Caption Heads

Edwin Parker-McConnell
Colorguard Caption Head/Show Designer

Edwin Parker-McConnell is a New Mexico based music educator, colorguard instructor, choreographer, show/program designer and founding staff member of Arsenal. He has taught and written for various schools within the southwestern states, and has been a clinician for other schools within the country. Back at home, he has worked with a slew of high school programs and instructors. He first experienced drum corps in 2010 with the Troopers, which proved to be an invaluable learning experience. Since then, he’s spent his time spreading his love of colorguard wherever he’s been able to. Edwin believes that guard is not just about the competition, choreography, and other tangible elements that come along with it. It’s also about the passion, joy, and love that one develops for doing the activity that makes it so wonderful. This is at the foundation of all of his teaching.


Currently, Edwin resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is the Assistant Director of Bands at La Cueva High School and the Orchestra Director at Roosevelt Middle School. He serves as the colorguard director for the La Cueva and Volcano Vista High Schools.

Eric Benton
Visual Caption Head

Originally of Clovis, New Mexico, Eric Benton is currently a Music Education/Tuba Performance major at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. Eric has served on the visual staff at Arsenal for the past three seasons, serving as a Visual Field Tech during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and as the Assistant Visual Caption Head during the 2019 season. Eric has become the Visual Caption Head with Arsenal for the 2020 season. Eric has also been serving as a Low Brass/Visual field instructor at Clovis High School since 2017. Eric’s drum corps experience includes marching one season with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. Eric’s pedagogical belief in regards to teaching stems from the words of his mentor, Mr. Dustin Seifert, which is the acronym K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. In his teaching, Eric aims to ensure that all students view any obstacle as a challenge, and that they approach it with a logical, sound approach that does not make the aspects of performing overly complicated. Eric believes that there is no other activity that can benefit today's youth like the marching arts, and is passionate in his belief that participation in the marching arts fosters growth as an athlete, musician, and most importantly as a functioning member of society.

Art Jimenez
Percussion Caption Head/Battery Coordinator

Art Jimenez is in his 15th year of teaching. Currently, Art is a working musician, clinician, consultant and adjudicator throughout the Texas and New Mexico area.

In 2002, Art graduated from Texas State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at Texas State University, Art was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, PASIC Indoor Drumline, Steel Pan Ensemble, and the award winning Salsa Del Rio. He was also a member of the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corp in 2000 and was a staff member of the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corp in 2003 and Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corp (2019-present). Trained in percussion studies, Art has been under the tutelage of Genero Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, John Lopez, Paul Rennick, Larry White, Byron Mutnick and Butch Miles. Art has had many achievements during his time in Austin ISD, El Paso ISD and Leander ISD. Some of the crowning achievement include Texas State Honor Band 5th place finalist (2010, Rouse High School), Western International Band Clinic Guest Performance (2015, Rouse High School), Western International Band Clinic Guest Performance (2012, Wiley Middle School), Lone Star Classic Drumline Finalist (2014 and 2015, Rouse High School), Lonestar Classic Drumline Finalist (2004 and 2005, Crocket High School) and has won numerous first place marching percussion awards at various marching contests throughout Central Texas. Currently, Art is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society. He is also a working musician who has performed internationally in China, Mexico, Scotland, England, Canada and the United States with musicians such as Carl Fontana, Johnny Rawles, Robert Van Sice, Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase, Ruben Guiterrez, Billy Townes, Subrosa Union, Gruv Crew, Rockabilly Strangers, Boss Street Brass Band, Salsa Del Rio and many more.


Art currently teaches at Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas and resides in Leander, Texas with his wife Michelle and children Noah, Elijah and Evelyn.