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2024 Colorguard Staff
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Mitch Meusner

Color Guard Caption Head

Mitch Meussner is excited to take on this new role with the RBCG. Mitch started color guard at Arundel High School, where he’s been a designer and choreographer for many years and started marching Drum Corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 1997. From there he marched Independent World Class finalist Just Class from Baltimore, MD and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from 2000-2002. When not teaching, Mitch enjoys spending time with his niece and nephew as well as his puppy, Luna.
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Frankie Ashton

Rifle Technician

Frankie is excited to join the Buccaneers as a member of the color guard staff for the 2024 season! Frankie began his marching arts career in 2014 at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (2014-2018). He then expanded his skills over 6 summers with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps (2017-2022). Post-high school, he has marched with Fusion World for 6 seasons (2019-present), serving as captain for the 2024 season. Frankie has taught multiple programs in the Southern PA area, including Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (2018-2021), Upper Darby High School (2018-present), and Hatboro Horsham High School/Hatters Independent (2022-present). Outside of marching and teaching Frankie spends his days working for Showday Designs, developing costumes, flags, and more for programs across the country. Frankie is thrilled to start a new adventure this summer with Buccaneers!
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Makenzie Wrightstone

Movement Technician/Choreographer

is a Reading Buccaneer alumni who started her colorguard career with her middle and high school programs. Makenzie joined the RBCG in 2013 and then from 2015-2017. She took the step to audition for a DCI corps and spent her 2018 and 2019 summer marching Santa Clara Vanguard. While at West Chester University Makenzie studied Elementary Education/ Special Education and a minor in dance. She marched with the Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band 2016-2018, 2020. She took a leadership role in the 2019 fall season after she got double hip surgery. Makenzie also marched AMP in 2019 and 2022. She spent her 2022 summer marching one more year of Bucs. Aside from teaching WCU colorguard, she is a Special Education teacher. Makenzie is thrilled to continue to be involved with the RBCG in a different role.
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Tyler Leynes

Caption Manager

Tyler is excited to return to the Reading Buccaneers colorguard staff this summer. Since joining the staff in 2018, he hopes to continue to provide training and choreography to further heighten the program. Tyler brings with him drum corps experience not only from his time marching in the Reading Buccaneers (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), but his time in DCI with Jersey Surf (2009 – 2010) and the Cavaliers (2011). He also hopes to provide insight from his time teaching Field of View Winterguard for the past few seasons (2017 – 2023). This will be Tyler’s 5th season on staff.
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Mikayla Close

Flag Technician

Mikayla is currently a graduate student at Elizabethtown College studying Occupational Therapy. She started her color guard career in 2013 with the West Shore School District Color Guard middle and high school programs. Mikayla’s drum corps career began with the Cadets2 DCA corps in 2018 and continued with Carolina Crown from 2019 until she aged out in 2022. Mikayla continued her winter guard career after high school, marching with AMP Winter Guard from 2020 to 2024. She also started her Colorguard teaching career with Hempfield High School in 2020 and taught the RBCG for the first time last summer. Mikayla is thrilled to be spending another summer with the RBCG this year as the flag technician!
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Lexi Mullen

Weapon Technician

The beginning of my career started in 2011 with the Gateway Regional High School Winter Guard (2011–2018). Alongside their marching band program (2012–2017), throughout high school, I joined the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015–2019). After high school, I marched with Surge Independent in 2019.

 

During high school, I volunteered to help with Gateway’s Middle School Winter Guard in 2015 and 2016. After high school, I was a part of the Impetus Winter Guard Staff for the 2020 season. Since 2022, I have been working with the Haddon Heights Marching Band, along with their Indoor Color Guard, High Voltage. 

 

I'm thrilled to embark on this new chapter with the RBCG, and I eagerly anticipate the upcoming season! 

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