2019 Production

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Meet the 2019 cast


sarah aimonetto

Age: 18

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Experience: 4 years of highschool

Favorite Winterguard show: Diamante 2017 - “Obsession”

“I fell in love with Colorguard when I saw my oldest brother do marching band. So since I was 9 I wanted to do the pretty things that made marching band interesting. This is my 5th year doing pretty things.”


John Matthew Arenas

Age: 18

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Experience: 4 years of Colorguard with Evergreen High School. 2 years of DCI with the Seattle Cascades and the Madison Scouts.

Favorite Winterguard show: Juxtaposition 2016 “How Long Is Forever”

“Colorguard has always been such a big part of me and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I am very excited and honored to be part of the 2019 Cascadia Winterguard season and I am ready for a new experience! “


Maya Botkin

Age: 20

Hometown: Yakima, Washington

Experience: 2016, 2017 Seattle Cascades Drum Major, 2018 OC Indoor Percussion, 2018 Oregon Crusaders Color Guard

Favorite Winterguard show: Aimachi 2015 or Northern Lights 2006

“Hi! My name is Maya! I’m 20 years old (I’ll be 21 in January!) and I just started color guard 6 months ago! I currently live in Yakima, Washington but I’ll be moving to the Portland area in the near future for school (and Cascadia). In 2016 and 2017 I was a drum major for the Seattle Cascades. In the winter of last year I was a part of OC Indoor Percussion as a member of their Visual Ensemble and I decided that I really liked performing and being on the floor. I sent a video to the Oregon Crusaders to audition for their guard and they decided to take a chance on me (thank you SO much Alex and Nikki). I ended up marching the summer and it was truly the best decision I have ever made! I am SO excited to experience winterguard with Cascadia and work with this amazing cast and staff!”

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brianna brown

Age: 19

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Experience: Skyview high school 2013-2017, Oregon crusaders 2016, Cascadia 2018-2019

Favorite Winterguard show: Etude 2013 - “Shake the dust”

“I currently attend Clark college where I’m studying for my nursing degree. Once I get my BSN, I hope to work in the pediatrics department. Can’t wait to see where the 2019 competitive season takes us!“

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Destiny diaz

Age: 19

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Experience: Southridge HS 2011-2018, Oregon Crusaders ‘16 ‘17 ‘18

Favorite Winterguard show: Zydeco World 2012 Remember the Tinman

“Colorguard is something that gets me out of my comfort zone and gets me to do things I wouldn’t normally do.”


maddy graves

Age: 20

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Experience: Skyview HS, OC 17, Cascadia IO 18

Favorite Winterguard show: Avon HS 2016 “Crude”

“Current Junior at WSU-Vancouver and studying Human Development. Maddy likes to spend free-time finding new recipes to try and loves iced coffee.“


mcKenzie henderson

Age: 18

Hometown: Tigard, Oregon

Experience: Tigard High School Marching Band and Winterguard 2015-2018, Seattle Cascades 2017, Sacramento Mandarins 2018

Favorite Winterguard show: Paramount 2016

“My name is McKenzie Henderson. I graduated from Tigard High School in June after doing marching band and Winterguard for three years there! The summer before senior year I marched with the 2017 Seattle Cascades and this past summer I marched with the Sacramento Mandarins! I had great experiences at both places and I'm very excited to be marching an independent Winterguard for the first time! I can't wait to see where the rest of my colorguard career takes me!“


rachel jones

Age: 18

Hometown: Sunnyvale, California

Experience: Vanguard Cadets 2018

Favorite Winterguard show: SCV Winter 2014


eryn laetsch

Age: 18

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Experience: I marched with the Lincoln high school marching band and winter percussion ensemble. I also marched OCI 2017.

Favorite Winterguard show: I don’t know, it’s so hard to choose!

“I am a musician, I play every percussion, brass, and woodwind instrument as well as guitar. I didn’t really have any experience with this outside of parade guard. This has been an amazing experience! If you’re willing to put in the work, you can achieve anything!”


kaylee lauder

Age: 23

Hometown: Anaheim, California

Experience: Skyview 2010-2014 OC-I 15 OC DCI 17 Cascadia 18 19

Favorite Winterguard show: 2013 Pride of Cincinnati “Wait of the World”

“Colorguard has been in my life for 9 years! Now this year being my ageout there’s no other group I’d rather spin with. I’ve grown and learned so much from this sport and I’ll continue to share my love and passion for it.”


Uriel mejia

Age: 20

Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Experience: Three seasons of winter. One fall .

Favorite Winterguard show: Mechanicsburg 2016 - “Mirror mirror”

“I am currently double majoring in Economics and Spanish, but still manage to find a way to dance as much as I can. I enjoy winterguard as a creative outlet and break from all the school. I am also a barista because I love sweet coffee.”


Jo Morelli

Age: 20

Hometown: Torrington, Connecticut

Experience: East Wake Marching Band/Winterguard (Raleigh, NC), East Wake Independent, East Carolina University Marching Band, Carolina Visual Productions Independent A

Favorite Winterguard show: Carmel High School 2017, First Flight World 2018

“I’m extremely excited to march with Cascadia this season. Guard gives me the opportunity to push my limits and become a better, stronger person and performer. I love being able to showcase this incredible art across the country.”


henry price

Age: 20

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Experience: Capital HS '14 & '15, Oregon Crusaders '16 & '17, Cascadia IO '18

Favorite Winterguard show: Etude 2018 - “Apple”

“I am so excited that I get to return to my Cascadia family for a second season, and I can't wait to show WGI what we've got!”


Brianna Rojo

Age: 20

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Experience: Westview High School ‘13-‘17, Oregon Crusaders ‘16, Cascadia IO ‘18

Favorite Winterguard show: CGT Denton 2018 - “Wanted”

“I have been doing colorguard since I moved to Oregon in 2013! My favorite piece of equipment to spin is flag because it’s the most colorful and it’s taught me a lot about how my body works (which helps me with dance and life in general). I’m super excited to be performing with Cascadia for a second year!”


yareli sanchez

Age: 21

Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Experience: Second year with Cascadia. Marched 3 years with North Salem High School and have been amember of the Oregon State University Colorguard.

Favorite Winterguard show: Northern Lights 2006 - “Meditations”

“Colorguard has been such an amazing part of my life. I’m so grateful for every person who has inspired me in this activity, some with who I’m marching with today.
Lucky to be marching with Cascadia.”


sam thompson

Age: 19

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Experience: Skyview high school for 4 season and Oregon Crusaders 2017

Favorite Winterguard show: Pride of Cincinnati “Wanderlust”

“I love colorguard for the family environment and challenging myself to get better and stronger at what I love to do!”


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