Luminosa Winterguard is happy to welcome Michael Lentz onto our 2016 – 2017 staff as we venture into World Class.
Michael Lentz is the Director, Designer and Founder of 3-Time WGI World Champions Onyx. Onyx has placed in the top 3 at the WGI World Championships since 2010. The Onyx Organization which includes Onyx, O2, O3 & The Little O’s has produced 38 WGI World Championship Finalist Color Guards in all three Independent Classes and 14 WGI Medals including 5 Gold. In 2014, Michael led Onyx to a personal best score of 99.1 to win their third WGI World Championship! In 2017, Michael will begin his 29th consecutive year as the Director of the Onyx Organization. Michael is a Founder and Past-President of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association where he is currently the Education Director/Color Guard Chief Judge. Michael has served on numerous boards and committees including 15 years with the WGI Color Guard Advisory Board, 6 years with the WGI Board of Directors, the WGI Steering Committee, MEPA Board of Directors and the Education Director for the Tri-State Circuit. Michael has recently been a featured clinician for the AIA/CWEA Color Guard Circuits, Mid-West Color Guard Circuit (MWCGC), the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA) and the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (TRWEA), North Carolina Band Masters Judging Clinic, Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) and is a current/recent adjudicator for DCI, BOA and OIPA in addition to freelance judging. In 2013, Michael was voted OIPA Director of the Year.
Recent design collaborations include Emanon World (6-Time World Class Finalist), O2 Color Guard (2-Time Open Class Champion, 2-Time World Class Finalist & A Class Medalist), UCF Pegasus World (2-Time World Class Finalist & Open Class Champion), Stonewall Independent (A Class Medalist & 2-Time Open Class Finalist), UCF Pegasus Open (2-Time Open Class Finalist), O3 (2-Time A Class Finalist), Judson HS (2-Time WGI A Class Finalist), South Shore Drill Team (A Class Champion), Lincoln Way HS (2-Time A Class Medalist), and Minooka HS (A Class Medalist). Michael has designed for 80 WGI Finalist Color Guards from 21 states in all six WGI Classes. Previous works include Artistic Director for 2014 DCI Finalist Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (Animal Farm), Artistic Director for 2013 & 2014 BOA Finalist Lawrence Central High School (“Lamp” Shades of a Day & The Green Table) & staging design for 2011 WGI Scholastic World Class Finalists Marian Catholic (Sirens) & Lawrence Central (De Profundis).
Michael is originally from Steubenville, Ohio where he attended Jefferson Union High School, West Liberty State College & performed with the Steel City Ambassadors, Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps. He also attended Wright State University and is an alumnus of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. Michael works daily as a marching band drill writer, winter guard show designer, consultant and judge. You can check out Michael’s 2013 & 2014 podcasts on Design, Judging & Onyx at www.marchingroundtable.com
To learn more about Luminosa World, or to find out about auditions, be sure to join the Luminosa World 2017 – Interest Group on Facebook. Click here to visit the group page.