The FFCC was founded in 1985 by a group of educators who believed in the transformative power of the arts and the endless potential of the performers they taught. They had a vision to create a positive place to growth through competition and education. Like many big dreams, they only succeeded through the support of volunteers who shared their vision. The FFCC has been extremely fortunate to have many altruistic individuals through our history but one made such an indelible mark that we can point to her contributions as a turning point in our history. Susan Taylor served years on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and then many more as the linchpin of our contest staff. Each year we celebrate Susan by recognizing individuals who represent that spirit of selfless giving and dedication to the performers and organization of the FFCC. The FFCC is now accepting nominations for the Susan Taylor Humanitarian Award. Nomination will be accepted from March 08, 2018 until March 25, 2018. Your can fill out the nomination form HERE.
The FFCC is pleased to announce the release of FFCC Now! FFCC Now! is the new app for iPhone and Android that allows user to access News, Schedules, Scores, and other Circuit Information. Users will also be able to receive push notifications with up to the minute information for our events including weather delays, traffic information, changes, and updates!
More info on the app can be found here.
Stay tuned for the latest updates and exciting news for the 2016 Season!
As a part of our continued efforts to provide our member teams with educational experiences, the FFCC is proud to announce the 2016 Premiere event clinicians. With the goal of helping each program to become as successful as they can be, clinicians will be providing educational overview commentary in real-time. Directors and staff are able to receive constructive, honest feedback and have the opportunity to ask questions during the early season performance.
Providing educational overview commentary at Colorguard Premiere West (Gaither HS) are Adam Sage and Courtney Allison. Clinicians at Colorguard Premiere East (Lake Brantley HS) are Denise Bonfiglio and April Gilligan. Percussion Premiere (Oveido HS) will feature Daniel Wood. See bios below and learn more about our Premiere Event clinicians!
Daniel”Chip”Wood is the newly appointed orchestra director and music industry program specialist for East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He is in his 22nd year of teaching music education in the Pinellas County Schools. Previously, Mr. Wood was the director of bands of the nationally recognized Seminole High School Band Program from 1999 to 2013. Prior to Seminole High School, Daniel was the director of bands at East Lake High School from 1994-1999. While under his fourteen years at Seminole the program performed, competed, and experienced international, national, and regional events from coast to coast such as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (2005, 2013), The 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2007 Walt Disney World ABC Television Christmas Day Special and performances in Boston Symphony Hall in 2007. Under his leadership the Seminole program in 2004 was the first in the state of Florida to receive the prestigious Sudler Shield from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
During Chip’s time at SHS the band was a 21-time Bands of America Regional finalist, multiple time BOA regional class champion, Grand Nationals semi finalist, National Concert Band Festival participant, and the State of Florida FMBC Class 5A and 4A champion in 2006, 2011 and 2012. In addition, through Mr. Wood’s tenure the program expanded in every facet including consistent WGI Championships Scholastic World finalist winter guards and consistent superior rated concert ensembles and jazz ensembles. Furthermore, the SHS indoor percussion program was a continual medalist and frequent champion in Scholastic A and Open Class at the FFCC Championships, and a Scholastic A finalist and Open Class Semifinalist at the WGI World Championships.
Mr. Wood is a graduate of the University of Florida and studied conducting with Dr. David Waybright and percussion studies with Dr. Mark Spede. Chip has served as an instructional staff and design team member for the Suncoast Sound, Magic of Orlando, and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Wood has been a Pinellas County Schools Teacher of the Year finalist and music educator of the year recipient. He stays active as a clinician, consultant, mentoring teacher and guest conductor throughout the Southeastern United States. In addition, he is an adjudicator for Bands of America/ Music For All, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Marching Band Coalition, Florida Federation of Color Guards, and South Carolina Band Directors Association. Mr. Wood in 2015 was appointed as the FMBC Adjudication Coordinator. Chip resides in Seminole, Florida with his lovely wife Kay and their ten-year-old son Connor.
Denise Bonfiglio is the director of the three time WGI Independent World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard. Denise reinstated the SCV Winter Guard program in 2006 which had been inactive since the early Seventies. The SCV Winter Guard is one of the most successful programs in WGI achieving 3 Gold, 3 Silver, and 2 Bronze World Championship medals in the past ten seasons. Denise was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame class of 2000, and a 2012 inductee into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame. Denise has an extensive background in all pageantry with roots to the 27 Lancers Drum Corps and Winter Guard. Since aging out of the Lancers, Denise has taught the 27th Lancers, The Cadets, Star of Indiana, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps for the past 40 years. Along with Denise’s extensive drum corps career, Denise was the Assistant Director, and served on the design team for Emerald Marquis 1990-2001, and Miamisburg High School 2002-2004. Throughout Denise’s pageantry career, Denise has taught a number of successful Independent and Scholastic winter guard programs across the US.
Professionally, Denise recently retired from MetLife where she was an officer of the company for 35 years. At MetLife, Denise managed software Development, and Quality Assurance functions in several locations around the US and Canada. Denise is the Staff Coordinator for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps and Winter Guard program managing over 60 associates. Denise is currently the Co-Founder and President of the 27th Lancers Foundation. The Foundations mission is to raise money to provide scholarships to deserving young men and women that perform in pageantry of arts. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.27thlancersfoundation.com. Denise is an active Adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Florida Federation of Color guards Circuit, Massachusetts Judges Association.
Courtney Allison, a movement educator, began her love for dance, theatre and the performing arts in Seminole, Florida where she performed in the prestigious Seminole High School Marching Band. Her experiences in high school brought forth many years of performing with two-time WGI gold medalist, The Company Color Guard and D
I finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. During her years of performing, Mrs. Allison began her teaching career in the late 90’s; helping to develop lifelong skills of passion, determination, and perseverance within hundreds of young adults, nationally and internationally.
Mrs. Allison holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. While in attendance at TWU, she was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year and was voted by her peers to be the Undergraduate Adjudicating Representative. She also made the Dean’s List each of the semesters she attended TWU.
Mrs. Allison is married, with four fur-children, and in her free time is a WGI movement judge, choreographer, and sports nerd. She is also the creator of Color Guard Academy, a unique online education certification for color guard directors, technicians, and instructors.
Adam Sage is an active choreographer, designer, adjudicator in the pageantry arts. Adam has worked with numerous programs in the southeast including Tarpon Springs High School, East Lake High School, Seminole High School (1993 WGI A class Bronze medalists), Clearwater High School, Kell High School and Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. Pope High School was the 2000 WGI Open class Silver medalists and the 2002 WGI World class Bronze medalists. Kell High School was the 2005 WGI A class Silver medalist. In addition, Adam recently designed for Spanish River High School Winter Guard in Boca Raton, Florida (2009 Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver medalists).
Adam’s drum corps experience includes being a member of the Suncoast Sound from 1988 to 1989, and The Cadets of Bergen County from 1990 to 1991. He was the caption head for the Magic of Orlando from 1992 to 1993; caption head for the Crossmen from 1994 to 1995. Adam then spent 1996 through 2002 working with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Sage was also the caption head and designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2003 and 2004. 2005 through 2008, he spent with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as their caption head and designer. 2009-2011, he was the caption supervisor and designer with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Adam was the color guard caption head and designer for the Madison Scouts from 2012-2014.
Adam is also actively involved with Winter Guard International (WGI). He was the director of The Company Colour Guard from 1995 to 1999. The Company was a two time WGI World Champion in the A (1995) class and Open (1996) class. He was also the director of the Phantom Regiment Winter Guard in 2007 and 2008 and CrownGUARD in 2009 and 2010. He was also a member of the Emerald Marquis from 1990 to 1991.
Sage is the director and designer for the Kennesaw Mountain High School Color Guard in Kennesaw, Georgia 2003-present (2004 Winter Guard International Scholastic A World Champions, 2005 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open World Champions, 2006 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class finalists, and the 2013 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Bronze Medalists); and designer for the 2015 and 2016 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps; as well as a designer for East Coweta and Keller Central High School Winter Guards. Adam Sage is the artistic director for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and visual/creative advisor for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a designer and choreographer for The Pride of the Netherlands Winter Guard in Amsterdam and the Yokohama Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in Yokohama, Japan. He is also a consultant and choreographer for the Brazilian Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Adam is an adjudicator for Bands Of America and Winter Guard International.
When he is not teaching color guard, Adam is a third grade teacher in Kennesaw, Georgia where he resides.
See you at Premiere!