Stephen is a freshman music education major at Louisiana Tech. He has played euphonium for 8 years and has learned every low brass instrument in the last four years. He has participated in Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for two years as a euphonium player. He was the drum major of Slidell High School for one year, and has drum major training from Louisiana Stars, though the season was cut short and he never performed as a drum major with the institution. He looks forward to learning and growing with you.
My name is Peyton Johnson I am from St. Amant, Louisiana and currently a freshmen Music Education Major at LSU. I am an active member of the Golden Band From Tigerland, Bengal Brass athletic band, LSU Wind Ensemble, LSU trombone studio, and a brass quintet with fellow students. I love working with musicians of all experience levels, and I look forward to working with new people!
Crystal LoGiudice is our out going Color Guard Director. We want to thank Crystal for her many years of service to Mandeville High School Band and Guard program. Crystal is moving to the Lafayette area and will be working with guards around that area. She plans to slowly transition this summer as we have another person in place to take over the guard director position. She will also consult with us on visual aspects in the future. Good luck Crystal and Thank You!!
Noah Bowers is our incoming Guard Director and will be transiting into that role starting in June. Noah Bowers began his marching career performing with the Destrehan High School Color Guard in Louisiana. He went on to march with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2018) and the Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard (2019,2021) and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble (2020). Noah has worked with many high school groups and is excited to teach at Mandeville High School.
My name is Tedie Cahill and I go to school at Louisiana State University. I am studying Music Education and Performance. My activities include: : Tiger Band, Clarinet Studio, Quartet Member, Featured Accompanist. I am very excited to get to work with new musicians and create memories that will last a lifetime. I’ll see you all at Band Camp.
Band Camp Staff 2021
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 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 is in charge of the Mandeville High School Skipper Marching Band and Concert Programs. He also teaches Jazz Band and Percussion Class. Mr. DiBenedetto was selected by fellow teachers as the 2017-2018 Mandeville High Teacher of the Year.
My name is Emiry Brade and I am from Giddings, Texas. I attend Southeastern Louisiana University as a Music Education Major and play the flute and piccolo.
Brian White is currently a junior instrumental Music Education major at Southeastern Louisiana University. He has played trumpet for 9 years. His last 2 years at Zachary High, he was the drum major for the Band of Blue. He has participated in the marching band, wind symphony, jazz band, orchestra, and symphonic band at Southeastern. He is ready to gain even more knowledge about marching band and have a successful season.
Aubrey Farriel is beginning her teaching career as the Assistant Director of Bands at Mandeville High School. Ms. Farriel earned her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in December 2019. During her time at LSU, she performed in a variety of ensembles including LSU Tiger Band, Symphonic Winds, Reed Trio, Clarinet Choir, and Pit Orchestra. She is very excited to join the team at Mandeville High School.
Barrett Hodgson is currently a sophomore Instrumental Music Education major at Northwestern State University. He has played tuba for 7 years, and has been taking lessons with a professional tuba player for 6 of those years. During his four years at Mandeville High, he participated in honor bands on the parish, district, and state levels, as well as invitational honor bands put on by local universities, and ensembles at Mandeville High. He hopes to gain experience working with students as an instructor, rather than a peer.
Tyler is an audio engineer and percussionist based out of Covington. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Media from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016, under the instruction of Troy Breaux, Danny Devillier, and Chris Munson. During his time at ULL, he has performed with and served as section leader for the Pride of Acadiana Drumline. He was a member of the ULL Ragin Brass Basketball Band, UL Symphonic Band, UL Wind Ensemble, and the UL Jazz Ensemble. As a member of the UL Jazz Ensemble, he has performed with Grammy-winning jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera and Dianne Schuur.
Tyler was a member of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, having played snare in 2014 and drumset in 2015. He also played drumset for Voodoo Independent Percussion in 2013. He is currently the sound designer and engineer for Louisiana Stars. Tyler is also a professional live sound and studio engineer, currently working freelance in the New Orleans area an around the country. He has worked with many popular local acts, including Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band, and the like. He has also had the opportunity to work with many national touring acts, including Smash Mouth, Bryan Adams, Candlebox, the Doobie Brothers, Kehlani, and many others.