Director of Bands, Hewitt-Trussville High School
Mike Guzman is the Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, AL. Mr. Guzman also serves as Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Black Warrior Winds, an adult community band serving the West Alabama area. Mr. Guzman currently maintains a large private studio in, where he works with low brass players from grades 6-12. When he is not rehearsing his own ensembles, Mr. Guzman adjudicates and guest conducts throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Guzman completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance/Education from the University of Miami. While at Florida International University he received his master’s degree in conducting, Mr. Guzman served as the graduate assistant for the FIU Golden Panther Marching Band.
Aside from his teaching experience, Mr. Guzman has vast and diverse playing experience serving as a freelance musician playing with such groups as the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Walenstine Symphony, Miami’s Top Brass, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and various brass groups in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
Mr. Guzman is a KHS America Educational Artist for Jupiter Band and Orchestra Instruments. Mr. Guzman lives in Trussville, Alabama with his wife Ada, daughters Abby Grace, Macie Lynn and their dogs.
Associate Director of Bands, Hewitt-Trussville High School
Director of Percussion, Hewitt Trussville High School
AJ Adair is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Hewitt-Trussville High School. Mr. Adair was previously the Assistant Band Director at Oak Grove High School where he conducted the Oak Grove Middle School Band and served as the director of the Oak Grove Indoor Drumline. He has also served as an instructor with DoubleStop Percussion and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Adair has arranged and instructed for many marching bands throughout the southeast.
Mr. Adair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. During his time at JSU, he was a member and section leader of the Marching Southerners Drumline, JSU Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, Latin Ensemble, and JSU Jazz. He has also performed with Atlanta Quest “Q2” Indoor Drumline and West Georgia Regional Percussion.
Mr. Adair’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Adair is originally from Villa Rica, Georgia and currently lives in the Birmingham area in Hueytown with his wife, Ashlyn.
Co-Director of Auxiliary, Hewitt-Trussville High School
Chaney Bowers is a 2009 graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School. While at Hewitt-Trussville, Ms. Bowers was involved in the Marching Husky Band as a Highstepper. She began her teaching career at Hewitt-Trussville in 2014.
Ms. Bowers earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Language Arts from the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, she was involved in the Million Dollar Band as a member of the colorguard. She has also received her master’s degree from the University of West Alabama in Secondary Education with a concentration in English.
Ms. Bowers teaches English at HTHS along with sponsoring the Auxiliary and Senior Board. Outside of school, Ms. Bowers enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, and hanging out with her awesome roommate, Abe the dachshund.
Co-Director of Auxiliary, Hewitt-Trussville High School
Sara Barriault has been an HTHS Band Auxiliary Sponsor since 2018. She and Ms. Bowers coordinate Auxiliary practices, clean flag and dance choreography, assist in designing the halftime show, and handle the finances of the Auxiliary program.
Mrs. Barriault earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Auburn University in 2015. She then taught in Tampa, Florida until 2017 before returning to Birmingham. She currently teaches Precalculus at HTHS.
Mrs. Barriault is a Trussville native and was a Hewitt Trussville Highstepper from 2007-2011. She currently resides in Vestavia with her husband, Daniel, and golden retriever, Champion.
Director of Bands, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School
Brandon Peters is currently in his fourteenth year as Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, and his fifteenth year of teaching. He was named Teacher of the Year for Trussville City Schools in 2012 and again in 2019. The Trussville City School District has been named a Best Community for Music Education in America by the NAMM Foundation for the past five years. Mr. Peters is a native of Jasper, Alabama.
Prior to his time in Trussville, Mr. Peters began his teaching career at Tuscaloosa Middle School. His bands have consistently received superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. The HTMS Honors Band was a guest ensemble at the 2016 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival and performed at the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference. His bands have also performed in Atlanta, Gatlinburg, and Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He is a co-founder of “The Coffee Shop”, a professional learning community for middle school band directors in the state of Alabama and has presented clinics at the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference and the 2018 Alabama All State Band Festival.
At HTMS Mr. Peters oversees the entire band program of 350 students. He conducts the Honors Band and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He also teaches beginner trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. He has guest conducted honor bands throughout the region.
Mr. Peters holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance, and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alabama. At UA he was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as well as the “Million Dollar Band” and studied horn with Skip Snead. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Alabama Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Trussville with his wife, Jenni, who is a Literacy Coach for Trussville City Schools and their daughter, Adalyn.
Associate Director of Bands, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School
Corinth Lewis, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School since 2013.
Mrs. Lewis earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2011, from the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE! She then continued on earning her Masters of Arts in Music Education in 2014. While attending college she participated in the Symphonic band, Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and the Million Dollar Band. The last two years of her undergraduate degree Mrs. Lewis was selected as a section leader for the Million Dollar Band.
At HTMS, Mrs. Lewis conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Band II and assists with the Honors Band and Concert Band I. She also teaches beginner flute, clarinet, saxophone and tuba. She also assists with the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Husky Band. The HTMS Symphonic band consistently earns superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment and the Concert Band II, excellent and superior ratings.
Mrs. Lewis is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Ramsay High school. She is married to her high school sweetheart Erroll Lewis and they have two sons, Elijah and Julian, and a daughter, Elizabeth.