The PHC Majorettes & Drum Corps were founded in December 2002 by Directors Tawana Lee & Bettyann Nolan. This mother daughter duo decided to start a program under the Pembroke Hamilton Club to not only continue the traditions of Majorettes & Drumming, but to also provide an activity in the Warwick community where their family grew up in the near by Cedar Hill area.
Bermuda Day 2003 was a very historic year as we crowded the Bermuda streets for the parade with over 150 performing members. We maintained this level of membership for years while providing various opportunities for members through Overseas training camps, performance tours, and specialized, top of the line local events that had us recognized as one of the most talented and well dressed groups in Bermuda.
Our goal is to continue providing these opportunities while evolving and creating this space for people in the performing arts. More importantly teaching Bermuda's tradition to the next generation in order to keep it alive and thriving.
DIRECTORS, MANAGEMENT & LEADERS
Sum of Talented Parts
Teamwork makes the dream work. Without the current and previous Management & Leaders we have had throughout the years, we would not have been able to achieve all that we have. Check out the faces that make up the current team at PHC Majorettes & Drum Corps. below.
With over 30 years experience as a Majorette, Tawana is not only the Director, Choreographer, and Mentor, she also performs and leads the group through practices and performances. While the spotlight has been a great place to be, her aim is to share it; to teach and develop others who are more than capable of shining a new light while keeping the tradition alive. Because of people like her, there is passion, presence, growth, and enjoyment in all we aim to accomplish. Most importantly our tradition of twirling and drumming remains alive because of her dedication and commitment to the arts.
To stay relevantly youthful, she prefers to be called "Aunt Tawana", and by the more mature members, "T" is acceptable. Save the Ms. Lee for those less family related atmosphere's because within PHCMDC members are automatically considered family.
Every year for us is a milestone, and through each milestone we want to create everlasting memories. Join us in this movement to create awareness, passion, and protection of our precious traditions and new creations. Join us today to learn more!
There is more to Bettyann than being the mother of Tawana Lee. She is known to be one of the most persistent, dedicated, organized and passionate fund-raisers the island of Bermuda has ever known. Meet "Aunt Betty", the beautiful lady with 3 legs and the biggest "can do" spirit.
Aunt Betty is an integral part of PHCMDC's existence. In addition to being a Co-Director, she has served as a Manager on PHCMDC Management Team since inception and has spearheaded plenty of fundraising events that afforded group members the opportunity to not only participate in events locally, but in overseas tours and performances as well.
Thank you Aunt Betty for your commitment, passion and dedication to PHCMDC. You are appreciated!
Meet another key member of the PHCMDC Team. Leslena joined PHCMDC as a parent of a Precious Pom Pom. In our search to add to our team, Leslena volunteered to join as an ordinary member of the Management Team. Eventually she became the general manager of the team and has been an integral part of our success over the years.
Leslena, also referred to as "Aunt Les" knows what it's like to be a parent of a performer and is always around to answer any questions you may have. You want to know any balances you may have? She can assist with that. Can't remember if you paid your membership? She can assist with that. Such a valuable asset to the team, and we are happy to have her in the PHCMDC Family.
Shawnette Bell has been a member of PHCMDC since 2003. As one of our first performing members in our Flag section, she became well known in the media as she seemed to captivate many people throughout her performances. After taking a short break from performing, Shawnette returned to the group as a Parent when she signed her daughter up to be a Precious Pom Pom. She eventually became a part of the Management Team to assist where necessary, and remains a valuable member of our team today.
Meet Aunt Shawny, or some may say Aunt Pinky. Whatever you choose to call her is acceptable with a strong dose of respect on that
Here is someone that has been a member of the group for more than a decade. Tiara has been a majorette for 18 years, and began her membership with PHCMDC 14 years ago. When she started in 2008, her journey began in the Senior Diva Majorette section of the group and we have watched her grow in every way.
Tiara is one we would consider a well-rounded performer. She worked her way through various sections offered within the group that not only improved her twirling and dance resume, but highlighted how skillful and talented she is. She has performed in various parades as a Double Diva Majorette ( 2 baton twirler), Senior Diva Pom Pom, and a Drum Corps. Dancer.
Now as one of the Leaders of the group, which she so rightfully earned, Tiara prefers to be called Aunt Tiara, Tiara or Ti whichever members prefer. Thank you Tiara for your dedication and commitment.
Having your Leaders describe themselves and their experience can be inspiring, and also quite interesting to see how far they have come, and how they feel about being a part of PHCMDC today. We asked Dennisha to introduce herself to you, the reader. Here is what she shared.....
"My name is Dennisha Simmons aka Aunt Dennisha and I joined for 2005 Fall Term. I signed my daughters up for the 2005 Spring term that same year and became an active parent within the group. I was eventually approached to join the group as a Majorette with my daughters, and I've been a member ever since.😊 I worked my way up from a Diva Majorette to a Leader and I enjoy the time we take to gather our creative minds to build engaging and enjoyable routines.. It's a task but we make it happen and always seem to be able to"wow" the crowd. I am looking forward to getting back in with twirling & teaching new and previous members."
Thank you Dennisha for your commitment and dedication to the PHCMDC Family.
Teaching them from young is exactly what we did with Jhayla. Starting out as a Pom Pom girl with PHCMDC, Jhayla never really had too much to say, but she showed you she was very in tune with each practice. Once she moved from Pom Poms to Majorettes, her shy nature may not have had anyone call her out for being loud, but her skillsets in twirling, when she reached that level, was surely noticed and acknowledged.
Jhayla took a short break from the group and returned as a Precious Pom Pom Leader, assisting with their choreography. Eventually she agreed to step up and assist the group in a Leader position, expressing her commitment to the art consistently.
Jhay, we are so proud of your growth within the group, and look forward to many more years of evolving through the program and your leadership.
SATIQUA BUTTERFIELD WADE
Leader - Part Time
Another well rounded individual to join our team as Leader is Ms. Satiqua Butterfield Wade. Although she has 2 jobs and is a doing great in sports, she has let us know that she is dedicating her time to PHCMDC and becoming part of the movement to accomplish our goals.
Satiqua joined us as a Majorette, and eventually tried her skills in other sections such as the Diva Pom Poms, Drum Corps. Dancers, and eventually worked her way into becoming a Leader.
She is a rising star and we couldn't ask for better talent to join us for this year's celebration.
Thank you for continuing to make PHCMDC a priority in your life. We want nothing but success in your journey with us, and more importantly, our personal endeavors.
Meet Anayah Curtis, the newest member of our Leader team. Anayah, most referred to as 'Nyah' is in her 3rd year of high school, and has shown tremendous growth in all aspects. As a regular member of PHCMDC, Anayah shows up on time to almost every practice, and every performance since 2015 with a good spirit and willingness to learn every challenge we put forth to her. Not only is she a Majorette, she is a young entrepreneur who has her own Candy business called " Sweeties". Be sure to support her by visiting and following her page on Instagram and Facebook @sweetiesbda.
It is more than a pleasure to have someone as dedicated and reliable to assist in leading the group through more exciting terms to come. Please be sure to give her a warm welcome and a big congratulations on her promotion to the team.
It is a pleasure to have Taylor Talbot promoted as a Leader of the PHC Majorettes & Drum Corps. Taylor has shown her dedication and commitment to the group in many ways, and the Directors are confident in her ability to continue on as an integral part of the team. She has been a member since 2009 and in 2022 she was put in the position of Assistant Leader to work her way up to becoming a Full time Leader with the group. She can always be counted on to attend practices, fundraisers, and performances, and always goes the extra mile to assist where she can.
Taylor recently graduated on June 30th, 2022 from the Cedarbridge Academy, and will be attending the Bermuda College to study early childhood education.
We are excited to see what else Taylor can bring to the group in the coming years.
Dynamic Drummer & Choreographer
Mikado brings a plethora of talent to the group. He has been a part of the group for many years as a Drummer, eventually working his way through completing the Future Leaders Programme and becoming an Assistant Drum Major. He brought many creative ideas to the Drum Corps as well as the Twirling side, landing him into a Leaders position as a Drum Major.
He has now taken on a new role, that not only allows him to dive deeper in his passion for dance, but also allows him growth in a new role that can lead to many other opportunities in the long run.
We wish "Kado" all the best in his new challenging role with the Drum Corps.
Shantaye started with us a member in 2005. She quickly transitioned into the Leader role in 2006, before going away to school in 2008. Upon her return she joined us as a Leader in 2011 for a few more years before transitioning to the Management team through to 2018.
While she wasn't officially on the Leader or Management teams, she continued to assist us in the background and in 2022 has volunteered to assist us with the management of our website.
We are excited to have her back with us once again!