Tykeem Rainey is 28 years old and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Tykeem began his performing arts journey in 2004-2007 in El Paso, Texas at El Dorado High School. In 2008, Tykeem relocated to Alexandria, Virginia and marched Impact Independent until 2012 under the direction of John and Lauren Burns. In 2012, Impact Independent was named the WGI Independent A Class Champion. Tykeem’s drum corps experience includes marching the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2011. He served as color guard captain in 2010 and 2011. Tykeem severed as an intern and instructor for the color guard in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2014, Tykeem had the opportunity to perform in the Tony and Emmy Award Winning production, “BLAST!” that toured prefectures throughout Japan. From 2015-2017 Tykeem has performed in “Mix it Up,” a staged theme show located at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia. From 2015-2017, Tykeem served as weapon technician and choreographer for Stonewall Independent Open guard, located in Manassas. Virginia. In the spring of 2017, Tykeem earned his Bachelor’s Degree (w/Honors) in History from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He was also nominated twice for the History Department’s W.E.B Du Bois Award which is awarded to the top African American male or female student. In 2018, Tykeem was a choreographer for George Mason University’s “Mason Open,” located in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to color guard performing, Tykeem adores reading monographs on Caribbean Slavery and watching any spin-off of the Real Housewives. Tykeem is an active color guard choreographer and technician at Ronald Reagan High School, Winston Churchill High School, Hickory High School and George Mason University. In the fall, Tykeem will be attending University of Texas in San Antonio pursuing his Master’s Degree in History. Tykeem is very excited to work with Green Hope for the 2018 season!