guards across the country including Center Grove High School, Juxtaposition Winter Guard, Legacy Performing Arts, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Interplay Winter Guard, Purdue University Winter Guard, and a variety of others. He is excited to take on a new adventure with Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.

Paige Haskins, Color Guard Choreographer/Instructor

Paige Haskins is from Omaha, NE and has a variety of experience performing with groups from across the Midwest into Texas. Her experience includes Railmen Winds (2017), Railmen Winter Guard (2018-2019), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2021), and she has served as a captain of Mirage Winter Guard since its inception. She has had the opportunity of instructing several high schools in Nebraska and Texas, as well as WGI Virtual Finalist, Dolce Independent.

In her free time, Paige loves to thrift and crochet with her cat, Sibella.

Tori Farias, Color Guard Choreographer/Instructor

Tori has been an educator, choreographer, and visual designer across the marching arts for over 10 years. She got her start as a member of the Flanagan High School World Guard (2009-2012), the FIU Marching Band (2012-2014), Braddock Independent (2013), The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2013-2015), Infinity Percussion (Visual Ensemble 2015), and Imbue Winterguard (2018). She was on the cast of Mix It Up! at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA (2016, 2017) as well as the Collabor8 and Illumin8 Dance Companies based out of Los Angeles, CA.

As an educator her previous work includes a wide range of choreographing, training, and designing for color guard, marching band, indoor percussion, and indoor winds groups. These ensembles include Fountain Valley High School, Lubbock Cooper High School, Keller High School, FIU Indoor Percussion (2018 WGI IA Bronze medalists), the Blue Devils B Corps, The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, POW Percussion, and Impact Percussion among many others. Tori currently lives in Portland, OR.

Outside of the marching arts she does work as a performing artist, yoga teacher, and fitness instructor.

Henry Price, Color Guard Instructor

Henry has spent much of his adult life performing with pageantry groups around the PNW, and he’s very excited to return to the staff at the Seattle Cascades!

He started his color guard journey at Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, where I graduated in 2016. He went on to march with the Oregon Crusaders in 2016 & 2017 and the Cavaliers in 2019. Henry was a founding member of Cascadia Winter Guard, where he marched in 2018 and 2019 and was the team captain for 2020.

He currently resides in Portland with his best friend and their three cats. In his free time, he enjoys the Portland's diverse food scene and exploring nature around the Pacific Northwest.

Emily Kaman, Color Guard Instructor

Emily Kaman is currently the color guard designer and director at Sheldon High School in Eugene, OR. She also teaches art at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon.

Emily began her color guard career at Collins Hill High School and went on to perform with UCF Pegasus Winter Guard, the Marching Knights, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Emily has worked with several color guard programs in Georgia, Florida, and Oregon including Lake Howell HS, Lee County HS, Duluth HS, Bloomingdale HS, and Sherwood HS. Emily specializes in movement and flag instruction and choreography. She is looking forward to working with the team at the Seattle Cascades to provide an enriching color guard experience to all members!

Ryson Casupang, Color Guard Instructor

Ryson was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved up to Seattle to pursue a degree in Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He currently serves as a guard instructor and choreographer for Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, WA and for Moanalua High School in Honolulu, HI.

As a performer, Ryson had the opportunity to march with the Blue Devils Drum Corps and is excited to experience touring from an instructor’s point of view with hopes to bring an enriching education that emphasizes performer experience while nurturing and developing life-long skills.

Sarah Smith, Color Guard Instructor

Sarah Smith began her color guard career as a performer with Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, VA. She went on to perform with various groups at the highest levels of the activity, including Phantom Regiment, Matrix, and Onyx Winter Guard.

Her love for the marching arts led her to continue teaching, working with several Virginia high schools, Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, IN), and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

She currently resides in Portland, OR with her spouse and fellow Cascades staff member, Keegan Kitagawa-Bosch.

The Seattle Cascades' 2024 guard staff is a powerhouse of talent, experience, and creativity. With a dedicated team, these individuals bring a wealth of expertise to the table, promising an unforgettable season filled with artistic expression, precision, and innovation. As the drum corps community eagerly awaits the unveiling of the Seattle Cascades' 2024 production, one thing is certain – the guard's performances will be a captivating blend of skill, emotion, and artistic mastery.



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