Professional Staff

Dr. Joe Cernuto - Director

Dr. Joe Cernuto is Assistant Professor of Music at Millersville University, where he directs the Marching Marauders, conducts the Wind Ensemble, coordinates the Concert Band, and teaches courses in music and music education. He also serves as director of Millersville Summer Music Camps. Dr. Cernuto is an in-demand clinician, adjudicator, arranger, and conductor in the concert and marching venues. He has presented on research in conducting, repertoire selection, and music technology ac

Dr. Cernuto earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His major teachers include Mark Heidel, Kevin Kastens, David Waybright, Joyce Davis, Russell Robinson, and Tim Brophy. Dr. Cernuto’s professional affiliations include the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Band Association, Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Carly Spina - Battery Percussion Coordinator

Carly Spina is a Downingtown, PA native who graduated from Downingtown East High School in 2018 and graduated from Millersville in 2022 with her BS in Music Education. While at Millersville, she marched bass drum in the MUMMB and was one of the students to be selected to participate in the 2020 CBDNA Intercollegiate Marching Band. She also served as bass drum instructor at Penn Manor High School. Currently, she works as the Director of Bands for grades 4-6 at South Eastern School District, as well as serving as the Assistant Marching Band Director and Pit Orchestra Director at Kennard-Dale High School. Outside of education, Carly also performs as a percussionist in the Lyric Band of Hanover and quads for the Hanover Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps. Carly currently attends The University of Texas at El Paso, studying for her Masters of Music with a concentration in Wind Conducting. She resides in York, PA with her cat Stanley and hermit crab Gustav Holst.


Henry Miller - Front Ensemble Coordinator

Henry Miller is a graduate of Millersville University holding a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Henry is excited to be returning to his alma mater as the front ensemble coordinator and he looks forward to giving back to the organization that he was a proud member of for four years. For two of those years, he served as co-section leader of the front ensemble. Also, during his time at Millersville, he was one of the principal percussionists in Millersville’s premier concert ensemble and was the principal timpanist for the orchestra. Henry served on the executive boards of multiple clubs and organizations; most notably was his time as the President of his school’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Henry has done instructional work for Music for Everyone and their afterschool programs. Before attending Millersville, Henry marched in Drum Corps International with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps for two seasons where the group finished as open class finalists.  

Henry is currently teaching private drum and piano lessons to students of all ages at Guitar Center Lancaster. When Henry is not teaching or performing music, he likes to spend his time watching movies, playing video games, studying chess and exercising. He enjoys trying new foods, visiting new places, and spending time with loved ones.  


Kylie Calogero - Color Guard Student Instructor 

Kylie Calogero is a highly accomplished and versatile artist in the realm of color guard, with an impressive six-year journey that spans numerous achievements and diverse creative endeavors. With a passion for the art form that knows no bounds, Kylie has made a significant impact as a performer, instructor, choreographer, and now as the newly appointed Color Guard Director for the Millersville University Marching Band. 

As the captain of the South Western High School Color Guard for two years, Kylie led her team to unparalleled success, fostering a culture of excellence and teamwork. Her exceptional leadership skills and unwavering dedication were instrumental in their triumph through the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing her ability to inspire and motivate her peers. 

Kylie's commitment to the development of young talents led her to become a Color Guard Instructor at South Western High School, where she has devoted the past three years to sharing her expertise. Her innovative teaching methods, combined with her own outstanding achievements, have resulted in remarkable growth and achievements for her team, including a coveted Cavalcade Championship win in 2021. 

In addition to her color guard endeavors, Kylie's choreographic expertise has extended to other domains. She has successfully choreographed music videos, demonstrating her versatility and ability to bring artistic visions to life. Furthermore, her role as a choreographer for the Tik-Tok viral a cappella group, Chromatic, contributed to their outstanding third-place finish at the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals, showcasing her ability to create captivating routines that resonate with audiences. 

Now, as the newly appointed Color Guard Director for the Millersville University Marching Band, Kylie's talents and experiences converge, as she takes on the responsibility of leading and shaping the future of the university's color guard program.

Elaine, Holly, & Tammy Russell - Twirling Instructors

Elaine and her two daughters, Holly and Tammy, are the twirling instructor team at Millersville University. Elaine has an extensive history of twirling, coaching, and judging for many organizations in the past 35 years. She also owns her own studio, Russell's Dance and Baton Studio, which was established in 1996. Elaine started training her daughters Holly and Tammy in dance and baton at three years old, and both Holly and Tammy went on to win numerous titles such as International Twirling Champion, Miss TU World Majorette, Junior Olympic Gold Medalist, Twirl Mania Duet Champion, and World Show Twirling Champion. Holly and Tammy also were feature twirlers at both Coatesville High School and West Chester University.