FFCC held its Initial Membership Meeting Sunday September 11, in Apopka, FL with over 126 teams represented. In addition to a show host meeting, team representatives received information on web site improvements, education initiatives, and new contest sites for the 2017 season. The thrust of the meeting, however, was membership enrollment and contest registration. With Wifi connection and multiple computer stations directors were able to pay fees and select their competitive schedule for the 2017 season with minimal wait. This meeting date is the only day where there is open enrollment at all shows. After the meeting the FFCC contests are “capped” between forty and fifty teams, depending on the fire code rating for the venue. At this point one show has a wait list and two more are close to capacity. If you haven’t enrolled and registered for your shows, you should do so in the very near future. You can find a step by step process for enrollment HERE, in this guide created by Cichele Fields. For those teams who have competed with the FFCC before or that have already completed the enrollment process your next steps for REGISTERING for contests can be found HERE in this Step by Step guide. As always, use the if you need help or have questions.
Trevor Cox – Trevor@ffcc.org
Bio Coming Soon!
Mike Higbe – President@ffcc.org
Bio Coming Soon!
Kelly Ross – Kelly@ffcc.org
Kelly Ross is a native of Southern California, who currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia.
She has been involved in the marching arts for over 20 years and a dancer since childhood. During high school she was selected to be a member of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band Color Guard, performing in the 2000 parade. After high school, Kelly was a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and a cast member with Fantasia Winter Guard from 2001-2004. During her performance career, Kelly won 3 World Championships, 3 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. In addition she was a color guard member of the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 2000-2002, where she served as a Color Guard Captain in 2002.
As an instructor, Kelly has taught many successful color guards in Southern California, New York, Utah, Florida, and Georgia. In 2005 she was a color guard instructor for Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2010-2014, Kelly served as the Auxiliary Coordinator for the Color Guard and Dance Line of the Valdosta State University Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band.
Kelly has been with the Lowndes High “Georgia Bridgemen” Auxiliary since 2009, and helped to create the Winter Guard program in 2011. In six short years, the “Show Pony” winter guards have earned several circuit championship medals (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), have been WGI Regional Finalists 4 times, and were the WGI Atlanta Regional “SRA” Champions in 2014. In 2016, the Lowndes HS Varsity Winter Guard made their very first appearance at WGI World Championships, earning 8th place in “Scholastic A” Finals! Kelly has served on the FFCC Board of Directors since 2014.
Kelly graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009. In addition, Kelly is a member of four honor societies; Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Mu, and Chi Sigma Iota. Most recently, she graduated from Valdosta State University with a Master of Education (ME.d.) degree in School Counseling. She is working at Parker Mathis Learning Center in Valdosta, Georgia as a Professional School Counselor. She is also a National Certified Counselor, and would like to work toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the future.
Kelly is married to Joe Ross (from Dayton, Ohio). They have two dogs (Chewy and Bob). In their free time, they like to travel and especially enjoy road trips.
Tom Slaughter – email@example.com
Tom Slaughter has been involved in the pageantry arts for 36 years as a performer, instructor, designer, and adjudicator. His past performance experience includes the legendary Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps as a Euphonium player. Tom has taught for numerous bands and drum corps, including a 3 year term as Visual Caption Head for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville, Florida during the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011. Tom also was a member of the Visual Staff for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps during 2012. Currently, Tom is the visual designer for numerous bands throughout the State of Florida, including Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida and J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida. Tom’s judging experience began as a local winter guard judge for the Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit (FFCC) over 20 years ago. Tom was appointed Chief Judge of the FFCC in 2001 and has served in that capacity ever since. Tom has been a member of the Winter Guard International judging roster since 2005. He regularly judges marching bands in the Florida Marching Band Coalition, Indiana State Scholastic Music Association, and the Northwest Marching Band Circuit.
Alan Smith – Alan@ffcc.org
(Colorguard Member Team Liaison)
Alan Smith has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 35 years. He has been involved with the Seminole High School Band program since 1978, first as a student and later as an instructor. He has served as a marching technician, drill designer, and visual staff coordinator. During his time at Seminole, the band has been a 27-time Bands of America Regional Finalist, 2-time BOA Regional Champion, 5-time BOA Regional Class Champion, 3-time BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist, and a 3-time BOA Grand National Finalist. The band has also been the Southeastern United States Champion and a 3-time FMBC State Champion.
Alan has been involved in the drum corps activity as the drill designer/staff coordinator for the DCI Open Class Finalist Suncoast Sound from Tampa Bay, Florida, DCI Open Class Silver Medalist Capital Regiment from Columbus, Ohio, and from 1995-2001, was a marching technician, drill designer, and staff coordinator for the DCI World Class Finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa.
Mr. Smith has been involved with the Seminole Winter Guard program since its beginning in 1991. The guard has had success at every level of competition. They have been FFCC Champions and WGI World Championship Finalists in all scholastic classes. The guard was a WGI Scholastic A Class Bronze Medalist in 1993 and a WGI Scholastic Open Class Bronze Medalist in 2007. The guard is currently a WGI Scholastic World Class unit, having finished as high as 5th place at the World Championships. Mr. Smith was also director of the Seminole Middle School Guard for several years. In that time, the program won 8 consecutive FFCC Cadet Class Championships.
Mr. Smith, while retired from teaching color guard, remains involved in the activity. He is on the board of the Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit and is on the WGI announcing staff for regionals and World Championships. Mr. Smith is an AP Human Geography Teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at Seminole High School. He is a teacher for the Center of Educational Leadership Academy and the iHawk Academy for Personalized Learning.
Andy Snow – Andy@ffcc.org
(Marketing Team, Merchendise, Website Updates)
Andy is a native Floridian, born and raised in Valrico, outside of Tampa, FL. He graduated from Durant High School in 2002 where Andy performed in numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Indoor Drumline, Winter Guard, and Marching Band.
Having cultivated a love for the marching arts, Andy toured with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp from Rosemont, Illinois where he earned a World Championship in 2002. Andy has also performed with such groups as the USF Winter Guard, Northeast Independent Winter Guard, and has worked as a performer at Disney Sea in Tokyo, Japan.
Professionally, Andy has designed and teched for numerous groups around the Southeastern United States including the WGI Finalists Robinson High School, Lowndes High School, USF Winter Guard, University of South Florida Winter Guard, and the 2016 WGI Winds Scholastic A Gold Medalist, Jackson County Comprehensive High School. Andy has also works with other such groups as Melbourne High School (FL), Spanish Fort High School (AL) , Durant High School (FL), South Ponotoc HS (MS), and numerous other FFCC, SAPA, and SCGC medalists.
Andy is also employed as a Hospital Social Worker at Lakeland Regional Health Systems. In his personal life, Andy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing with his two dogs, and reading.
The FFCC is pleased to announce that the 2017 Show Host Selection Committee met this past weekend, August 28, in Orlando, FL. The volunteer members of the committee are circuit representatives without affiliation to any teams submitting bids for a 2017 season show. This unbiased committee sorted through numerous bids submitted. The meeting was a great success with many previous and new show hosts being awarded bids for the 2017 season!
The focus of this committee is finding the best possible venues to ensure a positive experience while balancing representation across the state. The following schedule represents their recommendation for the 2017 season:
January 21, 2017
- Regional A Premiere (W) – Freedom High School (Tampa)
- Percussion & Winds Premiere Southeast (S) – TBA
- National Premiere (C) – Dr. Phillips High School
- Percussion & Winds Premiere North (C) – Oveido High School
- Circuit Show (N) – Belleview High School
- Circuit Show (W) – Lakeland High School
- Circuit Show (W) – Riverview High School
- Circuit Show (C) – University High School (Orange City)
- Percussion & Winds Focus Southeast (S) – TBA
- Circuit Show (W) – Plant City High School
- Percussion & Winds Focus East (C) – Lake Minneola High School
- Percussion & Winds Focus West (W) – Wiregrass Ranch High School
- Circuit Show (C) – Apopka High School
- Circuit Show (N) – Fleming Island High School
- Circuit Show (W) – Seminole High School (Pinellas)
- Circuit Show (W) – Durant High School (CG Only)
- Circuit Show (C) – Lyman High School (CG Only)
- Circuit Show (C) – Cypress Creek High School
- Circuit Championships at The Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL
The FFCC is currently looking for a talented and qualified graphic artist to assist with Merchandise and other projects for the 2017 & 2018 seasons!!
Qualified candidates should meet the following criteria:
- Experience in designing apparel including, but not limited to shirts, pants, hats, jackets, etc.
- A modern and hip perspective that appeals to our member units (high school through college)
- The ability to take direct criticism regarding design, as well as, flexibility in approach to design
- The ability to adhere to specific design and production schedules
- A love for pageantry and most preferably experience in color guard, indoor drumlins, or winds!
Compensation will be based on a per project basis and will also include various other perks.
Qualified candidates should submit a resume and portfolio including relevant experience and work examples. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 30, 2016.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andy Snow, Marketing Team at Andy@ffcc.org.
The FFCC has always been known to build strong bonds within and between it’s member teams. Competition has a way of bringing us together. Recently, I was at a school camp and was approached by one of the students. I was asked if I knew another student at a different school located hundreds of miles away. I did and what followed was an experience that showed me, once again, that this activity and the FFCC can bring people together no matter how far apart they are!
Claudia and I briefly met over social media in the middle of summer 2015 and instantly became fast friends. After talking about guard, we found out that we have the same show designer/coach: Andy Snow. We found that we have so much in common from guard to the same mentality. At a show in 2016, both of our teams went to help another guard pull their floor. That’s when we unexpectedly met in person for the first time. It was a pretty priceless moment, I must say. Over the past year, Claudia has come to feel like a sister to me. She has been such a positive influence on my life by leading me closer to God and always reminding me to look at the positive side of everything. Despite the distance, we are still able to keep up this strong friendship via calling, texting, and FaceTiming. A friend like Claudia is hard to find these days. From constantly sending each other bible verses to talking about guard and drum corps, from helping each other through tough situations to literally never arguing, this friendship is definitely one I value. Who knew that one post about being excited for band camp would have been the initial start of such an amazing friendship? It’s so bizarre how people meet these days and I thank God all the time for crossing our paths in such an unexpected way. It’s such a pleasure to be able to have Claudia as a best friend and I am so thankful to be involved in such an amazing activity that opens new doors to new friendships.
When I saw Taylor’s post about guard online, I just knew I had to comment back. We instantly shared the same thoughts about guard and our teams. We also soon discovered that we have the same show designer: Andy Snow. We had more than enough in common. We branched outside of talking about guard and continued to agree and compliment each other in almost every aspect including our views on a circumstance or our morals. I told myself I wouldn’t cry when I met Taylor in person at WGI southeastern, but when we hugged and it instantly came all out because I was overjoyed and overwhelmed with happiness. I finally met someone that has become my best friend and like a sister to me. Taylor and I share a bond that is how I think a true friendship should be. We continually grow and Taylor constantly encourages me and reminds me everyday that there’s a beautiful plan that God has made. Taylor and I could never have met if she didn’t post on social media or if I never went on at that moment in time to see her post. Life works in mysterious ways and my life would be drastically different if I didn’t have a phenomenal best friend. If it wasn’t for winter guard, FFCC, and technology, Taylor and I would have never met and I give thanks everyday for our friendship that has been built on love for color guard and our beliefs.
If you have a story you would like to submit for consideration, please forward your cover and pictures to Andy@ffcc.org.