Welcome to the Acton Boxborough Colorguard Page!
John Pacheco – Director
I have been with the Acton Boxborough Colorguard now for 6 years. This is my first year as Director of the Ensemble. I have spent several years in different schools systems teaching marching band and colorguard programs. I graduated from Joseph Case High School in Swansea Ma in 2000. There I was involved in all music ensembles and was Co Drum Major of the Marching for my junior and senior year. I was also involved in the Case Classic Illusions Winterguard my junior year. From High School, I attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for 5 years. I started in the horn line of the UMMB and then moved into the color guard my 3rd year. I was fortunate enough to travel to Bands of America Grand Championships twice and march in an inaugural parade. In 2003 I was also in the color guard of the 2003 Finalist Drum Corp, Spirit of Atlanta. I also joined an independent winterguard St. John’s of Beverly. I spent 4 seasons with the group. We were Independent Open Bronze Medalists in our 2004 Season. I was teaching the St. John’s B Colorguard during my 3rd year in the World Class Team of the group. I then went on to teach at Wakefield High School for a year during their marching band season. After that my teaching career included teaching both the Stoughton High School Colorguard and the Tewksbury Memorial High School Colorguard. At this time I was Visual Designer for the Tewksbury Marching Band. I spent two years at both of these organizations. I then marched again in Independent World Class and then marched with the DCA Drum Corps Connecticut Hurricanes.
I have been performing in the color guard activity for the last 10 years. I started out at Salem Blue at Salem High School in Salem, NH. Since then I have competed with Blessed Sacrament World in Winter Guard International (WGI) and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in Drum Corps International (DCI). I received a silver medal in 2009 with Salem Blue at WGI independent A class championships, I received a bronze medal in 2013 at DCI World championships with The Cadets, and I received a bronze medal in 2017 with Blessed Sacrament at WGI World class championships. I have taught at Salem High school in Salem MA, taught clinics for Salem Blue and Arbella Independent, and I currently teach at Acton-Boxborough and Wakefield Memorial High School. I work full time for Biogen in Cambridge Massachusetts. I very much enjoy enhancing students’ skill sets so that they may get as much out of this activity as I do. I am currently still performing with Blessed Sacrament World at WGI.