Brandon Holt – Director of Bands

Brandon Holt is the current Director of Bands at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Previously, he served at Rogers Middle School in Prosper ISD (2016-2019) and in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD as Associate Director of Bands at L.D. Bell High School (2006-2016) and Assistant Director at Harwood Junior High (2004-2006). 

 Mr. Holt has received state and national acclaim through the many successes of the band programs he has been associated with.  These acclaims include numerous Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Marching Championships, earning three silver medal placements and one bronze medal at the 5A UIL Texas State Marching Contest, and being named the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Concert bands under the direction of Mr. Holt have been awarded numerous Texas UIL Sweepstakes Awards and have received top honors at participating festivals and competitions.

Originally from Oklahoma, Mr. Holt began his instrumental studies in Midwest City as a saxophonist. Following his high school years, Mr. Holt graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree and later completed his graduate work at Baylor University, where he earned a Master of Music degree.

Mr. Holt is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an educational endorser for D’Addario Woodwinds. His professional affiliations include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Holt resides in Prosper, Texas with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Elizabeth. 

Aaron Renzenbrink – Assistant Director of Bands

 Mr. Renzenbrink started his professional teaching career in 2012 at William B. Travis HS in Fort Bend ISD in the greater Houston area. For the past 4 years he has been Associate Director of Bands at McKinney High School. 

Mr. Renzenbrink has been involved in drum corps since 2009. He has served as the mellophone technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as a mellophone technician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Renzenbrink spent his marching career as a two-year member of the Bluecoats mellophone line before aging out in 2010. During his time with the Bluecoats, the corps placed sixth place and third place at the DCI World Championship. 2 

Mr. Renzenbrink graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2011 from the University of Houston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental education. While earning his degree, Mr. Renzenbrink was a member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. He studied under several distinguished conductors and teachers including Tom Bennett, David Bertman, John Benzer, Franz Krager, Roger Kaza, and Gavin Reed. 

Mr. Renzenbrink’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Drum Corps International. While not teaching, Mr. Renzenbrink enjoys Mountain Biking, attending Texas Rangers games, golfing, relaxing at his property in Palestine, TX, playing Xbox, and binge watching Netflix with his wife, Rheanne, and cats, Monty and Miles. 

Aaron Dugger – Assistant Director of Bands

 Aaron Dugger, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Music Education. While at Penn State, Mr. Dugger was a performing member of the Penn State Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Tuba/ Euphonium Ensemble, and the Penn State Marching Blue Band. He is a student of Velvet Brown, Dennis Glocke, Darrin Thornton, and Christopher Hornick. 

In 2016, Mr. Dugger relocated to Texas where he served as the Assistant Director of Middle School Bands at Melissa Middle School in Melissa Texas. After 2 years, Mr. Dugger moved to Melissa High School where he served as the Associate Director of Bands and the director of the Cardinal Marching Band. The 2018 Cardinal Band appeared in 4A State Finals for the first time in school history. Under his guidance, the Melissa Middle School and High School non-varsity bands received consecutive Sweepstakes Awards. Most recently, Mr. Dugger served as an Assistant Band Director at Colleyville Heritage High School where the program made its first appearance at the UIL State Marching Contest in 20 years. 

Mr. Dugger is an active clinician and drill writer for bands across the country. He serves on the brass staff for the 2019 DCI World Championship Silver Medalists, The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Dugger was a performing member of the Bluecoats from 2013-2015. Additionally, Mr. Dugger served on the brass staff for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. He has also served as a consultant for the Melissa Winterguard, Gateway Winterguard, Melissa Indoor Percussion, and several other groups across North Texas. 

Mr. Dugger’s professional affiliations include Phi Kappa Lambda, the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He lives in Lewisville, Texas with his adorable boxer puppy, Sophie. 

Mike Huestis – Director of Percussion

Mr. Michael Huestis has been involved in music education since 1991 and has taught at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah and The Colony High School in North Dallas. In 2016 Mr. Huestis accepted a position teaching the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band in Prosper, TX. Throughout his career Mr. Huestis’ bands, percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music for All National Percussion Festival, MENC Biennial Conference, Bands of American Grand National Championships, President Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by “School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008. Mr. Huestis earned his Bachelor of Music Degree was from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U.

A highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Huestis has served as the percussion arranger for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar, CA and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps in Austin, TX. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and HuestisMusic Publications. Michael is the author of the classroom method, “Developing the Percussionist-Musician” which was developed for middle school and high school students.

Mr. Huestis has presented clinics and master classes at numerous state music education association conventions and universities. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served one term as a chapter president.

Lindsay Kusmierczak – Director of Color Guard

Lindsay Kusmierczak is currently the Guard Caption Head for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 20 years. Lindsay is an alumni of the Phantom Regiment color guard (2002-2005) and winter guard (2007). She started marching in her high school color guard, which lead her to auditioning and marching for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (2000-01) before she came to Phantom Regiment.  Lindsay has taught several drum corps including; The Blue Knights, The Glassmen, Southwind, and the Italian drum and bugle corps Millennium.

Lindsay has a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, as well as degree in fine arts with a minor in art history from Northern Illinois University.