Adam Sage is an active choreographer, designer, and 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 also 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 performing 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 Tampa Bay, Florida 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. Sage was also a member of the Emerald Marquis Winter Guard from 1990 to 1991.Most recently, Adam Sage was 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 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the designer for East Coweta and Keller Central High School Winter Guards. Adam is also a designer and choreographer for The Pride of the Netherlands Winter Guard in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 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. Currently, Adam Sage is a designer and the artistic director for Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and consultant with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. 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 South Florida where he resides.
Joshua Brenneis – Visual Captain Head
Joshua Brenneis is a visual instructor, adjudicator and designer that works with numerous musical programs across the country. These programs are associated with Florida Marching Band Coalition, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International. He started in DCI as a performer with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004. He later joined the ten time world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2007 where he aged out in Pasadena California.
Josh has been teaching several south Florida marching bands since 2007 that have been successful in the FMBC and BOA circuits. He is currently the Visual Caption Head of Park Vista High School and Jupiter High School where both programs won FMBC State Championships in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Park Vista placed 6th in their first attempt at the Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta Georgia. Jupiter has made FMBC State Finals every year since 2008 when Josh first took over the visual program.
Josh has continued his involvement in DCI and WGI as an instructor. In 2011 he joined Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Jacksonville Florida in their second season of world class competition. In the 2012 and 2013 winter seasons he taught visual at STRYKE Percussion Ensemble as they transitioned into the world class division for WGI. He was on the visual staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio Texas in 2013 and 2014, where they returned to World Class Finals for the second time in 10 seasons.
Currently, Josh is the Visual Caption Head of Stryke Wynds and on visual staff with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Paul Sauberer – Colorguard Instructor
Paul Sauberer is a veteran of the pageantry arts activity, and has been involved in the marching band and color guard scene for over 10 years. He has been an integral component in the success of many band programs. Designing flags, costumes, props, winter guard and percussion floors, soundtracks – anything you can think of. Paul is currently on the color guard staff and design team of 2014 Class 5A State Champions, and BOA Super Regional Finalist Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida. Paul has designed and taught for programs such as Park Vista HS (Lake Worth, FL), Jupiter HS (Jupiter, FL), Castle HS (Newburgh, IN), East View HS (Apple Valley, MN) and many other programs around the country. Paul is actively involved in the South Florida Winter Guard Association circuit, along with WGI. With his experience in flag, costume, and set design, he elevates the visual and emotional aspect of each show he is a part of, breaking down the wall between performing members and the audience. Paul’s creative mind and his expertise in capturing those special “moments” make him a vital part of any program.
David Skinner- Music Arranger
David has spent more than thirty years sharing his passion for musical and personal excellence with students, and honing his craft as a musician, educator and pageantry arts designer. During that span of time he has served as a middle and high school band director as well as a community band conductor. He has maintained a private trumpet studio and taught brass master classes for over twenty-five South Florida middle and high school bands. In the marching band arena he has been a music and visual technician, music caption head, program coordinator, music arranger and consultant. Under his tutelage and/or playing his arrangements, four South Florida marching bands have become Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalists. His arrangements can be heard prominently during the Florida Marching Band Coalition State Championships, including performances by several finalist bands and the 2014 2A and 5A State Champions.
David’s professional affiliations have included membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) and the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). He is a lifelong resident of South Florida, where he and his wife, Lisa, pianist and former elementary music teacher, are parents to five children all of whom are wonderful musicians and performers themselves.
Matthew Rusnak – Visual Instructor
In 2004 Matthew Rusnak graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland Florida. Immediately out of high school Matthew was hired as a Visual Consultant for the organization. In his first few years of teaching Matthew studied Business Administration at Valencia State College in Orlando Florida. Continuing his teaching career in Central Florida Matthew worked with organizations such as Timber Creek High School, The Creek percussion ensemble, INFINITY percussion ensemble, and West Orange High School. After years of experience Matthew was hired onto the Visual staff of the Boston Crusaders where he worked as a visual instructor for the hornline and drumline sections. Matthew is currently living in South Florida working with the programs Jupiter High School, Park Vista High School, and STRYKE Percussion. Matthew has always had determination to bring nothing but stability and success to each and every program he is associated with.
Christina Colletti- Flute/Clarinet Instructor
Christina Colletti grew up in Boynton Beach Florida. She has been a music educator for over seven years and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. She is a music and visual consultant for the Park Vista High School Marching Band. This past year she was also a consultant for STRYKE Wynds which is an independent wind ensemble that participates in WGI and SFWGA events. Her full time position as a music educator is at Manatee Elementary where she teaches grades K – 5, including autistic spectrum disorder classes. She received a nomination for the prestigious Teacher of the Year award in 2013. This year her extracurricular elementary chorus known as The Singing Manatees, won The Grand Champion award and received superior ratings at their latest competition (USA Music Festival). Her students have regularly been selected to participate in the All State Elementary Honors Chorus and Spotlight on Young Musicians Honors Chorus for the last five consecutive years.
Ms. Colletti’s newest endeavor is teaching “Mommy and Me” music classes for students ages 2-7 held at The Wonder Gym. She continuously uses her personal time to coach aspiring young flutists with private lessons. To help less fortunate children Ms. Colletti donates her time to teach an annual summer band camp in Saint Marc Haiti. Here she is able to contribute by teaching master classes for flute/clarinet and is the Director of The Symphonic Band.
Although her principal instrument is flute and piccolo Ms. Colletti is a gifted musician who is proficient in other areas. She has been a part of a diverse amount of musical activities and ensembles in which she was a vocalist or played on a wide array of instruments. These instruments include baritone/euphonium, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, single tenor steel drum, bass steel drum, guitar, ukulele, piano, and hand drums to name a few. Her performing experience includes Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Woman’s choral, Chorus, Steel Drum Ensemble, Flute Ensembles, several chamber groups, The Magic drum and bugle corps, UF Gator Marching Band, and The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.
Aside from studying music education in the United States, she has accumulated life experiences from around the world. She’s performed in several states along the east coast and studied music history/flute performance in Salzburg, Austria. Further travels include London England, Venice Italy , Vienna Austria, Paris France, Prague Czech Republic, Munich Germany, Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Saint Marc Haiti, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Nevis West Indies, and Bahamas. Whether it was teaching music, performing, or exploring these beautiful countries, Ms. Colletti has been professionally and culturally influenced by people from all around the world.
Michael Simoes – Saxophone Instructor
Michael has been involved with the marching arts since he began in 2007 at Jupiter High School. After graduating from Jupiter High School in 2011, he assisted his alma mater as a volunteer. He continued his marching experience with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps as a baritone player in 2012 and assistant drum major in 2013. Michael’s primary instrument is the saxophone and he is the saxophone music/visual tech for the 2015 season. This is Michael’s 4th year with the Park Vista Marching Band and he is very excited to continue making history with this world class organization.
Pauleen Paygane – Colorguard Instructor
This is Pauleen’s 10th year instructing young adults the foundations, techniques, and art of colorguard. She started teaching her freshman year of high school at the young age of 14 at Eagle’s Landing Middle School and continued her passion to teach consecutively after. Pauleen has taught at schools in West Palm Beach such as, Spanish River High School, Lake Worth High School, Olympic Heights High School, John I. Leonard High School, and currently, Park Vista High School.
Pauleen has also marched 14 winter seasons. She has had the amazing opportunity to march with astounding independent groups such as Premonition Winterguard, Carolina Crown, and Braddock Independent World. She has learned so much in her prior experiences and her passion for colorguard grew through marching and teaching. Nothing is more rewarding to her than sharing her passion for guard with her students. Pauleen states, “Seeing my students perform in front of an audience and come off that floor with a smile is the best gift to ever receive.”
To Pauleen, colorguard is not just a hobby, it is her life. Colorguard has introduced her to amazing people, which have formed into amazing friendships. It taught her responsibility, self-confidence, and created unforgettable experiences that many have never had the opportunity to experience, and with that, she is beyond grateful.