Lori Valenzuela has performed and taught at the highest level of Drum Corps, Marching Band, and WGI. As a performer, she was a member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps from Bloomington, IN, in 1986, 1987, 1988, and the 2010 Alumni Corps, and with the Winter Guard International World Champion 'State Street Review' Winter Guard from Madison, WI in 1988 and 1989. As an instructor, she taught the Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps for two years, as well as the Bandettes Drum Corps from Canada. She has taught numerous High Schools across the country including the James Logan Marching Band from Union City, CA, and the Plymouth-Centennial Educational Park Marching Band from Plymouth, MI, which won the High School Color Guard award at the Bands of America Championships in 1989. She has been the Color Guard instructor for the Huskie Marching Band since 2006.
Lori began her career spinning rifle and flag at Linden High School in Linden, Michigan. Prior to participating in Marching Band at Linden, she was a competitive baton twirler on the national level for 10 years. Lori went to Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI where she was the captain of the Color Guard. In addition to her skills as a visual performer, Lori was an accomplished performer on the clarinet throughout high school and college.
In 1990 she moved to California to teach the Freelancers Drum and Bugle corps for two years. That six-month job turned into a sixteen-year stay in California, during which time she met her husband Rick while she was teaching the Freelancers and he was with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Lori returned to her Midwest roots in early 2006 when her husband became the Development Director for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL. When he became the Executive Director of the Phantom Regiment in the fall of 2006, Lori took over as the office manager for the corps. In addition to teaching the NIU Color Guard, she is an active Color Guard judge and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is an avid scrap-booker and a busy mom to her two children.