Julie Hadley has been a performer, designer, educator, choreographer, and adjudicator in the color guard and winter guard community for the past 15 years. She attend University Nebraska-Linoln and received her degree in Psychology and Philosophy. During her time at UNL she was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band Color Guard and her senior year was a captain of the group.
Since then, Julie has designed and choreographed for numerous color guards and winter guard programs in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Julie served as the Head Director of the Bellevue East HS Color Guard for the past seven years, and currently directs at Omaha Burke HS, and Bellevue West HS. Under her instruction all groups have seen success in both the local, regional and national competitive levels.
In addition to her responsibilities with directing units, Julie serves as President for Heartland Winter Arts Association, a circuit, aimed at the positive development of student performers through competition. Trained as a JAMA judge (Judges Association of Mid-America) Julie has adjudicated and been a clinician at many indoor and outdoor contest in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas including Youth In Music organization based in MN. She serves as the Chief Judge for HWAA judges as well.
Julie has been a member of the PIO finalist Dojo Percussion staff since it’s inception, and over the years has worked close with Director Dana Murray developing the design and visual packages for their programs.
Amanda Dilley is currently in her fourth year as head instructor and choreographer for the Bellevue West Colorguard. She is a 2008 graduate of Greenwood High School in Greenwood, IN. While there,she was a member of their colorguard and winterguard programs all four years. She was recipient of he Jenny Stretchberry Award,which is given to an outstanding colorguard member throughout the year.
In 2009 Amanda had the opportunity to instruct the Scholastic Open and Scholastic A Class winterguards at Greenwood High School. Under her instruction in 2009 both ensembles placed first at theIndiana State Winterguard Championships(IHSCGA). While at Bellevue West, Amanda’s groups have received many outstanding color guard awards and top honors.
She is currently a student at Iowa Western Community College where she is studying to be a dental hygienist. Her husband Adam is in the Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air ForceBase.
Jessica Catellano is currently in her third year as instructor and choreographer for the Bellevue West Colorguard. She has competed in dance competitions from the age of seven, winning several regional and national titles for group and solo performances in Kansas City, Orlando, and Las Vegas. At eleven, she was selected to attend a Royal Academy of Dance intensive in Long Beach, CA, where she learned specific techniques in ballet, modern, and musical theater. She applies these techniques in her choreography for colorguard.
Outside of teaching, Jessica is majoring in Industrial Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is involved in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, Engineering Ambassadors, Society of Women Engineers, and Institute of Industrial Engineers. She works as a College of Engineering Dean’s Leader, conducting tours for college visits and assisting with various recruitment events. Jessica has also interned at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, for Industrial Engineering. She plans to return there over the next two summers.