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.
Valentino "Tino" Leyba
Battery Caption Head
A Graduate of WNMU with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, Valentino has studied with educators Jeff Ausdemore, Fred Bugbee, and James Carey. He is currently director of percussion at Oñate High School in Las Cruces, NM where he maintains an extensive percussion studio. His students consistently maintain a high standard of excellence in the percussion world with several participating in All-State and honor groups each year.
Will Kramer
Front Ensemble 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

Tyler North
Brass Arranger
Tyler North is currently in his fifteenth year as a band director at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. North graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where he had the privilege of studying with Mr. Lyle Dilley, Dr. David Wilborn, Mr. Frank Mantooth and Dr. Michael Robinson. Mr. North continued his study of music education at the University of New Mexico, earning a Master of Music (with a concentration in Music Education) and studying primarily with Dr. Bruce Dalby and Mr. Eric Rombach-Kendall. Mr. North lives with his wife and fellow music educator (Jean) along with their Labrador retriever (Nana).
Daniel Sault
Drill Writer
Daniel Sault is currently studying music education at the University of New Mexico and is an experienced marching band performer and instructor, having marched in high school in Sandia’s Matador Marching Band and in college in UNM’s Spirit Marching Band, serving as drum major for both ensembles during his time with them. He has taught every aspect of the marching arts, including music, marching fundamentals, drill acquisition, etc. with the Sandia High School bands, the West Mesa High School bands, and the Eldorado High School Bands.