COLOR GUARD

Samantha Madayag

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Fou Saelee

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Brian Davis

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Kate Swift

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Sonia Benzor

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Cristyn Boyd

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Mitchell Hautea

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Samantha Madayag was raised in Union City, CA, and fell in love with the marching arts at a young age. She began her competitive performance career as a member of the James Logan High School World Guard (Union City, CA) in 2008. Samantha marched until her senior year in 2010, during which she served as one of the color guard captains and won the WGI Scholastic World Championship. In 2011, she completed her winter guard performance career by joining the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard (Santa Clara, CA), and won the WGI Independent World Championship.

 

Samantha started her drum corps performance career in 2010 with the Blue Devils A Corps (Concord, CA), and proceeded to march every year until her age-out in 2014. Within that time, she won three DCI World Championships, five George Zingali Best Color Guard Awards, and served as the Blue Devils Color Guard Captain in 2013 and 2014.

 

Samantha began teaching color guard as the movement and flag instructor at James Logan High School in 2011. In 2017, she was promoted to Color Guard Director, Choreographer, and Designer of the James Logan Open Guard. She continues to work as a technician for the James Logan World Guard.

 

Aside from her duties at James Logan, Samantha works full-time as an instructional assistant for Oakland Adult and Career Education in Oakland, CA. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling.

 

Samantha is deeply honored to join the 2020 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps as the Color Guard Caption Manager, and looks forward to an exciting season!

Color Guard Caption Manager

SAMANTHA MADAYAG

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Fou Saelee was raised in Fairfield, Ca. He first found his passion for color guard in 2007 when he joined his high school’s winter guard program at Armijo High School (Fairfield, Ca). At the age of 16, Fou auditioned for the Blue Devils A Corps Color Guard (Concord, Ca) and was lucky to receive a spot for the 2009 summer tour. He continued to march the following year in 2010. In both years at the Blue Devils, Fou helped win two DCI World Championships.

In 2011, Fou joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard (Santa Clara, CA), and won the WGI Independent World Championship. After taking a year off, Fou returned to Santa Clara Vanguard and received the bronze medal at the 2013 WGI Independent World Championships. 

Most recently, Fou has shifted his focus on teaching and being a full time student. Fou is currently working with schools such as Dublin HS (Dublin, Ca) and Fremont HS (Sunnyvale, Ca). Aside from teaching, Fou goes to school at San Francisco State University (San Francisco, Ca) and is working towards earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Movement and Exercise Science as well as a Minor in Coaching. 

Fou is extremely excited to embark on this new journey with the 2020 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and is looking forward to a fantastic season!

Instructor

FOU SAELEE

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Brian Davis was born in Dayton, OH, but spent most of his life growing up in Northern Virginia. Brian began his color guard career in the fall of 2004, his senior year at Herndon High School. He began his teaching career by joining the Herndon High School color guard staff the year after he graduated. After spending a few years teaching at Herndon High, and spinning with a local independent color guard called Act 1, he decided to move to Kentucky to pursue new opportunities teaching and spinning. After two years in Kentucky, Brian moved to Dayton, Ohio. Brian has had the pleasure to spin with some remarkable organizations such as Act 1 2006-2008, Pride of Cincinnati 2013, and Onyx 2009-2012, 2014-2016. He has also worked on staff with fantastic organizations such as Herndon High School, Mason County High School, Bourbon County High School, Northmont High School, Miamisburg High School, Bellbrook High School, William Mason High School, South Shore Drill Team, George Mason University, O2, and Onyx.

Instructor

BRIAN DAVIS

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Kate is originally from Missouri and currently is living in Dayton, Ohio. Kate started her color guard career in 2002 with the Miamisburg Color Guards and continued through their programs until graduating in 2012. She then joined Onyx in 2013 and has been involved in their projects either as a performer or staff ever since. Kate has worked with great programs including Hilliard Bradley HS, Fairborn HS, Greenon HS , Northmont HS, William Mason HS, Onyx A, Onyx Open, and Onyx World.

Instructor

KATE SWIFT

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Sonia began her performance career as a gymnast at age 4, transitioning to contemporary dance and ballet in middle school. She started doing color guard in the fall of 2010 at Moanalua HS in Honolulu,HI. She continued her marching career in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013, 2015, 2017, and Blessed Sacrament Independent World Guard in 2015-2017. In college Sonia danced in Contemporarily out of Order Dance Company in Boston, MA, and the National Dance Association Division 1 championship winning Boston University Dance Team.

   

As an educator Sonia has taught across a variety of mediums and ages, working as a dance technician and choreographer for high school band and winter guard programs in Massachusetts and Texas. Currently, Sonia coaches competitive level 1-4 gymnasts who range in age from 4-12. She holds a USA gymnastics pro member certification and is a member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas. In addition to coaching competitive programs, Sonia assists with special needs gymnastics, and hosts clinics with local high schools, specializing in teaching basic tumbling and acrobatics.

   

She holds a B.A. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Boston University, and is currently combining her love of science and movement as a Kinesiology student at UTSA with the intent of becoming a Physical Therapist.

Instructor

SONIA BENZOR

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Cristyn Boyd hails from the great state of Texas. She was born and raised in Coppell, TX a suburb of Dallas. She graduated from Coppell High School in 2013 and is currently attending Community College in Dallas to obtain her Associates of Arts Degree.

 

In April of 2013 Cristyn was contracted as a member of the Troopers D&BC in Color Guard. She marched for four years as a Trooper and aged out in 2016.

 

In the Fall of 2014, she began teaching Color Guard at North Mesquite and Poteet High School in Mesquite, TX. This included marching and winter guard seasons till November of 2017. In December of 2015, she started to work at Carroll High School in Southlake, TX. She affiliated with both marching and winter guard seasons till April of 2018.

 

In August of 2018, she became a color guard technician for the Diamonds Color Guard at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX.

 

Cristyn started Independent winter guard shortly after coming home from her first summer with the Troopers. She joined Brenham Independent Winter guard from Dallas, TX and marched in 2014-2015. In 2016 she joined CGT Dallas and is currently a member as a five year veteran.

 

For the past two summers, Cristyn joined the Troopers Administration Team. Her duties involved working on the food truck as the vegetarian chef as well as a transportation driver.

 

Cristyn is excited to be back for a third year with the Trooper organization but more excited about joining the Color Guard Staff for the 2020 season.

Instructor

CRISTYN BOYD

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From Union City, CA, Mitchell Hautea began is journey into the marching arts early in life, and quickly developed a passion for Colorguard. Part of the James Logan Colorguard, Mitchell grew as a performer, and during his time there performed in ensembles that earned three western band association gold metals and four WGI world class gold metals. After high school, Mitchell spent five years as a performer in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard, earning three DCI championships and four Zingali awards. At the Blue Devils, Mitchell also excelled as an individual, being awarded rookie of the year, rifle of the year, performer of the year, the directors award, and serving as Colorguard captain his age out year.

 

After his time as a performer came to an end, Mitchell quickly developed a passion for teaching and choreography. He returned to his alma mater at James Logan as an instructor and helped the group earn five WGI world class medals, including three silver medals and one gold. Additionally Mitchell began to branch out and teach and write for many other groups in California including Jesse bethel high school, Downey high school, fountain valley high school, Saratoga high school, and spent several summers teaching both the Blue Devils and Blue Devils B.

 

Beyond the marching arts Mitchell is currently perusing a career in fashion and design, studying at SFSU and applying those skills in costume design for the groups he’s connected to. Mitchell is excited to bring his choreography and instruction skills to the Troopers this season, as well as his eye for fashion in assisting with the corps and Colorguard uniform creation.

Instructor

MITCHELL HAUTEA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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