Mandeville High School Band
​Presented by: Mandeville High School Band Boosters, Inc.

areas and received a superior rating in the state marching band finals.  Prior to Newark, Mr. DiBenedetto was the Band Director for Mount Gilead Schools and taught grades 6th-12th. While at Mount Gilead his marching and concert band programs reached the state level. The marching band won Best Overall and Grand Champion awards many times during those years. ​​​

Mr. DiBenedetto received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Akron. While at Akron, Mr. DiBenedetto was the percussion instructor for three “AA” bands in the area. All percussion sections won best percussion awards throughout these years.

Mr. DiBenedetto will be in charge of the Mandeville High School Skipper Marching Band and Concert Programs. He will also teach Jazz Band, Percussion Class, Basketball Band, and Fine Arts Survey. Mr. DiBenedetto is also excited to start a Winter Guard and Winter Percussion Program.

Brass Instructor

Harry Morter

A New Orleans native, living on the North Shore, Harry Morter is a graduate of Covington High School in 2010 and Southeastern Louisiana University in 2015 with a degree in trumpet performance. Harry has been playing trumpet professionally for 7 years in a variety of bands and genres. He can be heard on 3 studio albums with the band Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces, as well as multiple one track recordings with other groups. He is currently touring with the internationally renowned New Orleans funk band, Water Seed.

Head Percussion Instructor

Evan Lapeyrouse

Evan Lapeyrouse is a native of Bourg, LA where he attended South Terrebonne High School before moving on to Southeastern Louisiana University to study Music Education. He is currently in his 4th year and has been a member of numerous ensembles. Those ensembles include, Southeastern Wind Symphony, Southeastern Opera Orchestra, Spirit of the Southland Marching Band, and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. He is currently the Principle Percussionist of the Southeastern Wind Symphony. In May of 2014, he performed with the Wind Symphony in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He also has served time as the Marching Percussion Section leader for the Spirit of the Southland in the fall 2015 season.

Head Guard Instructor
Rashaad Williams

Assistant Band Director
Joshua Stearman

Joshua Stearman is the Assistant Band Director at Mandeville High School. Prior to Mandeville, Mr. Stearman served as the Director of Bands at Delcambre High School teaching grades 6-12. At Delcambre, his marching band frequently earned Sweepstakes awards, and the Symphonic Band earned sweepstakes awards at the District and State Concert Assessments. Mr. Stearman earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University where he studied percussion under Brett Dietz and conducting under Dennis Llinás. Mr. Stearman is a graduate of Slidell High School, and has performed with the LSU Wind Ensemble, LSU Symphony Orchestra, Hamiruge: the LSU Percussion Group, the Acadian Wind Symphony, and the National Community Band.​

Director of Bands
Percussion Instructor
Rossi DiBenedetto

Rossi DiBenedetto is the Director of Bands for Mandeville High School. Prior to Mandeville, Mr. DiBenedetto received his master’s degree in Percussion Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University. While attending Southeastern, Mr. DiBenedetto was the graduate assistant. His duties included Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Basketball Band, Percussion Methods, and World Music.  Prior to Southeastern, Mr. DiBenedetto taught instrumental music for four years in Ohio at Newark High School and Mount Gilead Schools.  In Newark, Mr. DiBenedetto’s bands went to state in all 

Staff Info

Woodwind Instructor

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright is originally from Tuscaloosa, AL, where she started music at a young age. Now a Senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, Caroline is studying to receive a degree of Bachelor of Music with a focus in Music Education.  In May of 2015 Caroline had the opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts with the Southeastern Wind Symphony.  She has also been apart of other numerous ensembles offered at Southeastern. She is a percussionist in the Symphonic Band, a past member of the Orchestra, and the current drum major of the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band. Next summer Caroline will be traveling across Europe with the Southeastern Concert Choir performing in Budapest, Vienna and Paris.

Woodwind Instructor
Justin Dardenne

.A Northshore native, Justin Dardenne is a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. He is an Honors graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at Southeastern, Justin performed with various groups including the Southeastern Wind symphony, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartet, the Opera, and various other ensembles. He is a professional musician who plays in the Covington, Mandeville area. Justin student taught at Mandeville Junior High and is currently teaching at Carolyn Park Middle School, Lake Harbor Middle School, and Abney Early Childhood.