Athletic Band Staff
Director of Athletic Bands
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
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 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
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
Jeff holds his BM in Music Theory and Composition and MM in
Percussion Performance from Butler University. Jeff teaches
and arranges for the Avon 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
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 in Global Studies in Education from the
University of Illinois.
She is excited now to be returning to Butler to work with the
color guard and guide them towards some really great
Austin T. DeLaRosa
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.