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NORTH EAST BRAND MANAGER - New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

michael@guardcloset.com

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! 

 

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KIRK MERRYMAN

MID-ATLANTIC BRAND MANAGER -  Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, & West Virginia 

 kirk@guardcloset.com


 

 

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BRADLEY WATKINS

SALES MANAGER

bradley@guardcloset.com

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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BATTLE CLOSET BRAND MANAGER

bre@battlecloset.com 

 

 

 

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AMY MERRITT

SOUTHERN MID ATLANTIC BRAND MANAGER - Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina

amy@guardcloset.com

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.

 

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JOSH O'KAIN

NORTHERN TEXAS BRAND MANAGER - Oklahoma, Northern Texas, 

josh@guardcloset.com 

 

 

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 Pennsylvania, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas, and Hawaii.

In addition to the Brand Manager responsibilities, Joshua is also the Director of Colorguards at Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX and continues his clinical work with children with autism.  

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TEXAS BRAND MANAGER

nicole@guardcloset.com

 

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.

 

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BRIAN WARD

WEST COAST BRAND MANAGER - California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona

brian@guardcloset.com

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.