DIRECTORS & STAFF
Director of Bands
Brad Hughes is the current Director of Bands at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, TX. Mr. Hughes was hired as Director of Bands in 2014 and his responsibilities include the direction of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band I, and Marching Band, as well as leading all band program operations. He also assists with the direction of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band II, Full Orchestra, and Color Guard. Mr. Hughes also recently served as the Fine Arts Department Head at Clear Brook High School from 2016-2021. Mr. Hughes began his professional teaching career in 2012 as an Assistant Band Director at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, TX.
Mr. Hughes spent three years on the brass staff at The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2015-2017, and served as Associate Brass Caption Head in 2016 and 2017. Prior to teaching at The Cavaliers, he taught as a brass and visual instructor for the Phantom Regiment from 2012-2014, and as a brass instructor for The Academy from 2010-2011. Mr. Hughes was a marching member of the Phantom Regiment from 2006 through 2009.
Mr. Hughes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at the University of Houston, he studied tuba with Mark Barton and music education with David Bertman, John Benzer, Robert Mayes, and Marion West. Mr. Hughes is thankful for the opportunity to have worked under the guidance and mentoring of Tom Bennett, Denis Kidwell, Ryan Agard, Freddy Martin, Christian Carichner, Mark Veenstra, Larry Matysiak, Gabe Musella, and many others. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Hughes resides in League City, TX with his wife Angi, their two children Tyler and Emma, and their dog Maggie.
Associate Band Director
Dusty Norris has served as the Percussion Director at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood Texas since the fall of 2007. During his time at Clear Brook, the percussion program has won numerous awards including six TCGC Championships, four WGI World Championship silver medals, and the 2018 WGI World Championship gold medal. In 2017, Clear Brook drumlines production of “The Descent” was awarded WGI’s Open Class “Fan Favorite” award. In 2016, Mr. Norris earned the honor of being the first percussionist inducted into the Texas Color Guard Circuit “Hall of Fame”.
Prior to his appointment at Clear Brook, Mr. Norris taught in the Pearland, Alvin, and Fort end Independent School Districts. Mr. Norris has also been a clinician for the Tyler Junior College Apache Punch Drumline since 2001. Mr. Norris has helped develop the summer technique program at TJC as well as consulted throughout the school years during both their fall and winter drumline seasons.
Originally from Indianapolis Indiana, Mr. Norris holds a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Akron, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Eastern Illinois University. While pursuing his music degrees, Mr. Norris was a member of the 1996 Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp and served as the director of the University of Akron Marching Zips Drumline.
Mr. Norris resides in Houston Texas with his wife Terri, and two sons Andrew and Ryan.
Mr. Norris is proudly endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Promark Drumsticks and Mallets, and Remo Drumheads.
Assistant Band Director
Robert is currently in his third year as Assistant Band Director at Clear Brook high school. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting with the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, directing the Jazz Ensemble and running the visual program of the marching band. Along with his school duties, Robert spends his summers teaching on visual team of the five-time DCI world Champion Santa Clara Vanguard, helping develop a progressive, high-level movement program since 2010.
Robert was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and graduated from W.H. Taft high school, playing bass trombone in the Taft Raider Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. He started his undergrad at UT Arlington and finished his B.A. in Music Education at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. While at Moores School he played bass trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.
His DCI performance experiences include playing baritone for Revolution Drum and Bugle corps from San Antonio, TX (2001, 2002) and seven-time DCI World Champion The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL (2002-2006), acting as Horn Sgt. in 2006.
Robert’s summer teaching experiences include a season on visual staff with The Cavaliers (2009), and currently ten years on the visual staff with the 2018 DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-present).
Color Guard Director
Fernando Rodriguez began his color guard career as a member of the North Shore High School Color Guard in Houston, Texas, from 2008 – 2011. In 2011, he continued to pursue his love for color guard as a member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps as a captain in 2013. After those short 3 years, he then went on to march with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps for their 2014 season. Apart from drum corps, Fernando also performed during the winter guard season with Cypress Independent in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2015, he decided to begin to share his love for the activity as an educator for several high school, independent, and drum corps color guard programs throughout the country. Also in 2015, he became, and is currently, the color guard director at Clear Brook High School where he is a three time Texas Color Guard Circuit State Champion, a UIL State Marching contest qualifier, and a BOA Regional finalist. During the winter seasons of 2015 - 2019, Fernando also served on the staff for his alma mater and 8 time world class WGI finalist, Cypress Independent. Fernando has served in the roles as the flag technician for the Phantom Regiment in 2018-2019, and most recently as the Color Guard Caption Head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2021.
Fernando hopes to assist today’s performers in the refinement of their craft through true love and passion for the color guard activity.
Bob Chreste, Consultant
Don Click, Program Coordinator
Molly Favret, Graphic Designer
Bryan Harmsen, Music Arranger
Matt Hartwell, Drill Writer
Taha Ahmed, Instructor
Chelsea Arenas, Choreographer
Justin Arenas, Choreographer
Don Click, Instructor
Keoni Cunningham, Instructor
Eli Garza, Instructor
Thomas Ku, Instructor
Tom McGillen, Audio/Electronics Consultant
Pavisha Sargunan, Instructor
Erik Yates, Instructor
Color Guard Staff
Trace Brown, Instructor
Stephanie Chavez, Choreographer
Ryan Page, Choreographer
Julissa Sanchez, Instructor
Ryan Agard, Clinician
Michael Kasinger, Clinician
Tom Bennett, Clinician
Denis Kidwell, Clinician
Lauren Drislane, Choreographer
Doug Parmer, Clear Lake Intermediate
Christopher Davis, Clear Lake Intermediate
Jane Maloy, Westbrook Intermediate
Martin Andrada, Westbrook Intermediate
Andie Troutman, Brookside Intermediate
Jennifer Rogers, Brookside Intermediate