Ms. Rachel Kauffman
Rachel Kauffman, originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, began playing clarinet in the 8th grade and continued playing throughout high school and her college career. Ms. Kauffman graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2010. While at WVU, Ms. Kauffman participated in various performing ensembles and was a 4-year member of the Pride of West Virginia: The Mountaineer Marching Band where she was selected as Clarinet Section Leader and Assistant Rank Leader. Ms. Kauffman went on to teach General Music (K-5) and Elementary Band in Prince William County, Virginia. She was privileged to form the first Elementary Band in the history of Prince William County. Ms. Kauffman graduated with a Masters of Music Education degree from Penn State University in the summer of 2014. Currently, Ms. Kauffman is the band director at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ms. Kauffman is a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and Sigma Alpha Iota. Ms. Kauffman has been on the First Colonial Marching Staff since 2015
Ms. Kim Bradshaw
Ms. Bradshaw is currently a student at Old Dominion University, studying Human Services. She is aiming to eventually get her masters in Social Work. Ms. Bradshaw's passion for spinning began in high school, where she was an active member & leader with Grassfield High School's Fall & Winter guard programs. At Old Dominion University, Ms. Bradshaw continued her passion for guard by participating in the Old Dominion Monarch Marching Band. Ms. Bradshaw enjoys all of the disciplines of guard, but has a particular love for rifle work. Ms. Bradshaw joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2016.
Mr. Chris Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell is currently a student at Old Dominion University, studying music education. During his time a ODU, Mr. Mitchell has been an avid performer in many of the university's ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, & Monarch Marching Band--where he was Drumline Captain. Mr. Mitchell joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2018.