Mark Hourigan is the Director of Bands at Novi High School. He has held that position since 2002. Prior to his appointment to Novi High School, Mr. Hourigan taught in the Elkhart Community Schools (1990 – 1993) and the St. Joseph Public Schools (1993-1999). Mr. Hourigan oversees the entire Novi High School Band Program, which includes three concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, Novi Percussion winter drumline, 2 winter color guards, and the Wildcat Marching Band.
Mr. Hourigan has Bachelors (1990) and Masters Degree’s (2000) in Music from Western Michigan University. Mr. Hourigan is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University with Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Hourigan’s saxophone professors include Trent Kynaston, Kevin Burner and Donald Sinta. Mr. Hourigan has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Lake Michigan Symphony, the Livonia Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony, and was a founding member of the Lake Michigan Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Hourigan is a former Conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (1989) and was selected Outstanding Drum Major at the DCM and DCI World Championships.
Under the direction of Mr. Hourigan, the Novi Bands have received numerous superior ratings at District and State Festivals. The Wind Ensemble has earned the William D. Revelli Award in 2005 and 2007 as the Top Performing Ensemble at the Festivals of Music in New York City (2005) and Boston (2007). The Wildcat Marching Band is a consistent MCBA State Finalist and has also been a Bands of America Regional Finalist (2003).
Mr. Hourigan is a member of Music Educators National Conference, MSBOA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honors Society, and was elected the American School Band Directors Association in 2007.
John T. Madden is Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of the Spartan Marching Band, the Spartan Brass and the Concert Band at the Michigan State University School of Music. He guest conducts the MSU Campus Band, the Wind Symphony and the Chamber Winds.
John received a Bachelor of Music from MSU, and a Master of Music Education from Wichita State University. He teaches courses in Conducting and Marching Band Techniques. John is former Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University, and a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Big Ten Band Directors Association.
John was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He was also on staff of the Regiment and is an in-demand clinician and adjudicator worldwide.
Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at The University of Akron, Galen Karriker conducts the Concert Band, directs both the Zips Marching Band and the Blue & Gold Brass, and teaches courses in conducting and marching band techniques.
A native of Lake Charles, LA, Galen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and his Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. From 1994 to 1999, he served as Assistant Director of the Marching Band and conductor of the University Band at The University of Wisconsin.
Galen writes much of the music performed by The University of Akron Marching Band and the Blue & Gold Brass Band. He remains active as a band and percussion clinician and adjudicator, and currently holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Music Education Association, Percussive Arts Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary member ’93).
Galen has instructed and arranged for several high school and college bands in Louisiana and Michigan. Galen was a snare drummer in the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and concluded his marching career as an award-winning conductor for the Regiment in 1990 and 1991.
Will Schulze marched with the Phantom Regiment as a trumpet player during the 2005, 2007, and 2008 seasons. He was a part of the visual staff with the Phantom Regiment from 2010-2012. Previously, he was the band and orchestra director at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana for 5 years. He now focuses solely on visual instruction and design for the marching arts. He is an active teacher and designer in the southern Indiana area and works with a number of local schools.
Schulze grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied music education and jazz studies.
Will lives in Evansville with his girlfriend, Larysa Euteneuer, whom he met in the 2008 Phantom Regiment. Larysa marched in the guard from 2008-2011 and is now on the Regiment guard staff.
William Pitts is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up in Carrollton, Georgia, Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. He has completed graduate study in Music at North Georgia University and the University of Michigan.
Pitts currently serves as the Brass Arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. As a member of the corps, Pitts served as a Conductor for three years (2005, 2007-2008). He was a finalist for DCI’s Jim Jones Leadership Award all three years. In 2008, the Regiment took first place honors as World Champions at the Drum Corps International Finals. Will was also honored as Regiment’s 2008 Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year. In addition to his current role, he has also served on Regiment’s management staff, and as the Brass Arranger and Composer for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
Pitts is active as a music designer, adjudicator, and instructor for high school band programs throughout the country. Marching ensembles performing his arrangements have been recognized as State Marching Band Finalists and Champions, along with Bands of America Regional Finalists, Regional Champions, and Grand National Finalists. His concert compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed across the world. He has written works for and been commissioned by the University of North Texas, the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, Wake Forest University, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble, the Vega String Quartet, the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, the Northwinds Symphonic Band, french hornist J.D. Shaw, tubist Christian Carichner, and numerous other high school and collegiate wind and chamber ensembles. He has also served as a production consultant and talent for Tom Blair, Inc., Drum Corps International, and MTV. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Foundation.
As a music educator, Pitts has served on the faculties of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, and Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in instrumental music, conducting, and music theory.
Bret is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree where he studied percussion with Dan Peterson.
Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently Caption Head and Battery Arranger with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret is also adjunct faculty at Vandercook College of Music, Northern Illinois University and Prospect High School.
Bret is very active as an arranger for various high school and universities through out the US and Japan. To name a few BOA finalists they would include former percussion arranger for LD Bell High School(2006-2009) and Broken Arrow High School 2012. He also arranges for Northern Illinois University and The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan.
Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP. He travels extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion.
William Petersen received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University and his master’s degree in conducting from Michigan State University.
He began his marching career with the Phantom Regiment Cadet Corps in 1979 and eventually became Drum Major of The Phantom Regiment in 1982. He continued his performance career in drum corps playing baritone in The Concord Blue Devils from 1985-1987. While in his 20s he wrote numerous drills and visual designs for high school and college bands across the country. In 1993 he joined the brass staff of the Phantom Regiment as the low brass instructor and he was the Brass Caption Head from 1994-2000. In addition, he served as the Associate Program Coordinator from 1995-1998, and the Program Coordinator from 1999-2001 for The Phantom Regiment.
As a trombonist, he has performed with notable artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Mel Torme and currently he is the principal trombonist with the Rockford Wind Ensemble. He is the recipient of a Downbeat Award for Best Big Band Recording in 1989, and his brass ensembles regularly won best performance awards and critical acclaim while he taught the Phantom Regiment.
Currently, Mr. Petersen is the Instructional Leader for K-12 Music in Illinois School District #145 and the Director of Bands at Freeport High School. In addition, he is the Principal Trombonist with the Rockford Wind Ensemble and has a private teaching studio for brass in his home in Freeport Illinois. Also, Mr. Petersen is the Director of the Highland College Big Band and is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rockford Wind Ensemble Summer “Music In the Park” Series which is held at the Sinnissippi Park Band Shell in the heart of Rockford Illinois.
Christian Carichner is currently Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Iowa State University. Previously, Christian has been Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Central Arkansas, and Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at Northern Arizona University. Holding degrees from Ithaca College and Arizona State University, Christian is an accomplished performer, educator, and artist. Christian has performed or taught in 47 different states and 12 countries across the globe. Recently, he was a featured performer at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and has presented clinics at several regional workshops across the country. Christian has also performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Tampa Tradewinds, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Pinnacle Brass, Rhythm and Brass, Proteus 7, Salt River Brass, and has performed with the national tour of the hit Broadway musical Chicago. Christian is also very active in the marching music world. Since 2012, he has served as Brass Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment, a Drum Corps International World Champion organization. He also spent 2006 with The Regiment before becoming Caption Head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, leading their brass in the transition to Division I DCI competition from 2007-2011. For the last several years he has served as a wind instructor for Aimachi Marching Band, from Nagoya, Japan. He also composes, designs, and arranges music for chamber groups and marching bands across the country. An active clinician and adjudicator, Christian has worked with a wide range of public school and collegiate ensembles. Christian is an advocate for the incorporation of arts entrepreneurship in collegiate arts curriculum, where he believes that in today’s increasingly competitive arts field, an artist must possess the skills necessary to design and implement their own career.