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Mr. Christopher Rigolini, Director of Bands

Mr. Rigolini is a music educator originally from Florida. He 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. His responsibilities included teaching band, orchestra, ESE music, music appreciation, color guard, percussion, and guitar classes during the school day as well as directing the marching band and jazz ensemble after school. While in Tampa, Mr. Rigolini was in high demand as a clinician and councilor at many local schools and universities. 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.

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Assisted by: Zach Barker, Brian Ernster, Kelly Rigolini, Joe Hills

Zach Barker
Zach Barker
Zach is an instructor at Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, a drummer with Denver Broncos Stampede Drum Line, and teaches percussion at HRHS and Cherry Creek High School, as well as playing in a few local rock bands. We are glad to have him working with our Drumline and Winter Percussion groups!

Brian Ernster
Brian Ernster

Brian has many years of experience with brass and marching with Cherry Creek High School, THE University of Colorado’s Golden Buffalo Marching Band, the Cal Band in Berkeley, CA, Denver’s Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps from Concord, CA, and has recently retired from 10 years with 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. He is a former marching band assistant at Cherry Creek HS and Arapahoe HS and has been a General Effect and Visual judge in Band and Winter Guard competitions in Texas and Colorado. Brian is in the Army Reserves with over 23 years in various Army positions. Brian plays bass trombone with the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra as well as various other ensembles. Brian is the brass and visual instructor with our Marching Band, and also works with our Winter Guard.

Kelly Rigolini
Kelly Rigolini

Kelly 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!

Joe Hills
Joe Hills

Besides working with our Front Ensemble (Pit) and Winter Percussion groups, Joe teaches band and orchestra at Fox Creek Elementary. He also works with the Blue Knights Winds indoor marching ensemble as music instructor and creative design consultant. During his “free time,” Joe volunteers as an elected member of the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA) Board of Directors and plays percussion with the Pikes Peak Brass Band in Colorado Springs. Joe has earned a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Colorado State University. He marched six years on tuba with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps as well as six years in the front ensemble with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensembles.