About Mrs. Hutson
Debbie Hutson began teaching music over 30 years ago after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University, where she also later received her Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Music. In that time she has worked with musicians at all age levels, from elementary school through college and beyond, but her passion for teaching instrumental music, and the majority of her experience, lies with teaching Jr. High. Currently, she is the Band Director at Terramar Elementary School in the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) in Phoenix, AZ where she has been teaching since 2012.
In her capacity as a music educator, she has filled many leadership roles outside the classroom. She was the Alhambra Elementary School District Band Coordinator from 1992-1998, has been a Special Area Team Lead at Terramar since 2014, was a clinician for DVUSD’s 6th Grade Honor Band, is currently serving as the DVUSD Band Team lead for the 2017-18 school year, and was a staff member for the AZ Ambassadors of Music to Europe in 1997, 1999, 2015, and 2017. She also often serves as an adjudicator for the Arizona Music Educator’s Association (AMEA) Solo/Ensemble Festival, Arizona All State Flute Section, ABODA Area Jr. High Concert Band Festival, and the Phoenix Youth Symphony Guild as well as a flute clinician for the Phoenix Symphony Guild Symphonic Winds.
For six consecutive years her Terramar bands have received a Superior with Distinction at the DVUSD concert festivals, and throughout her career her bands consistently receive Superior with Distinction at ABODA Jr. High concert festivals. This high standard of performance results in her program consistently placing a high number of students in the Junior High All State Bands each year.
In 2017, Debbie was honored to receive the DVUSD Teacher of the Year award. She also received the OM Hartsell Excellence in Music Education Award in 2016, and the Alhambra ESD Excellence in Education Award in 1994. Her bands and small ensembles have been asked to perform at numerous district events throughout her career, including the AZ Superintendents’ Association Bi Annual Conference, and her jazz bands regularly perform at local civic events. Recently, the Terramar Band celebrated their selection as an AMEA Performance Group (2015).
Outside of Education, Debbie is a professional flutist and also enjoys playing pennywhistle and other woodwind instruments. She was a flutist for the Tempe Symphony for 10 years, has been Principal Flute for the Scottsdale Philharmonic Symphony since 2013, performs professionally in local musicals, plays pennywhistle occasionally with Trotter’s Wake Irish Band, has taught flute privately throughout her professional career, and taken Musical Missions trips to the Philippines, Rio de Janeiro, New Mexico, and Scotland. Though it might seem that music dominates her life, she actively enjoys baking, hiking, and traveling.
During her last year of undergrad studies, Debbie met Kris Hutson while playing in the Lyric Opera Theatre Orchestra and they got married in 1984. Kris spent most of his professional career teaching High School Band, but recently made the switch to Administration and currently works as the Assistant Principal of Attendance and Discipline at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ. He plays the trombone and the two of them often play their instruments together in orchestras around the Valley and abroad. They have two children- Tiffany works as a Producer for SoulPancake in Los Angeles, CA, and Stephen works for Simplero, a marketing software company. Stephen’s beautiful wife, Christina, works as a Health Coach. The way to Debbie’s heart is through Dutch Bros coffee and a bouquet of autumn-colored flowers!