We are blessed with an incredible staff of instructors who work so hard with the students and care so much – many of whom are former of students of this great band program.
Mr. Dylan Melanson, Assistant Director of Marching Band. 2013 O’Connor HS Graduate.
Miss Kelsey Mitchell, Colorguard Caption Head. 2012 O’Connor HS Graduate.
Collin Bushnell, Colorguard Weapon Tech. 2016 O’Connor Graduate.
Taylor Lander, Colorguard Flag/Dance Tech. 2016 O’Connor Graduate.
Alison Brightwell–Balot and Shad Balot, Percussion Instructors
Tony Sadlon, High Brass Caption Head/Visual Tech. Trumpet Technician for the ASU Marching Band and Member of the Tucson Symphony.
Jeff Hattasch, Low Brass Caption Head/Visual. Elementary Band Director and Low Brass Technician with the ASU Marching Band.
Mr. Bryan Fike
Acting Band Director
Bryan Fike was born and raised in Arizona, and is an alumni of Sandra Day O’Connor High School (Class of 2012). His primary instrument is the saxophone, and while attending SDOHS, he was the principal alto saxophonist of the Arizona All-State Band three years in a row. Mr. Fike continued his education at Northern Arizona University for 4 years, graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. While there, he won the NAU Concerto Competition and performed as a featured soloist with the NAU Symphony Orchestra twice. Shortly after graduating, he was awarded the “Outstanding Graduating Student in Bachelor of Music Education” by the NAU School of Music. He currently teaches K-8 Music and Band at Sierra Verde STEAM Academy, and continues to play classical and jazz saxophone concerts around the greater Phoenix area with the Tempe Winds and Arizona Wind Ensemble.
Assistant Director of Marching Band
Miss Kelsey Mitchell
Colorguard Caption Head
2012 O’Connor HS Graduate
Colorguard Weapon Tech
2016 O’Connor HS Graduate
Colorguard Flag/Dance Tech
Taylor Lander has been on staff with O’Connor as a colorguard tech for the past two years. She is one of our many O’Connor alumni here on staff with us and graduated in 2016. She is currently a junior at ASU studying Health Sciences with a minor in Nutrition and Healthy Living. Taylor has spun with the ASU marching band for two years as well as 5-time WGI World Class Finalists, Fenix Independent, for two years. In her spare time, she also volunteers at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center to prepare for pursuing a career as a Physician’s Assistant.
Alison Brightwell and Shad Ballot
Alison Brightwell-Balot holds a Bachelor of Music from NAU in percussion performance, and her Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. During her time in Flagstaff she was caption head and music arranger for Sinagua and Coconino high school. She also taught the front ensemble for the WGI percussion group Dark Sky in the competitive 2007-2008 season.
In addition to teaching, Alison has been a performer with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for over ten years and served as Principal for three years of that tenure. Alison has also performed for the Sedona Film Festival, Scottsdale Orchestra, Women in Tune, the Northwest Regional Concert and various other concerts in the greater Phoenix area.
Currently she is Director of Percussion at Cesar Chavez High School and teaches piano and is their percussion music arranger. She also serves as caption head and percussion music arranger for Sandra Day O’Connor High School. She has also arranged music for various groups in and out of Arizona. Alison has served as an adjudicator at the Greater Phoenix honor ensemble, Regionals, Solo and Ensemble, and PAS. Along with adjudicating, Alison was also the guest director for the Greater Phoenix honor percussion ensemble in 2010.
In addition to the above Alison was on staff and co-percussion writer for the DCI Sound Sport program in Phoenix called “Phenom Performing Arts” for their inaugural season. She is also involved with WGAZ and has the honor of being a judge for various competitions! Lastly, she had the extreme privilege to serve as the Vice President for the Arizona Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society from 2014-2018.
Alison is an active member in the Percussive Arts Society, The Arizona Music Educator’s Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. Alison’s passion is about music! She loves teaching music and sharing her passion of music with others.
Alison currently resides in Laveen, Arizona with the love of her life and colleague in percussion, her husband, Shad Balot, her step-daughter, and 4 dogs.
High Brass Caption Head/Visual Tech
Low Brass Caption Head/Visual Tech