University Bands and Spirit Programs

Athletic Band Staff

David McCullough photo

David McCullough
Director of Athletic Bands
316 Atherton Union
(317) 940-9876

Strengths Quest Strengths - Learner, Belief, Ideation, Connectedness, Strategic

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 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 '07, '11
Drumline Instructor

Strengths Quest Strengths - Achiever, Restorative, Individualization, Relator, Responsibility

Leadership Challenge Values - Patience, Communication, Productivity, Open-Mindedness, Equality

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 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 performer.


Christine ShaffnerChristine Johnson '03
Flagline Instructor

Strengths Quest Strengths - Individualization, Developer, Relator, Empathy, Includer

Leadership Challenge Values - Hope, Independence, Flexibility, Patience, Creativity

Christine (Shaffner) Johnson 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 in November!


Dan McCDaniel McCullough '12
Video Productions Specialist
(317) 796-2229

Strengths Quest Strengths - Empathy, Maximizer, Developer, Intellection, Communication

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 classical 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

Jamie TroyerJamie Troyer
Spirit Coordinator

200-A Atherton Union
(317) 940-9623

Strengths Quest Strengths - Consistency, Responsibility, Harmony, Individualization, Relator

Leadership Challenge Values - Family, Spirituality/Faith, Loyalty, Flexibility, Dependability

Jamie is a Graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington, and was a 4-year member of the IU Cheerleading program.  During her time in college, she also worked as an instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association, and taught at summer camps all throughout the Midwest.

She was hired as the Butler University Spirit Coordinator in December of 1998, and has directed and supervised the cheerleaders and mascots ever since.  The program has grown in size over the years, won many awards at Collegiate Spirit Camp, and continues to represent Butler well on a National level.  The Butler Cheerleaders & Mascots take pride in their performance on game-day, which has been a focus and strength of Jamie's since her cheerleading days.

Jamie also works as a cheerleading coach and tumbling instructor at Indiana Elite All-Star Cheer & Tumbling in Noblesville, IN.

Ryan PetersenRyan Q. Petersen '05
Assistant Cheerleading Coach

Strengths Quest Strengths - Relator, Individualization, Activator, Arranger, Harmony

Ryan is originally from Elkhart, Indiana and a proud 2005 graduate of Butler University, with a BS in Business Marketing.  He began his cheerleading career at Elkhart Memorial High School as a two year Varsity Squad member and letter-winner.  He continued on to cheer at Butler for two years and also coached and cheered for an all-star competitive cheerleading program in Westfield, Indiana.  Ryan has also worked as a Judge and Spotter for various national cheerleading competition companies; including WSF, Cheersport, and JAMfest.  After graduation, Ryan returned to Butler University  in 2006 as Assistant Cheerleading Coach.

Ryan resides in Fishers, Indiana with his lovable English Bulldog, Winston, who happens to be the half-brother to Butler's beloved former mascot Blue II.  Aside from coaching, he enjoys camping/hiking, photography, all things Chicago (Go Bears!), and his guilty pleasure--his Xbox.

University Carillonneur

Bill EngleWilliam Engle
Garden House Carillon Studio
(317) 695-2926

Leadership Challenge Values - Autonomy, 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 Bells Greatest Hits on 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.