Athletic Band Staff
Director of Athletic Bands
316 Atherton Union
Strengths Quest Strengths - Learner, Belief, Ideation,
Leadership Challenge Values - Creativity, Service,
Honesty/Integrity, Faith, Dependability
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 ABA, 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
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.
Strengths Quest Strengths-
Leadership Challenge Values-
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 proudly
endorses Yamaha Drums, Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals Meini
Percusion and Offworld Percussion..
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
Strengths Quest Strengths - Individualization,
Developer, Relator, Empathy, Includer
Leadership Challenge Values -
Christine (Shaffner) Johnson (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! And very excited to be expecting her daughter's birth
Video Productions Specialist
Strengths Quest Strengths - Empathy, Maximizer, Developer,
Leadership Challenge Values - Creativity, Open-Mindedness,
Empathy, Patience, Humor
Daniel graduated from Butler in 2012 with two BA's in
Digital Media Production and ART + Design. He performed in the BUMB
drumline for three years, taking over as the band's announcer for
two more. He began shooting and editing the BUMB performances in
2012 and created that season's DVD. He continues to produce our
full-season DVD, and in 2013 developed the "Butler Athletic Bands"
You Tube channel which he maintains.
During his final year as a student at Butler, Daniel
worked as the videographer and media producer for the American
Pianists Association recording concerts at the Indiana Historical
Society and in the Hilbert Theater.
Daniel has over 13 years of experience as a jazz and
clasical performer on the upright bass. Daniel has played in the
Butler Symphony Orchestra and for two years as the bass player with
the Butler vocal group "Jordan Jazz." He traveled, as part of the
"JJ" rhythm section, to Hong Kong and Brazil, playing in
international schools and other concert venues. He has also
performed the musicals RENT, Batboy, The Last Five Years, and The
Rocky Horror Picture Show with Footlight Musicals, a local
all-volunteer musical theatre organization.
As if he didn't have enough music in his life, Daniel
can also be seen dancing around the Indiana State Fair (and several
other locations in Indiana, Kentucky, California, Illinois, New
York and China) with a 12-man brass group known as the "Circle City
Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band." Just look for the tall bass drummer
with a chicken on his head.
Spirit Programs Staff
200-A Atherton Union
Strengths Quest Strengths - Consistency,
Responsibility, Harmony, Individualizatinon, Relator
Leadership Challenge Values - Family,
Spirituality/Faith, Loyalty, Flexibility, Dependability
Garden House Carillon Studio
Strengths Quest Strengths -
Leadership Challenge Values - Autonotmy, Respect,
Curiosity, Love-Affection, Independence
Bill likes playing the bells on campus. It is a large outdoor
instrument on Lake Road with a tower and grand staircase,
reflection pool, and a couple of waterfalls. It is called the Mrs.
James Irving Holcomb Memorial Carillon. Except for one year of
renovation, it has been chiming the hour daily since 1959.
It is played live about 33 times a year from the Carillon Room
in the Garden House. Concerts include Homecoming, Family Weekend,
International Students, Women's History, several National Holidays,
and Sunday evenings all summer long. His favorite program is
Phantom of the BellsGreatest Hitson Halloween.
Bill was fascinated by the sound as a freshman, studied two
years, and succeeded his teacher in 1972. He received a Bachelor of
Piano and Masters in Music History. He also plays cast bells at the
Scottish Rite Cathedral, Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, and West Point
Military Academy. He is an associate member of the Guild of
Carillonneurs of North America.
Bill is also a pianist in the department of dance. This has
opened a whole new world of delicious opportunities like Dance
Theatre of Harlem, college dance festivals, and travel to Brazil.
He serves on 3 Board of Directors, plays for church services,
Project Director for a city-wide inner-faith concert at the
Palladium, and a Creative Renewal Fellow to Brazil through the Arts
Council of Indianapolis.