Brandon Smith Returning As Color Guard Caption Head

September 2, 2016

Brandon Smith returns to the Colts for his sixth season as Color Guard Caption Head and seventh overall with the corps. Brandon is currently attending the University of Akron and pursuing a master's degree in Arts Administration, as well as being on staff with the Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions. Brandon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the color guard activity, having been a performer, instructor and designer with various ensembles.

"Each season, the Colts Color Guard has established itself as being technically strong and full of amazing performers," said Brandon. "From year to year, the entire drum corps has matured and produced many memorable moments. With the guidance and leadership of Howard and Vicki, I'm very excited to see how the Colts continue to grow."

"I am thrilled to be going into my second year of collaboration with Brandon," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "His eye for artistry coupled with his instructional strength brings a force to the Colts that ensures a great experience for both our color guard members as well as our spectators. Brandon's professionalism and motivation has an effect on our entire performance organization, and it's an honor for me to be working with him."

"I am elated to continue working with Brandon," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "With the strengths and dynamic of the guard staff and veteran members, and Brandon's skill set, life spirit, and experience, 2017 is set to be a fantastic year for the color guard. I have great confidence in the experience Brandon and his team will provide!"

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Brandon began his drum corps and color guard career with the Madison Scouts, performing with them from 2003-06. Afterwards, he was a member of the 2008 Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, the 2011 Juxtaposition Winter Guard, and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble. Brandon has an extensive stage performance resume that includes musical theatre and professional ballet. Highlights include, HAIR, RENT, Hairspray, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and The Nutcracker Ballet.

This season marks Brandon's sixth as the color guard caption head and designer. His career with the Colts began in 2011 as a movement choreographer and technician, taking over as caption head in 2012.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Brandon has been a designer and choreographer for several programs in the Kentucky and Ohio region including Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, North Hardin HS, Madison Central HS, Phoenix Independent Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions.

A 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, he was a four year member of their dance company and led them as artistic director for the 2005-06 season. After graduating, he served as a musical theatre dance instructor for Kentucky Conservatory Theatre (KCT).

Brandon now lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he is completing a master's degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. He also works at the Olmstead Performing Arts Center where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance.

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