Kathryn D. 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.



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.



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.



Jose Rodriguez

Color Guard Director 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.