2017 Brass Education Team

The CTHurricanes are excited to introduce our 2017 Brass Education Team.  Hurricanes alumnus, Manny Arboleda is taking on the role of Brass Caption Head.  He is being joined by another Hurricanes alumnus and 4-time Hall of Famer (RI Matadors, CT Hurricanes, Buglers Hall of Fame & World Drum Corps Hall of Fame), Scott Friend & Brendan Michalko who is new to the corps.

Executive Director Brian Maroldt said, “We’re very excited to have Manny, Scott & Brendan heading up the brass program.  These three all embody our commitment to the educational experience we provide to our members, as during this season, all three will have completed graduate degrees in music education!  They are focused on the development of our members not only as musicians, but as individuals outside of drum corps as well.”

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Manny Arboleda – Brass Caption Head
Manny Arboleda is a full-time elementary school music teacher in Naugatuck, CT.  He graduated from Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and is will complete his Master’s Degree in Music Education in May (also from WCSU).

Manny marched trumpet with the Hurricanes in 2011, and went on to march trumpet for three years with The Cadets in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Manny has also spent six years teaching local marching bands, including the University of New Haven Chargers Marching Band, Naugatuck High School, Danbury High School, and Shelton High School.  He also started a SoundSport, an indoor marching program for grades 6-8 in Naugatuck, which has seen membership increase 163% in two years under his leadership.


Scott L. Friend – Brass  Technician
Scott L. Friend began his drum corps career in 1966 with the Enfield, Connecticut Sabers. He has also performed with the Springfield Targets and played flugelhorn and lead soprano bugle with the St. George Olympians. Upon graduation from high school, Scott entered the U.S. Navy as a trumpet player and performed with Navy Band #112 of New York and Northeast Navy Band of Newport, Rhode Island. His music experience included jazz band, concert band and the famous Newport Brass Quintet. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1975, Scott finished his “age out” with St. George Olympians.

While pursuing his college education, Scott served as an assistant brass instructor for the Enfield Centurions Junior Drum Corps as well as Fantasia Drum and Bugle Corps working with arrangers such as Jack Gerster, Ray Fallon and Pepe Netero. Wanting additional drum corps experience, Scott, along with his wife Kim, joined the Rhode Island Matadors Senior Drum Corps where he quickly became a soloist and assistant brass instructor. He has performed with famous musicians such as Ritchee Price and Jimmy Centorino. Scott was also one of the famous megaphone soloists in the 1980’s.

After leaving the Matadors to raise a family and pursue his teaching career, Scott returned to senior drum corps with the Connecticut Hurricanes and served as assistant brass instructor in 1986. Over the course of his 17 seasons with the Hurricanes, Scott has taken on the roles of soloist, brass instructor and drum major. Scott has spent 34 years teaching high school band in Naugatuck and Brookfield, Connecticut where he also taught competitive band, color guard, jazz band and percussion ensembles. He has also lectured for the UCONN Marching Band.

At present, Scott performs with the Connecticut Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps while lecturing part-time for the Naugatuck High School Band. Scott holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Music Education from UCONN and Western Connecticut State University, respectively. He also has a degree in performance from the U.S. Navy School of Music in Virginia. Scott has been honored with membership in the Rhode Island Matadors Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Hurricanes Hall of Fame, the Buglers Hall of Fame and an associate membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.


Brendan Michalko – Brass Technician
Brendan Michalko is a graduate of The Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  While at Gettysburg College, Brendan played trumpet and mellophone in the Bullets Marching Band.  He is currently enrolled at Western Connecticut State University where he will complete his Master’s Degree in Music Education in May.

Brendan also served as the Assistant Band Director and a Brass Technician at Westhill High School Marching Band for 4 years and has been a full-time music teacher in Stamford Public Schools for the past 5 years.

Brendan is looking forward to starting his first season with the Hurricanes!

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