Staff

Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds

Director of Bands

Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is originally from Monmouth, Illinois. Melissa attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor's in music education. While at ISU, she played oboe and English horn in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and Chamber Winds. In addition, Melissa was a drum major for the "Big Red Marching Machine" for five consecutive years.

Melissa taught for four years for Unit 5 Schools in Normal, Illinois, where she instructed all levels of instrumental music. During this time, she earned her Masters in Music Education at the University of Illinois.

Her next teaching position was at Belleville Township High School - West, where she instructed Chorus, Concert Band, Instrumental Music, and Marching Band.

From 2001-2003, Melissa was the music director at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Illinois, where she instructed Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, The Marching Showcase, Centralia Winterguard, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. In 2002, Melissa earned her Type 75-General Administrative Endorsement from SIUE.

From 2003-2008, Melissa was the band director at Collinsville High School, instructing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Flute Choir.

Currently, Melissa is the band director at O'Fallon Township High School and is looking forward to many years of providing excellent music education to the band students of OTHS.  In 2010, she earned her Doctorate in Teaching and Learning, emphasis in Music Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.  She is also helping to create the O'Fallon United Community Music School to provide music education to the 5th-8th grade students of O'Fallon District 90.

Mr. Philip Carter

Assistant Director of Bands

Philip Carter is originally from Collinsville, IL. Philip attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor's in Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Performance.

From 2015-2018, Philip served as Director of Bands at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL. He taught three Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and AP Music Theory as well as the extracurricular Marching Band, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra. Under his direction, the Saxophone Quartet performed at the 2018 Music for All National Chamber Music Festival and the Wind Ensemble performed at the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference and the 2018 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival.  It was the first appearance in school history for each festival.

Philip has also participated in conducting symposia at the University of Minnesota, Ball State University, the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University.


Philip currently is serving as Assistant Director of Bands at O'Fallon Township High School.

Mr. Evan Hinds

Instructor/Percussion Director

Evan Hinds is currently in his 8th year as the percussion director at O'Fallon Township High School in O'Fallon, Illinois. His duties at O'Fallon include caption head for the Marching Panthers Percussion and the director of four concert percussion ensembles. Evan was recently an adjunct instructor at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois for 6 years. Mr. Hinds served as the Marching Bearcats Drumline instructor and arranger along with the Marching Bearcats drill writer. Additionally, he taught private percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, marching band methods, and supervised student teachers for the music education program. Evan is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads.

Mr. Hinds currently is a marching band designer for 15-20 bands per year. Evan has served many roles as program coordinator, wind arranger, percussion arranger, and drill writer. He has current clients in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, including Granite City High School (Illinois Marching Band Championships Large Schools Governor's Trophy 2017).

Evan is a Level 2 graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy. Through the academy, he was able to work with Jackie Gilley and Joe Allison as mentors. He has also judged extensively in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah, including the 2015 Utah State Championship and the Kansas Bandmasters Association Championship in 2017.

Mr. Rocco Duranti

Color Guard Director

Rocco currently lives in O'Fallon, IL. He is ecstatic to serve in his first year as the color guard director for O'Fallon Township High School. Rocco has taught various schools throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois in the last few years, ranging from teaching visual, color guard, to being a band director. Rocco teaches visual, music, movement, guard, and choreography for high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and California.

Rocco has been teaching drum corps since he aged out of the activity. His teaching career started at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2014, and has taught at the Phantom Regiment since. 2018 was Rocco's fourth summer with the Phantom Regiment. Rocco's performance career is unique throughout the activity. He started off as a euphonium performer at the Glassmen from 2009-2012. His indoor experience began at Matrix from 2011-2013, and most recently, Rocco performed with Onyx World colorguard in 2017. Rocco is thrilled for his first season with the O'Fallon Township High School Color Guard!