Staff

David DuPlessis David DuPlessis
Director of Bands, Director - Aztec Marching Band
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David DuPlessis is the Director of Bands at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, where he teaches 4 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, and the 180-member Aztec Marching Band. Bands under his direction have consistently earned "superior" and "superior with distinction" ratings at festivals in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

The Corona del Sol High School Music Program was honored as a recipient of the 2013 AEA Special Programs A+ Award, the only music program in the state to earn this distinction. Mr. DuPlessis has served as the Arizona Music Educators Association West Region Governor for eight years, where he oversees auditions and honor music ensemble festivals for 30 high schools. Currently, Mr. DuPlessis serves as the Vice President of High School Band Activities for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and also serves as a music and visual judge for ABODA concert and marching events. Mr. DuPlessis is also a staff member for the Arizona Ambassadors of Music, a group that takes the best high school musicians on a musical tour of Europe every 2 years. Mr. DuPlessis has conducted several honor bands in the Tempe community, including the Tempe Youth Band, the Kyrene District Middle School Honor Band, the Tempe Elementary District Middle School Honor Band, and the ASU/MEF Summer Band Camp. Several marching bands around the state have marching band drill and choreography written by Mr. DuPlessis (including Corona del Sol, Catalina Foothills, Deer Valley, Buena, Boulder Creek, Higley, Sahuaro, Skyline, Sahuarita, Cortez, Cienega, Bradshaw Mountain, Centennial, and more).

David is married to Arlie DuPlessis, the Director of Bands at Pueblo Middle School, and they are the proud parents of Alex, who started kindergarten at Paloma this year!
Scott Werner Scott Werner
Director of Percussion, Pit Caption Head
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Bio of Scott Werner coming soon!
Alex Holste Alex Holste
Associate Director of Bands, Woodwind Caption Head
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Bio of Alex Holste coming soon!
Roberto Paz Roberto Paz
Drumline Caption Head
Roberto Paz is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Music Education. Roberto has an extended amount of experience with marching percussion as a former member of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Concord Blue Devils. Currently, Roberto is the Director of Marching Percussion at Arizona State University where he teaches, writes, and coordinates for them. Roberto is an active clinician and arranger throughout the world as well as the owner of Paz Music which offers online lessons to students all over the world. He is endorsed by Lot Riot, Mapex Drums, Randall May International, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets as an artist.
Brian Wilson Brian Wilson
Brass Caption Head
Adams Euphonium artist Brian C. Wilson is an active and highly sought-after clinician and euphonium soloist. Among the most elite euphonium players on the West Coast, Mr. Wilson currently performs as Solo Euphonium in the southwestern-based Salt River Brass, conducted by Patrick Sheridan. Featured as a soloist by Miraphone and Yamaha, Mr. Wilson has also served as principal euphonium in the Arizona Wind Symphony, toured as a soloist throughout Europe with the Arizona Ambassadors of Music, and has performed and recorded with Summit Brass. Mr. Wilson earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Performance from the Arizona State University. Mr. Wilson also served as graduate assistant at Arizona State University in trombone, euphonium and tuba.

Mr. Wilson has been a music educator since 1999, and has been the Director of Bands of Summit Academy’s H. E. Hendrix Music Program since 2006. His previous teaching experience was with the Kyrene School District. During his years as a music educator he has been an active clinician nationally teaching and conducting Honor Bands, Music Camps, Marching Bands, Universities, and festivals. Mr. Wilson was a founding instructor for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and recently was a featured artist at the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.
Brandy DuBose Brandy DuBose
Color Guard Caption Head
Brandy DuBose is in her tenth year as director and choreographer for the Arizona State University Sun Devil Color Guard. Brandy was born and raised in Texas, where she attended Texas State University-San Marcos as a Dance Performance major, and also taught the Bobcat Marching Band Color Guard and Millennia Independent Open Winterguard for 11 years. In Texas, she taught the Seguin High School color guard for 10 years, from 1995-2006. After moving to Arizona in May 2006, Brandy began working with ASU.

DuBose is currently the Director for the World Class Fenix Independent Winterguard, and the Caption Head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado. Brandy has served as Caption Head for other organizations such as Tarheel Sun and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as a member of the Colorguard staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. She marched in the Colorguard at Phantom Regiment as well as a member of the Nouveau (IA), Speakeasy (IA) and Ascension (IW) Winterguard programs. In addition to her involvement with ASU, she is currently the Director of Colorguard at Corona del Sol High School, Highland High School and Colorguard Liaison for the WGAZ circuit. DuBose currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her loving family Wardell and Miles King.
Justin Mons Justin Mons
Visual Caption Head
Justin Mons is an Arizona native currently living in Tempe, Arizona. His marching experience Includes 7 years with the Arizona Academy (2006-2012) and in 2011 and 2012 he was awarded Member of the Year. Justin has taught many groups in Arizona including Basha, Millennium, Vista Grande, and Corona del Sol High Schools. In 2013, he joined the visual staff at the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, where he is about to start his 6th year on staff. His drum corps teaching experience also includes the 2015 Arizona Academy. In recent years, he has expanded his role in the marching arts by designing and writing drill for schools all over the country, including programs in Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, and California. Most recently, Justin was named Visual Caption Head and Designer for Vision Independent A Indoor Drumline and has helped them advance to Open Class.
Alex Austin Alex Austin
Brass Instructor
Alex Austin is an active performer and teacher in the East Valley and recent graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his Master of Music degree in horn performance. His degree program included performance in principal positions with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the New England Conservatory Community Performance Partnership Brass Quintet. During his graduate studies, Alex also maintained a freelance presence in the city, performing with multiple ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Benjamin Zander at venues including Symphony Hall, Boston.

Prior to his graduate studies, Alex received a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University where he graduated summa cum laude. Upon returning to the Valley to start his career, Alex has picked up where he left off in his freelance work, rejoining the Salt River Brass where he held the position of Solo Horn for six seasons under the direction of Patrick Sheridan. Additionally, Alex has continued performing with other local groups including as a featured soloist with the Arizona Wind Symphony.

Alex’s primary teachers have included Eli Epstein, Dr. John Ericson, James Sommerville, Richard Sebring, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Hugh Wolff, Charles Peltz, Dr. Wayne Bailey, and Gary Hill. In addition to performing, Alex is an active teacher, serving as a brass instructor for the Corona del Sol High School Marching Band and maintaining a private horn studio. You can hear Alex perform on The Great American Song Book! Featuring Harry Watters (Salt River Brass, 2015, solo horn) and on Youtube with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble.
Chad Henderson Chad Henderson
Brass Instructor
Chad Henderson is a native of Arizona, living in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chad is an active supporter of the marching arts; spending 5 years involved with Drum Corps International and two in Winter Guard International. Playing tuba in DCI, Chad was a member of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, The Bluecoats in 2013 and 2014, and the 18-Time World Champion Blue Devils in 2015 and 2016, receiving the corps 17th world championship in 2015. In WGI Chad expanded his knowledge of percussion and played auxiliary percussion in Dark Sky Percussion in 2012, and Arizona State University Indoor Percussion in 2013.

Chad has been an instructor for numerous high school marching bands in the Phoenix area. Currently, he is the tuba instructor at Corona del Sol High School and the brass and visual instructor at Desert Mountain High School. He has also served as a visual instructor for Mesa High School, Carl Hayden Community High School, Casteel High School, and Horizon High School. Chad also served as the intern tuba tech for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2017.

Currently, Chad is in the last year of his Bachelors of Music Education degree, student teaching at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School and Arcadia High School. Chad will be graduating from Arizona State University in December 2017.
Dale Ramirez Dale Ramirez
Woodwind & Drum Major Instructor
Dale Ramirez is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and attended Ironwood High School, where he served as Drum Major for two years. He currently attends Arizona State University and is finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education while performing in the ASU Saxophone Studio. He has performed with the Sun Devil Marching Band, serving as Alto Saxophone Rank Leader before serving as Assistant Drum Major for one year and Head Drum Major for two years. Dale has also performed in the ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Jazz Repertory Band, ASU Saxophone Choir and two ASU Saxophone Quartets. His teaching experience includes working with Drum Majors and Student Leadership across the nation as a Clinician with Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics. He has also worked with several East Valley schools in developing Drum Majors and saxophone sections. Dale is the Music Instructor for the ASU Chapter of United Sound and is a private Saxophone Teacher in the Phoenix area.
Zach Spiess Zach Spiess
Visual Instructor
Zach Spiess is a music major at ASU. He has played numerous gigs around the Phoenix area and studied under Phoenix Symphony trumpet players. His marching experience includes two years of the Arizona Academy and one year with The Concord Blue Devils. Zach has taught a multitude of groups around the area including: Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and Basha High School. Zach has written drill and designed winter drumline shows as well. He has been a guest clinician at Williams Field High School, Casa Grande Union High School, Vision Percussion, and others. This is his second year teaching the Aztec Marching Band.
Mariah Gorham Mariah Gorham
Visual Instructor
Mariah's bio coming soon!
Charlie Baker Charlie Baker
Visual Instructor
Charlie's bio coming soon!
Josh Stovall Josh Stovall
Pit Instructor
Josh Stovall is a musician who specializes in mallet percussion and music technology. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the Arizona State University Herberger School of the Arts. As a performer, Josh has been a part of esteemed ensembles such as the Phoenix Boys Choir, the Arizona Regional Band, the ASU Symphony Orchestra, and the Pan Devils Steel Drum Band. As an arranger, Josh provides music for programs across the valley including Highland High School, Perry High School, Mountain View High School, Desert Mountain Percussion Theatre, and the Corona Steel Drum Band. As an educator, Josh teaches percussion classes and private lessons.
Lonnie Slawson Lonnie Slawson
Pit Instructor
2017 marks the fourth season that Lonnie Slawson has been privileged to be a volunteer member of the Corona del Sol Aztec Marching Band staff. A native of Sacramento, California, Mr. Slawson began studying music at the age of 10 with the drummer in his sister's rock band. He continued participating in the band and orchestra programs at Foothill Jr. and Sr. High Schools in Sacramento, where his love of music continued to be cultivated and blossom. In the spring of 1978, at the conclusion of his Senior year of high school, Mr. Slawson achieved Command Performance ratings in three disciplines at the annual California Music Educators Association, Capitol Section Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, a first in the history of the organization. That same year, he also was named Principal Chair of the California All-State Honor Band and California All-State Honor Orchestra. Mr. Slawson made his Carnegie Hall debut that summer and subsequently toured western Europe as Principal Percussion Chair (Orchestra) of America's Youth in Concert, an east coast organization dedicated to "emphasizing the high quality and extraordinary achievements of America's youth".

Mr. Slawson began collegiate study at California State University, Sacramento in September 1978, studying with Ronald A. Holloway, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the university. In September 1980, Mr. Slawson auditioned for and won his first professional audition, earning the Third Chair Percussion position with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, a position he would hold for the next twelve years. During this time, he augmented his studies with Stanley Lunetta, Principal Timpanist with the Sacramento Symphony, and attended Master Classes with Cloyd Duff, renowned Timpanist with the Cleveland Orchestra from 1942-1981. Mr. Slawson also was active as a free-lance musician in the Sacramento region, appearing with many well known artists including Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Henry Mancini and Doc Severinsen. Mr. Slawson earned his Bachelor of Music (performance) degree in 1984. He has also appeared as a guest artist with the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony Orchestra, and numerous orchestras in Northern California. In 1985, Mr. Slawson began working for Federal Express, a job which he planned to last only 1-2 years to provide resources to continue audition activities.

In 1991, Mr. Slawson wed Lynn Haltigan and they moved to Phoenix where Lynn was born and raised. He continued his employment with FedEx and began appearing regularly with the Phoenix Symphony until 1997, when he "semi-retired" from the music industry to pursue a full time career with FedEx. He became an active member of the Corona del Sol Band Boosters in 2006 when his son, Trevor joined the program as a freshman at Corona. This quickly grew into a labor of love that lasted through May 2013, when his daughter, Kylie concluded her tenure in the Aztec band program. During this time, Mr. Slawson served as Pit Crew coordinator and drove trucks to numerous performance sites throughout Arizona and Southern California. He and Mrs. Slawson are preparing to make their 5th truck driving trek to Dayton, Ohio later this spring in support of the 6th Hour Percussion Ensemble. In recent years, Mr. Slawson has re-kindled his musical activity in the community, appearing regularly with the West Valley Symphony and doing occasional free-lance work in the area.

Today, Mr. Slawson is in his 32nd year with FedEx and hopes to retire in three years. He and Mrs. Slawson continue to support the CdS Band programs through volunteer service and financial support. We do this because we are grateful for the investment Maestro David DuPlessis, Scott Werner, Alex Holste, Jim Bell and other teachers and administrators at Corona made in the development of our children. It is a privilege to work with your kids! My hope is that I am able to make a small contribution to their development through my efforts as a member of this experienced and talented staff.
Brennen Brochard Brennen Brochard
Drumline Instructor
Brennen's bio soon!
Cole Governo Cole Governo
Drumline Instructor
Cole's bio soon!
Jordan Gerig Jordan Gerig
Drumline Instructor
Jordan Gerig attended Highland High School from 2009-2013 and was a member of the Highland Drumline. Jordan marched in the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band Drumline in 2016, and the WGI indoor percussion group Breakthrough in 2017. He was recently married on May 12, 2017. He attends Chandler Gilbert Community College and is majoring in sports medicine to become a chiropractor.
Afsoon Noshiravan Afsoon Noshiravan
Color Guard Instructor
Afsoon Noshiravan is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Communication and Marketing. In her time at ASU, Afsoon performed in the Arizona State University Marching Band as a colorguard member and captain. She has also performed with world class finalist, FeniX Independent (2013-2016) as well as The Blue Knights (2014). This is her third year teaching the Corona del Sol Colorguard.
Daisy Bennett Daisy Bennett
Color Guard Instructor
Daisy Bennett has been working on the Corona del Sol Color Guard staff since the fall season of 2015. She is an alumni of the Corona del Sol Marching Band program and participated as a member of the color guard from the fall of 2011 (Joy) until graduating in 2015 (Dawn of an Empire). Daisy is currently pursuing a BA in Dance at Arizona State University with a concentration in Dance Education. She has also marched with the WGI World Class guard FeniX Independent World in 2016 and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2017.
Aubrey Marlar Aubrey Marlar
Color Guard Instructor
Aubrey Marlar is in her senior year of college studying English teaching at Arizona State University. She has performed with the world class winter guard Fenix Independent for the past three years, as well as with the DCI World Class drum corps The Bluecoats for the past four years. This is her second season teaching the Corona del Sol Color Guard and she is excited to continue growing as a coach and teacher.
Lyndsey Brown Lyndsey Brown
Color Guard Instructor
Lyndsey's bio soon!