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2014 SEASON STAFF
Maurica Richardson Smith
Director of Color Guard
Maurica is a Marshall University graduate and is currently the color guard director/choreographer for the Marshall University Marching Thunder Color Guard. Maurica has over 16 years of performance experience in the color guard activity. She marched scholastic guard with Dunbar Junior High School Color Guard, Dunbar WV, beginning at age 11. She continued on to South Charleston High School Color Guard, South Charleston, WV, where she served as captain for two of those years. She was also a member of the South Charleston High School Exhibition Winter Guard. After high school, Maurica marched five years with the Marshall University Marching Thunder Color Guard, Huntington WV, where she was captain for three years. Two of those years she also served as their choreographer. Maurica also has a performance career with winter guard and drum corps, and is a former member of the World Class Zydeco Color Guard, Dayton OH, Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Columbus OH, and Expressions Winter Guard, Winchester KY.
Maurica also has an extensive teaching career. She was previously the weapons technician and choreographer for Reflections Winter Guard in Charleston, WV, the flag choreographer & technician for Z Winter Guard, Ashland Kentucky, weapons choreographer and flag technician at Hurricane High School, Hurricane WV. She has been the color guard director/choreographer at Spring Valley High School, Huntington WV, Huntington High School, Huntington WV, South Charleston High School, South Charleston WV, and Paul Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky. She has also served as a color guard clinician at area high schools.
Maurica is also an experienced color guard adjudicator judging various festivals and auditions throughout the tri-state area. She is available for private lessons and available for clinics. Maurica also serves on the board of trustees for Vertigo Indoor Pageantry Arts Association.
Over the years while Maurica was performing with various independent winter guards, she had to travel out of state for rehearsals and competitions, because there were no independent winter guards in her home state of West Virginia, and no scholastic winter guards in her area. She dreamed of one day providing the winter guard opportunity to the youth of her area. Thanks to her dream, the youth of West Virginia now have an opportunity to participate in the activity.
You may contact Maurica by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcus Daniels is the current Color Guard Advisor and Visual Designer for Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio. Marcus has over 20 years of performance and teaching experience in the field of performing arts, including 6 years of Drum and Bugle Corps and 4 years of Winter Guard. He is a former member of Speakeasy Winter Guard in Aurora Colorado; Sundowners Winter Guard in Madison Wisconsin; PresenTense Dance Company of Madison Wisconsin and Madison Scouts.
Marcus was formerly the choreographer and instructor for Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. He has also choreographed and instructed some of the area's top Color Guards including James Monroe High School Color Guard, Huntington High School Color Guard, Cabell Midland High School Color Guard, Minford High School Color Guard, and Guyan Valley High School Color Guard. He was also the Marshall University Auxiliary Coordinator 1997-2004; and Hurricane High School Color Guard Designer in 2004. Marcus has been a guest Choreographer/Instructor at Yvonne DeKay School of Dance in Ironton, Ohio, since 2005.
Marcus began his teaching career in Denver, Colorado at Ponderosa High School (Color Guard Designer), Arapahoe High School (Winter Guard Designer), Eaglecrest High School (Visual Consultant), Rangeview High School, Northglenn High School (Visual Consultant/Weapons Tech), and Broomfield High School (Color Guard Designer). He was also Color Guard Designer for Nova Winter Guard of Denver Colorado in 1999. Marcus is also an experienced color guard adjudicator judging various festivals throughout the tri-state area. He is a charter member of Vertigo and serves on the board of trustees for Vertigo Indoor Pageantry Arts Association.
You may contact Marcus at email@example.com
Jeremy Richardson is currently a music teacher and choral director in the Cabell County school system, Huntington, WV. Jeremy is a graduate of South Charleston High School and Marshall University's College of Education/Department of Music, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education. He majored in trumpet and minored in guitar and piano, and is proficient in an assortment of instruments. In addition to writing and producing his own music, Jeremy has performed with many ensembles and has assisted with various marching bands in the area including the Marshall University Marching Thunder, where he was the trumpet section leader for several years. He was the 2004 student assistant to the Marshall University Director of Bands and was also a band manager. Jeremy was previously the assistant band director of the Huntington High School Marching Highlander Band where he wrote, arranged, and produced the marching band show for several seasons, and where he continues serve as the music arranger. Jeremy is known for his creativity in the area of general effect, both visual and music. Jeremy is a charter member of Vertigo and is very pleased to be a part of Vertigo Winter Guard for another season.
Joshua Richardson is the current Director of Bands at South Charleston High School in South Charleston, WV. Joshua is a graduate of South Charleston High School (Class of 2003), and Marshall University (Class of 2008). During his pursuit of the Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education/Music Education at Marshall University, Joshua was an active trumpet player in the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as member of the Music Educators National Conference, the International Trumpet Guild, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Joshua was also a member of The Maple Leaf Brass Quintet and the Huntington Brass Quintet (both student chamber groups at Marshall University), the Marshall University Trumpet Choir, and the Marshall University Faculty Brass Quintet. He has also performed with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, and at the National Trumpet Competition as a soloist and as a member of the trumpet choir. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Marshall, Joshua began studies in music performance at the University of Cincinnati, eventually returning to Huntington to continue his studies for the Master of Arts in Music Education at Marshall University. Joshua also served as the Graduate Assistant in the trumpet studio of Dr. Martin Saunders.
BIO COMING SOON
Jan Richardson is co-founder and a charter member of Vertigo Indoor Pageantry Arts Association and serves on the board of trustees. She directs the business operations and handles the logistics for the Vertigo Winter Guard program and has responsibility for many of the behind-the-scenes operations needed to keep Vertigo running smoothly. Jan has held administrative assistant positions in both the public and private sector from which she is currently retired. She has been a volunteer and booster officer for scholastic marching band and color guard programs for over twenty-five years. She has also served on the board of directors for independent winter guards such as Mountain Magic Winter Guard and Reflections Winter Guard in the Charleston, West Virginia area. Jan was also a volunteer with Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Columbus, Ohio; and she is currently a volunteer with the Marshall University Marching Thunder Color Guard, Huntington, West Virginia. She has been a Marshall University Marching Thunder fan, parent, and volunteer for 17 years. You may contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertigo Indoor Pageantry Arts Association
Board of Trustees
Maurica Richardson Smith, President
Marcus Daniels, Vice President
Gloria Richardson, Secretary
Jan Richardson, Treasurer
Joshua Richardson, Education & Development/Marching Arts
All of our Vertigo staff members and board members are unpaid volunteers who graciously
donate their time and talents to promote the winter guard activity in West Virginia!
All donations and sponsorships are used to support our program and participants!
Maurica, Zydeco 2012
Vertigo Indoor Pageantry Arts Association
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization For Youth