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Moore, Leikness to lead Madison Scouts guard staff

Moore, Leikness to lead Madison Scouts guard staff

by Drum Corps International

From a Madison Scouts press release: Lionell Moore and Toby Leikness will be co-caption heads of the Madison Scouts color guard, in keeping with an ongoing program to expand the nature of drum corps color guard. The two will lead with increased emphasis on artistry and precision. Moore, who throughout his drum corps career performed with the River City Regiment, Sky Ryders and the Cavaliers, graduated from Cornell College with a degree in photography. He performed with Escapade and Adagio Winter Guards, also instructing the latter. Teaching with the Bluecoats after graduation, Moore enjoyed positions with Mt. Prospect, Lincoln-Way, and Marian Catholic Bands in Illinois. Studying ballet with the famed Lou Conte in Chicago, he became a touring member of the noted Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a dance company trained in jazz, tap and modern dance. In addition to teaching master classes at Knox College and Western Kentucky University, he appeared at the Jazz Symposium in Helsinki, Finland. By provoking emotion through movement, he again brings his unique gifts as a member of the Chicago dance community to the Scouts. Leikness, a color guard alum of Madison, is currently in his fourth year heading the Frisco, Texas, color guard, after his association with MacArthur High School in San Antonio. He was a performer and instructor for the Scouts, as well as Every-Body Winter Guard from Portland, Ore. Noted for his communication skills, he has also taught for the Glassmen, Every-body A and World Class Guards, R2 Performance Group, and the Sarajevo Winter Guard. He has gained a strong reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area as a designer, technician, and clinician Joining them is noted choreographer and Guard Designer Mark Metzger. Consultant for many winter guards, he has, since 1996, led the San Jose Raiders, who have recently won both Gold and Silver medals in WGI World Competition. He is also known for his expressive and articulate work with California's Beyer High School Guard, current WGI silver medallist. No stranger to drum corps, Metzger has designed for the Mandarins, Glassmen and Santa Clara Vanguard. Also serving as consultant is Jennifer LeSeth, known for her creativity and leadership as recent designer of the Scouts' guard. Her background includes Marian Catholic High School, Plymouth Centennial High School, and the Phantom Regiment. Keeping abreast of recent innovations in technique and training requires a special focus. Fortunately, the Scouts have been able to secure the teaching of the energetic and talented Mike Blade, Kelsey Gleason and Stepphun Q. Martin. Currently the color guard director at Marcus High School in Texas, this veteran guard instructor has been involved with Every-Body Winter Guards, both open and world class, as well as Southwind, and Lake Central (Ind.), Arvada(Colo.), Ponderosa (Colo.), Columbine(Colo.), and the Colony (Texas) high school guards. He is a Madison alum. Gleason, whose marching experience includes the Denver Blue Knights and the Cadets, was captain for the latter in 2001-2003. She has taught at Marcus High School, also, and includes Horn, Nolan Catholic, and Castleberry High schools among her instructional credits, and is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas. Rounding out the team is Martin, a noted performer and alum of the Madison Scouts. He is the recipient of a bachelor of music education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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