Marie DeBellis

Marie DeBellis

Color Guard Director and Assistant Band Director at Bryan Independent School District

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Location:
101 N TEXAS AVE, Bryan, Texas, United States
HQ Phone:
(979) 209-1000

General Information

Experience

Associate Director  - Bryan Viking Band Boosters Inc

Primary Event Organizer and Host  - TCGC State Championships at Reed Arena

Staff  - Star

Education

music education , University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Music Education  - Troy State University

Affiliations

Hornline Member  - Bugle Corps

Hornline Member  - Boston Crusaders

Treasurer  - Texas Color Guard Circuit

Member  - Texas Music Educators Association

Recent News  

Message from Ms. DeBellis
Marie DeBellis Bryan High School Color Guard Director/ Assistant Band Director

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Marie DeBellis is in her 10th year as color guard director and assistant band director at Bryan High School and her 14th year of teaching.
Her main responsibilities include directing the color guard and winter guard programs, assist with the Viking marching band, symphonic and concert bands, and assist with the middle school band programs in the district. Before moving to Bryan, Texas, she directed the color guard program and was an assistant band director for Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, Texas. Ms. DeBellis studied music education at the University of Central Florida, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music Education from Troy State University, in Troy, Alabama, in 2003. She participated in many of the performing ensembles at both universities on both clarinet and trumpet. During the summer of 2001, Ms. DeBellis was a hornline member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Ms. DeBellis' direction, the Bryan High School color guard program has earned the State Championship title for the Texas Color Guard Circuit in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2015 in various classifications. They have been consistent finalist in the Winter Guard International Regionals in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas, and have been WGI World Championships finalists in both 2012 and 2015. Ms. DeBellis has also served on the Texas Color Guard Circuit Executive Board as treasurer for the past six years, and in this role received the Randy Julia Service Award in 2014. She has also served as the primary event organizer and host of the TCGC State Championships at Reed Arena for the past three years. She has also been on staff with the Star of Texas Music Ambassadors in the summers of 2011 and 2013, by accompanying students from all over Texas on a concert tour of Europe. Ms. DeBellis is also a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. This year she will also assist in teaching the Spirit Independent Winter Guard from the University of Houston. When she has time off, she likes to travel to see her family in California, Rhode Island, and Florida.

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Marie Debellis, the director of the Bryan High School Colorguard, said that advancing to finals during their first attempt at an international competition was remarkable.
"I was speechless," Debellis said. During the school year, the team had more "activity during the weekend," Debellis said, in addition to eight hours of practice during the week. "When they were off [during the summer break], they had to send me video assignments showing me that they were practicing those skills to get better," Debellis said. "We have been very successful both locally, regionally and now internationally," Debellis said. Not only was the team pushed physically, it was also held to high academic standards. In order to compete in a UIL competition, participants must maintain grades of at least a 70 percent in each class, except for advanced placement classes. Debellis said that for her students, however, she requires that they reach a higher standard of at least a 79 percent. "Not only did we stay up at school to practice, but I would also tutor kids. I didn't want anyone to miss out on this because they were neglecting their grades," Debellis said. Some of Debellis' students told her that the international competition was the best experience of their lives thus far. She said that the team felt a sense of accomplishment and "true success." "I hope that through this lesson they realize that they can go for any goal, even if it seems like a lofty one," Debellis said.

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