In 1990, Ed Bopp created Fusion Color Guard, Inc., as a spin-off of Colonial Brigade – a program he started back in 1976. The name “Fusion” was chosen because it meant “joining two more things together to form a single entity.” Throughout their first few years of existence, Fusion had both an A Guard and welcomed Fusion Jr. Fusion Jr celebrated numerous successful seasons with promotion from Jr to Novice and then into the A Class.
Ed continued as Director of the organization and welcomed his daughters Jennifer and Lisa to assist in running the programs. Jennifer Bopp became Assistant Director in 2005 and from 2010-2014 was Director of the guard.
Fusion took 3 years off after the 2014 season. They returned to the floor in 2017 under the direction of Rob Watson in the Independent Open Class. In their first year attending WGI World Championships, Fusion Winter Guard IO placed 10th at WGI world finals in Dayton, Ohio. Their second year in return, Fusion Winter Guard was promoted mid-season to the Independent World Class – an honor that hadn’t been given to a program in over a decade. In 2020, Fusion returned for its second full year in the Independent World Class. Although the COVID-19 virus caused an abrupt end to the 2020 season, Fusion ended among the Top 6 guards in the world.
With a few extra months to plan, the design team has its sights on something truly spectacular for Fusion 2021 – come be a part of it. Join us for one of our spin clinics this summer and plan to attend auditions this fall.
Fusion has been a home to many talented staff and cast members. Many friendships and family bonds have been created through this wonderful organization.
The History of Fusion Winter Guard