Directors & Officers


Marsha Foster

President
Daphne High School - Winter Guard

Mrs. Foster has been the color guard instructor at Daphne since January of 2000. She instructs the DHS Fall Guard and the DHS Winterguard. The DHS guard has consistently earned Superior Ratings and numerous Best in Class Guard. The Winterguard has had great success under Mrs. Foster in the Gulf Coast Colorguard Circuit and WGI as GCGPC AA and A-Class champions, WGI Regional Champions and WGI World Semi-finalists. Mrs. Foster has taught color guard in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio as both a high school and a university clinician-instructor for 30 years. She is currently the color guard instructor for The University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band in Mobile, AL. Mrs. Foster holds a degree in Piano Pedagogy from Memphis State University, and graduate work in Business Administration at Louisiana Tech University.


Terry Sanders

Vice President
Escambia High School - Educator - Adjudicator - Clinician

Terry Sanders received his degrees in Music Education and Computer and Information Science from Troy State University.  He studied percussion under Dr. Samuel Frederick, while marching with the "Sound of the South" Trojan Band.  Terry studied clarinet with Dr. John M. Long in the Troy State Reading Band.  He also studied percussion privately with Sergeant Carl Griggs of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.  Terry was the Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 - 81.

Mr. Sanders is currently the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida.  Under his direction, the EHS Field Season Percussion unit has won over 40 High Drum Caption awards and has received no less than a superior rating at any Band Contest since 1982.  Mr. Sanders started and has directed the acclaimed Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble to WGI Regional Championships as well as WGI World Championship finalist and since 1997.

Terry is responsible for coordinating Florida's largest Marching Percussion Clinic:  the Percussive Arts Society - Florida Chapter - Day of Percussion (DOP).  The DOP has been a successful event for 14 years running, featuring the world's best marching percussion clinicians.  Terry has been a percussion consultant for high schools all across the Southeastern United States.

Terry actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for fall marching competitions and indoor percussion competitions.  Terry is a currently an active member of the Central States Judges Association the Florida Federation Judges Association, the Indiana (IPA) Judges Association, Texas Color Guard and Percussion Circuit, the Louisiana Indoor Percussion Circuit, the Southeastern Color Guard and Percussion Circuit and the Southern Association of the Performing Arts Circuit.

Mr. Sanders currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.  He is a past member of the Percussion Advisory Board for Winter Guard International.  He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society.

He is currently an Educational Artist endorser for Innovative Percussion, the REMO Drum Head Company, Sabian Cymbals and the Pearl /Adams Drum Company.

Terry, his wife Regina and his daughters Penny and Jade and his German Shepherd Duke reside in Pensacola, Florida.


Rachel Belveal

Treasurer
Jay High School - Winter Guard

Rachel Belveal is a native of northwest Florida and is a graduate of Jay High School and the University of West Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education. She also holds a Master of Education in Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Rachel is a highly qualified teacher in the fields of middle grades mathematics, secondary social studies, secondary language arts, elementary education, and elementary and secondary exceptional student education. She has taught for six years in the Santa Rosa County School District.

Rachel was a flautist in the Jay High School Concert Band for one year before becoming a five-year-member of the Jay High School Color Guard. She was also a charter member of the winter guard program at JHS. Throughout college, Rachel assisted her mom, Rebecca Belveal, director of the Pace High School Color Guard, with the color guard and winter guard programs at both Jay and Pace high schools. After college, Rachel became the Assistant Band Director at Jay High School, with a focus on the guard programs. She has served these two programs for over ten years now, her main responsibilities being writing, teaching, and cleaning equipment work for the guard units.

Rachel’s work with the guard programs at Jay and Pace have led to her involvement with guard on a more competitive stage. Both of her guard programs are members of the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit and Winter Guard International. Her programs have earned multiple superior ratings at marching contests and have been finalists at several Winter Guard International Regional Events. In addition to leading these two programs, Rachel aids the other guards in the region by serving as executive treasurer for the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.


Nathan Alvarez

Secretary
Excelsior Independent Guard

Nathan is a native of Gulfport, MS where he graduated from Harrison Central High School in 2001. In the HCHS Band Program he was a trumpet player, Drum Major, member of the indoor percussion ensemble Paragon, as well as, a member of the winterguard program Korkoma.

After graduating high school, he began his 14 year tenure with the Harrison Central High School Band Program as an instructor, choreographer, assistant director, and in his last years with the program, the director of the colorguard and winterguard programs which has consistently earned superior ratings, best in class awards, GCGPC and LMCGPC championship medals and sweepstakes awards, WGI Regional Scholastic A Finalists, WGI Regional Scholastic A Champions, WGI Word Championships Scholastic A Semi-Finalists and WGI World Championship Scholastic A Finalists. His passion for colorguard also led him to perform 3 years with Banderas Independent, based out of Pensacola, and 1 year with W3 Performance Ensemble, based out of Gulfport, MS.

In 2004, Nathan was apart of the colorguard instructional staff for the Spirit Camp Clinics based out of Marietta, GA and in 2009, the Colorguard Director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Band of Gold. Throughout the years, Nathan has also served as a choreographer, technician, consultant and show/staging designer for numerous colorguard and winterguard programs, clinics and camps in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Nathan graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with an Associates of Applied Science, and Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts as well as an Associates of Arts in Human Resources. For 10 years, he has been employed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Currently living in Mobile, AL, Nathan is one of the founders and directors of Xcelsior Independent Open Winterguard, a colorguard instructor for the Daphne High School Colorguard since 2014 and actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit.


Leo Finuliar

Color Guard Unit Representative
Tate High School - Color Guard Instructor

Leo Finuliar is currently the color guard assistant director at Tate High School from Gonzalez, FL

Mr. Finuliar currently resides in Pensacola, Florida and is currently enrolled at the University of West Florida working on a degree in Elementary Education, ESE and ESOL.

He is originally from Santa Clara, California. Mr. Finuliar's color guard performance includes Wilcox High School, San Jose Raiders, Orion Independent Open and Northern Lights.

Mr. Finuliar has been a part of the GCGPC since 2009.


Garrett Lambert

Percussion Representative

Garrett Lambert is a percussion educator, performer, composer, and arranger from Tampa, Florida. As an educator, he has worked with several high school percussion programs across Florida and Alabama.

He has performed with various ensembles including The Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, The University of South Florida, and The University of West Florida. Garrett currently arranges and composes for many marching and concert ensembles in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.

Garrett is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has participated in the Northwest Florida Day of Percussion as a clinician every year since 2011.

He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of West Florida. Currently, he resides in Pensacola, Florida and teaches percussion at Pace High School as well as other middle and high schools along the Gulf Coast. Garrett is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and the Pearl/Adams Corporation.


Wanda Harrell

Contest Director
GCGPC

Wanda Harrell is a native of Pensacola, FL where she graduated from J.M. Tate High School. She has been in the pageantry world for 30 years.

While in High School, Wanda was a member of the Tate ShowBand of the South colorguard and the Chaparrals from 1986-1990. Following graduation, she immediately began her Colorguard Director journey. She has taught numerous groups in the circuit including, Milton HS, Pine Forest HS, Pensacola HS, Foley HS, Murphy HS and Tate HS. Along this journey, Wanda’s units received multitudes of superior ratings, best in class awards, GCGPC champions and WGI Regional and Championship finalists.

Wanda has served on the board through-out the past 30 years as Secretary/Treasurer and as an unit representative. She was inducted into the GCGPC Hall of Fame in 2009. Wanda has also been a member of the WGI volunteer staff for World Championships.

Wanda is currently a kitchen and bath designer in Foley, AL. She resides in Foley, AL with her husband Shane Harrell, a GCGPC timing and penalty judge, and their son River.


Stephanie Born

Contest Director
GCGPC

Stephanie Born is a native of Pensacola, FL where she graduated from J.M. Tate High School. She has been in the colorguard world for over 10 years now.

While in high school, she was a member of the Tate High School fall and winter colorguard programs from 2004-2008. Following graduation, she was a colorguard instructor with the Tate High School fall and winter programs for 4 years (2008-2012). During that time Stephanie was also a performing member with DCI finalist Drum Corps, Spirit of Atlanta for 3 years (2009-2011). After that, she marched with Aureus Independent Winterguard in Atlanta, GA for one year (2012).

Stephanie is currently enrolled at Pensacola State College working towards her RN Degree. She resides in Pensacola with her family.

 


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