Instructional Staff

Rusty Briel
Brass Caption Head
Charles Russell "Rusty" Briel has been professionally involved in music education for 38 years. During this time Rusty has worked with many marching and concert bands of varying size and experience levels. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of the Indiana State School Music Association, Rusty was on the staff at Center Grove High School where he served as the Director of Orchestras and on the Brass and Visual Staff of the Trojan Marching Band. Throughout his 15 year tenure as the Executive Director of ISSMA, Rusty became actively involved in the adjudication process and the training of judges for performance evaluation. Beyond his role as an educator, he has also been a performer in several Symphony Orchestras, Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and Chamber Ensembles. He is currently active as a member of the Albuquerque Concert Band and the Ambush Trombone Ensemble, and teaches at Manual School in Albuquerque.
Ziggy Garcia
Visual Caption Head
Formerly of El Paso, Texas, Ziggy has been teaching, designing shows and teaching brass for over 15 year. Ziggy is a freelance trumpet player, professional salsa dancer/instructor as well as an avid disc golfer. He is currently both visual and brass caption head at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He marched two years with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he was also a soloist, and most recently worked on visual staff with the Blue Stars and the Colts.
Edwin Parker-McConnell
Color Guard Caption Head
Edwin Parker-McConnell is a New Mexico based music educator, colorguard instructor, choreographer, and consultant with over eight years of experience in the teaching field. His degree in Music Education is from the University of New Mexico. He has taught and written for various schools within the southwestern states, and has also written for Republic High School of Missouri. He experienced drum corps in 2010 with the Troopers, which proved to be an invaluable learning experience. Currently, Edwin resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the Associate Director of Bands and Color Guard Director at La Cueva High School, as well as a guard instructor for the University of New Mexico. Edwin believes that guard is not just about the competition, choreography, and other tangible elements that come along with it. It’s also about the passion, joy, and love that one develops for doing the activity that makes it so wonderful. This is at the foundation of all of his teaching.
Will Kramer
Percussion Caption Head
William Kramer received his Bachelors of Music Performance in Percussion from the University of New Mexico and is currently pursuing his K-12 Music Education teaching licensure in the state of New Mexico. He has taught marching percussion at Rio Rancho High School for three and a half years and just started teaching percussion at West Mesa High School. He spent three years with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Trey Ortega
Percussion Tech
Trey Ortega is currently a sophomore at the University of New Mexico and is pursuing his degree in music education. Trey is currently a Co-Director of Percussion at La Cueva High School; a position he has held since 2014. He marched with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mark Gallegos
Percussion Tech
Mark Gallegos is currently a sophomore at the University of New Mexico and is pursuing his degree in music education. Mark is currently a Co-Director of Percussion at La Cueva High School alongside Trey Ortega; a position they have shared since 2014.

Design Staff

Chris Johnston
Visual Designer
Chris is currently the music teacher at Jo Byrns Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a degree in music education. Chris marched with the Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps as a trumpet soloist in 2005. He then joined the Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) in 2006 and marched through the corps' 2008 World Championship season as a soloist and section leader. From 2012-2016, Chris had the distinct honor of performing as a soloist and lead trumpet player for the 10-time defending DCA Mini Corps Champions, Star United Drum & Bugle Corps (Indianapolis, IN). Chris maintains an extremely active schedule as an adjudicator, designer, and clinician in the southeastern United States. As a program coordinator and co-drill writer, Chris helps guide the design and instructional process for the WGI Open Class Finalist, Audio Theater and has also worked with the WGI World Class Finalist, Palmetto Percussion. Chris has worked with drum corps such as the Academy, Memphis Sound, Music City, the Colts, and currently serves as the Assistant Visual Caption Supervisor for The Cadets. Chris is thrilled to be joining the design team for Arsenal Drum Corps, as a co-drill writer for the 2018 DCI season. Chris is an alumni member of the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Mu Alpha (Theta Tau ’05). He also holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.
Andrew Gaskill
Visual Designer
Andrew graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2008, earning his Bachelors of Science in Music Education Summa Cum Laude. In 2011, he completed his Master's in Instrumental Conducting, with honor, from APSU. He was principal euphonium of the Wind Ensemble, drum major of the Governors Own Marching Band, and president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's music fraternity. He currently holds memberships in the Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, The National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association and International Tuba Euphonium Association. Since 2011 he has served as director of bands at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. The band was recognized in 2016 as the Class III Open Southern States Champion at USBands and the recipient of the Cadets Award of Excellence for Outstanding General Effect. In 2014 he was recognized as the State of Tennessee's "Most Distinguished New Educator." As a performer, Andrew played euphonium with Phantom Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He performed with the 10-time DCA Champion Star United based out of Indianapolis, IN from 2011 to 2016. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Clarksville Youth Performing Arts Association, a non-profit music association that operates Audio Theater, a WGI Percussion Independent Open ensemble. He serves as the ensemble's director and as a designer. He stays active as a designer and clinician for bands and indoor programs throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. As an educator, he has previously taught with Spirit, Music City Legend as Co-Visual Caption Head, Visual Caption Head for Music City Drum Corps in 2014, visual staff for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 and just completed the 2017 season with The Cadets. Andrew is thrilled to be joining the design team for Arsenal Drum Corps, as a co-drill writer for the 2018 DCI season.
Bill Spencer-Pierce
Brass Arranger
Best known as arranger and consultant to marching band programs, Spencer-Pierce has served some seventy school districts, having written hundreds of band arrangements for groups of all ability levels and sizes. His writing is informed by thirty years of classroom teaching in instrumental and vocal music in Indiana and California, and his book “Marching Band Arranging” has become a useful reference for new generations of writers. Spencer-Pierce’s output includes work for concert band, instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble, and, most recently, “Soundsport” projects. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Indiana University School of Music, and a Master of Arts from Ball State University, where he served as arranger and teaching assistant in the Department of Bands. A Theatre minor at IU, he has directed dozens of plays, musicals, and musical revues in school, civic, and summer stock productions. Since 2005, Spencer-Pierce has served as Director of Vocal Music and Musical Theatre at Salem High School, Salem, Indiana.

Visual Staff

Ziggy Garcia
Visual Caption Head
Formerly of El Paso, Texas, Ziggy has been teaching, designing shows and teaching brass for over 15 year. Ziggy is a freelance trumpet player, professional salsa dancer/instructor as well as an avid disc golfer. He is currently both visual and brass caption head at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He marched two years with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he was also a soloist, and most recently worked on visual staff with the Blue Stars and the Colts.
Eric Benton
Visual Tech
Eric Benton is currently a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education and Tuba Performance. Eric is currently a Visual and Music tech at Clovis High School where he is an alumnus, as well as a Visual tech at Portales High School. Eric marched Contra with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016.
Phillip Rodriguez
Visual Tech
Born and raiser in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Phillip has been involved in music and marching since his freshman year of high school. Since then, Phillip has performed with several different music ensembles, including solo performances. He has marched with the UNM Spirit Marching Band in addition to the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Phillip is currently on the visual staff at Volcano Vista High School where he works with Ziggy Garcia.