Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1994 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education, Dustin taught for the Collinsville School District in Oklahoma until 1999. During his four-year tenure, he was the percussion arranger/director for the band program. Under Dustinâ€™s direction the drumline received the final High Percussion award in 1994 at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association State Marching Contest. From 1994 to 2003 Collinsville has been the Okla. Bandmasters Assoc. State Marching Contest Grand Champions Class A-3A.
In 1999 Dustin accepted the Director of Percussion Studies for the Van Buren School District in Arkansas. His drumline has captured two grand champion drumline honors at the Arkansas Open contest, and best drumline award Class 5A at Siloam Springs Invitational Marching Classic. The high school percussion ensemble accepted an invitation to perform at the Arkansas Day of Percussion at the Univ. of Arkansas, where Dustin also gave a master class on Marching Percussion Arranging and Composition. Some 15 percussion students of his have gone on to make All-State, one of which was first chair All-State Jazz Band. From 1999 to 2001 Dustin served as adjunct music faculty at The University of Arkansas Fort Smith, formerly Westark Community College.
Dustin serves as a percussion judge for various marching band competitions in Arkansas, and presents marching percussion clinics for several small schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is the drum set player for the First Baptist Church Van Buren, occasionally performs with the Fort Smith Symphony, Fort Smith Chorale, and the River Valley Community Band. He resides in Van Buren with his wife and two children. Dustin is a professional member of the Percussive Arts Society, a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, an endorser of Dynasty Drums and Evans Drumheads.