Carlos Botello began his DCI marching career with Lone Star Drum and Bugle Corps in 1995-1997 marching snare all three years. In 1999 he was an age out of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, placing 4th at DCI Midwest I&E, 3rd at DCI I&E, 3rd at the Percussive Arts Society College snare drum individualâ€™s competition. In 2000, he also played snare in the Blue Knights WGI World Class Champion Percussion Ensemble, and took 2nd place at the Percussive Arts Society College snare drum individualâ€™s competition. Botello has marched and studied with percussion instructors Mickey Hartzog, John Wooton, Allan Murray, Brian Stevens, Doug Rosener, and Curtis Pierre.
Botello holds a B.A. in Music Education from New Mexico Highlands University and teaches High School band in the Dallas area. He has instructed and arranged for many groups including Lake Wood High School Winter Drumline in 2000(Percussion Staff); Manzano High School Marching Band & Winter Drumline in 2003-2004(Arranger/Caption Head); 2005 Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps(Percussion Staff), 2006 Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps(Percussion Staff).