Meet the Band Staff

Kathryn Spangler

Director of Bands

Ms. 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, Indoor Percussion Ensemble State Champions, and qualified for the ISSMA All Music Award each year.  Ms. Spangler has spent twenty one years teaching music in Indiana and has performed professionally across the country with the Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet.

During her nineteen years as a high school band director she spent nearly half of those teaching in the inner city. Under her direction she was able to grow the highly successful Shortridge Magnet High School band program.  She has been a clinician and guest conductor throughout the area many times and also serves 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, CBDNA, IMEA, and NAfME.  Ms. Spangler also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Marian University cNAfME chapter.

Andre Williams

Color Guard Director

André Williams joined Marian University as the Color Guard Director in the summer of 2016. A recent theatre (dance focus) graduate from DePauw University, he returned to Indianapolis to continue to pursue his passion for design and artistry. André first began his performing arts career as a percussionist. He quickly became captivated with color guard and dance which led him to train and join the Warren Central World Guard before graduating High School. Since then, André has been designing, directing, and teaching schools around the midwest, even while attending college. During his time at DePauw University, André performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp., and returned to teach at his alma mater, Warren Central as a world guard technician and choreographer. He also founded and artistically directed Company Unspoken, the first dance company on DePauw’s campus, and directed and choreographed three main stage productions. Since returning to Indianapolis, André has taken advantage of many opportunities. He became the color guard caption head of Indy Ignition, and most recently worked as the guard director and dance instructor at Brownsburg High School. André currently dances professionally with Phoenix Rising Dance Company, teaches and choreographs at Phoenix Rising Dance Studios, and designs and consults for a number of programs in the U.S..

Michael Henson

Music Arranger and Visual Consultant

Michael Henson is an active designer, and choreographer in the marching arts. He has served on the staff of a number of programs in Arkansas, Indiana, and Texas that have received state-wide recognition, including Berkner High School, Grapevine High School, Plano East Senior High School, Redwater High School, Shortridge Magnet High School, and Triton Central High School. His ensembles have appeared at the state levels in Arkansas, Indiana, and Texas, in addition to Bands of America Super Regionals and Grand Nationals. While at Grapevine, the winter guard earned consistent Division I Ratings, a bronze medal at the 2015 North Texas Colorguard Association Championships and a bronze medal at the 2016 Marching Auxiliaries National Championship. He is currently the director of color guards and visual coordinator for Plano East Senior High School as well as a member of the color guard staff for the 2017 Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a color guard performer, Michael has been a part of the Dallas Cowboys Color guard, the North Mesquite High School Colorguard/Winterguard, and the Henderson State University Colorguard.
Michael holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from Butler University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Henderson State University. Outside of the marching arts, Michael composes music, maintains his clarinet chops, reads, and spends time in nature.

Dustin Smith

Percussion Arranger

Dustin is from Indianapolis, Indiana. With over a decade of experience and over 50 performed arrangements and compositions, Dustin has begun establishing himself as a successful arranger and composer in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Dustin received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Pastoral Music Ministry at Marian University in Indianapolis.

As a performer, Dustin has been in many instrumental, vocal, competitive, and extracurricular ensembles throughout his career. Most notably, Dustin was a front ensemble member in the 2012 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition, he also performed in the Super Bowl XLVI Half-Time Show Drumline, as well as the Keith Urban Drumline in 2007.

Education has always been the center of Dustin’s ambitions. Dustin has taught 6th – 12th grade instrumentalists and vocalists. Additionally, he is a percussion ensemble, wind, and choral composer and arranger for various programs in Indiana and the surrounding area.

Adrian Palmer

Percussion Instructor

Raised in a musical family, Adrian was commonly seen out with the local marching band from a young age.  As he grew up, he decided never to leave that field.  In 2010, Adrian moved to Indianapolis and attended Butler University where he studied under Jon Crabiel and Jeff Queen, earning his BM in Music Education in 2014.  During his time at Butler, Adrian performed with several musical ensembles and was able to travel with the Butler Bulldogs on their 2011 run in the NCAA tournament.  Additionally, Adrian has performed with several Indianapolis community groups since his move to the city.  From 2011-2014 he performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indiana’s first concert band, under the direction of Charles Conrad.  He has also made appearances with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra and Indianapolis Municipal Band.  Along with university and community groups, Adrian also marched snare with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa in 2011.

While he enjoys performing, Adrian’s primary passion is music education.  Over the past decade, he has been working with high schools from around Indiana, including many ISSMA state finalists and champions as well as BOA finalists.  Having grown up in the cornfields of Indiana listening to Star, it has been his long-time dream to help expand the marching arts community in Indiana.  Adrian especially looks for opportunities to expand music education to lower income areas, and has enjoyed teaching students who oftentimes feel that their ensemble is the only real family they have.

David Grider

Visual Tech

A native of Indianapolis David brings with him an abundance of musical knowledge and experience. In ’87 he was a member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and in ’89 road a bus to California to march with the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Since ’87 David has arranged music, written drill, choreographed color guard routines and adjudicated all in the marching ensemble idiom for young groups all around the midwest (now if that’s not a marching guru I don’t know what is).

When David is not instructing groups in the marching ensemble world he is usually performing with the Pride of Indy Concert Band or directing the POI Jazz Ensemble. He has toured Europe twice with jazz bands at Indiana and Ball State Universities, and has the honor of being the recipient of being one of the top jazz soloist at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival with the IUPUI Jazz band. He has performed with great local musicians like Brenda Williams, Monica Herzig, Rob Dixon, Mark Buselli, Jimmy Cole and Steve Allee along with national Jazz musicians like Jon Faddis, Freddie Hubert, Jim Pugh, Wycliff Gordon and the late great Louis Bellson just to name a few.

Louis Setzer

Low Brass Instructor

Dr. Louis Setzer is a native of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He earned his BM in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, his MM in Trombone Performance from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Mark Lusk, and his DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His primary teachers were Stephen McEuen, Mark Lusk, Timothy Anderson, and Peter Norton. Louis is excited to join the staff at Marian University this fall as the instructor of low brass, and as a part of the Marching Knights Staff.

Prior to his appointment at Marian, he worked as music faculty for Northern Kentucky University, Rend Lake College, and taught additional courses at both the Pennsylvania State University and CCM. He maintains a private low brass studio, and has worked extensively as a freelance musician and music instructor for school districts in the Cincinnati and Indianapolis area. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the low brass instructor for both the Avon Community School Corporation, and the Mason City Schools.

Dallas Bayless

Music Arranger

Dallas Bayless is a band director in the Dallas/Forth Worth area with 20 years of public schools teaching experience in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. He is an active composer and arranger specializing in music for concert band, marching band, and drum corps. Dallas’s works have been performed at UIL Concert and Marching contests, on the USBands circuit, and on the Drum Corps International summer circuit. Dallas has served on the design and instructional teams of several drum corps including Lone Star, Genesis, Forte, and Racine Scouts. His musical offerings and services are available at his website.

Mr. Bayless holds a Master of Music degree with a focus on Music Theory/Composition from Pittsburg State University where he served as a graduate assistant for the band and orchestra programs. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cameron University where he was awarded the McMahon and Presser Scholarships.

Dallas and his wife Jamie have been married for 24 years and are the proud parents of four children, all musicians, and two grandchildren.

Jose Rodriguez

Visual Tech and Drill Writer

Jose Rodriguez is from Indianapolis Indiana. He performed in 2007 and 2008 with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps as a Contra player. Jose also performed 4 years with O2 Independent World Guard and O2 2012 Open Class WGI Champion. He has taught with many groups in Indiana and surrounding states. Teaching with Marching bands, color guards, and percussion ensembles, Jose has knowledge in all aspects of the performing arts activities. Jose has experience working with finalist groups in IHSCGA, IPA, ISSMA, DCI, and WGI. He also has experience working with groups participating in BOA and other state circuits. Jose also currently serves as a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserves and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Jose believes that through performing arts students are given the chance to express themselves as they continue to grow in all aspects of life. Jose is currently the Color Guard Director at Plainfield High School, the 2017 Class B ISSMA Champions. He hopes to inspire the students and show them that with hard work, dedication, and passion they can achieve and overcome any obstacle.