Raiders Announce 2017 Colorguard Staff

The Raiders are pleased to announce their colorguard staff for the 2017 season...

Shannon Burton began spinning in 2007 at Belleville High School, where she served as color guard captain from 2008-2010. In 2008 she spent her first indoor season with Raiders WG, and continued spinning Raiders indoor and outdoor in 2009. In 2010 she joined the Emanon WG and returned for the 2015 season. Shannon rejoined the Raiders in 2014 as an age out and also served as color guard captain.

Shannon's teaching career began in 2010 at  Belleville High School, where she spent two seasons as the caption head and designer. She also taught at Kearny High School in 2011 and spent a few years as the designer and caption head at Ridgewood High School and Montville High School winning a national championship. For the 2017 winter season, she will also be on staff with WGI open class finalist Q WG. This will be Shannon's second season as the colorguard caption head at Raiders Drum And Bugle Corps, and she is excited about the team that she has assembled in order to make this a memorable season.

Stefanellie Saavedra began her journey as a performer and educator back in 2007. She is extremely passionate about performance and finding the ability to express ideas and emotions through movement. She has developed an incredible love for teaching and helping others find that internal switch, which lets them to put the true 150% into their craft. Stefanellie has marched Raiders DBC 2013, and went on to march '14-'15 with the Bluecoats. As for the indoor scene, she has marched the Raiders IA 2009, Emanon IA 2014, and Emanon IW 2015. She has taught Montville HS in 2014, when they placed 2nd at US Bands Nationals and when they became US Bands Group IIIA National Champions in 2015. Stef is extremely excited to come back for a second summer with the Raiders and is ready to help performers refine their craft and learn how to truly love and enjoy what they do.

Julian Delacruz began his marching career in 2006 with Memorial High School, in West New York, NJ. Since then he has spun with Bushwackers ’09, ’10, Emanon Winterguard ’10, and Fusion Core ’15. Julian loves developing talent and his passion for the marching arts is boundless. He taught Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and is beyond excited to see what 2017 has in store.

Alexis Waller is 23 years of age and comes to us from Tolland CT.  She was introduced to color guard at an early age in 2006, and fell in love with the activity ever since. Alexis began her colorguard marching career with her middle school winterguard and continued throughout all 4 years of high school. In 2009, she began her drum corps career with 7th Regiment and aged out with the group in 2015. She has taught the Rockville High School color guard from 2012-2015 and is currently teaching various colorguards in Connecticut. Alexis is excited to join the instructional staff at the Raiders and can't wait to get the season underway!

Ashley Sanchez of Herndon, VA is proud to be joining Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp as this year's weapon tech. She began her marching career in 2010 at Westfield High School, and went on to march Raiders DBC 2012-2013, Bushwackers DBC 2014, and The Cadets 2014-2015. As for indoor, she has spun with a number of high profile winter guards, beginning her indoor career with Emanon A '13, Stonewall Open Independent '16, and Field of View World '15 and '17 season. Ashley is currently the J.E.B. Stuart High School director and choreographer, and also choreographs for the Westfield HS Fall Guard. As an alum of the Raiders, Ashley is excited to give back to the organization, where she got her start in the drum corps activity.

Kat Velkoff started dancing at age 3 and hasn't stopped since. When she started color guard in high school she fell in love instantly. Since then she has marched several local Virginia guards as well as Blackwatch, Onyx, Emanon, and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. She is currently the guard director at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia during marching band and is on staff with Stonewall Independent during the winter.