How I Joined Renegades – Jenn Russell

Jenn Russell is a first year member in the color guard who has never marched junior corps – here is the scoop on how she joined:

I had done color guard from 7th grade all the way through high school, including marching band, but decided to take a break (at peak junior corps age…) and see what else was out there upon reaching college. At Cal Poly, I joined the spring dance program and made dancing my focus.

Two years pass and around my junior year I began coaching color guard at Templeton High School under the direction of David Landers. Coaching it soon made me realize how much I missed performing it.

Two more years pass and I grew tired of hearing my co-workers (David Landers, Zach Hubbard, and Mike Heckmann) walk around rehearsals talking about cool Renegades stuff and me, of course, not having a clue what they were talking about. “If you want to know then join” was a frequent response to my questions. I really wasn’t sure, but they made it sound like such a good time…

I decided to consider it. So, open house for 2010 season rolled around and they had successfully convinced me to try it out. Try it out…right…I think it’s impossible to show up to a Renegades event and not be instantly hooked! The members were so welcoming and their excitement for the program was contagious! I knew from that moment that I had made the right choice.

Landers had always said that I was a “lifelong Renegade who just doesn’t know it yet.”

Turns out he was right.

Why don’t you join the Renegades and tell us your story?


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