Teal Sound Announces 2009 Visual Designer, Caption Head
Teal Sound is pleased to announce the movement of Mr. Marcos Martinez, Teal’s former Visual Caption Head to the position of Visual Supervisor/Designer for the 2009 season. While looking for a unique style and development for the upcoming season, it was determined that Marcos could add the flare and flash to the program that will help to establish Teal’s visual programming as it enters into its second decade of competition.
"The search for finding the right fit for Teal was right there in front of us all the time," stated Randy Blackburn, Director. " The entire design team and other caption heads all agreed at the September planning meetings that having Marcos write our visual book was the next progression the corps needed to take as it moves into the future and its climb to World Class." Brian Fisher commented with this, "We are very fortunate to have both Marcos and Tom on the same team and all of us are excited to see how this season progresses with these two working together."
Teal Sound is proud to introduce their new Visual Caption Head, Mr. Tom Slaughter. Tom has been involved in the pageantry arts for 26 years as a performer, instructor, designer, and adjudicator. Tom graduated from Largo High School in Largo, FL and was a member of the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. His instruction and design experience is wide ranging and has seen him having the pleasure of working with many bands and winter guards throughout the Southeastern United States. Currently, Tom is the Visual Designer and Visual Coordinator for J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida.
Tom’s judging experiences are varied as well. He currently judges for Winter Guard International and is also the Chief Judge for the Florida Federation of Judges Association (FFJA). The FFJA manages and provides guard and percussion judges to the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit, the South Florida Winter Guard Association, and the Carolina Winter Ensembles Association. During the fall, he travels extensively judging state and regional level marching band contests throughout the country. Tom is also the West Florida Regional Director for the Florida Marching Band Coalition and serves as a resource to the band directors in that region who host FMBC regionals.
In the real world, Tom is a Technology Resource Specialist at Wilson Middle School in Tampa, Florida. He currently resides in New Port Richey, Florida with his wife of 17 years, Rene’. They have two sons, Brandon (15) and Ryan (10).