Asteria Winds 2019 Staff
Oct 5, 2018 12:53 PM (Submitted by: Layn Pieratt)

Asteria Winds is pleased to announce its staff for the 2019 Season. For information on auditioning for Asteria Winds, please visit: Asteria Winds Audition Information

Layn Pieratt- Director

Layn Pieratt is an educator, performer, and artist with a variety of experience in multiple arts. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Indianapolis, where she was principal trumpet of the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. She also had a diverse student-teaching experience while there, teaching with Matthew Harloff and the 3-time Grand National Champions, Avon High School, and also with David Ebersole at Crispus Attucks in downtown Indianapolis.

In the marching world, Layn has spent time with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps as a trumpet player, mellophone player, drum major, and administrative staff member. She was a member of the Miami University Marching Band lead trumpet section for three years, spending her last year as a trumpet section leader. She also assisted INOV8 Winter Percussion during the 2016-2017 season, collecting media and helping the administrative team. As a designer, she has composed music for piano, choir, and band. She has also written drill for several marching bands, including East Central High School and Jennings County High School.

She also has notable experience outside of the band world including 18 years as a pianist, 12 years of dance instruction, 11 years of choir participation, and extensive acting experience. She is also the current Director of Music at First Christian Church, composing and directing music for choir, piano, organ, and bell choir.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Design and Production at Indiana University.

Abby Rutledge- Director of Operations

Abby Rutledge is an administrator for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Business Design and Arts Leadership from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She spent the last two DCI seasons on tour with the Blue Stars and will be returning to continue her administrative work with the corps for the 2019 season. During the 2017 season Abby managed on-tour finances and returned in 2018 to work alongside Corps Director, Dr. Russell Gavin, to gain knowledge and experience in day-to-day operations of a successful world-class organization.

During the off-season Abby works as a visual technician for the Lafayette High School Marching Band (Lexington, KY) and is currently exploring the world of drill and show design. When she isn't immersed in the performing arts, Abby spends time playing with her puppy at the dog park, planning road trips to visits friends and family, and reading a wide genre of books and articles. As a past performer and current educator and administrator, Abby believes the performing arts has the ability to influence responsibility, professionalism, creativity, and camaraderie amongst membership and to give administrative and educational staff a unique opportunity to become lifelong-learners in their craft.

Melissa Primavera- Visual Design/Consultant

Melissa Primavera is the assistant Band Director at Manor New Technology Middle School. Melissa earned a bachelor's degree in music education from New Mexico State University and a master's degree in music performance from Illinois State University. She has 10 years of teaching experience ranging from individual music lessons to coaching chamber groups, instructing pep bands, marching bands, and drum and bugle corps. Melissa was a member of the Blue Knights and had the pleasure of team teaching with the Blue Stars, Oregon Crusaders, and Battalion.

Melissa's performance history includes traveling with Ivanhoe Brass to entertain at renaissance festivals and touring Japan with an all female stage show, Odyssey. She was also a cast member (performing tenor trombone, bass trombone, marching baritone, and euphonium) in the Tony and Emmy Award winning broadway show Blast!

Kathy Spangler- Director of Music Design

Kathy Spangler currently serves as the Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music, and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Marian University. She came to Marian University in July 2017 from the very successful Triton Central High School band program.

Under her direction the TC bands were a three time ISSMA marching band state finalist, earned consistent Gold ratings in concert band and jazz band, were Indoor Percussion Ensemble State Champions, and qualified for the ISSMA All Music Award each year. During her twenty years as a high school band director, she spent nearly half of those teaching in the inner city and she was able to grow the highly successful Shortridge Magnet High School band program. During her career teaching music in Indiana, Ms. Spangler has performed professionally across the country with the Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet and has been a clinician and guest conductor throughout the area several times. She also served as the Visual Caption Head for the Indianapolis Ignition. Ms. Spangler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Butler University in 1998 and 2002, respectively. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Music Education at Ball State University.

Ms. Spangler is a member of the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet, Pi Kappa Lambda, Indiana Bandmasters Association, IMEA, CBDNA, and NAfME. She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Marian University cNAfME chapter.

Shawn Goodman- Woodwind Caption Head

Musician, educator, and clinician, Shawn Goodman, is a University Supervisor and Associate Instructor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (IU) where she is also completing coursework towards a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Pedagogy and a saxophone specialization area. Before becoming a University Supervisor, she taught the Woodwind Techniques course at IU. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she teaches clarinet, flute, and music theory, and at Marian University Indianapolis, where she teaches clarinet and saxophone. Previously, Shawn served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at the Butler University School of Music where she taught clarinet, woodwind techniques, and chamber ensemble, and was a University Supervisor for Butler University's College of Education.

Shawn was the clarinet clinician for the Music for All (MFA) National Festival presented by Yamaha in 2015 and 2017, and for MFA's Summer Symposium in 2015, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist. Shawn placed runner-up in the Sisters-in-Jazz International Collegiate Competition in 2000. She released Not Benny's Goodman in September 2013 and is featured on the Wave Mechanics Union albums. She presents practitioner clinics on jazz and clarinet pedagogy regularly to educators at various state conventions and universities. She will be presenting a research paper at the 2019 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference.

Shawn holds a BM in Music Education from the University of Indianapolis and an MM in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music. Shawn attended Center Grove High School and was a member of the CGHS marching band when they won the 1995 BOA Grand National Championships. She is the Conductor, Founder, and President of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis ( and maintains an active career performing jazz as a soloist with concert bands, orchestras, big bands, and small groups. Shawn Goodman plays Yamaha clarinets and saxophones exclusively.

Briana Engelbert Vogt- Brass Caption Head

Briana Engelbert Vogt is excited to share her musical experiences to inspire the next generation of young adults not just to be great musicians, but to also be great human beings. Mrs. Vogt holds degrees from Tennessee Tech (BME) and Indiana University (MM and MME), where she studied with R. Winston Morris and Dan Perantoni. Briana is currently the Co-Director of Bands at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN.

As a musician, Briana has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Schermerhorn, toured two continents, and has been a soloist with the IU Wind Ensemble, TTU Tuba Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. She can be heard on the published recording, Evolutions, where she was praised for her sophisticated tone, technical precision, and lively expressiveness. Briana's accolades include winning the 2015 IU Brass Concerto Competition and the 2010 DCI Ensemble Competition.

Mrs. Vogt is a member of NAfME, TMEA, and ITEA; Briana credits her early interest in education to her mentors, Greg Bimm, Bobby Lambert, Dan Perantoni, Winston Morris, and Kristen Engelbert. She enjoys camping with her husband (Austin) and dog (Percy), and eating all of the pizza.

Karen Cole- Percussion Caption Head

Karen Cole has a bachelor's in music education with a percussion emphasis from Illinois State University and has spent 20 years educating youth in Illinois and Indiana. While in college, she participated in the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, and was principal percussionist for the Wind Symphony. She also spent several summers teaching and assisting with the ISU Junior High Band Camp, the Bands of America Summer Symposium, and toured with the Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps in their front ensemble. Her student teaching was under Robert Sheldon, renowned composer, clinician, and director.

Karen has also instructed and written for many groups in the state of Illinois including the Illinois State University drumline, and the Normal Community West High School pit who was a semi-finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Now, residing in Indiana, she has worked with such groups as NorthWood HS, Lawrence North HS, Hamilton Southeastern HS, and Bloomington HS North helping them to achieve concert gold ratings, ISSMA marching band finals, Indiana Percussion Association medalists, Mid-States Band Association runner-up, and Bands of America Semi-Finals.

Spending two summers on the road with the Cincinnati Glory Drum & Bugle Corps, Karen wrote and taught for the front ensemble. Karen has also been front ensemble instructor & writer, percussion caption head, and program director for the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps in Racine, WI. She was a participating instructor at the Performing Arts Institute in Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Indiana. Karen helped start the Redhawk Drumline, a grades 5-8 drumline for Sidener Academy in Indianapolis. She has worked with educators and artists such as David Collier, Kevin Lepper, James Campbell, Bret Kuhn, Toby Orgeron, Joe Kurzi, John Bixby, Michael Coers, Bruce McConnell, Alan Frye, David Schurger, and Ben Phelps, Ben Handel, and Danny Walsh.

Karen performs with the Fisher's Wind Symphony, the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphonic Band. She regularly adjudicates for the Indiana State School Music Association and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. Currently, she is the front ensemble instructor for the Marian University Marching Knights and for Knight Star Winter Percussion in Indianapolis. She also instructs the front ensemble and assists with winter percussion at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana.

Christina Duffy- Dance and Movement Specialist

Christina Duffy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Education graduate degree, both from Truman State University. While an undergraduate, she studied euphonium for four years under Steven Seward, the principal tuba for the Kansas City Symphony. She was the principal euphonium player for both Truman State University's Brass Choir and top Wind Symphony and currently is the principal euphonium for the Quincy Concert Band. Duffy is the Director of Bands for 4th - 12th grade at Liberty Junior High and Senior High School in Liberty, Illinois in addition to being an adjunct trumpet and euphonium professor at Quincy University.

As a performer, Christina marched euphonium at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and was the baritone/euphonium section leader in 2013. After interning at the Drum Corps International headquarters during the 2015 season, she aged out playing euphonium and trombone with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016, during which they became the DCI World Champions for the first time in the corps' history. Outside of music, Christina has trained in classical dance since she was three years old and spent five years as a classical dance instructor and choreographer at Melody's School of Dance in Kirksville, Missouri, She was on a collegiate swing dance team for three years, during which the team placed second at a regional dance competition with her choreography. She has been on the visual team for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for the the past two seasons and is looking forward to Asteria's first season!

Natalia Sanchez- Fitness Coordinator & General Teacher

Natalia is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree at Indiana University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in clarinet performance and a minor in Spanish from Indiana University.

Natalia actively teaches and performs throughout the Bloomington, Indiana area. She served as an Associate Instructor for Indiana University's music education department from 2016 to 2018, during which time she taught and coordinated music classes for elementary education undergraduates. From 2017 to 2018, Natalia was a woodwind instructor and visual staff member for the Eastern Greene High School marching band, and she has also worked with their concert bands. She currently teaches woodwinds for the Edgewood High School marching band. Natalia also assists the concert and marching bands at Bloomington High School North, where she is working and studying as a student teacher.

Amber Fox- Percussion Technician / Administration

Amber Fox holds a Music Business degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been involved in a wide range of percussion activities including collegiate percussion ensembles, symphonic bands, Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International. Her extensive performance experience in Drum Corps includes 2006-2007 Memphis Sound, 2010 Spirit of Atlanta, and 2011-2012 Blue Stars.

Amber has worked with various percussion ensembles across the country and is currently the Front Ensemble Coordinator at Perry Meridian High School. For the past several years, she has been working at Vic Firth and Zildjian in Boston, MA focusing on Education in the Marching Arts and US Sales. Currently, she is the new Programs Manager at the Percussive Arts Society in Indianapolis, IN.

Amber is also the CEO/Founder of Alumni Funds, a nonprofit dedicated to creating performing arts scholarships for DCI, WGI and beyond. Amber proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.

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