Originally from Binghamton, NY, Chris discovered his love for color guard and the marching activity at age 12. From 2001 to 2007, he attended Susquehanna Valley MS and HS performing with the marching band, color guard, concert band and spending his last two years serving as Drum Major. In 2006, Chris made the jump during his junior year to independent color guard. He spent several years performing with Spectrum Winterguard, primarily in the Independent Open class, as well as the A and World Class. He served as Guard Captain in ’09, ’10 and ’11. Chris has also marched with The DCA finalists Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from ’07 – ’08.
At the age of 16, Chris began to choreograph and stage for small programs throughout upstate New York. Following HS, he spent a short time studying at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and then spent four years as an Operating Room assistant at a regional trauma center. During this time, he served as designer, choreographer and/or director for a number of programs. His experiences lead him to transitioning to Texas in the summer of 2013. Some (of the many) programs he has worked with include: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI), Spectrum (NY), Greater Johnstown HS (NY), Westwood HS (TX), New Braunfels HS (TX), Cedar Ridge HS (TX) Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (TX) and ATX Winterguard (TX).
Chris currently resides in Austin, TX, where he is spending his fifth year as Colorguard Director as well as Marching Band coordinator at McNeil High School. He also designs and choreographs for SperlingDesigns and is also a freelance artist. Chris is also a Cofounder and Co-Director of Origins, a newly formed Independent Open colorguard that will make its inaugural debut in the winter of 2018.
In his "real life", Chris enjoys hiking, kayaking, coffee with friends and the endless pursuing of craft beer. He is a firm believer that laughter truly is the best medicine and never takes life for granted.
Geoffrey Sperling, originally from Detroit, MI, graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor of the Arts. Geoffrey has been a performing member, and currently is an alumni of Interplay, Zydeco, and The Pride of Cincinnati Winterguards. In 2011, Geoffrey ended his 8 year DCI career as a performing member with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a part of the George Zingali "Best Color guard" award winning cast. Prior to that, Geoffrey was a marching member with the Cadets (2008-2010), Bluecoats (2007), Hawthorne Caballeros (2009), Capital Regiment (2006), Racine Kilties (2005-2006),and The Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2005).
Currently, Geoffrey resides in Austin , TX where he is the owner and head designer for SperlingDesigns LLC. A marching and pageantry arts design company. As a designer and director, he was an integral part of the design staff at Cedar Ridge High School (Round Rock, TX) from 2012-2013. During his time at Cedar Ridge the marching band made its inaugural appearance in the Bands of America Grand National Finals. The winterguard was a medalist within the Texas Colorguard Circuit (TCGC), and made finals at all WGI regional appearances. Following Cedar Ridge, Geoffrey designed for and directed the New Braunfels High School Band & Colorguard from 2014-2017. Under his leadership, The New Braunfels Winterguard was named the 2015 WGI San Antonio Regional A Class Champion, Regional A class silver medalists within the Texas Educational Colorguard Association (TECA), The Junior Varsity Winterguard was named 2016 gold medalists and novice class champions in TECA, New Braunfels High School fielded 3 winter guards (Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Cadet) which was comprised of over 50 students, and The Varsity Winterguard made finals at the WGI San Antonio, Austin, and Southwest Power Regional in Scholastic A class. Outside of his involvement with scholastic programs, Geoffrey has served as choreographer for The Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2012), The Louisiana Stars Drum & Bugle Corps(2014-2015), and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps(2017). Indoors, Geoffrey has also choreographed for White Gold Winterguard (2012), Industry Independent Winterguard (2015), and Spirit Independent Winterguard (2016-2018). Presently, Geoffrey designs and coordinates for scholastic programs across the state of Texas. SperlingDesigns clients have made appearances at various UIL Area finals (in 4A/5A/6A) , UIL state, UIL state finals and BOA regional and national finals. Geoffrey is also a director of Origins Colorguard, an Independent Open Class Winterguard based out of Austin, Tx. Origins winter guard was a 2018 & 2019 WGI World Champion finalist (placing top 5 both years), and serves as a colorguard adjudicator for U.S. Bands and other marching band competitions across the state.
John Lemire has been designing within the color guard activity for the past 18 years. He was the Director of Alter Ego Independent World from 2010 to 2018. John has also served as the unit's Visual Designer, as well as one of the Equipment Designers since his first year with the unit in 2008. Alter Ego was the 2008 WGI Independent Open Class World Champion and has since been a consecutive WGI Independent World Class Finalist (2009-2017). John also currently serves as the Visual Designer for Trumbull High School's Color Guard and Winter Guard programs (2001-Present). In addition to winning multiple fall Color Guard Championship titles over the past 15 years, Trumbull is the 2006 WGI Scholastic Open Class Bronze Medalist, the 2018 Scholastic World Class Silver Medalist, and an eleven-time WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist. In the world of drum corps, John performed with various DCA corps along the East Coast and later went on to instruct and design for the Hawthorne Caballeros, Bushwhackers, Connecticut Hurricanes and Cadets2; achieving much success with multiple undefeated seasons and World Championship titles in the color guard caption over the past 12 years. The most recent World Championship title was with Cadets2 in 2016 where he served as Co-Caption Supervisor with Kristy Templin. In addition to Alter Ego and Trumbull High School, John has also designed for various winter guards across the country including Lakota East High School, George Mason University, Ridge High School, Norwalk High School, Newtown High School, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School and most recently, Little Elm High School. Aside from designing and instructing within our activity, John works as a Corporate Accountant/Budget Analyst for the Subway Corporation and currently resides in Derby, CT.
Sergio earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Bakersfield in Early Childhood Education. With over 20 years of performance experience and 19 years of teaching experience, Sergio has flourished as both a color guard choreographer and designer. He has had the privilege of teaching and performing with many prestigious groups at the DCI World Class Level, The BOA level and all six WGI classification levels.
Sergio has performed with such groups as, West Coast Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Fantasia Winter Guard, Corona Winter Guard, Esperanza de Luz Winter Guard and Intensity Winter Guard.
Sergio has worked with such groups as Vista Murrieta High School, Ayala High School, Chino High School, Nogales High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, Vandergrift High School, Skyridge High School, ORIGINS, VOX Artium, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps and the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2014 and 2015, Sergio was the color guard caption head for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
Currently, Sergio is the Color Guard Caption Head and the Instrumental Music Administrative Assistant at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, California. In the summers, Sergio is the Color Guard Curriculum Coordinator for Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics Inc. in Miamisburg, Ohio. Sergio resides in Riverside, CA with his husband of 4 years.
Lindsey Vento is in her 20th year in the pageantry arts where she has served as an instructor, program designer, adjudicator and choreographer. She has worked with, and designed for, bands and color guards across the country as the visual designer and artistic coordinator for Vento Music and Visual Designs, where she and her husband work side by side. She has lead and coordinated the designs for numerous teams resulting in consistent BOA and WGI regional and national finalists appearances, and is currently studying leadership and staff development, specific to pageantry programs, as that is another passion of hers.
Lindsey is the Artistic Director and Program Coordinator and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and was formerly on the visual team at Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She is the artistic director and coordinator at Blue Springs HS (MO), North Hardin HS (KY), Vista Ridge HS (TX), just to name a few.
She has her Bachelors of Music Education degree, emphasis in vocal music, was an active dance instructor and adjudicator, and has also performed professionally with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City before she decided to focus all of her efforts into the pageantry arts.
Tykeem Rainey is 28 years old and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Tykeem began his performing arts journey in 2004-2007 in El Paso, Texas at El Dorado High School.
In 2008, Tykeem relocated to Alexandria, Virginia and marched Impact Independent until 2012 under the direction of John and Lauren Burns. In 2012, Impact Independent was named the WGI Independent A Class Champion.
Tykeem’s drum corps experience includes marching the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008 to 2011. He served as color guard captain in 2010 and 2011. Tykeem served as an intern and instructor for the color guard in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2014, Tykeem had the opportunity to perform in the Tony and Emmy Award Winning production, “BLAST!” that toured prefectures throughout Japan. From 2015 to 2017, Tykeem performed in “Mix it Up,” a staged theme show located at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
From 2015 to 2017, Tykeem served as weapon technician and choreographer for Stonewall Independent Open guard, located in Manassas. Virginia. In the spring of 2017, Tykeem earned his Bachelor’s Degree (With Honors) in history from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He was also nominated twice for the History Department’s W.E.B Du Bois Award which is awarded to the top African American male or female student.
In 2018, Tykeem was a choreographer for George Mason University’s Mason Open, located in Fairfax, Virginia.
Tykeem is an active color guard choreographer and technician at Ronald Reagan High School, Winston Churchill High School, Hickory High School, Green Hope High School and George Mason University.
Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather Graham currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio. Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, beginning with a successful career in baton twirling. Heather was then recruited by her high school guard at the age of 12 and has since been performing in the color guard activity. While continuing to be a consistent member in the activity, she graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a degree in Communications and a minor in biology.
Heather is a proud alumni of the drum corps activity, performing in 2010 with Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched five years with New Berlin Eisenhower, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and five seasons with the Pride of Cincinnati.
Heather currently serves as the Colorguard Director for Miamisburg High School and the University of Cincinnati. She has instructed various marching programs across the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Whitnall HS, Franklin HS, West DePere HS., Sycamore HS, Northmont HS, Beechwood HS, Shadow DBC, as well as the 2016 Carolina Crown.
Additionally, Heather is a designer and choreographer for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and has served in this capacity for the past three seasons.
Katie Hopkins is a modern dancer, teacher, and choreographer who currently resides in Austin, TX. Specializing in movement, Katie has worked with many marching band and color guard programs around the country, including Alter Ego Independent World, Origins Independent Open, Trumbull High School, Plymouth Canton High School, Castle High School, and more. Since moving to Texas in 2016, she has served as a choreographer and instructor for Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, Cedar Ridge High School, Westlake High School, Dripping Springs High School and more. Katie recently began her first year as the Vision Dance Company Director at Vandegrift High School in Austin. She is currently on staff at Santa Clara Vanguard where she choreographs and is responsible for the color guard movement program. Katie’s drum corps career began in 2006 when she was a member of the Cadets color guard for four years. She then went on to teach and choreograph for the Cadets from 2010 to 2017.
Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in teaching and performance and a minor in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management. She has been an artist with multimedia dance company, ARCOS (Austin, TX) since its founding in 2011, touring in the US and UK, and assisting the directors on choreographic commissions and teaching professional classes. Katie is excited to work the the Origins staff and members for her second year!
Cameron Oefinger is a graduate of Texas State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing, and Rhetoric Emphasis. He has performed works by Cheryl Chaddick, Bonnie Hossack, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, and Meredith Dunham. Cameron is now dancing his 7th year professionally in Austin while also teaching and choreographing for multiple programs around the central Austin area.
Sarah was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. She earned her Bachelors in Animal Behavior at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, and moved to Austin two years ago. Sarah has been doing colorguard since 2003, and teaching since 2010. She has marched Spectrum Winterguard ('07-'09), Blessed Sacrament ('10-'14), Cypress Independent ('15 & '16), and The Cadets ('12). She has taught and choreographed for several schools in New York and Texas. Outside of colorguard, Sarah works with dogs at Taurus Academy. When not working, she enjoys hiking, yoga, stargazing, running, and traveling. She also loves coffee, sushi, and sauce.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Lindsey choreographs for a variety of artistic mediums including pageantry arts, dance, and visual design. While attending the University of Houston, she danced for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s pre-professional company (known simply as the Ensemble) and in her senior year received the award for Best Student Choreography. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2018, she spent time in Dallas performing with CGT Dallas before relocating to Austin. Lindsey is currently dancing as a company member for Chaddick Dance Theatre, and continues to teach and create with local marching arts programs.
Whitney Stone, 33, grew up in Sylva, North Carolina. She danced for 8 years with a studio in her younger years and attended Smoky Mountain High School, graduating in 2003. She was a member of the band as a flutist and joined color guard her Sophomore year. After graduating, She marched with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps for 5 years, 2003-2007, and was a captain for 2006/2007. In 2007 the Guard placed 2nd at DCI. She also marched at WCU in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from 2003-2005, and was a co-captain of the guard in 2005. She performed with The Study IW winter guard in 2004-2005 and First Flight IO in 2006. After that, she moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to immerse herself in the guard community and march the Pride of Cincinnati in 2007 (World Champions) and 2008 (Silver Medalists). In 2009 she marched Zydeco World. She performed Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble in 2014 and choreographed a piece for the showcase. She has had the opportunity to teach many BOA, DCI and WGI ensembles. Zydeco Independent, Carmel HS (BOA, ISSMA, IHSCGA and WGI Champs), Hendrickson HS, Marcus HS, Center Grove HS, Northview HS, Cedar Ridge HS, Westwood HS, Lawrence Central HS, Greenfield Central HS, Decatur Central HS, New Palestine HS, Westlake HS, Moe and Gene Johnson HS, ATX winter guard, Violet Crown Percussion, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps; as well as numerous other groups in North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Texas. She was most recently, the guard Director at Lake Travis HS in Austin, Texas.
She graduated from Paul Mitchell The School in 2010 with a Cosmetology Degree. She has designed hair and makeup looks for many of the above color guards, namely, 2013 WGI World Champions, Pride of Cincinnati.
She now resides in Austin, TX with her wife Heather Stone, 2 pit bulls and 2 cats. She is very passionate about color guard, dance, hair, make-up and animals. She is attending ACC to finish her Degree in Dance.
Kaysey Leigh Thompson is an active choreographer and color guard instructor hailing originally from from Boston, MA. Clients have included The Crossmen, The Madison Scouts, McNeil High School, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, Origins Winterguard, Eclipse Winterguard, Westlake High School, The Blue Knights, Lake Travis High School, and Cedar Ridge High School, among others.
Kaysey began her dance and color guard training at 5 years old, performing with a local winterguard directed by her parents. In the years since, she has performed with several WGI and DCI groups including St. Ann’s World, SCV Winterguard, The Cadets and The Crossmen. Along with color guard, Kaysey has an extensive background in stage and film. Kaysey spent 15 years touring and performing with Blast!, Shockwave, and Blast: MIX, Blast: The Music of Disney and has appeared in projects with Walt Disney Studios, NBC, and Fox Television.
Kaysey currently resides in Austin, TX. Since transitioning from a stage performer role, she holds a position on the choreographic and instructional team for Blast: The Music of Disney, in addition to acting as the Visual Ensemble supervisor.
Nicole currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she is in her second year as the color guard and winter guard director at Round Rock High School. Along with teaching high school guard, Nicole has spent the last 4 summers teaching with drum corps such as Genesis DBC and Colts
Since Nicole moved to Texas in 2015 she has worked with independent groups such as Monarch World Percussion, Spirit Independent from the University of Houston, ATX Winterguard and Identity Winterguard.
Nicole has taught at a host of high schools in Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas. Nicole has performed with Revelation Winterguard (Virginia), O2 World (Ohio), Patriots World (New York), Patriots Drum & Bugle Corps (New York), Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps (New York), and Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (New York).
Nicole is returning for her third year at Origins and couldn’t be happier and ready to start. “The mission of this organization is something I stand by. The people I work with here at Origins were my friends way before Origins ever became a thing. Sharing a gym with them to create and teach young performers just makes sense.”
Heather Stone is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School in 2004, and continued to study Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish for 3 years at WSU. She went on to teach at Kettering Fairmont High School for 6 years. She then moved to Indianapolis in 2012 to pursue her career and continue to grow in the activity. Her Colorguard marching history includes Kettering Fairmont 2001-2004, Capital Regiment 2004-2005, & Zydeco Colorguard 2007, 2012. After her years teaching at Fairmont, her teaching experience continued in Indiana. Including Decatur Central, Avon A, Franklin Central High School, & Zydeco A Colorguard.She moved to Austin, Texas 4 years ago with her wife Whitney Stone. Since then, Heather has directed at Hutto HS, East View HS, Anderson HS, and is currently directing Cedar Ridge HS and Hendrickson HS.
She has choreographed & been a technician for Lake Travis High School, Westlake HS, Cedar Park HS, & Violet Crown Independent Drumline. She has taught DCI with The Troopers Drum Corps and Genesis Drum Corps ! This is her 3rd year working with Origins!
Born and raised in Austin/Pflugerville, Tx. Brandon is a Mellophone player turned guard tech. His teaching experience includes schools such as: Pflugerville, Elgin, and Leander High. Brandon was an integral part of the team that brought Pflugerville High School to their first ever WGI finals appearence last year (2019). Currently, Brandon teaches math at Leander High School (Leander, Tx) and is a drill technician at both Leander and Pflugerville High. In addition, Brandon is pursuing his masters degree in professional counseling from Texas State University. This will be Brandon’s second year with Origins.
Chelsea is a born and raised Austinite. In 2018 she graduated from Texas State University earning two degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology. From there she moved to Colorado to continue her studies to earn her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in pursuit of her dream to teach at the college level. During her marching career she marched ATX Independent A (09’-15’) and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (11’-14’). She has taught in many schools around the Austin area, most recently working for Cedar Ridge High School (17’-18’) and McNeil High School (14’-Current). When not spinning, Chelsea loves to enjoy time with good friends, teaching others, and spending time with her dog, Katrina. She is very excited for the 2020 season and can’t wait to get started!
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 ’13,-’15, ’17, and Blessed Sacrament Independent World Guard in ’15 - ’17. In college Sonia danced in Contemporarily out of Order Dance Company in Boston, MA, and the NDA D1 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.
Kyle Albright is originally from Round Rock, Texas where he began his colorguard career at Stony Point High School in 2001. He spent his entire DCI career with the Bluecoats, (02-06) and also marched with Insignia and Millennia Winterguards from 2004-2006
Kyle currently is the colorguard director at Pflugerville High School, where he has served the program as writer, designer, and program coordinator for the past 7 years. The Pflugerville High School colorguard has seen much success in the WGI circuit regionally, and was named a WGI finalist in 2019, as well as a semi-finalist in 2017. Kyle has worked with many programs in the greater Austin area including Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Origins, and Identity Winterguards.
When he is not teaching, Kyle bartends nights and weekends and also enjoys downtime with his 4 dogs.
Born and raised in San Marcos, TX. Before joining colorguard for senior year in San Marcos high school, was part of boxing since 8th grade to 11th grade. Graduated top 10% from San Marcos High School. Her marching experience includes: ATX Winterguard 2014-2017, Genesis DBC 2015-2016, Santa Clara Vanguard DBC 2017 (Zingali), and Origins 2019 (Rookie of the Year). Valeria is currently a senior at Texas State University working on BA in Mathematics with Teacher’s Certification. Valeria has previously served as an Undergraduate Instructional Assistant for Pre Cal and Calculus I for 2 semesters, and is now a part of the National Society of Leaders and Success. Val has instructed taught at San Marcos High School and ATX Winterguard. Currently, she teaches at Lehman High School, Moe and Gene Johnson High School, and ATX Winterguard.
Chris Josey Currently resides in Austin, TX where he serves as Colorguard Director and marching band program coordinator at Westwood High School and Colorguard Director at Anderson High School. Before moving to Austin he served as music and visual coordinator and director of the color guard/winter guard programs for the eight time state class hampion Santa Fe High School in Alachua, FL., colorguard Director for 2 time state champion Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL., and director of River City Independent Winter Guard. Mr. Josey has served as a music and visual clinician for several marching and symphonic programs throughout Florida and Georgia. He has worked for the Music ‘n Motion summer auxiliary camp as drum major clinician and the All-star Music Festival as an event staff coordinator. Chris Was a member of the 2002 DCI open class champion and world class finalist, Magic of Orlando. He also was a member of WGI world class finalist, Northeast Independent winter guard in 2006 & 2007. "I am honored and excited to be working with such great colleagues in the Austin area, and am looking forward to what origins will bring to the colorguard community."
Sergeo Rodriguez, Originally from Orlando, FL, began his color guard journey with the West Orange HS Odyssey color guard and wind ensemble from 2003-2006. From there he went on to march with Fahrenheit Independent from 2007-2009 where he received a WGI bronze medal in Independent A & Open. He then went on to march such programs as Rivercity Independent 2010, USF World 2013, and Orlando Visual 2014. Sergeo had the pleasure to of going overseas to march with Mayflower World in 2016 based out of the United Kingdom. He also spent a season with Spirit Drum & Bugle Corp in 2008.
Sergeo has been a part of various programs in the Orlando area such as Southlake HS, Frostproof JR/SR HS and Ocoee HS. He was the co-director of the Olympia HS color guard from 2014-2018. The Olympia HS color guard was awarded the 2015 FFCC silver medal at their circuit championships and was promoted to scholastic A class. He was on the staff with Black Gold A & World for their 2017 season in which both groups were in WGI finals. He then went on to be the head choreographer for the UCF Pegasus A guard in 2018 where they placed in WGI finals.
Sergeo made the jump from Orlando and moved to south Austin, TX, to become the director of the Lockhart HS color guard.
Jen Barton has been the color guard director at James F. Byrnes HS (SC) for the last fifteen years, managing a consistent program of 80+ students both logistically and creatively. While under her direction, the Byrnes Guard program was a 5-time WGI World Championships Finalist (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) and multiple WGI Regional Finalist and Regional Champion. While this program has been Jen’s focus for fifteen years, she has worked with numerous programs throughout her career, including multiple scholastic guard programs, The Cast and Etude Independent winter guards, Pacific Crest (2011-2013, 2016-present), and Spirit of Atlanta (2014-2015).
As a performer, Jen has appeared with Santa Clara Vanguard and Northeast Independent (FL) Winter Guard. She has also performed with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, ad astra per ASPERA Winter Guard (GA), and CrownGUARD (GA).
Jen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The Florida State University in 2004, where she studied flute with Stephanie Jutt and Eva Amsler. She participated in Marching Chiefs, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Harmonie Chamber Ensemble, Tau Beta Sigma, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.
Jen has also served on the Advisory Board as well as the Championships and Classification Committees for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).
Nicholas Gerling is a native of Syracuse NY, and has been very active in NY as a marching arts educator since the start of his career in 2008, and has made the biggest impact over the last eight years at Phoenix HS. It is here where he has not only grown as a designer, but also as a director, standing as the schools Marching Band Director/visual designer and Winterguard Director/designer over the past 6 years. He as had great success with this group leading the marching band to three state championships and leading the varsity winterguard to three semifinal appearances at WGI World Championships in the Scholastic Open class. Nicholas has also been involved heavily in DCA, all age drum corps as an active marching member and designer of the Empire Statesmen Drum Corps from 2011-2013 and most recently as a colorguard and visual staff member for the White Sabers Drum Corps from 2016-2018. As of summer 2019, Nicholas has recently relocated to Houston TX where he is acting as colorguard director of the Dawson HS program. He is very much looking forward to his first season with Origins and continuing to find out exactly what is... “deep in the heart of Texas”.