WELCOME to the Color Guard page of the Clements website! Here you can find details about travel, rehearsals, performance and more! Our guard director is Darren Martin. Please come to us with any questions!
Meet …. Darren Martin
Who do you admire? There are three incredibly important women in my life who I admire most: my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother. Their strength and love for their family are to be cherished and admired.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The majority of my life was spent in a small town; Spiro, Oklahoma. That is where I got my start in the marching arts/Color Guard. It was a very small band of only about 30 members total. During my junior and senior years of high school, my mother and I moved to Oklahoma City, OK where I graduated from Westmoore High School and continued to participate in Color Guard with a much larger Band and Guard program.
What do you like to do when not teaching? My entire livelihood is Color Guard. I believe there isn’t a Darren Martin if color Guard isn’t involved. My days not teaching Color Guard at Clements are usually spent planning for the future of the Clements CG, teaching The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard, teaching Spirit Independent Winter Guard from the University of Houston. On the slight chance that I have a free weekend I do enjoy being outdoors and active and spending time with my family and my dog Regina.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a senior? SOAK UP EVERY MOMENT, is the first thing to come mind. Beyond that, I would say attend all functions and try new things, find what it is that YOU truly enjoy and what makes you happy. Never be afraid to follow a dream. The only way that your dream can come true is if you make it become true, it won’t just happen. Have courage, take a leap a faith, and always be true yourself.
What are your favorite movie and favorite song? The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie and has been for as long as I can remember. The message that it sends about home and family is something I cherish since I am very close with my own family and always look forward to going home for the holidays. Now that I’m older I appreciate smaller details of the movie and how things were created and shot. If you want to know some interesting behind the scenes facts let me know, I’ve got a few. Such as Toto’s real name is Terry the Terrier and first starred alongside Shirley Temple.
My favorite song is a bit tougher because I love all kinds of music. My favorite genre is probably country since I was raised around it, but some of my favorite artists include Lady Gaga, Pink, Taylor Swift just to name a few. As of today, I would say my favorite song is Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken by Pink.
Why did you choose color guard? Since I was young I remember always wanting to dance. Being from a small school there wasn’t a dance team available. During my middle school years movies such as Got To Kick It Up, and the Bring It On franchise, which for those of you who don’t know are movies revolving around competitive cheerleading. In the movies, I watched male cheerleaders dance and perform which actually inspired me to audition for my school’s cheerleading squad and I made it. It wasn’t long after that I watched The Cavaliers, an all-male drum corps, perform and fell in love with what color guard was. From that day in 2006 until today in 2018, Color Guard has been my life. The inspirational educators who taught me taught me more than Color Guard, but they instilled in me great life lessons, self-confidence, and much more. That is why I have continued to pursue this career and passion.
How is the color guard this year? The color guard this year is incredible! They have truly embraced having a new director and allowed me to come in and give them information to make them not only better spinners but also better students and a stronger/closer team. It’s a learning curve for both them and myself. I have to learn the ropes at Clements while they have to learn the ropes of a new director. This group is extremely talented and I am excited to be able to push them to new challenges and help them achieve goals they thought were impossible.