Cutler Boughn grew up in Salem, Oregon, and was a percussionist with the Grammy Award winning Sprague High School Music program. At Sprague, he was active in all facets of the music program. While in school, he performed in the Salem Youth Symphony as well as numerous youth and adult-based concert ensembles. In Oregon, Cutler studied percussion with Charles Dowd, Sean Wagoner Micah Brusse, Dr. Robert Brudvig and Terry Ostergaard. In Arizona, his primary educators have been Dr. Douglas Nottingham, currently the director of percussion at Glendale Community College and founding director of the Professional Chamber Percussion Ensemble; "Crossing 32nd street" as well as Dr. J.B. Smith and Dr. Mark Sunkett, both of Arizona State University.
As a percussionist, he has performed with numerous professional ensembles including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and numerous other concert, jazz, marching and percussion ensembles in Oregon, Washington and Arizona.
Cutler has been a marching member and staff member in both the WGI and DCI circuits and is currently an endorser for Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, where he serves on the Vic Firth Education Team. Cutler is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a bachelor's degree in Music Business; he remains active in Arizona as the percussion director of a large band program, clinician, performer and educator. Cutler also serves the role of consultant and assists with various high school, middle school and elementary school band programs in all areas relating to percussion (marching, concert, jazz, chamber music, hand percussion, international, etc.).