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Carl Nelson
Carl Nelson




Carl Nelson has a long history in the marching and pageantry arts activity that covers over 30 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, adjudicator and clinician.  As a qualified visual judge in high demand for DCI, WGI, and BOA, Carl travels throughout the United States participating in the highest caliber of events as an adjudicator and clinician. Carl graduated from Cypress High School in 1989, and went on to be a member of the six‐time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard from 1990 – 1992. During this time, he began to instruct in the Southern California region, and began his drill designing career.  Carl has designed for some of the best marching bands, winter guards and winter drumlines in the country. For the past fourteen years Carl has enjoyed a successful career in public safety as a Police Dispatcher for one of the largest school districts in California, the Santa Ana School Police Department.  While serving as a police dispatcher and training officer for the department Carl is also involved in special events and is the only tactical dispatcher for critical incidents in the department. In his free time, Carl enjoys spending time with his wife Dia of 21 years and his sons Logan and Tyler.