Our Staff


Keeping a drum corps "on the street" requires the time and dedication of many people. The Muchachos All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps is fortunate to have many caring and dedicated people doing their part and working as a team to bring the best possible performance level to every performance, whether a DCI show, a parade or a special Memorial Day service.


The administrative staff is led by Carolyn Surrell, Corps Director, who works with Ken Vachon, Treasurer; Judy Aikens, Secretary; the Business Manager; and many other volunteers as support staff. These folks are the ones working behind the scenes to put all the pieces in place so the Corps looks good, sounds good and feels good.


Our color guard is made up of an A-line and a working guard.

The A-Line is a traditional Drum Corps presentation of the American Colors, State Flag, Corps flag and others, reminiscent of the military traditions Drum Corps is based upon.

The working guard are members that use silks or rifles to visually enhance the musical presentation of the Corps. If you have never marched or twirled a flag, don't worry, we'll be happy to teach you. Come down to a rehearsal on Sunday afternoon and check us out. You'll notice the guard members, like the rest of the Corps, range in age from 14 to 60 and we have a lot of fun.


Denyelle Surrell
Denyelle Surrell
Caption Head / Instructor

Denyelle Surrell, Guard Caption Head - Denyelle began her marching arts career in high school as a member of the drumline for the Sanford High School Marching Band. She discovered a love of color guard when she joined The Muchachos in 2010. She marched there for two seasons and then spent a winter spinning with the competitive winter guard Salem Blue.

Upon beginning college at UNH, she became a member of the Wildcat Marching Band and spent all four years performing with them. During the summer of her sophomore year in 2013, she completed a season with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. She also performed every season with the UNH Winter Guard, experiencing and assisting the transition from an exhibition ensemble to a competitive team. Following her graduation in 2016 she returned as assistant coach for both the WMB color guard and the UNH Winter Guard.

In 2017, Denyelle accepted the position of Caption Head and coach for the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corpā€™s color guard. This organization has a special place in her heart and history and she is excited to see what it will achieve in the coming years.


The drum line is an eclectic group, ranging in age from "just starting out" to "old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway". Our experience levels range from beginner to seasoned veterans, with many years' collective experience in marching bands, junior and senior drum corps, DCI/DCA affiliated groups, and performing professionally.


Chris Dufault, Percussion Arranger and Caption Head - Chris has been involved in the marching arts since the age of 11. Marched with the Kingsmen Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps from Fitchburg, MA, in 1974-75, and then moved up to the Kingsmen 1976-1980. He then moved on to the 27th Lancers from Revere, MA, marching in 1981 and 1982.

Chris was on the Lancer staff in 1983 and 1984.

His teaching resume includes all levels:

  • Leicester Satellites - 1984-1987
  • Nashua Spartans - 1986-2006 and then again 2010 and 2011.
  • Boston Crusaders - 1990-1991
  • Manchester Muchachos - 2008-2009
  • Gardner High School - 2007 to present
  • North Middlesex High School - 2013-2014
  • Westminster Elementary School - 2003-2015
  • Pure Fusion Indoor Percussion - 2012-2013

He also served on the Boston University Indoor Percussion staff as well as other High School drum lines through the years.


The brass section's goal is to provide a place where members can continue their music education and be challenged to become better performers and musicians regardless of their experience.

If you are an alumnus of a Drum and Bugle Corps or Marching Band, hopefully you'll be able to continue to grow as a performer and enjoy this activity like you did when you were younger. If you are a younger member, typically under 21, you'll learn what Drum and Bugle Corps is about without having to make as large a time commitment as you would with a competitive corps but still enjoy some of the benefits. Some of our younger members have gone on to competitive DCI World and Open Class Corps and have been extremely successful.


Ian Nelson
Ian Nelson
Brass Instructor

Ian Nelson, Brass Instructor and Arranger - Ian is currently the Band Director at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, NH. He received is Master of Arts in Music Composition (2017) and Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2014) from the University of New Hampshire. He has studied under Dr. Andrew Boysen, Dr. Michael Annicchiarico, Dr, Nathan Jorgensen, David Seiler, and others in Music Composition and Saxophone Performance.

Ian works with many groups in the NH, ME area including Pinkerton Academy, Marshwood High School, Londonderry High School, and Alvirne High School. He also works as a arranger for Sacred Heart University and Marshwood High School. His musical compositions and arrangements have been performed across the US and Europe for all levels of ensembles.

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