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Gates Chili Winterguard
2024 WGI IA Finalists
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About us

Gates Chili Independent Winterguard is a local non-profit organization, established in 2001. Our members range in age from 8 to 22.


The winterguard program is designed to promote and encourage the ability of musical and performing young artists; to educate young people in their musical, dance, dramatic and other performing skills; and to stimulate the acceptance of color guards as a performance art.


The Gates Chili Winterguard is the 2006 Winterguard International (WGI) Scholastic A Class Gold Medalists, and is well known and respected due to its reputation of excellence which has developed over many years. More recently, our Independent A Guard was a WGI finalist in the 2023 & 2019 seasons.


Organization Leadership / Instructors


Directors IA Staff A1 Staff RA Staff Consultants


Gates Chili Independent Winterguard is run by a board of directors.


Our 2023-24 Board:

President- Krystal Schmackpfeffer

Vice President- Susan Hubbard-Malanowski

Treasurer - Latasha Cutaia

Secretary- Michelle Hunt

Board Members


We have an Executive Director, Business Director & Creative Director that run the daily operations of the program management of the staff. Our current instructional staff consists of a lead instructor and two technical instructors per guard.


In the 2023-2024 season we will be fielding three performing guards. Our guard levels and numbers are based on the number of spinning members and their skill level.