Toth and Sage Join 2017 SCV Design Team

Oct 8, 2016 | News, Santa Clara Vanguard

As the Santa Clara Vanguard begins its 50th anniversary season, we are excited to announce our 2017 design team!

We welcome Andy Toth as the corps’ Visual Program Coordinator and Adam Sage to the role of Program Consultant. Andy and Adam will join the returning SCV program design team including Paul and Sandi Rennick (Percussion Arrangers/Composers), JD Shaw (Brass Arranger), Peter Weber (Drill Designer), and Scott Koter (Program Coordinator).

I’m thrilled to have Andy & Adam join our talented team.  It’s very exciting to go into our 50th anniversary with these creative minds!” says Executive Director, Charles Frost.


Toth Photo 2016Andy Toth
Visual Program Coordinator

Andy Toth has been an active participant of the marching arts community as a performer, choreographer, judge, and clinician for the past two decades. His performance experience includes Cadets of Bergen County (1993-1995), Emerald Marquis (1994-1995), Adagio (1996), Cavaliers (1996-1997), and Pride of Cincinnati (1997-1998).

As an internationally recognized choreographer, Andy has been awarded the opportunity to design for numerous drum & bugle corps, marching bands, and winter guards throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He was a member of the design team and choreographer for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1998-2015, and was a marching member for two years prior. In his 20 years with The Cavaliers, Andy and his team led the group to the DCI championship title an unprecedented 5 times between 2000-2006, as well as 4 color guard caption awards. His work can be seen in the BOA community with such marching band titans as Carmel (Indiana) HS and Ronald Reagan HS among others. During the winter months, Andy serves on the WGI Steering Committee as well as design for the Pride of Cincinnati winter guard (1999-present) and Carmel (Indiana) High School winter guard (2008-present). His most recent projects abroad include Yokohama Inspires Drum & Bugle Corps, and Aimachi winter guard. A great deal of admiration and gratitude is owed to the teams of artists that Andy has had the privilege of collaborating with on these projects.

In 1999, Andy had the distinct honor of performing as an original cast member of the Emmy and Tony award-winning production of Blast! in London’s West End. He continued his role on Broadway in New York City until the show’s closure in 2001.

Apart from the marching arts community, Andy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he resides today. He plans to continue his practice and education in this field while maintaining his collaborative relationships in pageantry and his passion for the marching arts.


unnamedAdam Sage
Program Consultant

Adam Sage is an active choreographer, designer, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts. Adam has worked with numerous programs in the southeast including Tarpon Springs High School, East Lake High School, Seminole High School (1993 WGI A class Bronze medalists), Clearwater High School, Kell High School and Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. Pope High School was the 2000 WGI Open class Silver medalists and the 2002 WGI World class Bronze medalists. Kell High School was the 2005 WGI A class Silver medalist. In addition, Adam also designed for Spanish River High School Winter Guard in Boca Raton, Florida (2009 Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver medalists).

Adam’s drum corps experience includes being a performing member of the Suncoast Sound from 1988 to 1989, and The Cadets of Bergen County from 1990 to 1991. He was the caption head for the Magic of Orlando from 1992 to 1993; caption head for the Crossmen from 1994 to 1995. Adam then spent 1996 through 2002 working with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Sage was also the caption head and designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2003 and 2004. 2005 through 2008, he spent with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as their caption head and designer. 2009-2011, he was the caption supervisor and designer with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Adam was the color guard caption head and designer for the Madison Scouts from 2012-2014.

Adam is also actively involved with Winter Guard International (WGI). He was the director of The Company Colour Guard from Tampa Bay, Florida from 1995 to 1999. The Company was a two time WGI World Champion in the A (1995) class and Open (1996) class. He was also the director of the Phantom Regiment Winter Guard in 2007 and 2008 and CrownGUARD in 2009 and 2010. Sage was also a member of the Emerald Marquis Winter Guard from 1990 to 1991.

Most recently, Adam Sage was the director and designer for the Kennesaw Mountain High School Color Guard in Kennesaw, Georgia 2003-present (2004 Winter Guard International Scholastic A World Champions, 2005 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open World Champions, 2006 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class finalists, and the 2013 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Bronze Medalists); and designer for the 2015 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the designer for East Coweta and Keller Central High School Winter Guards. Adam is also a designer and choreographer for The Pride of the Netherlands Winter Guard in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Yokohama Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in Yokohama, Japan. He is also a consultant and choreographer for the Brazilian Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, Adam Sage is the designer and the artistic director for Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He also is one of the directors at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida where he is a designer and choreographer. Adam is also an adjudicator for Winter Guard International.

When he is not teaching color guard, Adam is a third grade teacher in South Florida where he resides.

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