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LH Band Staff

Drill Designer - Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. While in college he performed in the UF wind ensemble, the Cadets of Bergen County, and also Walt Disney as a musician. Craig has written drill for numerous bands, most notably the 2009 FMBC State Champion Winter Park Sound of the Wildcats Marching Band. He also has had success in the indoor percussion arena with Infinity2, the  "A" class state champion during their inaugural year in 2013. Craig has instructed several BOA regional and national finalist bands and several finalist drum corps.




Visual Instructor

Music Instructor


Color Guard Instructor - Jarret Thompson & Ariel Rodriguez







Band Camp Staff

Felix Padilla

Felix Padilla began playing trombone his fourth-grade year in Long Island, New York. Even as a young musician, his elementary school music teacher noticed a lot of potential in him, once telling his parents, “As long as he has music in his life, he’ll be just fine”. After a move to Orlando, Florida, he studied trombone with Orlando Philharmonic/Brevard Symphony Orchestra trombonist Joseph Vascik. While a student at Lake Howell HS, he continued on to make the top placements in All-County and All-State Honor Bands.

Felix is now a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music located in Boston, MA, and will study trombone performance under James Markey (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony). He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Columbus State University May 2017. He studied trombone pedagogy and technique with Dr. Bradley Palmer (Principal Trombonist of LaGrange Symphony). While studying in Columbus, GA, he performed with the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, CSU Wind Ensemble, CSU Wind Orchestra, Schwob Jazz Orchestra, 9th Street Brass Sextet (founding member), Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet.

Felix was selected as a Division II finalist for the American Trombone Workshop International Solo Competition located in Washington, D.C., and competed March 2017. He has performed with the CSU Trombone Ensemble at the Southeast Trombone Symposium hosted in Columbus, GA, and the International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, both in July 2017. During his earlier years of undergraduate education, he performed internationally with the CSU Trombone Octet at the 2014 Slider Asia Trombone Festival in Hong Kong, China. In the summer of 2015, He earned the Drum Corps International Bronze medal as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Felix appears on a newly released CD by the CSU Trombone Studio entitled “Full Tilt” as an ensemble member on various tracks, including solo performance on Brad Edwards’ “Memories of the Spirit”. In addition, he can also be heard on James Markey’s (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony) album “Psychedelia” as an ensemble member on John Stevens’ “The Chief”.

Andres Padilla


Andres Padilla began playing Tuba in his seventh-grade year at Tuskawilla Middle School. He always had special interest towards music but wasn’t until his junior year in high school at Lake Howell High School when his skills really began to grow.  This occurred mostly because he started taking private lessons, first with Joseph Vascik, Orlando Philharmonic/ Brevard Symphony Orchestra Trombonist and then with Claude Kasnig, Brevard Orchestra Tubist. While attending Lake Howell High School, Andres made  All-County and All-State Honor bands.
Andres is currently attending Columbus State University in Columbus, GA where he studied with Professor Andrew Miller, Alabama Symphony, and now will be studying under Professor Bernard Flythe. While at Columbus he plays in the prestigious Schwob School of Music’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jamie Nix.
Andres was name a finalist for SERTEC 2017 Young Artists solo competition and plans to keep competing in the future. 


Percussion Staff

Calli Quire - Front Ensemble Instructor

Calli 1Calli Quire began playing marching and concert percussion instruments in 2015, with the OviedoHigh School Marching Band. Soonafter, she began playing competitively with Infinity Percussion in Orlando, Florida. Starting off in Infinity 2 on Synthesizer, she went on to win a World Championship in Open Class, with a record-breaking high score. Calli began playing Vibraphone with Infinity World in 2019, and continues to march with the World Class ensemble on Marimba and in a leadership position. Calli Quire is also a member of The Boston Crusaders, a Top 5 drum and bugle corps based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Her 2020 season on Vibraphoneand in a leadership position  was cut short due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but she still maintains active membership with corps, and hopes to continue marching in the 2022 season. Calli has been a professional front ensemble music educator, writer and arranger since 2019, and has been with the Lake Howell Silver Regiment ever since.
Aaron Blandina - Drumline Instructor

Aaron started his marching career in 2011 at Charles W. Flanagan High School. He played bass drum all 4 

years as well as lead the drumline as captain in his last 2 years. After graduating in 2015, he attended the University of Florida and performed with the Gator Band for 1 year and marched with INFINITY Percussion for the next 5 seasons. In the 2016 season, he marched with INFINITY 2, and from 2017-2020, he marched with INFINITY World and was bassline section leader his last 2 years. Along with his experience in WGI, Aaron marched in the summer of 2017 with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and marched in the summer of 2018 with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.


After completing his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Florida, Aaron taught the INFINITY Open bassline in the 2021 season and is currently teaching in the INFINITY organization for the next indoor seasons. He has also taught the drumline for Gainesville High School Band and Color Guard from 2016-2019 and helped teach the Nease High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble in the spring of 2018. Aaron hopes to bring his experience and knowledge to uphold the tradition of excellence that the Lake Howell Marching Band is known for throughout the state of Florida and is excited to teach in a program with exceptional staff and students that are eager to learn and grow.





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