Congratulations on an amazing 2023 season! Here are a few items that will be coming up in the month of May.
The May Membership meeting will be held in person at Desert Vista High School on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00PM.
The Advisory committee meeting will be held prior to the membership meeting, on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00AM at Desert Vista High School. Be on the look out for an email from your Liaisons, also note that all are welcome to attend the advisory meeting.
Updated Policy and Procedures:
Attached are the updated Bylaws and Policy and Procedures that include the updates from last year's meeting.
If you would like to propose an amendment to the Bylaws or the P&P, please fill out this form.
Please remember that only members of the Advisory Board will vote on changes to the Policy and Procedures as well as the Bylaws. Members of the Advisory board have been notified via a separate email.
Several Board positions are up for election this May. The following positions are up for election:
Color Guard Judges Coordinator
If you would like to nominate someone for the board, please fill out this form.
All WGAZ Units have one vote to cast for Board Positions. A delegate must be in attendance at the WGAZ membership meeting in order to vote. Delegates must be on your staff list for the 2023 season. Each delegate must only vote for one unit.
Thank you, and we hope to see you on May 6th at Desert Vista High School.
Schedule: (subject to change)
11:00AM - 12:30PM | Advisory board (All members welcome)
12:30PM - 1:00PM | Break and snacks
1:00PM - 3:00PM | Full membership meeting
Percussion/Winds Judges Coordinator:
- Bryan Scheidecker
- Bryan Scheidecker’s initial introduction to music happened when he took up the saxophone at Jellick Elementary in Rowland Heights, California. At the time, he had no idea that making this decision would alter his life forever; for it was on a big blue hollowed-out school bus known as the “Note Boat” where his musical journey began.Since 1999, Bryan has provided instruction for schools and Drum Corps in California, Massachusetts, and Arizona. He is currently the Visual Caption Head for Williams Field High School and is part of the visual team for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to instructing, he is also responsible for adjudicating and directing competitions for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), Winter Guard Arizona (WGAZ) and Winter Guard International (WGI) indoor percussion circuits, as well as the Arizona Marching Band Association (AzMBA) and Bands of America (BOA) fall circuits. Bryan also serves as a board member for WGAZ and AzMBA. Additionally, he had a previous role as the Assistant Director of Education for the Vic Firth Company and presently serves as an Education Sales Rep for Music & Arts.
As a performer, Bryan spent his four years at Ruben S. Ayala High School heavily involved in the instrumental music department, three of them in leadership roles. As an adult, he has played with artists such as Steve Wilkerson, Jeff Hamilton, the Jazz on the Latin Side All-stars, Poncho Sanchez, and as a soloist for Grammy Award winner Celine Dion.
Color Guard Judges Coordinator :
- Scott Montoya
- Scott Montoya has been involved in the Pageantry Arts for 33 years. He has served as visual designer, coordinator, visual tech and brass instructor for marching bands and winter guards throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. He is currently the Brass Caption Head at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, AZ. Scott is currently a Design Analysis Judge for Winter Guard Arizona, Texas Color Guard Circuit, West Texas Color Guard Association and other organizations around the United States. He is also an active adjudicator for marching band for various organizations such as: Arizona Marching Band Association, California State Band Championships, USBands and other local and regional competitions around the country.Scott is a founding board member of the West Texas Color Guard Association in El Paso, TX serving on the board from 1998 – 2000, 2006-2010 and served as the board President from 2010 – 2014. Scott also acts as the judge coordinator for WTCA (2019 – present). Scott is currently serving on Winter Guard Arizona Board of Directors as the Color Guard Judge Coordinator facilitating judge coordination for the season, maintaining open communication with instructors, working with the color guard liaison to facilitate judge and instructor education and training, active member of the reclassification committee, staying current with all WGI judge adjudication trends and maintaining relationships with current judges from various circuits around the county and WGI, as well as other duties assigned by the WGAZ Board. Scott also served as a board member for WGAZ from 2001-2004. Scott teaches Criminal Justice at the East Valley Institute of Technology, a Career and Education Public High School in Mesa, AZ. Scott is married to his awesome wife, Robin Montoya who also has strong ties to the pageantry arts. They have two growing young men, Anthony and Joshua, both involved in music.
- Keith Casey
- Keith has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 40 years. He has performed with Spirit of Atlanta and Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he performed with State Street Review Winterguard where he was an Independent World Class Bronze Medalist. He taught guard at Lassiter HS (Marietta GA) where they were named the BOA Grand National Champions twice, WGI Scholastic A and Open Class Champions, and also a two-time Scholastic World Class Finalist. Since 2011, he has been the Guard Caption Head and Visual Coordinator for the 9-time, ABODA Div. I State Champion Desert Vista HS Thunder Marching Band in Phoenix AZ. His winterguard was most recently named the WGAZ Scholastic Open Class Champions.In the past, he has served on the Winter Guard Arizona Board as the Color Guard Liaison. One of his main goals for this potential position is to foster more out-of-state judges who are adjudicating on the WGI Regional and National panels to better prepare our growing circuit with the tools necessary for success outside of Arizona. Given his resources with working in multiple circuits from across the country, he wants to give our circuit more access to adjudicators who are judging in the most competitive areas to give us a better sense of what to expect based on the national scale. This would increase our exposure and viability as a circuit in out-of-state regionals as well as on the national stage. He has devoted his life to the pageantry arts and would love the opportunity to serve in this capacity.Keith is also a 25-year veteran teacher who currently teaches Senior English and is the Senior English Level Chair at Desert Vista HS in Phoenix AZ. When he is not working on English, band, and guard, he enjoys spending time with his lovely dog, Sadie.
Event Host Coordinator
- Tina Milyiori
- Tina Milyiori is originally from Northeast Ohio and moved to Chandler, AZ in August 2018. Tina has been involved in the Marching Arts for 33+ years as a performer, color guard technician, director, adjudicator, volunteer, and parent in both the fall and winter color guard and marching band space. Most recently, she has been a volunteer at WGI World Championships every year since 2008 and is a member of the WGI Scholarship Committee. Her daughter, Lorelai, is a Sophomore fall and winter guard member at Corona del Sol and plays flute in the Symphonic Band. She is an active member of the Corona del Sol Boosters, and has been the Co-Chair for the Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational and WGAZ Sponsored Winter/Percussion Competition. She is currently Co-Guard Liaison for the CdS fall and winter guard and served as the interim Event Host Coordinator for WGAZ at the end of the 2023 season.
- Kristina Haney
- Kristina Haney has been involved in the percussive arts since 2007. Involved in her high school program, as well as at a collegiate and independent organization level, her knowledge of the activity makes her a perfect candidate for WGAZ Secretary. Currently, Kristina is the Assistant Director and Cymbal Tech at Vision Percussion, where she handles logistics, social media, and fundraising efforts throughout the year. She currently works as a Senior Specialist in the revenue operations department at a tech company, handling commissions and compensation for sales reps and managers. In this role, she communicates verbally and by email with stakeholders across multiple departments. Outside of the performing arts activity, Kristina has served on various boards ranging from the Homeowners Association where she is currently the Vice President, as well as previously serving on the board of Arizona Society of Homebrewers, and the Arizona Business Travel Association.
- Eryn Streeter
- Eryn Streeter is the current color guard and winter guard director at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, AZ. Born and raised in the West Valley, Eryn has performed with notable color guard groups, including the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band, FeniX Independent, Sandra Day O'Connor High School, and, most recently, The ProcesS Independent. Outside of color guard, Eryn holds a master's degree from Arizona State University in public administration (MPA) and a paralegal certificate from the University of Arizona and works for a non-profit organization doing advocacy work. Eryn hopes to take her color guard passion and continue to support WGAZ and its mission to foster growth and quality in the performing arts.