Dr. Kenneth G. Ruff is the Director of Bands for the NC A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine. He is the driving force behind the success of the ensemble. Dr. Ruff lends his unwavering support towards Golden Delight and works to make sure the ladies are properly integrated into the field shows. He has an extensive knowledge of the craft and decades of experience in the world of HBCU bands. Dr. Ruff is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity and a host of professional organizations. He served as an assistant band director for many years before becoming Head Director in 2003. He is a graduate of NC A&T and received his doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Ruff also once served as Head Drum Major for the Blue & Gold Marching Machine.
Tiffany Brown Shelton, Golden Delight Director & Coach
Ms. Tiffany is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a 2002 graduate of NC A&T SU and has a Masters of Public Administration from NC State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. Her experience includes over 34 years of dance experience and 27 years of twirling flag. Tiffany works closely with the Director of Bands to generate the overall vision, marketing and strategic direction of the ensemble. She is very hands-on with the day to day operations including uniform design, show design and choreography, web design/social media presence and leadership development. Ms. Tiffany marched on Golden Delight from 1997-1999.
Ms. Tiffany is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and several human resources and training professional organizations. She serves as an adjudicator across the eastern and southern parts of the country and mentors high school and collegiate band auxiliary advisors and coaches. She works for the City of Greensboro at the Deputy Director of Human Resources and Season 2020 will be her 21st season on staff.
Having a dynamic season requires a team of dedicated individuals that have a passion for what they do. From the rigorous fall semester to the off season of planning and preparation, the work is never done. The Machine is fueled a great deal by the people you can't see...
Meet the current auxiliary staff:
Tanika Harris, Golden Delight Coach/Majorette Coordinator
Ms. Tanika is a native of Greensboro, NC. She is a 1999 graduate of NC A&T State University in early childhood education. Her experience includes over 37 years of dance experience and 30+ years of baton twirling. She oversees all aspects of the majorettes (baton twirlers) and assists with the vision for performances. She worked with auxiliary units on both the high school and collegiate level. Ms. Tanika marched on Golden Delight from 1994-1997.
Ms. Tanika is currently the owner of a studio teaching baton twirling and dance to youth, The Twirl Divas. With a multitude of community connections and affiliations, she is able to use her leverage to provide meaningful opportunities for squad members. Ms. Tanika is solely responsible for the dynamic, creative and skilled presentations from the baton twirlers of Golden Delight. Her expertise is integral in the field shows, stands and image of the ensemble. She is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc. She is the owner and operator of her own chain of daycares Educational Playtime Too here in Greensboro, NC and has recently expanded to other states. Season 2020 will be her 16th season on staff.
Ms. Akua works with the staff to coordinate game day logistics and supervises the squad managers and volunteers. She has decades of dance/performance experience as a performer, dance instructor and leader of a studio. She is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She currently works as a Higher Education Administrator at an HBCU in North Carolina.
Ms. Tisha is a former captain (2010) and marched five seasons for the ensemble. (2007-2011) She is the Founder and CEO of the EducateDancer studio here in Greensboro, NC. LaTisha is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc. She has served as support staff with Golden Delight since season 2012.
She serves as a Showmanship Coach and Intensives Clinician.
Thank you to the following Band Staff that shows continual support for the ensemble:
Dr. Lamon Lawhorn, Assistant Director of Bands- Percussion
Mr. Thomas Warner, Assistant Director of Bands- Brass
Mr. Aaron Campbell, Assistant Director of Bands & Chief Arranger
Ms. Choni Ashley, Band Operations
NC A&T Media Team for Delight Photos and Videos
Support & Resources
Game day operations team- YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE VERY BEST.
Theta Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc.
Iota Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc.
Blue and Gold Loyalty Association (Band Boosters)
Cold Steel Drum Line, NC A&T SU Marching Band
Akua Matherson, Golden Delight Operations Coordinator
Ms. Turquoise is a former captain (2005 & 2006) and marched four seasons with the ensemble. (2003-2006) She is dance studio owner/operator in Virginia. Turquoise is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc.
She serves as the Technique Coach and Intensives Clinician.