Guard Staff

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Mike Marcantano ( Director of Color Guard )  hails from Sarasota, Florida, where he started his passion for the marching arts 19 years ago at Booker Visual Performing Arts HS. Mikey has performed with The Alliance of Miami World Guard and with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.


Michael is an active choreographer, designer and adjudicator in the pageantry arts. Michael has instructed numerous programs all over the country throughout his career including Paradigm World Winterguard, Collage IA Winterguard, and Emanon World Winterguard plus many others.  Michael has also choreographed for the theater and enjoys freelance graphic design, designing digital flags and tarps.


Micheal has adjudicated throughout the Midwest, focusing on Ensemble Analysis, Visual Effect, and Colorguard. Michael was a restaurant General Manager for several startup concept restaurants in Chicago. 

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Brian Winn ( Choreographer )  is a native of Rock Hill, SC.  He began his performing experience in the marching arts playing trumpet and performing in his high school winter guard. After graduating, he began his drum corps experience marching in the color guard at the Capital Regiment in 2004.  He then went on to perform with the Phantom Regiment in 2006 and 2007, where he aged out.  In the winter seasons, Brian performed with Étude Winter Guard from 2005-2007 and Phantom Regiment Winter Guard in 2008. 


Brian has had the honor of teaching and designing for various programs including Dobyns-Bennett High School, The District Independent Winter Guard, and Tampa Independent. He is currently the color guard director at Marvin Ridge High School and Étude Winter Guard.  Brian serves as an at-large member on the Executive Board for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association.  Brian taught on the color guard staff for 5 years at the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as a caption head in 2017.  Currently, Brian is a choreographer at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he will be returning for a second summer in 2019. Brian is also an expert consultant for WGI’s one-on-one program.

Brian received his degree in Dance Education from Winthrop University and continues to stay active in the dance community in North Carolina.  He has performed professionally with Plexus Dance and Caroline Calouche & Company, where he trained, performed, and taught aerial dance as well as contemporary dance.  Additionally, he was cast in Martha Graham’s Panorama where he had the honor of working with former Graham dancer, Kim Jones.  As a strong advocate for lifelong learning, Brian continues to train with various professional teachers and studios locally.

He spent 9 years teaching dance in the public schools and just finished 7 years of teaching on the dance faculty at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC.  Currently, Brian is pursuing his MFA in Dance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is thrilled to be joining the staff at Northwest Guilford and looks forward to a great experience!

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Brad Tilley ( Technique )  is originally from Mount Airy, NC, and a Senior Digital Product Manager for Arch MI. He holds a BS in International Business from Appalachian State University and an MBA from NC State University.


He has performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the STUDY World Winterguard, and Chicago ROTC. As an instructor, he has worked with numerous groups in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, including Plainfield Winterguard (IL), Fidele Vogelsanger Drum Corps (Germany) and Emanon World Winterguard.


Brad enjoys using his background in theater in the colorguard educational process and has conducted clinics and workshops in the US and abroad on improv and theatrical movement techniques.  His continued passion for the activity comes from not only developing students to be successful in the current season, but also from instilling in them a work ethic that will serve them well in their lives.

Miranda Hayes ( Movement Instructor ) discovered her love for dance as a freshman in high school.  With a gymnastic background, the opportunity to take a dance course as an elective was appealing and signing up proved to be invaluable. 


While dancing through high school, Miranda attended Governor’s School.  The experience at Governor’s School, opened up a new world of dance, art, and creativity and Miranda made the decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to later receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education.  Upon graduating, Miranda taught dance to high school students in the public school system for three years.  While teaching, she was approached by the color guard and asked to help the team with movement.  Always up for new opportunities, Miranda agreed to assist. 


Since joining the guard community in 2009, Miranda has developed a passion for teaching movement to guards.  Using her education and experience, she has helped to train many units and increase their level of competitiveness.  Her favorite part about teaching movement is seeing students gain confidence and self-awareness and learning a love for dance.  She hopes to inspire many students in ways similar to how she was inspired in high school.

Stephanie Williams ( Tech ) started marching her first winter guard season with the Trinity Prep Guard 2000-2001 as a 7th grader. The following fall season, she was asked by Jeremy Dale to join the Trinity High School marching band, one of the first 8th graders to join the high school competitive marching band. She marched with Trinity for 5 fall seasons and graduated in 2006.


Following her first fall with the high school, she spent the next two winter seasons with Trinity’s “A” guard and in 2003-2004 joined Aria Independent at the age of 15. Stephanie remained spinning with Aria for the next several years and joined Etude World 2010-2011. She began teaching winter guard her senior year of high school with Southwest Guilford High School and since then has worked with and choreographed for numerous organizations for both fall and winter seasons. 


Stephanie was also a guard tech for Aria Open 2015-2016 season. She graduated from Guilford Technical Community College with a degree in Dental Assisting and an Associate’s Degree in General Education of Science in May 2015. She competed in Skills USA for Dental Assisting in the portfolio division in 2015 and is a state title holder for Greensboro, NC and placed 5th in the nation at the National’s competition in Louisville, KY. She currently works as a surgical assistant for an oral and cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon’s office in Greensboro. Stephanie has been under the direction of Jeremy Dale, Jay Poole (Trinity and Aria), Amber Conner, Matthew McCurley (Aria), Brian Winn, Phillip Rainer, Emma Boyce, Jen Barton, and JT Gurrero (Etude). She hopes to give her students the same wonderful experiences and memories that she has had in guard.

Mary Tardif ( Tech ) grew up in Laurinburg NC, attended Scotland High School and graduated in 2011.  She participated in Winter Guard for 5 seasons, Marching Band for two years on the drumline then switched to color guard her junior and senior year. She was captain of the Winter Guard and Color Guard her senior year.

After completing high school, Mary studied at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and graduated in 2015 with a B.S in Mass Communication/Broadcasting. While at UNC-P, Mary participated for 3 seasons of Color Guard and was captain the last 2 seasons.  During her college years, Mary taught guard at Scotland High School and Clinton High School.  Upon graduating from UNC-P, Mary stayed and became the Color Guard Choreographer and Instructor at UNC-P for 3 season.


Mary then joined Aria Winter Guard for 3 years from 2013-2016.  Rifle is her love and passion. 

She is excited to join the Viking Color Guard!

Alex Perez ( Varsity Winter Guard Designer ) has been involved in the Marching Arts for over 18 years.  At age 16, he joined the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the Contra line.  He was also a member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps where he was part of the Color Guard.  He returned to Boston to age out of the Color Guard in 2004.  After aging out, he then joined the createive and instructional teams of Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.  He spent the last 7 years with The Cadets and rejoined the staff of Santa Clara Vanguard this past season.

In additionto his extensive experience in the drum corps activity, Alex has had a successful career in the Winter Guard arena.  Starting as a performing member with Braddock Independent World Guard for 8 years andis currently on their instructional staff.  He has designed for such groups as Cypress Bay HS (FL), Summerville HS (SC), Somerset HS (FL), West Johnson HS (NC), Miami Coral Park HS (FL), St. Joseph HS (Malaysia), Braddock Independent World (FL),

Black Gold Independent (TX), Salem Blue (MA) and Stoneman Douglas HS (FL).

Alex has had some amazing opportunities due to his involvement in the marching arts.  HE was a performing member of the Micro Magic Japan touring cast in 2001 and was the lead designer for the St. Joseph HS Marching Band in Kuching Malaysia, who was recently crowned the 2015 USBands Yamaha Cup Grand Champion.