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.
Spencer Smith – Assistant Director of Bands
Spencer Smith is the Assistant Director of Bands at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Mr. Smith’s responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, team-teaching the marching band, and instructing beginner brass classes at Rogers and Reynolds Middle School.
Prior to teaching in Prosper, Mr. Smith served as an assistant director at Klein Oak High School from 2015-2017 where he was mentored by Todd Clearwater, Chris Rapacki, and Max Mullinix. His responsibilities included conducting the fourth band, team-teaching the fifth band, International Baccalaureate Music, specializing in visual fundamentals with the marching band, and instructing beginner low brass classes at Krimmel and Hildebrandt Intermediate. During his two years at Klein Oak, Mr. Smith’s concert bands twice received sweepstakes awards at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contest.
In 2015, Mr. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Houston under the direction of David Bertman, Marion West, John Benzer, and Marc Martin. During his time at U of H, Mr. Smith performed with the Symphonic Winds, the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, and studied euphonium under Danny Vinson, Mark Barton, and Phillip Freeman.
Mr. Smith currently teaches on staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, having previously taught with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. He performed as a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and with the Madison Scouts in 2012-13, aging out as a section leader in 2013. In 2011, Carolina Crown was awarded the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Excellence in Brass.
From 2011-2014, Mr. Smith served as a marching technician and instructed low brass master classes for the Spring High School band in Spring, Texas. During his time at Spring, the band placed as a finalist twice at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional and advanced twice to the Texas UIL State Marching contest. Mr. Smith continues to benefit greatly from the mentorship of Gabe Musella and Terri Risinger.
Mr. Smith is a 2010 International Baccalaureate graduate of L. D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas where he was taught by Jeremy Earnhart, Van Mathews, John Alstrin, Jolette Wine, Brandon Holt, and Steve Madsen. In 2007, the marching band was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion.
Outside of work, Mr. Smith is an avid follower of Dallas sports and is the self-proclaimed all-time greatest Texas Rangers fan.
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.