by Matt Verburg April 19, 2021
Margaret "Peggy" Twiggs was a color guard instructor for many years, teaching young adults and teens ‘Peggy Spins” which she invented. Even if you don’t know her, your instructors probably taught you these if you marched in any color guard in the US and internationally. She taught many groups such as The Cadets, 27th Lancers, St. Anthony’s Revere, Quasar, Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sac, and St. Joseph’s Medford just to name a few. In 2005, Peggy was inducted into the Drum Corps Hall of Fame. One of the only 6 women to achieve this honor for her groundbreaking work.
Peggy says, “For every year I taught, there was always that very special moment, or that special kid who would finally 'get it'. Wins or losses, I don’t remember, but I would always say to the groups I taught, 'Remember the audience reaction, because years later, you may not remember what place you finished but you will always have the applause in your heart.' How lucky are we! I have those memories with me inside.”
In recent years, Peggy has been dealing with health issues. Peggy has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a rare brain disorder that affects her speech, vision, and balance, making walking and speaking extremely difficult. It is similar in some aspects to Parkinson’s PSP, but more progressive. Peggy is a “trouper” when it comes to acceptance of her diagnosis and she continually remains positive and upbeat. Coping and living with this uncommon disease has many challenges, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially for her wife. There are numerous expenses ongoing and coming down the road.
In light of this, Lot Riot has partnered with Peggy to help. By purchasing the Peggy Spins Bundle, you can help offset the costs of dealing with PSP. We encourage you to buy this bundle and support a pioneer in the community or donate to a charity of your choice to support PSP research!
Now through May 9th!
Matt has performed and instructed at nearly every level in the marching percussion universe. Based in Orlando, FL, he is the Founder and Owner of Lot Riot.
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