Guard Caption Head
This will be Allie’s 4th year with Heat Wave. His first 2 years were spent as a tech with emphasis on weapon. He spent the 2018 season as Guard Designer and Caption Head, and is excited to return to these roles in 2019. Allie is also the Director of two high school programs. This will be his 7th year with Palm Harbor University High School and his 3rd year with Countryside High School as Director, Designer, and Choreographer.
Guard Caption Head
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, Florida.
Carl has been an avid member of the marching arts community since joining marching band at Boca Raton High School in 2011, and has been a color guard instructor at Boca High since 2018. Being an Elementary Education major at Florida Atlantic University, he also started an elementary dance team out of Del Prado Elementary in 2015 and has spent 5 years with the school. Carl has marched with the FAU Marching Owls Drumline from 2013-2017, marched the Heat Wave snareline in 2016, the STRYKE Percussion 2 snareline in 2017, and made his return to the color guard world with STRYKE Winterguard in 2018. He hopes to give back to the Corps that helped shape him into the performer and educator he is today, and is excited to teach and learn from both the members and staff of Florida’s Drum Corps.
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.
Brooke is a color guard instructor and will be beginning her first year on staff with Heat Wave this summer. She is currently a senior at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Arts Integration. She has a passion for the arts and has been involved with the marching arts since she was thirteen, including marching with Pegasus Winter Guard in 2014 and Infinity Percussion from 2015-2018. Brooke is excited to share her last summer before graduation with her new Heat Wave family!
Ger’Vontez Eva is from Clearwater, Florida, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He graduated from Northeast High School where I spun for 2 years. He has also spun for Sunburst Arts Independent IA Winterguard and Tampa Independent Winterguard who were a 2019 IO finalist.
Ger’Vontez has worked with Northeast High School, Dunedin High, and is currently one of the instructors at Osceola Fundamental.
He is currently studying for my AA in general education. I am a certified pharmacy technician.
He is excited to be joining the guard staff at Heat Wave and is looking forward to this season!