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The staff of the Douglas County High School Band Programs are one of the most important attributes to the students' success. Our staff are very talented musicians and performers in the Denver Metro area. They have years of experience dedicated towards passing their knowledge on to young musicians. It is our privilege to have them work with our bands.


DIRECTOR OF BANDS

VISUAL DESIGN
Jennifer Carrasco
Dameon Place

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR
Todd Carrasco

COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer Carrasco
Abigail Najera

MUSIC STAFF
Jayne Copland, Flute
Kayleigh TenBarge, Clarinet & Visual
Jim Stranahan, Saxophone & Clarinet
Tyler Richardson, Brass
Todd Carrasco, Percussion


JAZZ BAND INSTRUCTOR

Jim Stranahan


WINTER PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR
Todd Carrasco

WINTER GUARD INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer Carrasco


Director Bio

Chet Aliga is the Director of Bands at Douglas County High School. He conducts the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Musical Pit Orchestra, and Pep Band. He also teaches Percussion Techniques, Piano I, and DC Downbeat (beginning band/orchestra program for elementary school students). Mr. Aliga sponsors Color Guard Techniques class,  Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, and Winter Color Guard.

Prior to joining DCHS, Mr. Aliga was a full-tuition graduate assistant at Western Michigan University where he studied with renowned conductor and composer, Dr. Scott Boerma, and award-winning conductor, Dr. David Montgomery. He taught conducting courses to all undergraduate music majors, assisted with the Concert and Symphonic Bands, and was the principal conductor of the Campus Band. Mr. Aliga had the honor and privilege to conduct two world premieres, including “Lotus Petals” by Nathan Haering, featuring Grammy Award-Winning artist Vanessa Vo. He was also heavily involved with the WMU athletic bands, designing drill/show for the Bronco Marching Band, and co-directing the Pep Bands. Mr. Aliga’s work as a graduate student was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 WMU School of Music Graduate Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service.

Before attending Western Michigan University, Mr. Aliga was the Director of Bands at West Liberty High School in Iowa. He oversaw all aspects of the high school instrumental program and 5th grade beginning band.

Mr. Aliga graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Music Education. He studied euphonium with John Manning and performed in numerous ensembles as a low brass player and singer. He also served as the Drum Major for the Hawkeye Marching Band for two years.

Mr. Aliga is a member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Some of Mr. Aliga’s hobbies include running, swimming, hiking, pole vaulting, and playing basketball and football. Being a Chicagoland native, he loves to cheer on his Chicago pro sports teams in addition to the Iowa Hawkeyes and WMU Broncos. Don’t worry, he has officially adopted the Denver Broncos as his #2 team behind Da Bears.

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