Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce our 2018 Caption Heads.
Brass Caption Head: Rusty Briel
Charles Russel “Rusty” Briel has been professionally involved in music education for 38 years, serving for 15 of those years as Executive Director of the Indiana State School Music Association. Rusty joined Arsenal’s Instructional staff midway through the season last year and made great strides in improving ensemble cohesion and musicality throughout Arsenal’s brass section. His experience with both marching and concert ensembles has been invaluable, and his approach to teaching at Arsenal has been to provide students with skills that are not only appropriate for the marching field, but for the concert hall as well.
Battery Caption Head: Tino Leyba
Valentino “Tino” Leyba will be returning to Arsenal for the 2018 season and assuming the role of Battery Caption Head, a role he had previously shared with Will Kramer. A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Tino primarily works with the Onate Royal Knight Regiment marching band and percussion studio. His teaching philosophy and methods were the driving force behind the growth and development of Arsenal’s percussion section during our first year and we anticipate even greater achievement in the upcoming season.
Color Guard Caption Head: Edwin Parker-McConnell
Heading up Arsenal’s new color guard caption is Edwin Parker-McConnell. Edwin is an Albuquerque native, holding a degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico. In addition to serving as the Associate Director of Bands at La Cueva High School, Edwin is also the Color Guard Director at La Cueva and also works 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.
Front Ensemble Caption Head: Will Kramer
Will Kramer will be returning to Arsenal for the 2018 season and assuming the role of Front Ensemble Caption Head, transitioning from his previous role as Battery Co-Caption Head. In addition to heading Arsenal’s new Front Ensemble Caption, Will will also be serving as the percussion arranger for the 2018 season, writing both the battery and front ensemble books. His writing for the 2017 season challenged the line to achieve the maximum amount of musicality possible within the scope of a SoundSport production, and included a number alternative textures through the use of brushes and modified drumsticks.
Visual Caption Head: Ziggy Garcia
Reprising his role from last season, Ziggy will once again be leading Arsenal’s visual caption in 2018. His basics-centered approach led Arsenal’s members -some of which had never marched before- to high levels of achievement in 2017, and allowed students to return to their home programs as stronger marchers. A professional trumpet player and salsa dancer, Ziggy brings a wide range of experience to the table and will additionally be serving as a member of Arsenal’s Design Team.
For more in-depth biographies of our caption heads and for additional information on our staff, please visit our staff page.