Santa Clara Vanguard Announces New Corps Director

Sep 6, 2022 | News

Santa Clara, CA- (September 2022): Vanguard Music and Performing Arts (VMAPA) is excited to share that Gio Bastante has accepted the prestigious position of Corps Director for The Santa Clara Vanguard (SCV). Gio has been an active member of the administrative team at Santa Clara Vanguard since 2018. Throughout her time with the organization she has served in many roles, most recently as the SCV Corps Manager. She has also assisted other programs including Vanguard Cadets, Parade of Champions, and has been actively involved with the VMAPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Gio has additional experience with music education and administration outside of DCI, with PIA Gold Medalist STRYKE Percussion, Infinity Percussion (PIW), and many successful marching arts programs in the Orlando, Florida area where she is located. Her marching arts career includes being a member of the Front Ensemble with the Boston Crusaders as well as various music ensembles and winter guards during her time as a student. She is a graduate of Florida State University.

“Gio is well acquainted with our values, ideals, operations, and mission,” said Jeremy C Van Wert, Executive Director of VMAPA. “Her years of experience on tour with us, great relationships, and detailed familiarity with tour administration will make her an incredibly effective leader for the 2023 Santa Clara Vanguard.”

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