Metzger, Holliger, Feeney To Lead Blue Stars Colorguard In 2007

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The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that its 2007 Color Guard Staff will be led by Mark Metzger, Luke Holliger and Fred Feeney.

Mark Metzger comes to the Blue Stars with an extensive background of success in the pageantry arts. Metzger will serve as the lead designer for the 2007 color guard program. Mark is currently director, designer for the James Logan High School Color Guard in Union City CA. He began at Logan in the fall of 2005 after a ten year position as the director, designer of the Beyer High School Color Guard in Modesto CA. Mark has been part of the design team for the San Jose Raiders Winter Color Guard since 1996. He has served as Color Guard Caption head for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 01-02, Color Guard co-caption head for the Santa Clara Vanguard 97-99 and has consulted for various other High School Color Guards and Marching Bands.

Luke Holliger returns to the Blue Stars in 2007 for his fifth season of service. Luke joined the Blue Stars staff as Color Guard Caption Head in 2003 and helped lead the corps to a DCI Division III Championship that season. Outside of color guard, Luke has served five years working in the area of elementary special education. This will be Luke’s 10th year working in the Pageantry arts. Before coming to the Blue Stars Holliger performed three seasons as a member of The Cavaliers.

"I am very proud to be a part of the Blue Stars family and am excited to be a part of an organization that is establishing itself as a world leader in the drum and bugle corps activity."

Fred Feeney returns to the Blue Stars in 2007 for his second consecutive season as Color Guard and Program Advisor. A former member of the Blue Stars in the late 70s and staff member in the early 80s, Feeney currently serves on the board of directors for Winter Guard International after retiring in 2006 with 12 years as chief judge. He has served on the WGI Task Force for many years.

Feeney also serves as Chief Judge of the Gulfcoast Judges Association – organization that services winter guard circuits in the Southeastern United States – and has experience as a judge for DCI. He has worked as a show consultant and program designer for marching bands in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and has judged marching band contests throughout the country.

Also returning to the color guard staff for 2007 are Chad Greife and Jonathon Meader.

Chad Greife returns to the Blue Stars’ color guard staff for his fifth consecutive season. His marching experience includes three seasons with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as seasons with Bravada Winter Guard, Onyx World Guard, and the Chimeras World Guard. In 2006 Chad performed as a member of Pride of Cincinnati.

His scholastic instruction credits include Parkway West High School, the MCCGA Academy, Kentucky University’s color guard camp, Hillcrest High School, Hickman Mills High School, Bravada Winter Guard, Sullivan High School, Parkway Central, Southport High School, Northwest High School, Express Winterguard and Foothill HS in Las Vegas, NV.

Jonathan Meader returns to the Blue Stars in 2007 for his second consecutive season. Jonathan recently graduated with his BFA modern dance from the University of Utah. His marching credits include The Seattle Cascades, The Blue Devils and The San Jose Raiders. He has been actively teaching dance and color guard in Utah and the Pacific Northwest for years working with both high school and independent groups.

"We are thrilled to have a color guard staff with a tremendous amount of experience and creative energy. Our members will continue to grow as individuals and as a unit with the leadership, talent and passion that these individuals bring to the Blue Stars." said Corps Director Chad Armbruster.

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Posted by on Monday, April 9th, 2007. Filed under DCI World.