Guard Leadership


Marc Guzman

Marc Paulo Guzman serves as the instructor/choreographer for the CMB color guard and the newly formed UVA CaptiVAtion Winter Guard. The Hackensack, NJ nad working with the CMB in the fall of 2012. In the winter of 2013, he played a vital role in the creation of the UVA CaptiVation Winter Guard. Marc also works for the University of Virginia within the Office of the Dean of Students as the Asian/Asian Pacific American program coordinator. Prior to working at U.Va., has designed/instructed for a number of marching bands, drum corps, and winter guards within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region in NY, NJ, PA, and DE. He has competed for award winning ensembles including Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Alter Ego Winter Guard (NJ), and University of Delaware “Delazure” indoor guard. Marc completed his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education counseling and administration at the University of Delaware in 2012 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history at the University of Delaware in 2010.


April Millner

April Website PicMy name is April and I’m a rising 4th year. I’m majoring in philosophy and hope to go to law school to one day become an attorney for civil rights. I’ve been a dancer since the age of three and I’m part of the group DisturbANCE at UVA. Sophomore year of high school, I started winter guard on a whim and loved it so much that I never stopped. I continued spinning both fall and winter throughout my time in high school, going independent my junior year with Creation winter guard. I returned to Stonewall Jackson’s (scholastic) guard and was made captain for fall and winter of my senior year, during we took second place in A3. My high school guard has since gone on to win second place at WGI in Independent A (we had a thing for close seconds and going independent). I joined the CMB’s color guard first year and was named captain my third year. The same year, CaptiVAtion was formed and I joined in a heartbeat. We made our debut in independent regional A with only two competitions, but we were undefeated. I’m so happy to be a part of the amazing guard family at UVA and can’t wait for next season!


Sam Gaither

Hi! My name is Samantha Gaither and I’m a fourth year English and Elementary Education major. Someday, I’d love to be teaching second graders in North Carolina, but for now, I’m pretty satisfied with being a WAHOO! I’m an active member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Executive Vice President of Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band sorority), and a Resident Advisor in the IRC! I’m also fortunate enough to be a section leader of the CMB’s colorguard! The Fall of 2013 will mark my 7th year of performing colorguard and I have loved almost every moment of my time spent in this “sport of the arts”. I joined my high school’s (Stonewall Jackson HS of Manassas, VA) winterguard in the winter of my Sophomore year. That season resulted in a lot of terrible performances, tears, and the nickname “Snow Angel” (ask me about it…)! But since then, I’ve learned a lot, performed a lot, and have grown to love colorguard even more. I can’t wait to spend another season with the CMB and especially with the wonderful UVA Colorguard!

Nicole Abba

Nicole is a third year in the McIntire School of CoNicole Abba AC Picturemmerce, double majoring in Commerce and Biology. She is from Lorton, VA where she attended South County Secondary School. Nicole was a member of the Marching Stallions for four years, serving as captain her junior and senior years. Last year, Nicole was a drill instructor and in charge of uniforms for the guard. She was a founding member of the Winter Guard program at South County as well as UVA CaptiVAtion Winter Guard. Her favorite moment in guard was when CaptiVAtion won their first competition. In her free time she enjoys cheering for the Yankees, watching Community, and Redditing.


Drill Instructors:

Devin Shiple

Hey there! My name is Devin and I’m a fourth year anthropology and linguistics major. I’m a Navy brat and so have moved around some, but am most recently from Burke, Virginia. I have done fall guard for seven years (this will be my eighth) and did winterguard for the first time last year with UVA CaptiVAtion Winterguard. I love all things band (but really, who doesn’t, right?) and so am also a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, our co-ed band sorority. I also really enjoy dancing, and do it whenever and wherever possible. This includes, but is not limited to: my dorm room, dining halls, sidewalks, ballroom class, and (my favorite) on the field with the rest of the CMB.

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What’s up!

I am a third year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, majoring in Engineering Science, with a concentration in Biology and Materials Science. In high school I marched with the Highland Springs Marching Battalion for three years, serving as a captain for the flag girls (aka Twirling Divas) my senior year. This will be my third year in Colorguard with the CMB! I am an active Sister of the Iota Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national band sorority, where I serve as Programming Co-chair. Outside of marching band, I work in the office of the Materials Science Engineering Department, I’m a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and I enjoy dancing with the UVA Bellydance Club.



Katie Pierce

My name’s Katie Pierce. I am a 3rd year elementary edu major (at PVCC). I’m from Louisa, VA, but I currently live in C’ville. I am the equipment manager for the Colorguard, a UVA CaptiVAtion winterguard member, and a member/Rituals & Regalia chair of Tau Beta Sigma Nat’l Honorary Band Sorority. :) This upcoming year will be my 5th year of colorguard (including hs). Most of what I learned from colorguard came from my past 2 years in the UVA Cavalier Marching Band. One important thing I learned is that you NEVER let your squirrel (hair bun used for guard) get wet if you don’t want it to get ruined! In college band, I learned how to absorb multiple routines in such a short amount of times (since our shows change from week to week), which has also helped me learn to retain information in the classroom. Also, being a part of the CMB has brought me more memorable moments and friendships that I never experienced in high school. On that note, the CMB, as well as Tau Beta Sigma, helped me gain friends in different sections of the band, besides just the entire colorguard (who I’ve become close friends with easily). The best thing about the CMB is that there’s always more to learn whether it be routines or life long lessons and experiences and I think that’s one of my many reasons why I keep coming back! *WAHOOWA!*


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Kelia is a third year, Cognitive Science major from Tullahoma, TN. She spun for 4 years in high school and 3 years in college. She is on uniform crew this year and is a sister of Tau Beta Sorority. Her favorite drink from Starbucks is a hot chocolate with 5 pumps of mocha. Her favorite past time is spending allnighters on second floor Clemons during finals and watching the sun come up.


Evangel Panicker

Hi! My name is Evangel Panicker. I’m from Mechanicsville, Virginia, and I went to Atlee High School. I am a second year here at UVa. This year will make my sixth year spinning. I am a Biology major on a pre-medicine track. Aside from marching band, I am a member of the Aaja Nachle-The Bollywood Dance Club, the Indian Student Association, and Chi Alpha Christian fellowship. Some random facts about me include: I was Miss Mechanicsville 2012, I like to sing and play guitar, and Spiderman is my favorite superhero. I loved being a part of the color guard in high school, and thoroughly enjoy the Cavalier Marching Band. The CMB takes all of the greatest aspects of color guard (performing, dancing, and spinning) to a whole new level.

Band Day Help:

Amy Smith

Amy Website PicI went to Atlee High School in Mechanicsville Virginia. I was on the marching band color guard for all four years of high school, and I was co-captains with Evangel Panicker my junior and senior year. I was also on the indoor color guard for two years. This will be my second year on the Virginia Colorguard. I am also in the band sorority, Tau Beta Sigma and I participate in Chi Alpha Fellowship. I am a psychology major and I am taking the prerequisites for pharmacy school.