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Allegiance Welcomes New Designer Michael Lentz, Director of Onyx

Allegiance Color Guard is proud to announce Michael Lentz, Director of 3-Time WGI World Champion Onyx, as Show Designer for the 2019 Winter Season.

Michael Lentz is the Director & Designer for 3-Time WGI World Champions Onyx. Onyx placed in the top 3 at the WGI World Championships from 2010-2016.  The Onyx Organization has produced 45 WGI World Championship Finalist Color Guards in all three Independent Classes and 14 WGI Medals including 5 Gold Medals. In 2014, Michael led Onyx to a personal best score of 99.1 to win their third WGI World Championship! In 2018, Michael completed his 30th consecutive year as the Director of Onyx. Onyx has recently performed with America’s Got Talent, Kate Jablonski & Beyond Words Dance Company in Chicago and with Phoenix Project Dance, Perkins School for the Arts and The Teen Company NYC at the Guggenheim Museum Theatre in New York City. In May 2018 Onyx returned to Chicago to again perform with The Kate Jablonski Statement.

Michael is a Founding Member and Past-President of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association where he served as the Education Director & Chief Judge for 10-Years. Michael has served on numerous boards and committees including 17 years with the WGI Color Guard Advisory Board, 6 years with the WGI Board of Directors, the WGI Steering Committee, MEPA Board of Directors and the Education Director for the Tri-State Circuit. Michael has recently been a featured clinician for the AIA/CWEA Color Guard Circuits, Mid-West Color Guard Circuit (MWCGC), the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA), The Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC), the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (TRWEA), North Carolina Band Masters Judging Clinic, Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) and is a recent adjudicator for DCI, BOA and OIPA in addition to freelance judging. In 2013, Michael was voted OIPA Director of the Year.

Recent design collaborations include UCP Pegasus World  (2014 Open Class Champions and 4-Time World Class Finalist) World Emanon World (6-Time World Class Finalist), O2 Color Guard (2-Time Open Class Champion, 2-Time World Class Finalist & A Class Medalist), George Mason University Open (2018 WGI Finalist), Middletown HS (2018 WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist), Stonewall Independent (A Class Medalist & 3-Time Open Class Finalist), UCF Pegasus Open (2-Time Open Class Finalist), O3 (3-Time A Class Finalist), Judson HS (2-Time WGI A Class Finalist), South Shore Drill Team (2011 A Class Champion), Lincoln Way HS (2-Time A Class Medalist), Minooka HS (A Class Medalist), Westerville North HS Winter Guard (2017 WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist). Michael has designed for 85 WGI Finalist Color Guards from 21 states in all six WGI Classes. Additional previous works include Artistic Director for 2014 DCI Finalist Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (Animal Farm), Artistic Director for 2013 & 2014 BOA Finalist Lawrence Central High School (“Lamp” Shades of a Day & The Green Table) & staging design for 2011 WGI Scholastic World Class Finalists Marian Catholic (Sirens) and 2017 Marian Catholic HS (WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist), Lawrence Central (De Profundis) & 2017 Bellbrook High School (“Bell-Brook”). Since 1999 Michael has been the designer for the Fairborn HS Winter Guard, multiple time WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist, five-time WGI regional champion and 10 time OIPA State Champion. Currently, Michael is the Drill Designer for multiple outdoor programs including Winston Churchill HS (Texas) Marching Band (and Winter Guard) and The White Sabers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Michael is originally from Steubenville, Ohio where he attended Jefferson Union High School, West Liberty State College & performed with the Steel City Ambassadors, Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps.  He also attended Wright State University and is an alumnus of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (1989 Baritone). Michael works daily as a designer for Marching Band Drill & Guard Design, Winter Guard Designer, Winds Designer, consultant & judge. Check out Michael’s 2013 & 2014 podcasts on Design, Judging & Onyx at www.marchingroundtable.com

Auditions and Callbacks for the 2019 Allegiance Color Guard are on Saturday, September 8, and Saturday, September 15. Click here for further audition information.