Stephen Alia is excited to be a part of the rebirth of the Horizon Winter Guard!
Stephen Alia is a professional visual designer for the marching arts. As the owner of Stephen Alia Visual Design, LLC, his
active visual design clientele includes high school bands from Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, four college bands, and the Medellin Gran Banda from Medellin, Colombia, the 2014 DCI SoundSport World Champions.
Stephen served as the Program Coordinator and Visual Designer for the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, from Kalamazoo, Michigan from 2011 through 2013. Under his artistic direction, Legends was named a Drum Corps International Open Class Finalist each year and the 2012 DCI Open Class “Most Improved” corps.
Previously, he was a public school band director in central Florida for seventeen years. Stephen was the Frostproof Middle-Senior High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and has been listed in “Who’s Who of American Teachers” twice. He has served as an adjunct member of the Music Education faculty at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida since 2009.
Stephen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida, where he studied trumpet with Lyman Brodie and John Almeida. He performed as a member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.
Stephen adjudicates marching bands as a member of the Central States Judges Association and indoor guard and percussion with the Florida Federation Judges Association. He is also an active adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters’ Association.
He enjoys his busy life with his wife Aleah and beautiful daughter Daniella.
Herman Rios is excited to join Horizon as a member of the Design Team!
Mr. Rios has been the Color Guard Director with the Riverview High School band program since the end of the 2014 winter guard season and had his first full year with Blue Radiance for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Herman began his color guard career in 1987 as a member of St. Peter’s Color Guard from Dorchester, MA. Although he was only seven years old at the time he had found something he loved and knew what he would spend the rest of his life doing. Mr. Rios stayed with St. Peter’s until high school when the group became inactive due to financial difficulties.
Mr. Rios was also a member of several other local color guards: St. Patrick’s of Stoneham, Massachusetts; Karizma of Lynn, Massachusetts; St. John’s Productions; Emerald Marquis and St. Ann’s. In addition to his extensive, lifelong color guard experience, Mr. Rios also has drum corps experience marching with East Coast Jazz and The Cadets.
Mr. Rios has taught several nationally competitive programs throughout the country including Ponderosa High School, Pomona High School, West Boca High School, Florida International University, Braddock Independent and Salem Blue Visual Ensemble.
To showcase his achievements Mr. Rios has six championship medals:
- 1997 Winter Guard International [WGI] Independent A Class gold medal with St. John’s Productions
- 1999 WGI Independent World Class gold medal with Emerald Marquis
- 1999 Drum Corps International [DCI] bronze medal with East Coast Jazz
- 2000 WGI Independent World Class bronze medal Emerald Marquis
- 2001 WGI Independent World Class silver medal with St. Ann’s
- 2001 DCI silver medal with The Cadets
Professionally Mr. Rios works as a full-time nurse in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys relaxing with friends and his dog Bella in his spare time.
Ricardo is originally from MS where he attended the University of Southern Mississippi and was both Colorguard Captain/Coordinator and Drum Major for the Pride of MS Marching Band.
While in MS, Ricardo was the Colorguard Director for the Petal High School Marching Band which won numerous state and regional Championships in band and colorguard. He served for 10 years as the Colorguard Director/Coordinator for the East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band in Decatur MS.
Ricardo has numerous choreography, design, and consultation credits for colorguards and bands throughout the Southeast including Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, U.S.F. Winterguard and University of South Florida Winterguard, McEachern HS (GA), Jackson Academy (MS), Columbia HS (MS), Denham Springs HS (LA), Amor Independent Winterguard (AL), Optemystic Independent Winterguard (MS), eMenience Indoor Percussion Theatre (MS), Lafayette HS (LA), and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA).
An active member of the Gulf Coast Judges Association, Ricardo has judged and critiqued top programs from all across the country. He has served on the Bands of America/Music for All Summer Symposium colorguard staff since 2003. In addition to colorguard and band, Ricardo is an active show choir, musical theatre, and dance company choreographer and director. His performance credits include the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard 1998, Optemystic Independent Winterguard (1999-2003), eMenience Indoor Percussion Theatre (2004), and the 2001 DCI World Champions the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.