Cary Cochenour is excited to join The Santa Clara Vanguard as visual staff for the 2023 season. Cary is an active marching arts instructor in the Houston area, and clinician with other programs across the country. He has served in many different roles with Seven Lakes High School since 2015, and is currently the Visual Coordinator and Winds Choreographer for the marching band. In his time at 7L, the band became a consistent BOA Regional Finalist, UIL Area Champion, and a UIL State Marching Contest participant every year since 2018.
Cary serves in various capacities with many marching bands, indoor guards, and indoor percussion programs throughout the country, most notably as a long-time staff member with Norwin Senior High School. Throughout the past decade of his involvement, the band has earned numerous BOA Regional Champion and Class Champion Awards, several PIMBA State Championship Titles, and was named Class Champion at Grand Nationals in 2021. Cary has also previously instructed DCI as a member of the visual staff with Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Cary holds a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Saint Vincent College and is currently a 6th Grade Science Teacher at Seven Lakes Junior High School. As a performer, Cary marched with Glassmen and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and also was a cast member with Crossmen Winds. Cary currently resides in Fulshear, Texas with his girlfriend Devyn and their puppy Eko.