Originally from Binghamton, NY, Chris McCarthy relocated to Austin to teach the McNeil Colorguard in the Summer of 2013. Chris not only serves as the Director logistically but, also is a designer and choreographer for the program. In addition to teaching the colorguard, he teaches and choreographs movement to the Maverick Band during the summer and fall marching season.
Chris began his marching career in the summer of 2001 at Susquehanna Valley HS in the small town of Conklin, NY. From 2006 to 2011, Chris spent his years performing with Spectrum Winterguard, primarily in the Independent Open class, as well as the A and World Class. He served as Guard Captain in '09, '10 and '11. Chris has also marched with The Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from '07 - '08.
Since the age of 16, Chris has been on the teaching side of the activity. He has taught every form of the activity including High School, Independent, College and Drum Corps. He has been a director, designer, choreographer and/or consultant for numerous programs such as: Homer HS (NY), Norwich HS (NY), Union Endicott HS (NY), Greater Johnstown HS (NY), White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (NY), Laurens HS (NY), New Braunfels HS (TX), Westwood HS (TX), University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI) and Spectrum Winterguard (NY).
Currently, Chris serves as lead choreographer for ATX Independent Winterguard out of Austin, TX and is also a choreographer and technician at The Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps out of Milwaukee, WI.
Outside of the marching activity, Chris enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, reading, traveling and laughing. He is a big fan of Syracuse Orange Basketball and the New York Yankees. You can usually find him frequenting a local coffee shop, hiking, or kayaking.