About Us

GUARDCLOSET.COM was founded in December of 2000 by Brian M. Prato, after recognizing that a source for used color guard equipment was needed in marching band, indoor guard, and drum & bugle corps activities.

The web site became active in January 2001. While the company is a for-profit business, the primary goal is to help marching arts organizations (mostly band booster groups) recoup material costs. GUARDCLOSET.COM allows equipment to be marketed all over the world, providing an economical way for schools to purchase equipment and to recoup money on equipment that normally would be either stored in closets or disposed of.

brian-prato.jpgBrian M. Prato is a 1988 graduate of Spring Grove High School and a 1993 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania. He has performed with, taught, and designed for a number of marching arts organizations across the country. He has also worked as an adjudicator for both the National Judges Association and the Keystone Indoor Drill Association.

From its inception in 2008 to 2017, Prato was Director of Operations for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and since 2007, the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps.