Steve Wessels started at Cedar Park High School in 1998 as an Associate Director. Since then, the Cedar Park High School Band has received Sweepstakes honors at University Interscholastic League. In 1999 the band placed (8th) in the 4A Texas State Marching Band Contest. In 2001 the band was the 4A Texas State Marching Band Champion. In 2004 the band was the Silver Medalist in the 5A Texas State Marching Band Contest. Over the years the band has won the Westlake Marching Contest, The Carrollton Marching Contest, The Duncanville Marching Contest and has placed in the finals of BOA Regionals and Super Regionals in Texas. The Concert Bands have been successful in all UIL Concert/Sight Reading Contests earning Superior ratings.
Mr. Wessels is a woodwind specialist. He is also an accomplished pianist. Schools he attended were Angelo State University, Texas Lutheran University and Texas Christian University. He has taught for 19 years at every level of band directing in public schools. He has taught in Shamrock, Texas (Panhandle of Texas), Galena Park, Texas (Houston), Spring Branch ISD (Houston) and Cedar Park, Texas.
Mr. Wessels holds a bachelors degree from Texas Lutheran University and is a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.
Evan VanDoren is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School. His teaching responsibilities include the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, assisting with all others. Mr. VanDoren is also the Director of the Timberwolf Marching Band.
Mr. VanDoren began his tenure at Cedar Park in the fall of 2009, after graduating with honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While at Butler, he was selected as one of Butler’s Top 100 graduates, amongst other achievements.
Mr. VanDoren spent eight years as a marching member of Drum Corps International marching ensembles. His final two years were spent as a drum major at the Carolina Crown, during which time he was honored to receive the Jim Jones Leadership Award, awarded by the DCI, and two consecutive “Member of the Year” awards, awarded by the Carolina Crown membership. His DCI teaching experience includes the Carolina Crown, the Blue Stars, and the Madison Scouts.
Mr. VanDoren is an active clinician and arranger, presenting for Drum Corps International, the Music Educator’s National Convention, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Mr. VanDoren is honored to be part of the Cedar Park Band family, and enjoys working in a community where music is a valued component of every child’s education.
Kenneth Brown is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas.
Mr. Brown has been teaching Texas high school bands for the past 9 years, having taught at Clear Springs High School and Kempner High School in the Houston Area. Prior to that, he attended Western Michigan University earning a master of music degree in instrumental conducting while also spending his summers as a member of the brass and visual staffs with The Capitol Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and a member of the visual staff with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007. Before attending graduate school, Mr. Brown was a middle school band director in the Youngstown City School District in Ohio near where he grew up and earned his bachelor of music degree in music education from Youngstown State University. While an undergraduate student, Mr. Brown had the privilege of being a member of the 10 time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps earning a Silver and a Bronze medal in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Mr. Brown performed with the baritone section when he was a member of The Cadets but his primary instrument is actually the bassoon and was an Ohio All-State musician; he still enjoys playing whenever time allows.
Mr. Brown’s professional affiliations include The Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Manuel San Luis
Manuel San Luis has been with the Leander I.S.D. Band programs since 1994. Prior to coming to Leander ISD, he was the middle school head band director at Copperas Cove Junior High, middle school head director at Eldorado Middle School and assistant director in Mercedes, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education with honors at Southwest Texas State University where he was part of the University Honors Program and studied under the late James Sudduth, John Stansberry, and Dr. David Pino. Post-graduate work was done at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied under the late John Paynter, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Camphouse, and Dr. Charles T. Menghini.
Mr. San Luis has had decades of Sweepstakes bands under his direction, and has had a top ten Class C Middle School Texas State Honor Band when he was at Eldorado Middle School, and in 2004, was a TMEA Class CCC State Honor Band finalist. While at Cedar Park Middle School, Mr. San Luis’ groups have earned regional, national and international acclaim – having been invited twice to the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illionois; TMEA CCC State Honor Band finalist; having been awarded the international John Philip Sousa Sudler Cup for having a “junior high school band program of the very highest quality”, and a five time national winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors.
Mr. San Luis has been nominated for the Disney American Teachers Award. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Texas Federation of Teachers.
He considers himself honored and privileged to have had many great mentors and band directors as strong influences during his career. Above all, he considers his students as his greatest inspiration.
Mr. San Luis directs the Symphonic Band, Beginning Clarinet, Beginning Tuba, and Beginning Saxophone classes.
He plans budget, transportation, trips, fundraisers, Activity account, communications, and public relations, as well as overseeing the logistics behind the entire band program.
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David Barnes is the Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park Middle School. He conducts Concert Band One, a UIL Non Varsity Band, as well as teaching beginning trumpet, trombone and euphonium. Mr. Barnes has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in trombone performance from Baylor University, and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University. His has studied under Michael Mulcahy, Dr. Mallory Thompson, David Jackson and Michael Haithcock as well as participating in master classes with numerous world class trombonists.
David began his teaching career in the fall of 2000 in Roma Texas, then taught private lessons for the Leander Independent School District before becoming an associate director at Cedar Park Middle School in 2003. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi. David lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Jennifer, and their three sons, James, Lowell and Korben.
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Britni Dunn is an Associate Director at Cedar Park Middle School. Her teaching responsibilities include the Concert Band II, Beginner Flutes, Oboes, Bassoons, and Horns.
She is originally from Lake Jackson Texas, and is a graduate of Brazoswood High School. While there she was a member of the Band all 4 years, serving as clarinet section leader, and the 2006 Drum Major. She was a graduate from Texas State University and while there, was a member of the Wind Ensemble serving as principal clarinetist for three years under the direction of Dr. Rodney Schueller. She was a member of the Bobcat Marching Band for three years, acting as clarinet section leader in 2007, and she was one of the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band Drum Majors in 2008, under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty.
Ms. Dunn began teaching at Cedar Park in the fall of 2010, after graduating Sum cum Laude from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. While at Texas State she was inducted as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and received the Presser Foundation Scholarship for the Texas State School of Music. In 2009, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association selected her as the Malcolm Helm Endowed Scholarship Recipient. She was also chosen to represent the Who’s Who among Colleges and Universities at Texas State in 2009, and in her final semester, was nominated for the upper-level Presidential Scholarship.
She currently plays clarinet as a member of the Cedar Park Winds Community Band, comprised of director’s and teachers from the greater Austin Area. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Roland Chavez is currently in his 4th year as the Director of Percussion Studies at Cedar Park High School in Austin, TX. During his tenure at Cedar Park, the group has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2011 Texas 4A State Marching Band Championship and the 2012 P.A.S. Standstill Marching Drumline Championship. Mr. Chavez was also the Director of Percussion at Legacy High School in Mansfield, TX, during the 2009-10 school year in which his group won the 2010 P.A.S. “Call for Tapes” Percussion Ensemble Competition. Chavez was also the Director of Percussion at perennial Bands of America standout Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, TX, from 2004-09.
Mr. Chavez was a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps snare line from 1991 to 1992. He also was a member of the World Champion Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps snare line from 1995 to 1996 where he earned the DCI High Percussion Award and DCI World Championship in 1996. Roland has also served as Percussion Caption Head & Arranger for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps during the 2007 & 2008 competition seasons. He is a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas, earning a degree in Economics, and a 2004 graduate of Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Mr. Chavez is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Chavez is an active clinician, arranger and adjudicator throughout Texas. He is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Yamaha and Zildjian Cymbals.
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Justin Sullivan is the Director of Colorguard at Cedar Park High School. He also serves as the Program Coordinator for the UIL State Champion Timberwolf Marching Band as well as the TCGC Class Champion Cedar Park Winterguard.
Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Santa Fe High School where he served as Drum Major his senior year and received the national John Philip Sousa award. Santa Fe is the current record holder for State Marching Band Championships in the State of Florida with an impressive eight wins, three of which he earned as a member and two as the Director of Auxiliaries. After high school Mr. Sullivan attended Florida State College at Jacksonville pursing a degree in Music Education.
Under his direction, the colorguards at Santa Fe High School received only superior ratings and best in class awards at every festival attended since 2009 and have been medalists in the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit three out of his five years. The colorguards at Nease high school have also received nothing but superior ratings at all festivals attended during his duration. The Nease colorguards were a WGI World Championships Scholastic A Class finalist in 2011, a WGI World Championships Scholastic Open Class Bronze medalist in 2012, and a WGI World Championships World Class finalist in 2013 and 2014. Both schools have earned numerous best in show awards during his tenures. In addition, Mr. Sullivan was the director and head designer for the Independent A and Open guard River City Independent from Jacksonville, FL. He was the head flag choreographer for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps 2013. In 2014, Mr. Sullivan moved to Austin, TX and starting teaching at East View High School. In March of 2014, the East View winterguard earned the school’s first state championship from the Texas Color Guard Circuit.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of Northeast Independent World Guard in 2009. He has been very active in the DCI community as a member of the Spirit of Atlanta colorguard in 2008 and 2009 and ended his marching career with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard in 2010. Mr. Sullivan was the 2010 DCI I&E Flag Champion. For the past three years he has been on the faculty of the World Class Finalist Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Sullivan is a sought after designer, choreographer, and consultant in the southeastern United States.