Marie is an icon in the marching, color guard and visual design worlds of pageantry. It was she who 30 years ago held a BOA-sponsored clinic for 2,000 teachers at Texas Bandsmasters Convention to introduce the use of color guard to marching bands, as at the time drill teams were the only form of pageantry in Texas.
She has been a color guard and visual adjudicator, clinician and leader for Bands of America/Music for All throughout its history. She is a co-founder of Winter Guard International and has been on the board of directors for the Midwest Color Guard Circuit for over 20 years. She is also an adjudicator for WGI and DCI and has appeared in the DCI World Championships Broadcast on ESPN2.
Marie has also impacted the marching arts as a teacher, having instructed bands including Conant High School, IL, three-time Grand National Champion Rocky Mount High School, NC and Union High School, OK. “BOA has always used all of its resources to reach out to decision makers to support music education and continues to be the innovating force,” says Marie.