Manuel (Mani) Gonzales is originally from Dallas, Texas where he began his color guard career at Red Oak High School in 2007. In 2011, he went on to march Independent A-class winter guard with White Gold who won the bronze medal. In 2012, Mani continued with the Gold family and performed with Black Gold. In 2013, Mani had the honor to join the Cypress Independent Winter Guard family and has since been affiliated with the organization. He teaches color guard at Castleberry High School in Texas and has choreographed for various Independent and scholastic color guards in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Mani holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. When he is not teaching Mani loves spending days with his dog Rufio and traveling.