The People Behind the Scenes

Ryan Schlieper

Circuit President

Ryan has been an active member of the pageantry community since his early days in middle school and was a member of the Marching Band at both his High School (James Logan High School) and College (San Jose State University).

Ryan was introduced to the Winter Guard and Winter Percussion world by his wife Mona Schlieper. She instilled a love for the amazing Winter Arts in Ryan that transformed him from a "Marching Band" person to a "Pageantry" person. Ryan and his wife Mona helped update the CCGC to digtal recording technology and moved the distribution of commentary from "tape" to digital for the circuit.

Mona passed away in 2017 and Ryan was brought on by the CCGC board to carry on in her stead. He's determined to live up to her legacy and love of the art form, and to encourage growth and advancement of the circuit and its amazing performers.


As a marketing professional, Ryan understands the challenges of today's ever-changing social environment and the enrichment that the pageantry arts provide to expand the horizons of those who push themselves to become better artists, and as such, better humans. 

Ryan is currently an active Marching Band show designer for several award-winning Marching Band programs throughout the San Francisco Bay area as well as Southern California as well as a CCGC Judge specializing in the General Effect caption.

Sharon Gordon

Vice President / Contest Coordinator

Catherine Lorrigan


Olyvia Jin 


Tom Andrews

Chief Judge - Overseeing Guard and Percussion

Tom Andrews has been involved with pageantry arts most of his life. He has been involved with CCGC since 1973. Tom has performed many roles in pageantry from technician to judge, to program coordinator. As the Director of the San Jose Raiders, he guided the winter guard program to major successes, including to 6 WGI Independent World Class Championships and numerous other medals.

Tom has been on the staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard as well as the Program Coordinator for The Spirit of Atlanta. He has worked with numerous marching bands and winter guards throughout the west coast. He is currently the program coordinator for the Oak Grove High School Marching Band.

His judging experience has included DCI, WBA, as well as several winter guard circuits in the state of California. He has been mentored by the best and has worked alongside some of the superstars in our activity.

During his 25 years with the San Jose Raiders, Tom developed a series of improvisational workshops and theater games for the pageantry arts. His games and pre-show warm-ups are widely used throughout our community. His classes and direction have helped bring pageantry closer to performing arts theater.

Tom’s day job is as a public-school teacher. For the past 24 years he has taught on the Eastside of San Jose. He has a degree in math and his MS in administration.  He has served as the math department chairman on several public-school campuses and has been a master teacher for over a dozen new teachers. He has developed programs for struggling students and is currently writing a book on how to work with “at risk students”.

Tom is hoping that his expertise will bring accountability and professionalism to this role as chief judge.

Paul Lorrigan 

Percussion Liason

Paul Lorigan is the music director at Horner Junior High in Fremont.  Currently in his 23rd year of teaching at Horner, he conducts three concert bands, jazz band, string orchestra, two choirs, and percussion ensemble. The Horner Percussion Ensemble, now in its 17th straight year competing as a CCGC concert percussion unit, has also participated in the NCBA, CPA, CVGPC, and WGI circuits.  A graduate of San Jose State University, Paul has performed on saxophone and piano with many diverse groups, including 28 years with the Ohlone Wind Orchestra.  Paul is also an active member of numerous music education professional organizations, including ACDA, CODA, CAJ, and CMEA Bay Section, where he has served on the board for 8 years.  Paul is married to the amazing Catherine Lorigan, director of Ida Price Middle School and CCGC Board Secretary.

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