Sara McDougall has worked with the color guard at Liberty High School as a part of the marching band and indoor guard programs since 2010. A 1995 graduate of Liberty High School and alumna of both the marching band and indoor guard programs herself, she has continued developing her skills as a performer with independent performing organizations such as THE Guard, the Westshoremen Senior Winterguard, the Westshoremen Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently spending the past several summers as a performing member with the reigning DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps. “In real life”, Sara works as a planning coordinator in the merchandising department at Music & Arts.
Applying critical theory ( . , critical gender studies and critical race theory ) to music journalism, some academic writers suggest that mutual disrespect between critics and artists is one of many negative effects of rockism . In 2004, critic Kelefa Sanneh defined "rockism" as "idolizing the authentic old legend (or underground hero) while mocking the latest pop star..."  :57 Music journalism "infected" with rockism has become, according to Yale professor Daphne Brooks,  a challenge "for those of us concerned with historical memory and popular music performance."  :57–58