University Bands and Spirit Programs

Athletic Band Staff

David McCullough photoDavid McCullough
Director of Athletic Bands
(317) 940-9876

Mr. McCullough is a graduate of the BOA Grand National Champion Norwin High School Band from Irwin, Pennsylvania. He attended West Virginia University, studying conducting with Don Wilcox. He developed outstanding band programs in the public schools of West Virginia and New York before becoming the Assistant Director of Bands at Syracuse University.

Mr. McCullough is currently a doctoral candidate in wind conducting at the University of Washington, where he studied conducting with Peter Erös, Tim Salzman and Rubin Guerivich. He has conducted performances at National MENC, Regional MENC and Northwest/Western CBDNA Conventions. An active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Mr. McCullough has presented premiers of works by Walter Hartley, William O. Smith and Brian Bittle.

Having created more than 300 arrangements for competitive high school and university bands, Mr. McCullough's arrangements can be heard from New Jersey to California as played by high school ensembles, and by collegiate marching bands from Syracuse, New York to the University of Hawaii. He is a staff arranger with the University of Alabama "Million Dollar Band" directed by his good friend and former student Dr. Ken Ozzello. But if you ask him, the groups he enjoys writing for the most are the Butler University Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band.


Jeff QueenJeff Queen
Drumline Instructor

Jeff began his drum corps career, at the age of 15, with the Canton Bluecoats and marched with the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights and at the University of North Texas. Jeff was the Drum Corps International Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995.

Jeff is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway Show "BLAST."

He is the author of "The Next Level: Rudimental Drumming Techniques" and "Playing With Sticks", a 3-hour instructional DVD.  Jeff is a signature artist for Vic Firth Drumsticks and Pearl Drums, and proudly endorses Evans Drumheads and Zildjian cymbals.

Jeff holds his BM in Music Theory and Composition and MM in Percussion Performance from Butler University.  Jeff teaches and arranges for the Carmel High School Marching Band and is on the faculty at Butler University as adjunct instructor of percussion and percussion instructor with the Butler University Athletic Bands.  When not teaching here in Indianapolis, Jeff travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician, and performer.


Christine ShaffnerChristine Johnson
Flagline Instructor

Christine Shaffner (BU '03) began to perform in color guards as a high school student at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and continued through college at Butler University where she attained a Bachelors degree in Education. Christine was the 2001 and 2002 Captain of the BU Flagline. In 2005 Christine was excited to return to Cathedral as their color guard instructor where she has been coaching color guard and serving as the band department's visual coordinator ever since. 

When she is not twirling a flag or rifle, Christine is a kindergarten teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system where she has taught since graduating from Butler. Christine is currently working towards a master's in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois.

She is excited to have returned to Butler in 2012 to work with the color guard and guide them towards some really great performances!


Austin DeLaRosaAustin T. DeLaRosa
Graduate Assistant

Austin arrived at Butler University after completing his undergraduate study at DePauw University in Instrumental Music Performance under Orcenith Smith.  During his studies, Austin joined the newly formed DePauw Audio Recording Studio, created to fill the need of the many resident ensembles and guest artists performing in DePauw's venues.  Austin studied under the tutelage of recording arts specialist Matthew Champagne, learning the ins and outs of capturing, mastering and archiving the live performances showcased at DePauw's School of Music.

Austin's professional career includes teaching and freelancing in the Indianapolis area, performing with the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.  Austin has toured with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and worked with the talented students attending the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.  He currently maintains a small private studio here in Indianapolis, teaching aspiring young musicians.

Austin enjoys bicycling, hiking, racquetball, plastic model building and model railroading.  He has a loving and supportive wife, Ann Marie (a pianist), and a famously cheerful chocolate lab, Zoë.