A native of Arizona, Mark Richardson was born in Casa Grande and raised in the Phoenix area. After graduating high school, Richardson began instructing the marching band and concert ensembles at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz. While teaching there for five years, he studied trumpet in the studio of David Hickman and received a bachelor of music degree from the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music. In 2005 Richardson took over the band program at Corona del Sol and held the head director position for two years. Since then, he has arranged music, designed drill and provided clinics for several marching band programs in Ariz. In 1999, Richardson helped form the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, an organization for which he now serves as Executive Director and Director of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. Under his direction, The Academy has grown to a World Class competitive unit that travels over 10,000 miles each year in service of its 150 members. In 2006 Richardson was awarded the Drum Corps International Division II Director of the Year award.
Brandy DuBose is in her sixteenth year as Instructional Specialist Sr. and director and choreographer for the Arizona State University Sun Devil Color Guard. Brandy was born and raised in Texas, where she attended Texas State University-San Marcos as a Dance Performance major, and also taught the Bobcat Marching Band Color Guard and Millennia Independent Open Winterguard for 11 years. In Texas, she taught the Seguin High School color guard for 10 years, from 1995-2006. After moving to Arizona in May 2006, Brandy began working with ASU.
Brandy has served as Caption Head for other organizations such as Tarheel Sun, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps,The Blue Knights; as well as a member of the Colorguard staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. She marched in the Colorguard at Phantom Regiment as well as a member of the Nouveau (IA), Speakeasy (IA) and Ascension (IW) Winterguard programs. In addition to her involvement with ASU, she is currently the Director of Colorguard at Corona del Sol High School, Colorguard Liaison for the WGAZ indoor circuit and Director of Fenix Independent Winterguard. DuBose currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her loving family Wardell and Miles King.
Mellanie has been involved in color guard for 13 years. She was involved in color guard in high school and also marched with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. Mellanie marched winterguard with The Academy and was also a founding member of FeniX Independent Winterguard. She is currently teaching color guard at Mountain View High School in Mesa, FeniX Independent, and Arizona State University Colorguard.
Denise Hudson is in her fifteeth year as a faculty associate on the guard staff at Arizona State University. In addition to her work with the Sun Devil Marching Band, she is on staff with FeniX Independent, FeniX Independent Open Winterguards. Denise serves as circuit administrator for WGAZ. She is a proud member of the WGAZ Hall of Fame. Additionally, she served four years as WGAZ Judge’s Coordinator and equipment judge. Denise has attended several WGI symposiums on behalf of WGAZ where she continues to grow as an administrator. Prior to her appointment at Arizona State, she served on the band faculty at the University of Kansas. Her duties included coordination of the Colorguard Program for the Marching Jayhawks and Administrative Assistant for the Midwestern Summer Music Camp Series. She also was a staff member for the Sky Ryders Winterguard, Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment, Lawrence High School, and served as an adjudicator for JAMA and the Mid-Continent Colorguard Circuit receiving training under Shirley Dorrite, Beverly Brahan, George Olivero and Sal Adamo. Denise has served on the production staff for the Liberty Bowl and Alamo Bowl and has had students perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIX. She has served as choreographer and consultant to the Clondokin Youth Band in Dublin, Ireland.
Previous to her work at KU, Mrs. Hudson served for 11 years on the band staff at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos) where she coordinated the colorguard program and served as administrative assistant to the SWT Band Camps. She was also co-founder of the Millennia Winterguard and was very active as an officer in the Texas Colorguard Circuit. She also worked or consulted on numerous central Texas Band Staffs as well as the University of Nebraska and the 6 time Class A Bands of America Champion Oskaloosa High School. Denise is a graduate of William Penn University with a BSE in Secondary Education.
Her family includes her husband James, who is Director of Athletic Bands at Arizona State University and her son Aaron, who is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State with a double major in History and Anthropology.
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Originally from Iowa, Aaron was born into a band family. He was raised in Texas and later graduated from Free State High School in Lawrence, KS in 2005, where he began his own musical career. Soon after he joined the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005-2007 playing tuba, aging out as a DCI finalist and co-section leader. In 2009 he returned to the Colts to march in President Obama's a Inauguration Parade. Additionally, he has performed with numerous choral and instrumental groups from the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. Aaron was a member of the SDMB from 2006-2009, serving as Baritone Section Leader. An advocate for early jazz and its history, he joined the Dixie Devils program in 2010 on washboard percussion.
Aaron graduated from ASU in 2012, with a dual B.A. in History and Anthropology. During his time at ASU he was a student of many facets of U.S History including military, culture, and technology. His senior year he was selected as a featured writer in the Triple Helix Science and Society Review editions at ASU and Carnegie Mellon University.
Aaron has served on the visual staffs of many programs including Dobson HS (2008-2009), Clondalkin Youth Band (2010), SDMB (2010-2014), and Williams Field HS (2011-present). He has also worked in the background of WGAZ events for 4 years helping with Tabulation and Commentary. Aaron currently works for Barnes & Noble and has plans to return to school to pursue a teaching career. He is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and currently resides in Gilbert, AZ.
Bianca Caryl has been a dance teacher and Company Director at Desert Vista High School for 21 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance (awarded ASU “Outstanding BA Graduate in Dance 1994”), as well as a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from ASU. Under Ms. Caryl’s direction, Desert Vista Dance Company appeared in the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show starring Katy Perry and achieved five State Championship titles in the Large Group Jazz Division at the AZ State Cheerleading and Pom Tournaments (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020). Her experience includes: 30 years of teaching at local dance studios, regional and national-award winning choreographer, principal stage performer in the Super Bowl XXX Half-time show starring Diana Ross, choreographer of DVHS school musicals such as Cinderella, Grease, Guys and Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors.
Mrs. Caryl was a recipient of the Tempe Union H.S. District’s Governing Board Award of Excellence in 2008. She was also honored as the Tempe Union High School District 2017 “Teacher of the Year” at Tempe Diablos Awards for Excellence in Education. She feels that her proudest professional achievement has been seeing so many of her former students go on to dance in college and pursue careers in dance. Many of her former students are now working as dance teachers, coaches, performers on Broadway, with Disney, the Radio City Rockettes, commercial work in L.A. and as acclaimed choreographers.
Coach Caryl has been serving as the Arizona State University Spirit Squad Coordinator and Dance Coach since 2017. During her time here she has seen her team consistently place in the Top 5 at UDA College Dance Team Nationals in the Jazz1A Division (5th place 2018, 3rd place 2019, 3rd place 2020) and most recently made the transition into the Pom1A Division with a top 4 placement. Under Coach Caryl’s direction, the ASU Sun Devil Dance Team has also been named in the Top Collegiate Dance Teams in the country by two publications (Dance Spirit Magazine 2018 and College Magazine 2019) as well as being named 2019 Best Cheer and Dance Team of the Valley by the voters of Arizona Foothills Magazine.
Roberto Paz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He has performed with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Concord Blue Devils, winning three Drum Corps International World Championships. With the Blue Devils, Roberto was a part of the undefeated Fred Sanford High Percussion title. Roberto had the privilege of being section leader with the Blue Devils during their undefeated world championship season.
Roberto has performed with many groups such as the Arizona Cardinals Drumline, Boom Percussion Entertainment, Blue Devils Entertainment, and the Phoenix Suns Entertainment. With these groups, Roberto has performed at NBA events, Conferences, Trade Shows, and even NFL events that included Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIX.
Roberto is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Music Education. He was part of numerous ensembles at Arizona State which included the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Contemporary Percussion, Steel Pan Devils, Men's Chorus, and various other small ensembles. Roberto worked and studied under Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, Simone Mancuso, Dom Moio and Bill Sallak.
While attending Arizona State University, Roberto directed the percussion section for the Sun Devil Marching Band. He has been involved with this organization since 2007 and continues to arrange the percussion music for the Sun Devil Marching Band.
Roberto is professionally affiliated with Arizona Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Percussive Arts Society, and the Arizona Band Orchestra Directors Association. He is an active clinician and arranger throughout the country as well as endorsed as an artist by Lot Riot, Mapex Drums, Randall May International Stands and Carriers, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Roberto currently serves with the Arizona National Guard as a musician and recruiter. He also writes, teaches and coordinates for the Sun Devil Marching Band.