Chris Rigolini is a music educator, originally from Florida, serving as the Director of Instrumental Music at Highlands Ranch High School since fall of 2018. Mr. Rigolini graduated from Florida Southern College in 2012 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He began his teaching career that same year at Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL. In the spring of 2018, he received his Master’s Degree in Wind Band Conducting at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. His professional affiliations include the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, FBA, FOA, FMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Rigolini lives in Centennial, CO with his wife Kelly, son Rory, and dog Lucy.
Zachary Barker is currently serving in his 2nd year as the Associate Director of Instrumental Music at Highlands Ranch High School. Mr. Barker has been the percussion director for the HRHS Falcon Regiment since 2015 and is excited to have recently taken on a larger role within the program. Mr. Barker graduated from Colorado State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. Mr. Barker has previously been an instructor with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, a drummer with Denver Broncos Stampede DrumLine, and has taught percussion at middle schools and high schools across the front range. When Mr. Barker isn’t at the high school you can find him performing with his rock band or enjoying a round of disc
Kelly Rigolini currently serves as the Marketing Manager and Digital Media Specialist for the Performing Arts Academy (PAA) in Highlands Ranch. She has spent the past few years working in marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations. In those roles she reported on human rights issues and helped send medical supplies to vulnerable populations all over the world. She earned an MBA from Hult International Business School and a BA in International Studies and French Studies from American University. Throughout her life Kelly has studied dance, drama, and music and she has experience as a teacher and choreographer. We are glad to have her as director of our Color Guard and Winter Guard!