Guard Caption Head
Christie Johnson has been involved in color guard and the marching arts for over 18 years. During her year’s marching, she spent six years with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from 1999-2004. She also spent two years marching with Cincinnati Tradition Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. Over the years, Christie has held various teaching positions with marching bands, winter guards, and drum corps since 2001, all of which were based in Southwest Ohio. This will be her second year as the caption head and head choreographer for HWCG. Christie is originally from Cincinnati, OH but now resides in Tampa, FL with her husband and son.
Courtney Verna-Brown began her marching career in 2009 as a member of the Upper Darby Marching Royal’s fall colorguard, located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania where she is originally from. She spent three fall seasons with the marching Royals, going undefeated for the 2011 season in addition to serving as a captain for the 2011 fall season. During this time, she was also a member of the Upper Darby Indoor Drumline, winning a WGI Scholastic Open bronze medal in 2010 and placing in the top 10 in the class in 2011 and 2012, during which she also served as captain. Taking a break from the performance side of the activity following graduation, Courtney returned to her alma mater in 2014 and 2015 to tech the fall colorguard full-time, serving as a co-director of the program in 2015. During this time, Courtney became very active in the Philadelphia region’s dance scene, attending classes across numerous styles of dance in several city-based studios. In 2015 and 2016 Courtney marched in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps colorguard, affectionately referred to as the “Delta Diamonds”; spending both summers on the dance line, the 2015 summer on the flag line, and the 2016 summer on the rifle line as well as serving as one of three colorguard captains. In 2016, Courtney spent the WGI season with the Cadets Winter Percussion as a member of the Visual Ensemble, placing ninth in Independent World. Courtney is currently spending her WGI age-out as a member of the 2017 Infinity Percussion Visual Ensemble.
Away from the activity, Courtney is currently studying Chemistry and General Education at Valencia College, with plans to add a third degree in Dance Performance. Courtney moved to Orlando from the Philadelphia region in May of 2016. She enjoys puppies, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with friends and family.
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Victoria Lopez is a student at the University of South Florida seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She started her color guard career in 2011 at Freedom High School serving as a captain for years 2013 and 2014. After high school, she marched three years with the USF Herd of Thunder Color Guard and two years with the 2015 University of South Florida A and 2016 USF Open Class Winter Guards. Victoria is currently a color guard instructor for both the Freedom High School and Liberty Middle School color guard and winter guard teams and has been for the past three years. This will be her first season on staff with the Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps and is thrilled to be working with the color guard for what will be a successful 2017 season.