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.


SarahKortSarah Kort has been involved with color guard since 2010. Sarah recently graduated from Omaha Burke High School where she actively participated in color guard and winter guard. Sarah was captain of Burke’s team both her  junior and senior year. While at Burke, Sarah was given the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions through Winter Guard International. During her senior year, she was one of the selected few who was awarded the Winter Guard International scholarship in Dayton, Ohio. Sarah is working at Bellevue West High School and Burke High School coaching color guard.
Sarah is a student at Creighton University. She plans on majoring in psychology and then attending graduate school to pursue clinical psychology. At Creighton, Sarah is involved with the Cortina Community and other various activities. When not at school or coaching, she enjoys volunteering alongside the board of directors at Camp Hot Shots, reading, wake-boarding, and kayaking.


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Jennifer Castellano is currently in her first 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 Minniapolis.  Jennifer recently just graduated from Bellevue West High School where she was involved in Colorguard/ Winterguard since her 8th grade year and also on Bellevue West’s dance team all four years of high school. She was given the opportunity to be a captain of both Colorguard and the dance team her senior year. Throughout high school, being involved in both teams gave her multiple opportunities competing in regional and national competitions with State Dance, Winter Guard International, and Bands of America.

Outside of choreographing and coaching, Jennifer is majoring in Supply Chain Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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