Zak Ruffert has been a professional music educator for 17 years as a high school band director, drum corps instructor, and clinician throughout the United States. Zak has worked on the instructional staff at the Magic of Orlando, the Cadets, and the Blue Knights prior returning to the Cadets as a High Brass instructor in 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado, and a Masters of Music in Conducting from Southern Oregon University. As a musician Zak is currently a member of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra in Littleton, CO and the Colorado Brass. Zak currently lives in Aurora, CO with his wife and two sons where he teaches music at Smoky Hill High School.