Patriots announce their staff and auditions

The Patriots enter the 2017 season with a totally new artistic staff. Show design will be by Vincent Monacelli, who really needs no introduction, having brought more World Championships to upstate NY than anyone else in the area. Resident staff will consist of Stephanie Waugh and Lindsay Lavicka. Both of these ladies have performed with and written for several guards in the area and are presently affiliated with the Dansville White Sabers, who are competing very successfully in the DCA Drum Corps arena. The Patriots also would like to announce the formation of a feeder guard, Patriots Too, which will be competing in the RA or A1 class. This will be a less intense program for members who may be not quite ready for Patriots, as well as younger or less experienced people. Design and instruction for this guard will be by longtime Patriots performers Kyle Regan and Emily Sattora, as well as Lindsay Lavicka. As always, the Patriots will travel to two or three WGI Regional Contests and WGI Dayton as well as local shows in the NE and MY Circuits.  Patriots Too will do local shows only, but the members are welcome to travel to WGI shows with the Patriots. While official auditions for both guards will be on Friday evening, October 7 from 6 till 10 PM and Sunday, October 9, from 10 AM till 2 PM, prospective members who cannot make either of these dates are urged to contact Mr. Hoppe at 585 330 5199 or to make alternative arrangements. The programs of both guards will have all of the usual Patriots perks, such as chartered coach travel, overnights in good hotels, top quality equipment, and reserved front side seats at WGI World Class Championships. The Patriots are known for their experienced professional management, and this is one thing that hasn’t changed. Please consider being a member of upstate New York’s oldest independent winter guard program (1976) and most experienced WGI contender!
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Luminosa World Winterguard Welcomes Michael Lentz as Designer

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 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.
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Congratulations to all who attended WGI

Congratulations to all who attended WGI from NECGC and Mid-York.  Gates Chili, CNS, Phoenix, Jamestown, Lancaster, Luminosa, Brigs, Patriots, Victor, Shenendehowa, Greater Johnstown, and Mohonasen, we are very proud of all of you!! A special acknowledgement to the Victor Blue Devils and Shenendehowa for medaling at the World Championships. Victor finished third in SA and Shen won SO. VBDs  Shen    
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