Gary Swenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Apparel Design. He has been the director of Irondale's extensive colorguard programs since 1990. His credits include colorguard instruction not only at many scholastic levels but also with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and Minnesota Brass, Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the Past President of the North Star Color Guard Circuit and is affiliated with WGI. Gary is also involved in adjudication, consulting, and special event choreography both locally and nationally for the pageantry arts. Gary was a one of seven choreographers for the 1992 Super Bowl Halftime. Gary marched with Minnesota Brass, Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps, Minnesota Brass Winter Guard, Crosstown Hwy Winter Guard, and the University of Minnesota Marching Band. Gary works at FamilyMeans, a nonprofit, family service organization in Stillwater, MN.
Jennifer Leseth is a Chicago native with 30-plus years of performance, design and adjudication experience in color-guard, drum corps and band. Her expansive career with instruction and design includes working with numerous bands, color guards and drum corps world-wide. Jennifer travels globally to teach in locations including England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa and, Thailand.
Her teaching/designing experience with drum corps includes serving as Color Guard Caption Head for Bluecoats (OH), Crossmen (TX), Phantom Regiment (IL), Madison Scouts (WI), Carolina Crown (SC) and Santa Clara Vanguard (CA). On the high school level she has been involved with award winning programs such as Marion Catholic (IL), Plymouth Canton (MI), Spring High School, Winston Churchill (TX), LD Bell (TX), Flower Mound (TX), and Lakeshore HS (MI).
Rick Subel is the Artistic Coordinator for Carolina Crown and the director and designer of Paramount Winterguard of Atlanta, GA, the WGI Independent World Class colorguard he founded in 2011. He has also been the artistic director of the Georgia State University Colorguard since 2012.
In the DCI world, Rick has most recently designed and choreographed for the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he has spent the last six seasons. Having assisted in a choreographic role in 2013, this is Rick?s second time working with Carolina Crown. He is excited to be back and explore new creative possibilities with the Crown team.
Rick began his life in the pageantry arts in 1992, in the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County. After graduating from high school, he joined the Emerald Marquis Winterguard in 1995, where he performed for five seasons. He also spent two seasons in the colorguard of the Blue Devils, and one season with the Brass Theatre (Star of Indiana/"Blast").
Rick has designed and choreographed for many prestigious independent and scholastic colorguard programs including the Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sacrament, Juxtaposition, The Academy (UK), Chimeras, The Knights (UCF), Phantom Regiment Winterguard, Seminole High School, Miamisburg High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kell High School, Greater Johnstown High School, Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Harrison High School, South Forsyth High School, and River Ridge High School. Rick has also choreographed and designed for many successful drum corps including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, the Crossmen, the Bluecoats, and Phantom Regiment. In addition, he has choreographed and taught many successful drum corps colorguard programs including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Phantom Regiment and Bluecoats.