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LARAE DUFF
BRAND MANAGER - TEXAS
LaRae (Rae) Duff grew up in Owasso, OK and then attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education (oboe emphasis) in 2003. She and her husband, Darrin Duff, have a combined 32 years of band and colorguard teaching experience in the state of Texas. She remains an active member of TMEA, TBA as well as an adjudicator and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know what’s important to those she works with in order to partner with them in achieving the most personalized creative process and highest level of service possible.
She enjoys spending time with her family, including her two boys, Hudson and Brody and their dog and cat, Biscuit and Gravy.

CHRIS GREEN
BRAND MANAGER - FLORIDA, GEORGIA, ALABAMA
Chris Green has been heavily involved in the pageantry and performing arts for 30 years. He has been an Founder, Director, Instructor, Adjudicator, Composer in Residence, Performer, Arranger and Clinician for marching, concert & jazz bands, choral and theater groups, drum & bugle corps, winter percussion and winterguards across the country. Chris is currently the Special Projects Manager for the St Petersburg Opera Company, Artistic Director for the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom, and Founder and Performer for Brass Hysteria STP.

BRE JONES
BRAND MANAGER - BATTLECLOSET.COM
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BLAIR KUHN
BRAND MANAGER - MID WEST
Blair Kuhn received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication & Film Studies from Eastern Michigan University. Blair’s been active in the pageantry art for over 30 years, having performed as a percussionist with the Saginaires Drum & Bugle Corps 1982-84, Northern Aurora Drum & Bugle Corps 1885 & The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps 1986. Along with his background in percussion, Blair is an accomplished Color Guard & Drill designer, with over 25 years of experience. Blair was the visual designer for Eastside Fury Percussion, from 2007-2010 & Co-Director / Designer of Ancora Winter Guard 2007-2014. Blair currently designs for The University of Michigan Winter Guard. Blair currently holds the position of Judge Coordinator for the Michigan Color Guard Circuit & Visual Caption Administrator for the Michigan Competing Band Association. Currently Blair is an active adjudicator for The Michigan Competing Band Association, Michigan Color Guard Circuit, Drum Corps International & Winter Guard International.

MICHAEL LOMBO
BRAND MANAGER - NORTH EAST
New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Michael Lombo has been passionate about the marching arts for the past 25 (gulp) years! Michael lives for his students and loves instilling the same passion for pageantry artsy has, as well as, the life skills needed to be a positive team player. He’s a successful drill designer, consultant, and Color Guard Caption at Jersey Surf World Class Drum & Bugle Corps, Mansfield, MA High School, Norwood, MA High School & Dedham, MA HS! Michael can help you with all of your Color Guard & Marching Band needs!

AMY MERRITT
BRAND MANAGER - SOUTHERN MID ATLANTIC
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina
Amy has been a part of the performing arts since she could walk. She was a part of her high school color guard program and then continued to develop her skills while marching with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for 4 years. Amy has instructed, choreographed, and directed numerous High Schools across the tri-state region. Her color guards have won numerous “Best Guard” Awards at TOB, BOA, and USBANDS Marching Competitions and won Championship Medals in the KIDA Indoor Circuit.
In 2010, Amy was an instructor for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp and during the 2014 drum corps season, Amy was the Color Guard Caption Head for the Thunder Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps, which is the first Maryland Drum Corps. From 2015-2020, Amy was the Color Guard Director for Towson University's marching band and winter guard program.

KIRK MERRYMAN
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Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
OFFICE MANAGER
A 2004 graduate of Avon Grove High School, Kirk has been involved with music and the marching arts since 1996.  After high school he went on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and marched with the Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band, then to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance.  Since college he has worked with Avon Grove High School Marching Band, Avon Grove High School Indoor Colorguard and Percussion, Millersville University Marching Band, Villa Pirata Indoor Colorguard, Aero Independent Colorguard, and Cab Calloway Spirit Marching Band. He has also marching with The Reading Buccaneers as one of their Drum Majors in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2020/21.

JOSH O'KAIN
BRAND MANAGER - TEXAS & OKLAHOMA
Joshua O'Kain, M.A., M.Ed., BCBA has been working with children since 2003.  He currently holds a M.A. in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and an M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. He began his marching career as a brass player and transitioned into colorguard member. Joshua performed with Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble (French Horn), and the Marching Band of Blue, The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Eklipse Winter Guard (Hopkinsville/Nashville, TN), Chimeras Winter Guard (Nashville, TN), and Phantom Regiment Winter Guard (Rockford, IL).

Joshua began teaching bands & color guards in 2003, consulting with nationally-competitive bands and winter guards across Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.  While finishing his first graduate degree, Joshua was the Director of Colorguards for the Lincoln Way East High School Marching Band. During his four years with the LWE Band, the team was recognized as the Illinois State Marching Band Champion on 3 occasions and was a consistent finalist at Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana Bands of America regionals and a Semi-Finalist at Grand Nationals. The winter guard programs at Lincoln Way consistently medaled in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit championships and in 2010, the winter guard became the Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver Medalists.  Joshua has also consulted for other WGI finalists and competitive BOA programs across the states of 

NICOLE RANN
BRAND MANAGER - TEXAS
CONSIGNMENT COORIDNATOR - SAN ANTONIO
Nicole Rann, born in New York and raised in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Started her Colorguard career at 12. Moved to Texas in 2014 to further her expertise. She has worked for various prestigious programs and has lead many of her color guard programs to TECA State titles. She has been teaching Colorguard for 10 years at various high schools in New Jersey and in San Antonio area. Nicole is excited to be a member of GuardCloset and hopes to help others be successful in their endeavors.

BRIAN WARD
BRAND MANAGER - WEST COAST
Brian grew up in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of Temple University. His passion for travel and new experiences motivated him to relocate to San Francisco in 2015 and then to Portland in 2018. He has built his career as a retail manager and as a colorguard director all over the country.
As a performer, Brian is an alumni of Carolina Crown, Alter Ego, BlackWatch, and The Patriots. His passion for teaching in the arts lead him to work with many groups in the activity such as The Colts, Mechanicsburg High School, Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Dublin High School, Field of View, and the Seattle Cascades. Brian is also an active adjudicator, most recently with the Western Bands Association the California Color Guard Circuit.  
In his personal time outside the performance gym or store setting, Brian is an avid music fan and attends concerts regularly. He often spends time planning travel adventures with friends and loves spending time with his dog, Maddie.

BRADLEY WATKINS
SALES MANAGER
Bradley has been a costume sales representative for 8 years.  He has clients from all forms of the pageantry arts, from competitive marching band to traditional marching band, winter guard, drill team, dance team, majorette, and so much more!  Bradley has worked in the marching arts for more than 20 years specializing in color guard choreography, program coordination, and drill writing/staging.  He has taught at all levels of the activity, and understands how the industry works.  Put his knowledge to work for your program!
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