Aaron Theall is currently the Director of Bands at DeRidder High School. Aaron is in his 9th year of teaching, all of which he has taught both the DeRidder High School and DeRidder Junior High School bands. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing in various musical ensembles. Aaron plays french horn in the Lake Charles Community Band, tenor horn in the Calcasieu British Brass Band, baritone saxophone in the Southwest Jazz Ensemble, and rings hand bells and plays french horn in the orchestra at First Baptist Church in DeRidder, Louisiana. Aaron has served as an honor band clinician and marching band judge in the state. Aaron is a 2012 graduate of Louisiana State University where he received a bachelor of music education in instrumental music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. While attending LSU, he was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He was also recognized in 2013 as a recipient for the Louisiana Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Young Music Teacher Award. He has served as the Vice President for the District V Band and Orchestra Director's Association from 2014-2019. Aaron is currently the Corps Director of Operation for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Aaron began his drum corps career with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the mellophone section in 2008 and returned in 2011. In 2014, he joined the instructional staff of the Louisiana Stars Drum and bugle Corps where he became the Assistant Corps Director in 2015.
Evan T McAleer
Evan T McAleer is an active educator, performer, and designer. Now in his 8th year of teaching, Evan is in his fourth year as the Assistant Band Director at DeRidder High School. Evan has been a visual and drill designer for numerous schools across Louisiana for the past 8 years, and is thankful for the opportunity to help create performance opportunities for performers of all skill levels. While serving as the Assistant Band Director at DeRidder High School, Evan has also served as the Visual Caption Head for the Lafayette, LA-based Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his work in design and education, Evan continues to perform in a variety of settings. Currently Evan is the Solo Tenor Horn of the Calcasieu British Brass Band, the 3rd Trombone of the Southwest Jazz Band, and most notably a member of the Allumer Quartet of which he is a founding member, and continues to work toward expanding the horn quartet repertoire through the commissioning and premiering of new music.
While at a young age, Evan was extremely fortunate to be a member of the Father Ryan High School Band Program as well as the Father Ryan High School Musical Theater productions, both of which helped foster a love of the performing arts. Before graduating with a degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University, Evan spent his 4 summers performing as a member of both the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2010) as well as Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2011).
Ms. Daphne Richardson is currently the director at DeRidder Junior High School and is an assistant at DeRidder High School. She is currently teaching her 35th year of band and her 19th year in DeRidder.
She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in December 1985. She has taught in both public and private schools in Missouri, Texas and Louisiana. Ms. Richardson is a member of NAfME, LMEA, LBA, WBDI, TMEA, TBA and Phi Beta Mu. She has served her state as an LBA President, LMEA District Director for both District 1 and 5, Band Division Chairman, Public Relations Chairman and District V Honor Band Chairman. She is currently 2nd Vice President for the Louisiana Bandmasters Association.
Ms. Richardson has directed several Honor Bands in Louisiana and has judged for Large Ensemble and Solo & Ensemble Festivals throughout Louisiana. She was named Louisiana Bandmaster of the Year for 2012. She currently plays trumpet with the Southwest Jazz Band, the Lake Charles Community Band and sometimes with the First Baptist Church of DeRidder. Besides playing trumpet, Ms. Richardson loves to run half marathons, ride her bike and drive her Jeep.