The Battalion’s first ever guard student leadership team was selected at the corps' April camp, and we couldn't be more excited to introduce you to them. Get to know a little bit more about them below!
Haley Sindt (Guard Manager)
Haley is entering her sixth year of guard, having served as a captain for two of those years. She has also served as an instructor, having taught at Westlake High School for one year, as well as Timpview High School where she lead their first winter guard to a state championship. She also just started working with Herriman High School. Haley is currently attending Utah Valley University studying Psychology.
Personal statement: “Guard has made me into the person that I am today, and I am so thankful for all of the experiences I have had. It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity of participating in The Battalion, where we can do what we love while upholding our standards. I know that we, as a team, will promote an environment of support and success.”
Alex Brereton (Flag Captain)
Alex Brereton just graduated from Lehi High School, where her marching band and guard won the 4A state championship title last fall. She was a color guard captain for the Lehi Varsity Winter Guard, which recently won first place at state. They were also WGI finalists at the Riverside Regional in California in February. This marks her sixth year spinning, where she has spent most of her color guard career at Lehi High School. She also performed for a time with the Coronado High School color guard team in Henderson, Nevada. Alex plans on going to Utah Valley University in the fall, and is so excited to be a part of the first ever Drum & Bugle Corps from Utah.
Personal statement: "I see so much potential in this group and this program. More than anything I hope everyone will come together as a family and as a corps to bond over this crazy, beautiful thing we are all so privileged to be a part of."
Thomas Hansen (Sabre Captain)
Thomas Hansen is a sophomore at Utah Valley University studying Ballet to become a better color guard/dance instructor. He has been spinning for seven years, beginning at Provo High School as part of their winter guard for four years. He went on to spin with Wasatch Independent this past season. While at Provo High School, he also served as head drum major for two years and was principal bassoonist in many ensembles, such as Provo High School’s Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, the Lyceum Philharmonic, UMEA’s All State Band for 3 years, and UVU’s Symphonic Orchestra and Wind Symphony. He also taught at Provo High School as Assistant Guard Director for two years, and is now teaching at Spanish Fork High School as their Weapon Technician.
Allie Pierce (Rifle Captain)
Allie Pierce has performed with the Lone Peak High School color guard for five years, and will be graduating at the end of May this year. She will be attending Southern Virginia University on academic scholarship this fall as a student-athlete for their softball team and will be studying pre-veterinary science.
Personal Statement: “My goal this year is to be a leader that you can look up to and turn to as a friend and captain. I want to help build and encourage growth and success as a team as well as in our own lives. I want to be someone that you can trust to lead our team. I will represent our drum corp with respect and pride and will be the best that I can be and will always give 110%. ONWARD!”
Sabria Jolley (Dance Assistant)
Sabria is a freshman at Spanish Fork Jr. High. Sabria got started with color guard this past summer by participating in Spanish Fork’s baton line. Sabria loved her summer experience so much she went onto perform with the Spanish Fork marching band in their 2015 fall show, and then onto to perform with their 2016 winter guard. Before falling in love with color guard, Sabria loved to dance. She was a student at Jacqueline's School of Ballet and was a guest performer in Utah Regional Ballet’s Nutcracker. This past winter Sabria assisted with the Spanish Fork Jr. winter guard team as a staff member and choreographed all things dance. She was proud to watch them place 2nd at state. Sabria’s love for dance and color guard led her to try out for The Battalion’s color guard team.
Personal Statement: “Being a member of The Battalion’s inaugural year is an amazing opportunity and an honor. As dance assistant, my mission is to assist everyone in better understanding the dance choreography, and movement of their bodies. My desire for our team is for each individual to feel confident in their abilities to express the learned movements and properly incorporate them into the show as well into their lives as they continue their experience in color guard and marching band.”