Meet Jennifer – Drillmistress
Jennifer Wilkins began her drill team career when she joined a Seattle area team at the age of 12. She marched on the team for 8
years performing in numerous parades and competitions. Jennifer was a consistent team member who missed only 1 parade and 1
practice during her tenure. Great attendance wasn't the only example she set for her other teammates. Jennifer earned several
awards including, Best Marcher, Most Inspirational, Drillmistress Award, and other team voted awards. Jennifer also became a leader
on the team by holding the team Officer ranks of Sergeant, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain. She also earned top honors at one of the
competitions the team performed in; 1st place A-division Captain.
A couple of months after retiring from the team due to age restrictions, Jennifer became an Instructor with that same team. She took
over the lead Instructor role, the Drillmistress, after 5 years and continued leading the team for another 10 years. Before leaving the
team in 2005, Jennifer enjoyed interacting with all the different kids, each one touching her heart. It brings a smile to her face to think
how she helped shape the lives of her drill girls. She also loves watching the development of a competition routine. In the beginning
most everyone is unsure and missing counts, as the weeks go by confidence is building in the individual and each other. On
competition day you can feel the energy in the air and the camaraderie within the team. It is a life enriching experience as both a team
member and an Instructor.
Outside of drill, Jennifer and her husband, Reece, have a daughter who is also the Captain of the Drill Team and is the last original
member from the very first practice. They live in Sammamish with their dog Belle. Jennifer has worked in Seattle at the Starbucks
Headquarters since 2002.
Jennifer is excited to team up with Heather and Kelle to continue her drill team journey and hopefully enhance the lives of more kids
in her community.
Meet Kelle - Instructor
Kelle Waters began her drill team career when she joined a Seattle area team at the age of 9. She marched on that team for 10 years
performing in numerous parades and competitions. During one of the drill team competitions, Kelle represented her team in the Drill
Down competition. As she grew up, Kelle became a leader of the team. She lead her team's dance division team as the 1st
Lieutenant. In addition to leading the dance team, Kelle held the team Officer ranks of 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain.
As the team Captain Kelle earned the Best Captain award at competition. Beyond leading the team as an Officer, Kelle led as an
example for her teammates to follow. She was awarded Most Improved, earned Best Marcher, was voted Most Inspirational an
unprecedented five times, and earned other team voted awards.
Kelle lives in Mountlake Terrace and works for Chase Bank. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and just welcomed
her first baby to her family in December 2015.
Kelle had envisioned becoming a drill team instructor for a long time. She is looking forward to inspiring girls as she was inspired with
her drill team experiences. To Kelle, drill team is a second family; A family that nourishes each other and builds each other up.
Meet Heather - Instructor
Heather Larson-Paul began her drill team career when she joined a Seattle area team at the age of 11. Heather marched on that
team for almost 10 years performing in numerous parades and competitions. During 2 of the drill team competitions, Heather
represented her team in the Drill Down competition and placed first in one of the competitions. Heather also grew into a leader on the
team. She held the team Officer ranks of 2nd Lieutenant and Captain. Beyond leading the team as an Officer, Heather led her team
by example which earned her several awards over her tenure on the team. Heather was awarded Best Marcher, voted Most
Inspirational, worked hard to earn the High Point award, and earned other team voted awards.
A few years after retiring from the team due to age restrictions, Heather became an Instructor with that same team. She enjoyed
working with the girls; teaching them the fundamentals of drill, getting to know the girls personally, and watching them develop into
young ladies. It was hard for Heather to leave that drill team but a family move required her to take leave from the team.
Heather's passion for drill never subsided during her absence. She is very excited to begin a new chapter in her drill career with
Jennifer, and Kelle as they lead the Eastside Precision Drill Team.
|Meet the Instructional Staff
Jennifer Heather Kelle