Adjunct Staff

  • Cutler Boughn, Percussion Instructor

    Cutler Boughn grew up in Salem, Oregon and was a percussionist with the Grammy-Award winning Sprague High School music program (National Grammy Signature School), where he performed in ensembles within the band, choir and orchestra programs.  Cutler had the honor of performing with the Sprague High School Wind Ensemble at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, in Chicago, and was also selected to perform in the Oregon All State Symphonic Band and Oregon All State Jazz Band. 

    Cutler has been a marching member and staff member within WGI and DCI and as an orchestral/concert percussionist has performed with professional ensembles throughout Oregon, Washington and Arizona.  Cutler is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and has studied percussion with Charles Dowd; University of Oregon, Micah Brusse; Concord Blue Devils & University of Oregon, Dr. Robert Brudvig; Oregon State University, and Dr. Douglas Nottingham, Glendale Community College

    Cutler is on staff with the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band, primarily focusing on the marching bass drum & battery sections.  Cutler is also the Percussion Director for Peoria High School where he coordinates the percussion program; a position he has held for 12 years.  Cutler is the Executive Director of the current WGI Percussion Finalist, Breakthrough Indoor Percussion; a position he has held for 7 years.  He currently serves as the Battery Arranger for the Idaho State University Marching Band.

    Cutler currently resides in Phoenix with his wife Ashley, and his 1-month old daughter, Sawyer.

  • Bianca Caryl, Director of the Dance Team/Spirit Leader

  • Chris Ramirez, Percussion Instructor

    Chris Ramirez is a graduate of Maryvale High School and has lived in West Phoenix most of his life. He began teaching at Maryvale High School and soon branched out to other west valley schools such as Peoria and Pinnacle High School. Chris has also been on staff with Independent A Western champion Pinnacle Percussion Systems and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps as a cymbal and visual tech. As a performer, Chris has marched with The Academy, Sun Devil Marching Band, Breakthrough Indoor Percussion, and ASU World Percussion. He is currently on the percussion staff at Basha High School and the Visual Caption Head/Drill writer at Thunderbird High School. This is his 6th year instructing high school students and second with sun devil percussion. He has also spent the last five years proudly serving the United States Marine Corps.

  • Bryan Hummel, Percussion Instructor

    Bryan Hummel received a Bachelors of Music Education as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Percussion Performance from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 2014. In Iowa, Hummel built a career teaching drumlines, percussion ensembles, and private percussion students; as well as composing and arranging, having had works performed at multiple national conferences. He has appeared several times at the Iowa Bandmasters Conference first as an arranger in 2011, then again as a featured soloist in 2013, and was a featured composer/performer at the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop with the Drake University Trombone Choir.  Hummel tours semi-regularly with colleagues, performing modern chamber works, having completed a Midwest tour in Spring ’15, Hummel is now preparing for tours through Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. In Phoenix, Bryan has taught the front ensemble at Arizona State University for the Sun Devil Marching Band and assisted with spring Sun Devil basketball band since 2014 and coordinated Samba Del Sol, with the appreciated help of Joseph Goglia since its inception in 2015. Hummel also instructs front ensembles at Millenium High School, Coronado High School, and Desert Mountain High School. Additionally, he is a regular clinician for schools in the Phoenix in the areas of marching and classical percussion. Hummel is a free-lance athletic bands and percussion arranger assisting in writing the front ensemble music for the Sun Devil Marching Band. Bryan is pursuing Master’s Degree in classical percussion performance where, in the musical school, he performs with large ensembles, instructs private undergraduate lessons, and teaches the percussion methods for education majors course.

  • Aaron Hudson, Dixie Devils Instructor

    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.

  • Mark Richardson, Hornline Instructor

    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.

  • Dwayne Burns, Coach for the Spirit Leader

    Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. Graduated Arizona Summit Law School in 2.5 years, Passed the Arizona Bar (July 2015). Was a member of Arizona Summit Law school Law Review, mediation clinic, and Trial Advocacy Club. 

     Was a member of Arizona State University Cheer team from 2003 - 2006. Coached the world bound level 5 teams at Desert Storm Elite in Scottsdale, AZ from 2004-2011. Was a member of Desert Storm Elite international and  college coed worlds bound team. 

    Coached at Desert Mountain High School as the Varsity Head coach for 5 years. In 5 years Desert Mountain Varsity Cheer brought home 3 all around state championships, 8 1st place AIA All girl stunt titles and 6 AIA  show cheer titles. Placed Top 10 at UCA high school nationals, and top 3 at USA nationals, were Grand champions at UCA West Coast.

  • Dana Mandell, Hornline Instructor

    Dana Mandell is a graduate student at Arizona State University pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Education. She has spent the past four years teaching elementary music in public schools in New Jersey. Dana earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she marched in the UMass Minuteman Marching Band. Dana has performed and taught all over the United States and in Europe as a  concert French hornist and has performed with a variety of orchestral, wind, and chamber ensembles. She is currently studying as a member of the horn studio at ASU. 

    Dana's experience in the marching arts is extensive. She has taught many different marching bands over the past 8 years, most notably the University of New Haven Chargers (CT), South Brunswick High School (NJ), and Woodbridge High School (NJ). She has also been a visual staff member for several drum and bugle corps in recent years, including the Cadets2 (DCA), Bushwackers (DCA), and Raiders (DCI). As a marching member, Dana played mellophone with Carolina Crown (2007) and The Cadets (2008-2009). Dana is thrilled to be a staff member for the Sun Devil Marching Band at ASU. 

  • Roberto Paz, Percussion Instructor

    Roberto Paz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He has an extended amount of experience with Drum and Bugle Corps. He has performed with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Concord Blue Devils. Roberto had the privilege of being section leader with the Blue Devils during their undefeated world championship. 

    Roberto has performed with many groups such as the Blue Devils Entertainment, Phoenix Suns Entertainment, and Cardinals Drumline. With these groups, Roberto has performed at NBA events, NFL events including Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIX.

    Roberto Paz is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Music Education. He was a 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. 

    Roberto is professionally affiliated with Arizona Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Percussive Arts Society, and Arizona Band Orchestra Directors Association. He is an active clinician and arranger throughout the country as well as endorsed by Remo Drumheads and Mapex drums as an education artist. Roberto currently writes, teaches and coordinates for the Sun Devil Marching Band as well as the Director of Bands at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa.

  • Brandy DuBose, Instructional Specialist & Director of Colorguard

    Brandy DuBose is in her tenth year as 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.

    DuBose is currently the Director for the World Class Fenix Independent Winterguard, and the Caption Head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado.  Brandy has served as Caption Head for other organizations such as Tarheel Sun and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, 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, Highland High School and Colorguard Liaison for the WGAZ circuit.  DuBose currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her loving family Wardell and Miles King.

  • Mellanie Risch, Colorguard Instructor

    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, Colorguard Instructor

    Denise Hudson is in her tenth 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 A, Co-Caption Head for Gilbert Black, Gilbert Gold and Gilbert Regional Winterguards, and the Gilbert Tiger Pride marching band. Denise serves as circuit administrator and treasurer 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 and judge.  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.

  • Brian McCormack, Colorguard Instructor

    Brian McCormack is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Brian is a choreographer, designer, and manufacturer for the Arizona State University Marching Band and Colorguard.  He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a focus in Graphic Design and Elementary Education. His performance background includes The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois and The Company Winterguard from Tampa, Florida. Brian is the owner of Aggressive Concept and Design which provides custom designed products to performance groups across the country. His client list includes groups like the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band, Fenix Independent, The Academy, Rancho Bernardo HS, Ayala HS, and Fantasia Winterguard. In his free time he likes to tinker around the house and spend way too time spoiling his dogs Sydney, Lola, and Maximus.

  • Karen Husted, Twirling

    Karen (Hornbrook) Husted is an Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University. Karen twirled competitively and is a former NBTA Arizona State Twirling Champion and Miss Majorette of Arizona. Karen’s professional twirling honors include the NBTA Regional “Westy” for Professional Excellence, the Calvin Murphy Award for Dedication to the Development of Twirling and membership in the charter class of the National Baton Twirling Hall of Fame. In addition to instructing many twirling champions throughout her career, Karen is a certified NBTA judge and has officiated at numerous state, regional and national baton twirling competitions. Karen resids in Pine, Arizona with her husband Dean Husted.

  • Liza Noriega, Colorguard Movement Instructor

    Born in New York, Liza Noriega migrated to Arizona in 1982.  After graduation high school, she began her colorguard career by starting the colorguard program at Coronado High School.  She is celebrating her 30 year career as a choreographer, clinician, and performance coach throughout Arizona and Southern California.  Liza's drum corps and winterguard experience began with Arizona Sun and continued with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and "The Academy Winterguard."  Since then, she has continued to develop "The Academy Summer & Winter Youth Guard," "ASU Colorguard," and "FeniX independent World winterguard." She continues to be the director of Dance and Colorguard at Desert Mountain High School.  Serving as the Performing Arts Department Chair, she has developed an Arizona Chapter for National Honors Dance, created a performing dance company, "Desert Dance Company," and has earned numerous scholarships and Educators Awards through the National Dance Educators Association.  In 2010, she was selected as the Charros Educator of the Year.  Liza received her Associates Degree at Scottsdale Community College, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Arizona State and her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership through Northern Arizona University.  For 24 years, Liza is happily married to her husband Phillip and has 3 beautiful children and daughter in law.  All of her children are involved in the Arts and are proud that their mom is still cool!

  • San Pilafian, Hornline Instructor

    Sam Pilafian, Professor in Practice at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, and tubist of the Boston Brass, is perhaps best known as a founding
    member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet (1971-1993). He has also recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Pink Floyd. As a solo jazz artist, Sam has recorded fifteen CDs. His long career has earned him an Emmy® for Excellence in Instructional Video Production, the Walt Disney Award for Imagination and Innovation in Design, the Walter Naumberg Chamber Music Award, the Harvard Music Association Prize, the University of Miami's Distinguished Alumni Award, the Brevard Music Center Distinguished Alumni Award, the Robert Trotter Visiting Professorship at the University of Oregon and the annual Outstanding Teacher Award from the Arizona State University. As an arranger, composer and recording producer, Sam has recently produced and written for Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), the Boston Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Academy (of Drum Corp International), and the United States Air Force Band. Sam is the coauthor with Patrick Sheridan of the best selling pedagogy texts and DVD’s “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym”. Professor Pilafian previously served for over forty years on the faculties of Boston University, the Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University.