Kelly Barnard has been involved with the Gates Chili organization since 2006. First joining the JV guard as a Jr in high school, she moved on to Varsity for 1 season in Scholastic Open. After graduation she performed in both IA and Open classes from 2008-2011 with the Patriots Winter Guard. She has also performed with DCA Corps The Rochester Crusaders for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Kelly first began instructing with the then Gates Chili Patriots JV guard from 2011-2012, and rejoined the Gates organization for the 2014 season. She has also worked with the school parade and field band program as well as the summer spin camp. This will be Kelly's third season as head designer for the Cadet guard.
Brown is excited to be working with the Gates Chili Wintergaurd organization again this season. She started her colorguard career with the Patriots WInterguard in 2006; marching 10 years in the IA/Open Class guard. She has also performed with many Drum and Bugle Corps in both DCA and DCI. These include the Rochester Crusdaders (2007-2009), the Boston Crusaders (2010-2013), and the White Sabers (2015-2017). This will be Kara’s sixth year working with the Gates Chili Colorguard Organization. She has taught colorguard members of all ages in the Gates Chili Parade band, Gates Chili Field Band and Summer Spin Camp, along with the Winterguard. This will be Kara’s second seaswon acting as the head designer of the JV winterguard.
Brandon Ledgerwood is very excited to continue to teach with the Gates Chili Winterguard organization. Brandon started his marching experience with the Victor marching blue devils (2012-2013) and the Victor Varsity Winterguard (2013-2014). He then continued on to march with the Patriots Winterguard for three years (2015-2017) and the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years (2015-2017). This will be Brandon’s Second year instructing for the Gates Chili Cadet guard.
Kyle is ecstatic to be joining the Gates-Chili staff for the 2018 season! His marching history includes Greece Winter Guard and Greece Marching Band, four seasons with the Patriots Winter Guard, and three seasons with the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps. Kyle has had the pleasure of teaching with the Patriots Too Winter Guard and Eastridge Lancers Marching Band. Kyle is looking forward to an excellent season performing with Gates Independent and working with the Gates JV program.