Chad was born and raised in Huntington, WV. He graduated from Spring Valley High School before attending Marshall University as a print journalism major. Chad has taught with Cap City Percussion for four seasons. During that time the group has made WGI World Championship Finals the past three seasons. Locally he has taught and arranged for Hurricane High School, Spring Valley High School, Cabell Midland High School, Huntington High School, South Point High School, and Rock Hill High School. Chad has also taught at Westland High School in Galloway, OH.
As a performer, Chad spent four seasons with Spring Valley’s marching band, three seasons with the Marshall University Marching Thunder where he was center snare and section leader, and a season with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as a DCI World Championship finalist. Chad also was able to tour in Belgium, England, France, and the Netherlands with the Glassmen.
Chad is very excited and humbled with the opportunity to serve as percussion coordinator at Marshall University as he and his staff start their journey with the program.
Majorettes and Feature Twirlers
Adam Abshire – Assistant Coach
Maurica Smith is from Ashland, KY and graduated from South Charleston High School, South Charleston WV. Maurica spent five seasons with the Marshall University Marching Thunder where she served as color guard captain for three years, one of which she was also the choreographer. Maurica graduated from Morehead State University with a BA in Elementary Education and Marshall University with a BA in Retail Merchandising. Maurica is also the founder, director, and main choreographer of Vertigo Winter Guard, Huntington, WV.
Maurica began her color guard career in junior high and has been involved in the color guard and winter guard activities for twenty-one years. She has marched with Zydeco World Class Guard, Dayton OH, Capital Regiment World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, Columbus OH, Expressions Winter Guard, Winchester KY, South Charleston High School band, South Charleston WV, and Dunbar Junior High School band, Dunbar WV.
Locally, Maurica has previously taught and choreographed at Spring Valley High School, Huntington High School, Paul Blazer High School, South Charleston High School, and Green High School. She was a guest dance choreographer for Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 season. Maurica was also previously the weapons choreographer & tech for St. Albans High School, Hurricane High School, Reflections Winter Guard, Movimiento Expressivo Winter Guard, Russell High School Winter Guard and flag choreographer & tech for Z Winter Guard.
Maurica is excited to spend another season with the Marching Thunder!
Megan is from Huntington, WV where she graduated from Huntington High School. She is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Marshall University. Megan has been a member of the Marching Thunder for 4 years, Vertigo Winter Guard, and at Huntington High School in the Marching Highlanders!
Megan is so excited and blessed to spend the season alongside Maurica Smith!