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Vanguard Involved Parent Support Team is the 501(c)(3) non-profit parent band booster for the Verrado Viper Vanguard band programs.


The VIPS Team sponsors and organizes events, which deepen our community spirit and enhance our children's educational experience at the Viper Vanguard.


We are excited to see what our group will accomplish together.  Your support is crucial to the success of the Verrado High School Band program (marching, drumline, color guard, symphonic and jazz band). You are a member of the VIPS Team if your child is in the band; no membership fee!

We look forward to getting to know you and your band student!


Meet The Board
Chris Panneton

Chris Panneton is the proud parent of Em Panneton who is in the Color Guard. Chris has been a supporting member of the Viper Vanguard since 2017 as both of Em's brothers marched with the Viper Vanguard. Chris is excited to see what the future Viper Vanguard will accomplish.

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Vanessa Cowan

Vanessa is a mom of one current and two former Viper Vanguard kids. Emerson, a flute player, is a freshman in the band. Allison graduated in ’21 and now plays piccolo in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band at Texas A&M. Matthew, a former tuba player, graduated in ’18 and now attends ASU. Vanessa and her husband, Mike, enjoy helping at many band events. This will be her 3rd year on the board.

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Kristen Reinhardt

Kristen is entering her sixth year as a band parent and her second on the VIPs Board. Her son Kevin is one of the drum majors this year and plays high brass. Kristen also has twins, Lauren and Jason, in college. She is a 6th-grade math teacher at Verrado Heritage and she and her husband Dave enjoy outdoor activities and cheering at band competitions.

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Liz Schaus
Records Secretary

Liz is mom to three kiddos who have all been part of the Viper Vanguard family!  Rachel will be a junior on Colorguard and both Tim (trumpet) and Anna (Colorguard) will be attending GCU this year. Liz and her husband both work at Summit Community Church, love hiking and of course supporting the Viper Vanguard whenever they can!

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Teresa Panneton 

Volunteer Coordinator

Sara Schweitzer

Being a mom is great, but being a band mom is the BEST!  Teresa is going on 6 years as an active band parent but brand new to the VIPs board.  Em, her amazing kid is a Sophomore Color Guard member and clarinet player.  Jackson and Colton have a long history in band but have moved on to Arizona State University, where Teresa is a faculty member in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. When not doing all things band, she and her family will be found traveling, going on adventures and making memories. 


Sara is a proud mom of three. Two are Viper Vanguard band kids. You will see her husband Darin juggling parking during band events. Her oldest Brendan is a '19 Verrado HS graduate and currently serves in the US Navy. Her daughter Alexia is a '22 graduate and played clarinet for four years in the Viper Vanguard. Jacob is a sophomore and plays the trombone during the marching season.

Jennifer Lipman

Event Coordinator

Jennifer is a proud mom to Jess, a clarinet player in her junior year. She also has a son who graduated Verrado in 2022 and is attending ASU in the fall.  She never knew how intense and busy band life could be, but wouldn’t change it for the world. When not helping with the band, she’s working or planning her next crafty project or going to a Broadway show. 

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