I heard today that the Zydeco Colorguard was going inactive and was sad because they were always a personal favorite. I hope they return soon!
Byron Valentine, executive director of Zydeco states:
“The decision to have Zydeco go inactive was not an easy choice to make. In fact, it was one of the most difficult, emotionally-challenging decisions we were faced with, and is something we’ve been discussing for more than a year. We chose the term “inactive” as other words have too severe a tone of finality to them. The administrative board and I are committed to not fielding a unit in 2015, and believe a longer hiatus may serve the organization well, however no one can predict what the future holds. I truly hope that somehow, some way, Zydeco will be back – bigger, bolder, and better than ever – in the future. For now, we are taking a break from the activity and focusing on new projects.
In our seven-year competitive existence we have fielded nine winter colorguards: one Independent A team (2013), two Independent Open teams (2007 & 2011), and six Independent World teams (2008-2009, 2011-2014), with every team achieving finalist status at WGI World Championships and being a World Class Fan’s Favorite in 2011. It has been a whirlwind of a ride; none of us were prepared for what Zydeco Colorguard would become when we first met to discuss the idea of starting a small, local independent colorguard. We were simply a group of friends that wanted to have fun while trying our own thing…and that thing quickly evolved into something pretty spectacular. We are proud to have left a small thumbprint on the activity, and hope to return one day with more stories to tell.
To our beautiful friends, fans and supporters: we thank you for everything. We did what we do for you.
To our staff, past and present: our gratitude is forever. Thank you for your time, talents, and for helping to mold and shape Zydeco into the colorguard that we are today. To the core that have been with us since day one: there is beauty in finding a team that you can place blind faith and trust into, and would be unwilling to work without. Thank you for becoming the founding mothers and fathers of Zydeco, and keeping our values and traditions alive.
To our members: you will be imprinted on our hearts forever. You are Zydeco. Thank you for spending a season, or two, or three, or even four with us! The stories we’ve shared, the experiences we’ve gone through, the blood, sweat, tears, and laughter: we hope it was worth it. Whether you were an inaugural mime, paying tribute to a tragedy, a glittery storm maker, a bad guy, a zombie, a tin man, a ghost, a mama or papa, or living the hard life in the dust bowl: you were a special part of us. You will always have a family with Zydeco - we’ll stand by you.
We won’t say goodbye, we’ll simply say farewell for a while. Best of luck to all competing units in 2015; keep following the yellow brick road!
Byron Valentine Eric Jones Lynsey Tyson Patricia Simmons Board of Directors, Zydeco Colorguard"
Zydeco Colorguard is pleased to announce our 2014 program: When the Dust Settles.
Zydeco is under the direction of Byron Valentine and Eric Jones with assistance from Lynsey Tyson and Patricia Simmons. Staging design by Michael Gaines, soundtrack production by Tommy Allen, set design by Scott Winters and costuming by Byron Valentine for FJM, Inc.
Additional design and technical staff includes Clint Fisher, Tyler Teran, Robin Wells, Alison Hunyady, Alex Stelken, Lauren Drislane, Andy Toth, Ben Ash, Michael Shapiro, Jennifer Hinshaw, Bart Woodley and Sheldon Apo.
The 34 members of Zydeco “World” will be performing locally in the Tri State Marching Arts Association (TMA), the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA), as well as nationally at WGI Regionals in Indianapolis, Indiana and Mid East Color Guard Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our season will culminate at the 2014 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
“The land is so much more than its analysis.” ― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
*Show graphic design by 2014 Zydeco World member Greyson Flores
I had a really awesome time at my first real rhythm x party w/ bae. It was pretty sad to not be a part of Zydeco New Years this year, but life goes on. The new guys at X are really cool, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them even more. I’m blessed with an awesome group of talented friends.