Tracy Wooton has been involved in color guard and the pageantry arts for over 30 years. Originally hailing from Springboro, OH, and once a custom home builder, Tracy now resides in the Austin, Texas area where he's an avid bass angler & bass fishing enthusiast.
Karleen Irizarry is a Manor, TX native where she performed with the manor High School colorguard. Karleen currently teaches color guard at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, TX. When not supporting Invictus World, Karleen studies Mass communications.
Nathan Ward graduated from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School in Austin, Tx in 2003. Since then he has learned and instructed with Craig Frank, Don Haynes, Damon Talley, Tyler Dempsey, Art Jimenez, Kari Klier, Kris Hartman, Kyle Arwine, and Robert Monroy. Mr. Ward performed with the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Champion Revolution Winter Ensemble in 2004/2005. Entering his 13th year of teaching, Mr. Ward was involved in performing with and teaching the Texas State University Bobcat Band in San Marcos, Tx for the 2009-2011 seasons. For seven years Mr. Ward was involved with Rhythmic Force, an independent percussion ensemble and served as assistant director, instructor, music composer, drill writer, and visual design. Mr. Ward's current role as Battery Coordinator at Stony Point includes instruction, overall design, and music composition. Mr. Ward lives in Austin with his girlfriend Carly, and enjoys playing in the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, the oldest civic band in Austin.
Private Lesson Staff
Robert Hutsko is a freelance trumpeter and private teacher in the Round Rock area, where he has taught for the past 15 years. Mr. Hutsko was also a middle school band director in Pennsylvania and Arizona for 11 years. A graduate of Penn State, Mr. Hutsko performed around the world in the Army Band. Mr. Hutsko has extensive brass quintet and orchestral experience, and consistently has students in the All Region and All State Bands.
Danielle Ibrahim is a freelance horn player and instructor in the greater Austin area. She has been teaching private french horn and piano lessons in a number of Austin, Round Rock and Pflugerville middle and high schools for several years and has earned a master’s degree in horn performance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She has performed with ensembles in Michigan, Indiana, and Texas including the Michigan Pops Orchestra, Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Chamber Winds, Austin Chamber Music Center, and Texas Chamber Winds.
Sumner Erickson was the Principal Tubaist with the Pittsburgh Symphony for 23 seasons (hired at age 18), and has been the first-call substitute tuba for the Empire Brass Quintet since 1995. He has been on the faculty of Temple University, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Sumner has taught in many middle and high schools in the Austin Metro area for the past 10 years.