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committees report | check this out | what's coming
Organizational Update
From Executive Director, Jeremy Van Wert
Click here to watch the latest organizational update! In this episode, Jeremy shares some truimphs and challenges as we enter the competitive season.
Become A Vanguard Volunteer This Summer
We have several opportunities to volunteer for both SCV and SCVC on our 2022 summer tours. Read some of our specific requests below, with instructions on how to sign up!
  • Overnight volunteers: Needed for Vanguard, experience preferred. Sign up via Sign Up Genius by clicking here.
  • Health & Wellness: Our H&W team is looking for health industry professionals to fill gaps in the SCV and SCVC H&W schedules. Dates are July 25th - August 2nd for SCVC. If you have any leads on professionals that may be interested, please contact
  • Tour Admin: The admin team is looking for an individual 25+ years of age with administrative experience for July 30th - August 13th, to help with shuttles, errands, and other administrative tasks. If you have any leads on people that might be interested and available, please have them contact
  • Daily volunteers for SCV: Tasks may include uniform laundry, medical, prop maintenance, shuttles, etc. More information coming soon!
Can't travel with the corps this summer? Here are other ways you can help make a difference!
  • Contribute to an SCV member’s tour fees. Visit the following Google folder to read through letters written by members in need of financial assistance. In the folder you'll also find instructions on how to contribute:
  • Purchase items off Amana's Amazon Wishlist. Help offset the cost of non-perishable items on the menu. If you purchase an item, please notify Maya Salvucci-Vannatta who is tracking the list:
VHS Update
Photo by Betsy Nazario

Help build the Vanguard History website

We are collecting stories of Vanguard and building a site to document them on the web. Help us bring this site to life. We are looking for: writers / content editors, visual designers, back end developers, and front end developers. Sound like you? Fill out this interest form or email

Committees Report
  • Engagement Committee: Thank you to everyone that came out to our California show meetups! Be on the lookout for information regarding meetups for the San Antonio and Atlanta shows coming soon!

  • Interested in joining the Fundraising Committee? The committee meets biweekly on Thursday’s and is looking for some volunteers to help organize our next fundraiser. No previous experience necessary! Email to find out more. 

  • Join our next virtual meeting July 19th at 6:30pm PST. Here are the notes from our previous meetings in May and April.
2022 SCV Merch Now Available
Check out some new gear!

Mark Bennett

Spring Hill, TN

Vanguard Cadets ‘99, ’00, ‘02 - Tenor Drummer

Current Occupation: US Artist Relations Manager for Mapex & Sonor Drums / Custom Drum Builder / Live and Studio Drum Tech


When and where was the first time you saw Vanguard?

1996 at Westmont High School


Favorite SCV, SCVC, Winterguard, and/or Winter Percussion show?

SCV 1996


Best DCI Regional or Finals venue?

The old Mile High Stadium / Drums Along the Rockies.


Best meal on tour?

Anytime we had the chance to eat with our brothers and sisters in the A Corps on tour.


What is your fondest Vanguard memory?

In 2000, we were one of several corps staying and rehearsing at a school. We were given a few extra hours of sleep after a long trip and because of our late start, we had the worst field to practice on. The grass was knee high which made marching a little challenging to say the least. We overcame the exhaustion and the knee high grass that day and had one of the most incredible rehearsals of the year. The other corps ended their rehearsals early and came to watch our run through. The look on their faces as we performed with so much intensity and determination on that terrible field will always be a crystal clear memory. As we drove away we all noticed that the field was completely flat except one small patch in the middle of the field.

Dates to Remember
  • July 13th: SCV Show - Odgen, UT
  • July 15th: SCVC Show - Riverside Open
  • July 16th: SCV Show - Fort Collins, CO
  • July 16th: SCVC Show - Vista, CA 
  • July 17th: SCVC Show - Bellflower, CA
  • July 19th: SCV Show - Broken Arrow, CA
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