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 RA Staff 
Kelly Barnard
Kelly Barnard

Lead Instructor

Kelly is excited to return to the organization for the 2023-2024 Winter season as the RA guard’s lead instructor, as well as taking on the position of Creative Director.

Kelly has been spinning since 2005, finishing her time as a marching member of Gates Chili in 2007 before moving on to the Patriots winterguard for 4 seasons. She also spent 2 seasons with the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and several years performing with the Patriots dance ensemble.

Kelly is eager to start her new role as the Creative Director. She is looking forward to working with the instructional staff and sharing her knowledge to create a fun and safe space for all members.

Aside from the Gates Independent winterguards, Kelly has also worked with the East Irondequoit Lancer Marching band, the Patriots RA and cadet winterguards, and is currently colorguard director for the Gates Chili school district marching band.

Kelly is a Scorpio vegetarian and when she’s not teaching twirls you can find her drinking coffee or gardening with her husband and their zoo.


Kyle is excited to return for his 6th season with the Gates Chili Organization, previously serving on the instructional staff for the RA (2018), A1 (2019), and IA (2020-2022) programs.

Kyle has been a member of various performance ensembles including Greece Marching Band, Greece Winter Guard, Patriots Winter Guard, SUNY Plattsburgh Dance Corps, White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, and Gates Chili Winter Guard.

Being able to share his passion for the activity, watching confidence grow in individuals, and teaching the life lessons you learn through being a member on a team are some of the reasons Kyle continues to be active in the activity as an instructor. Kyle has been fortunate enough to teach with several organizations such as Patriots Too Winterguard, Leroy marching band, Eastridge Marching Band, and Gates Chili Marching Band.

Outside of colorguard, Kyle is a Physical Therapist Assistant working in a skilled nursing facility. He enjoys working in an interdisciplinary team  (Including with Gates A1 instructor Hannah Martin, OTR/L). Kyle is also happily married and has two rambunctious cats named Romeo and Max.

Madison Miller
Madison Miller

Madison Miller is incredibly excited to return to the Gates Chili organization as an RA instructor for the 23-24 winter season.

A competitive and passionate instructor who has been sharing her love for the activity since 2016, her personal marching career began in 2005 with the Greece Marching Band, first playing the flute/piccolo and later joining the colorguard to finish out her high school career. 

After high school, she continued marching with Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2012), White Sabres Drum & Bugle Corps (2017), Patriots Winterguard (2013-2017), and Gates Independent Winterguard (2018). Additionally, she has taught with the Greece Marching Band Blue Knights, Le Roy Marching Knights, and Gates Independent Winterguard. 

When Maddie isn’t teaching or working, she’s at home most likely drinking coffee and playing with her crazy Husky, Kailani Mae, and cat, Pumbaa.

Luke Albro
Luke Albro

Luke is excited to join the Gates Chili Winterguard organization for the 2023-2024 season as an RA instructor. 

Luke has been spinning since 2014 with his school marching band. He has also spun with Luminosa  Winterguard, White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, and has been a member of The Gates Chili Winterguard in the RA, A1, and IA program.

Luke enters the instructing world to help others discover their passion for color guard and make memories with their peers.

Outside of colorguard, Luke is a dental assistant and dog dad to a very ginger golden retriever named Nellie.