Matt Caudill (Director) has been involved in the color guard activity longer than he would care to admit. Born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Lutz, Florida, Matt performed with the Alliance of Miami winter guard for four seasons, and is occasionally recognized as the 'green guy' in Alliance's production of 'Hotel California'. After his marching career concluded, he attended the University of South Florida, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Modern Dance and a Masters Degree in Sociology (specializing in Art and Culture). He performed with the Moving Current Choreographic Collective for five years, and has other performance credits ranging from television commercials to drag pageants. His first love has always been teaching, however, and he has worked with programs including South Broward High School, Land O' Lakes High School, Stoneman Douglas High School, Hialeah High School, and Satellite High School, to name a few. He has also served on the color guard staff for the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the Alliance of Miami, Florida International University, and the University of South Florida. He joined the staff of Eklipse for the 2006 season, and became director for the 2009 season, following in the footsteps of founding director Brad Deason. He was also on the faculty for the Howard W Blake School for the Arts in Tampa, and has former students at the Alvin Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan, University of South Florida, among others. His choreography has been performed by dancers from the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, St Petersburg College, and Moving Current. He is currently the director of the dance department at Antioch High School in the Metro Nashville public school system.
Amanda Jones (Choreography, Flag), better known as Jonesy, is in her fifth season as a part of the Eklipse staff as the flag writer and technician. Jonesy marched with Eklipse for five years performing as a flag from 2002-2006. She also made a thankfully brief effort at sabre in 2004 where she also became known as "the heel stretch girl". Jonesy brings a very detailed look at flag technique to Eklipse which she has developed over her several years as a marching member and while teaching thoroughout the Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee area. She has taught at high schools including Ballard Memorial, Lone Oak, Creek Wood, Greenwood, Barren County, and is currently in her second year as a staff member with McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Jonesy graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2008 where she majored in American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry while also concentrating on Secondary Education and Mathematics. She is currently living in Nashville working as an Organic Extractions Chemist with an environmental testing laboratory. She is certified to teach high school chemistry in Kentucky and is looking forward to working in Tennessee in the near future. Jonesy is especially excited about this season because it is her tenth year with Eklipse!
Stephen Ferguson (Creative Director, Eklipse 'A') fell in love with color guard in high school in the 80's. For 10 years after high school he studied the activity by attending clinics and working with generous mentors. He started teaching in the mid 90's with small high schools in the area. While doing so, he was asked to be on staff for an Ind A class guard New Attitude, where he instructed for 2 years. Stephen then became involved with Polaris Ind A guard, which was a WGI finalist in 95. He also taught at Christian County High School for seven years, leading the group to finals at numerous WGI regional competitions. In the fall of 2000, Stephen was the founding instructor of Eklipse. Eklipse finished their inaugural season a 2001 WGI World Championship finalist in the Independent A class. In 2002, Eklipse repeated their appearance in WGI Finals, and was subsequently promoted to Open class. Eklipse continued to grow and was a 2 time Regional Champion in the Open Class, returning to WGI World Championship Finals in 2005. After the 2006 season, Stephen took a hiatus from teaching, but returned to the activity after three years, most recently taking the helm at Virtuoso Winter Guard for the 2011 season. Stephen has worked with numerous high school winter and fall guards from Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia and Ohio, and is excited to be returning to Eklipse for 2012.
Cheryl Wimberley (Staging, Choreography) was born in Massachusetts and raised in Florida, and has a resume in dance, twirling, and color guard that would be too big to fit on one webpage. She began twirling at a young age and amassed a number of national and international titles as a performer, and was the feature twirler for Florida State University. She hold a Bachelor's degree in Dance and Dance Education from Jacksonville University in Florida, where she was named Most Outstanding Dancer and Choreographer. Her work was also featured at the American College Dance Festival. As a twirling coach, she has led individual students and teams to local, national and world championship titles and has traveled all over the world as both a teacher and choreographer. In the winter guard activity, Cheryl has been an instructor and designer for WGI finalists at all levels of competition, and has received several World Championship medals. She is probably best known for her work with Shaktai Performance Company, the Coast One winter guards of St. Augustine High School, and Stoneman Douglas High School. She is currently the dance teacher at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, FL, where she resides with her husband and two recently-adopted puppies.
Joanne Dodge (Consultant, Diva) is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area where she was a performing member of and Program Designer for the Sacred Heart Colorguard Programs of Roslindale for over 20 years. During her tenure at Sacred Heart, the guards received numerous Championship Titles as well as becoming Bronze and Gold Medalists at WGI World Championships. She also designed and instructed area teams including St. Anthony's Allston, St. Patrick's Stoneham, Franklin Rangerettes, Needham HS Band, Automation Colorguard and the Amver Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps of Randolph. Since moving to Florida, Mrs. Dodge has spent the last 19 years as the Director and Designer for the Scorpionettes of Satellite HS, who have been Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit Scholastic A Silver and Gold Medalists as well as WGI Regional Finalists and World Championship Semi Finalists. The Scorpionettes have also been Florida Bandmasters Association straight Superior Rated since their inception more than 35 years ago. Joanne is actively involved with numerous guard programs in Brevard County where she designs, teaches, and/or consults. She is also on staff of Fahrenheit Colorguard Programs of Orlando FL. Mrs. Dodge spent 4 years as President of the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit and is currently a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association Auxiliary Committee where she helped to develop the adjudication training components for certification of judges for FBA events. She recently completed her second season as Visual Adjudicator for Festival Disney.
John & Lisa Barnett
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