Guard Caption Head
This will be Allie’s 3rd year with Heat Wave. His first 2 years were spent as a tech with emphasis on weapon. Now in his third year, he will be taking in the role of Caption Head. Allie is also the Director of two high school programs. This will be his 6th year with Palm Harbor University High School and his 1st year with Countryside High School as Director, Designer, and Choreographer. This past year, Allie started working as a clinician for the annual Spintronix spin clinic. While associated with Spintronix he will be releasing videos via their YouTube channel through the upcoming winter season.
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 aged out as a member of the 2017 Infinity Percussion Visual Ensemble, finishing in ninth place.
Outside of the activity, Courtney moved to Orlando from the Philadelphia region in May of 2016 and is currently studying General Education at Valencia College. She enjoys puppies, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with friends and family.
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 four years with the USF Herd of Thunder Color Guard, serving as captain for the 2017 season, and two years with the 2015 University of South Florida A and 2016 USF Open Class Winter Guards. Victoria has been a color guard instructor for both the Freedom High School (Tampa) and Liberty Middle School colorguard the past four years. Currently, she is the colorguard director at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida. This will be her second season on staff with Heat Wave and is thrilled to be working with the color guard for what will be a successful 2018 season.
Brandon Simpson began his marching career in 1999 with St.Petersburg High School playing trumpet, clarinet and bass drum in the marching band. December of 2001, he joined the winterguard his junior year and in his senior year they were promoted from Scholastic AA Class to Scholastic A class. After high school, Brandon was a member of History of Urban Form Winterguard in 2005. Then he went on to march the University of South Florida Winterguard from 2006-2008 where they were the 2006 WGI Independent A Class Bronze Medalists and aged out in 2008 when they made Open Class finals for the first time. He has also marched Carolina Crown in 2006. During his high school years Brandon danced with the Johnson dance company.
Brandon has taught many ensembles and consulted with them for 14+ years. He started teaching right out of high school in 2003. The ensembles he has worked with include: St. Petersburg HS, Lakewood Ranch HS, Northside Christian School, Freedom HS (Tampa), Freedom HS (Virginia), Springstead HS and is currently working with Largo HS. He has also taught and consulted with independent winterguards, Sunburst Arts Independent and XY Winterguard. He has also started becoming a judge for his local state marching band association.
Outside of teaching guard, Brandon is a Phlebotomist for a local hospital, and in his spare time he loves drawing and is a makeup artist! He is originally from North Georgia and resides in St.Petersburg Fl.