Band Director Brandon W. Bitner is in his eighth year of teaching and directing bands and ensembles at Central Dauphin High School. Mr. Bitner directs the CD Jazz Orchestra, 11 O'Clock Big Band, and 12 O'Clock Big Band and the Wind Ensemble, and teaches beginning Music Theory and AP Music Theory. He is also the director of the Pit Orchestra for the musical. Prior to teaching at CDHS, he taught at E.H. Phillips and Rutherford Elementary Schools in the Central Dauphin School District.
Mr. Bitner holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in Music Vocations from Southwestern Community College in
In addition to teaching, Mr. Bitner is an active performer here in the south central Pennsylvania area. He sings and plays saxophone with the Lower Paxton Variety Band, sings with the One More Time combo, and is a member of Voices of the Valley. Mr. Bitner has conducted the pit orchestra with Keystone Theatrics at Allenberry Playhouse and the Carlisle Theatre Company.
Mr. Bitner holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Jazz Education Network, and is a life-long member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Band Director Samuel Tate begins his first year as a music educator and director of bands at Central Dauphin High School. He teaches and directs two percussion ensembles, and the Freshman Concert Band. He teaches a guitar class as well as a class on wind instrument techniques. He is the director of the Central Dauphin High School Ram Marching Band, which competes in Tournament of Bands sanctioned events in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. He previously taught in the Gettysburg Area School District, Pennsylvania, and Howard County Public Schools,
Howard County, Maryland.
Mr. Tate holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Music degree from Towson University in Maryland.
Well versed in multiple musical styles, his previous playing tenures include Penn State and Towson University Ensembles, including four years as member of the Penn State Blue Band. He was principal trumpet of the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra, played in multiple small chamber ensembles in the Greater Baltimore Area, as well as performing other freelance performances. He was selected to perform in New York City with the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra,
under the direction of Eric Richards.
Mr. Tate can be found playing lead trumpet with the Dave Neith Jazz Orchestra, the Lehigh Valley Italian American Band, and other concert bands in the Lehigh Valley. He continues to serve as Assistant Director of Bands at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
INDOOR DRUMLINE DIRECTOR & PERCUSSION CAPTION HEAD
Stephen Gugoff is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, having begun his marching career as a member of the CD Marching Ram Band and the CD Indoor Drumline. While earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Genetic Development at the Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Gugoff continued his band career as a proud member of the nationally recognized Penn State Blue Band, performing before hundreds of thousands within Beaver Stadium, and other college arenas, as well as millions more via national television . He was also a performing member and manager of the Penn State Indoor Drumline, where he was a two-time Winter Guard International Independent World Finalist.
Mr. Gugoff continued his involvement at Central Dauphin High School, assisting throughout his college career, finally taking over as Assistant Marching Band Director, Percussion Caption Head and Director of Indoor Drumline in 2009. Through his tenure working with the talent of dedicated students, the CD Indoor Drumline is now nationally recognized.
INDOOR COLOR GUARD DIRECTOR & COLOR GUARD CAPTION HEAD
Tricia Butz graduated from Nazareth Area High School, where she participated in marching band and indoor color guard for four years. While studying secondary education at Kutztown University, Mrs. Butz instructed color guard at Whitehall and Nazareth Area High Schools, as well as marching for an independent indoor color guard ensemble named Q, in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Butz has personally competed in the Tournament Indoor Association (TIA), the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) as well as the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits. She has also traveled to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships as a performer, appearing twice on the finals floor.
Known by students as "Frau" she teaches German at Central Dauphin High School, having joined the Central Dauphin High School Band Program staff in 2016. She spends her free time reading, watching Netflix, grading class work, and planning for color guard seasons.
MARCHING BAND STAFF
Bass Drums & Visual Designer
Snares & Tenors
Front Ensemble Staff
Front Ensemble Staff