Lee Carlson (Palm Springs, California) has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 50 years. He has spent the last 40 years as the drill designer and color guard instructor for the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. His high school teaching experience includes 18 years at lndio High School in lndio, California. Carlson has taught and written drill for many high schools, including four years with Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has instructed the Denver Blue Knights, Great Bend Argonne Rebels, and the Hutchinson Sky Ryders. Carlson has been a judge for Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and many winter guard and marching band circuits across the United States. He has served 21 years as a judge, four years as Visual Caption Head, and five years as Judges Training Coordinator with DCI. For the past five years, he has served in the position of Artistic Director and Director of Competition with DCI. Carlson has judged in Europe and Asia and has adjudicated the Drum Corps Japan Championships nine times. He has written for and taught many mass bands including the opening and closing of the Los Angeles Olympics (1984), Centennial of the Statue of Liberty (1986), the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, and the Centennial of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (1989). Carlson owns and operates a successful pottery studio in Palm Springs, California, where he has been an active member of the community for the past 39 years.