Allison Brown began her long association with Empire Statesmen during the group’s first year of competition in 1983. In the mid 1990s, she commuted from California for several years in order to maintain her close connection to the organization. In addition to marching in the Statesmen’s color guard for many years, she was a member of the corps staff. She has been the guard instructor for drum and bugle corps in California and New York state. She has taught many high school and university marching band color guards since the mid-1980s, including Sacramento State University and University of Rochester.