Color Guard


DC Different Drummers colorguard is the only ensemble to perform across two seasons – both with the marching band and separately as an Independent Senior/World winterguard. We spin flag, rifle, sabre, airblade, and baton and welcome all skill levels. Our focus is having fun doing what we love – although a trophy or two is nice also!

The D.C. Different Drummers winterguard debuted in the Atlantic Indoor Association in 2022 as a Senior Guard performing to the Robin Sparkles classic “Let’s Go to the Mall.” In 2023, the DCDDWG will compete as an Independent World guard and perform at Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

The colorguard and winterguard split rehearsal time between D.C. and Loudoun County and the 2023 winterguard schedule is being finalized now. Those interested in joining are encouraged to contact our Membership Chair for more information.

Dr. Antares Leask, Color Guard Director

Dr. Antares Leask (she/her) resides in Herndon, Virginia, and is currently in her sixth year as an English teacher for Arlington Tech, a choice high school program in Arlington, Virginia. She is also in her eleventh year as an Adjunct English Professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She is in her twentieth year of secondary school teaching, with combined years of experience in Texas and Virginia. Dr. Leask was the 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted for Texas Region XI.

Dr. Leask did her undergraduate work in English at the University of Georgia, holds Masters Degrees in Secondary Education and Gifted Education from the University of North Texas, and earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds secondary teaching certificates in both English and Gifted/Talented. She is a member of NCTE and frequently presents at MAPACA and PCA conferences.

She has been responsible for the visual programming and direction of South Lakes and Briar Woods high schools in Northern Virginia, as well as schools in Texas and Georgia. She has choreographed for multiple other colorguards and has consulted in both programming and visual performance for several marching band programs.

In the realm of colorguard performance, Dr. Leask performed with the award-winning Contempo (TX), Allure (TX), Escapade (OH), and Ascension (TX) winterguards and Sky Ryders (TX) and Cadets of Bergen County (NJ) drum corps. In addition, she has done administrative work for Cadets of Bergen County and the Santa Clara Vanguard drum corps, and volunteers regularly with Winter Guard International. Dr. Leask also served for many years on the executive board of Atlantic Indoor Association North, helping to manage indoor colorguard and drumline competitions across Virginia. Dr. Leask is married with two children, a goofy dog, and a cat who’s a jerk.

D.C.'s Different Drummers is a proud member of the following organizations.

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The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area

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DCDD - PO Box 57099 - Washington, DC 20037-0099 Phone: 202-403-3669
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