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WGUK appoint Shirley Dorritie at Education Director


At the Winter Guard United Kingdom Board Meeting held in April, it was agreed that WGUK would enter into discussions with Winter Guard International (WGI) with regard to gaining much needed and additional educational support to both the judging community and colour guard units and in particular to engage Shirley Dorritie as our Education Director.

We are pleased to announce that Shirley has agreed to undertake the role of “Education Director” for WGUK with immediate effect. 

Shirley is both WGI General Effect Caption Head as well as the Education Director for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (see full bio below) and will bring a huge amount of skills, knowledge and experience to the role that in turn will benefit our community here in the UK.

Shirley will introduce herself and her intended approach for the forthcoming season over the next few weeks to the UK Judging Team and will be present at the Judges Training College being held in Cannock, Staffordshire on the final weekend in November (29th & 30th) as well as attending the WGI UK Regional contest in February.

This is a great step forward for our activity and we are excited to welcome Shirley to WGUK.

Biography of Shirley Dorritie

Shirley Dorritie has been involved in the pageantry activity for over 40 years and specializes in training performers throughout the world for optimal achievement. Having served as an international adjudicator for the Marching Band, Winter Guard and Drum Corps activities since 1983, Shirley is currently the General Effect Caption Manager for Winter Guard International and the Director of Judge Education for numerous Winter Guard circuits, including the Winter Guard Association of Southern California. She also serves as a visual judge for Music for All/Bands of America.

A member of the prestigious Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, Shirley’s credits include DCI’s Best Color Guard award and four DCI World Championship titles with The Concord Blue Devils, as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard, Sacramento Freelancers, 27th Lancers and Arizona Academy Drum & Bugle Corps and the Clovis West, and James Logan High School Marching Band programs. 

Founder and creator of The Center for Performance and Achievement in the San Francisco bay area, Shirley holds an MA in Counseling Psychology, with a Certificate in Sport Psychology. She has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals who are required to manage their responses to stress in order to perform at their best -- including performers, athletes, educators, choreographers and conductors throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. 

Her book, Delivering The Goods: Performing at the Top of Your Game When The Pressure Is On, is packed with practical strategies for improving performance in every endeavour and will be available at www.PerformAndAchieve.com in 2015.

27th August 2014