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About Us

An Idea Is Born

In 1997, a small group of people who marched in the Calgary drum corps, got together and decided to start an alumni association as a way to keep in touch with the friends they made over the years.   In 1999, that same small group decided that they were not yet "too old" to they formed "Expired" Winterguard.   With the help of word-of-mouth, Expired started with a group of 9 members made up of past drum corps and marching band members.  Today, 25 years later, Expired has become Encorps.....with 5 programs for members of all ages and skill levels.

Our Mandate, Mission and Vision

Mandate: Encorps develops and presents winterguard productions and trains and supports personal and professional growth both for performers and instructors. 

Mission: Sponsored by the Spirit of Drum Corps Alumni Association, we exist to create distinctive, theatrical and exciting winterguard programs that allow people of all ages and skill level to experience the activity.  We strive to inspire performers, train instructors and entertain audiences. 

Vision: To become a leading innovative winterguard program that is recognized for positive experiences, integrity, accessibility, personal growth and life-long learning. 

Executive Director

Michelle Ashmore (Misha)

Misha is one of the original founders of the Spirit of Drum Corps Alumni Association as well as an original founder and performer with Expired Winterguard.    She has been either on the Board of Directors, or has been the Executive Director for the past 25 years.   Misha has performed with Encorps every year with the exception of one and is currently planning to retire from Encorps Echo's performance floor after the 25th anniversary season.  She is also an Artistic Director for Encorps Elite and hopes to continue in some instructional capacity for years to come. 

Outside of the Winterguard community, Michelle works full-time as the Executive Administrative Coordinator for Tosguna (Tsuut'ina Nation Police Service). 

Accepting, encouraging, inclusive, supportive - I'm very proud to be part of this organization both as an instructor and a performer ❤

Bonnie - Mom of performers, performer and instructor

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