Brass Staff

Jesus Candela

Mellophone/Low Brass

Jesus Candela is a graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso and is in his 2nd year of teaching. Currently he is the Assistant Band Director at Wiggs Middle School. Prior to joining Wiggs Middle School, he served as the Head Band Director at Chaparral Middle School in Chaparral, NM. Mr. Candela is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Texas at El Paso where he studies under Brad Genevro.  As an active musician he has frequently performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Mesilla Valley Concert Band and the UTEP Dinner Theater. Mr. Candela's drum corps experience includes marching trumpet with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and currently serving in the brass staff at Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps. He also serves on the faculty with El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras as woodwind sectional coach. In 2017, he was the recipient of the University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Music: Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Candela is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.

Raul Candelaria

High Brass

Raul Candelaria is in his 11th year as a Texas music educator at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas. He is Director of Bands for the marching band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1 and he also assists with the Concert band and Jazz II. Raul has also assisted with the feeder schools throughout his time at Horizon High School. In December 2019 he will earn his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Sul Ross State University.


Raul has been involved in music education since graduating high school in 2003. While attending the University of Texas (UTEP) at El Paso, Raul worked with Del Valle High School as a marching band tech. After graduating from UTEP with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, he went on to become the head band director at Horizon High School where his marching band, concert bands and jazz bands have been awarded with “Superior” ratings and have also received numerous “Sweepstakes” awards. The Horizon High School marching band has consistently advanced to the UIL Area A 5A marching band competition and has competed in the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest. Raul Candelaria is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association. The 2019-20 corps season marks Raul’s first year on staff with Arsenal.


Raul Candelaria currently resides in El Paso, TX with his wife Antoinette and their four children Issac, Lilyen, Ethan and Dorian.

Aunna Marzen

High Brass

Aunna Marzen is a trumpet player from Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently finishing her music performance degree at the University of Iowa, where she performs in the Symphony Band, Orchestra, and Trumpet Studio. Aunna started her drum corps career with the 2016 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps as a soloist. She recently aged out with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019, also serving as one of their trumpet soloists. Following her graduation from the University of Iowa, Aunna plans on attending a master’s program in Trumpet Performance.  This is Aunna's first year with Arsenal.