Steve Wessels started at Cedar Park High School in 1998 as an Associate Director. In 2004 he continued as Director of Bands. Since then, the Cedar Park High School Band has received Sweepstakes honors at University Interscholastic League every year in existence. The Cedar Park Band is the 2014 5A TMEA Honor Band, TMEA Honor Band Finalist 2001, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2017, UIL State Marching Band years 2001, 2011, 2015, 2017, UIL Silver Marching Band Medalist years 2004, 2013, BOA Super Regional Finalists standings, BOA Grand National Finalist 2010, 2016.
Mr. Wessels is a woodwind specialist. He was an accomplished pianist! Schools he attended were Angelo State University, Texas Lutheran University and Texas Christian University. He has taught for 33 years at many school conferences (C, 2C, 3C, 2A, 4A, 5A) 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, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, TMAA Vice-President Marching and Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity. He recently received the 2018 Texas Bandmaster’s Association Meritorious Acheivement Award.
Steve is married to Melanie Wessels going on 33 years! He is father to Micah, Daniel and Anna.
Christopher Yee is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas.
Born and raised in Klein, Texas, Christopher Yee received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he studied trumpet with Frank Campos. Upon graduation in 2005, he began teaching middle school band in Austin, Texas as an associate band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School and has been the Director of Bands at its newly-formed sister school, Four Points Middle School, since 2010. The Four Points Middle School Wind Ensemble, under Mr. Yee’s leadership, was invited to perform at the 2015 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Christopher is thrilled to currently serve on the Cedar Park High School Band staff.
Mr. Yee enjoys conducting all-region bands, teaching summer band camps, serving as a clinician for local band programs, and working for the SASI Leadership Company. In addition to being a middle school band director, Christopher is the co-founder and conductor of the Cedar Park Winds, an Austin-area community band comprised primarily of music educators and local professionals. His passion for music education and desire to provide music teachers with an opportunity to continue performing beyond college has allowed the ensemble to experience rapid growth in both quantity and quality.
Christopher lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Jenna and two sons Noah and Ashton.
Kendall Stevenson is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, TX.
Ms. Stevenson grew up in Flower Mound, TX and recently graduated from the University of North Texas with honors in May of 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She began her college career at the University of Minnesota and later transferred to UNT to finish out her degree. Ms. Stevenson was a member of UNT’s Green Brigade Marching Band, led by Dr. Nicholas Williams, where she participated as the lead field technician for two seasons. During her time at UNT, she was the 2017 President for UNT’s Marching Arts Forum and a flute player in the UNT Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.
Ms. Stevenson has a passion for the marching arts that extends beyond high school as well. She joined The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and later performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2016. After serving her third year as head drum major, Ms. Stevenson finished her marching career in 2016 as a Jim Jones Leadership Award Second Place Recipient (2015), Cadet of the Year (2015), and Cadet of The Decade (2016). In 2017, Ms. Stevenson joined The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps staff and is currently working with the design team as the Design Team Liaison. In January of 2018, Ms. Stevenson was invited to speak at the Drum Corps International Drum Major Leadership Summit as a group leader and presenter, and soon after joined the SASI Leadership Company as well.
Ms. Stevenson is extremely excited to be joining the Cedar Park High School Band Program and continue learning from master teachers in Leander ISD.
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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Born and raised in Austin, TX, Mr. Kunze is a James Bowie High School Color Guard Alumni. After high school, he started teaching at Round Rock High School in the fall of 2014 before moving to Dallas to march Black Gold Independent World. In 2015’s show, Wicked Games, they made Independent World class finals for the first time in the winter guard’s history. He also marched with the organization in 2016 “Bull”ero, winning fan favorite at WGI world championships. During his time in Dallas, Mr. Kunze was a member of Movers Unlimited Touring Dance Company at Tarrant County Collage. He also taught at Colleyville Heritage High School for the winter season of 2015-2016.
Mr. Kunze also has a long drum corps marching history. He marched Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 (Secret Society). He then marched two years at Santa Clara Vanguard (2014 – Scheherazade:
Words 2 Live By and 2015 – The Spark of Invention). Mr. Kunze then aged out in 2017 at Carolina Crown with their show “It Is”. In the Summer of 2019 he was a instructor at The Spirit of Atlanta Color Guard. During this time, he moved back to Austin Texas to be the Round Rock High School Assistant Guard Director for the fall of 2016 through the Winter Guard season of 2018. During that time he had the pleasure of assisting taking the Round Rock Marching Band to Bands of America Grand National Championships and placed 12th in finals.
Mr. Kunze spent the last three years at Leander High School as the Assistant Guard Director, during which time the school completed at the Bands Of America Grand Nationals winning 6th in 2016. The program also competed at Winter Guard International’s World Championships winning Scholastic National A class with the highest score in history for the class. He is also a choreographer for several other schools around the state of Texas.
“I am supper excited to start my journey with Cedar Park and experience what the future has for this amazing program!” – Casey Kunze
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Britni Dunn is the Director of the Cedar Park Middle School Band.
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.
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Brown is an Associate Director of Bands, Director of Concert Band One, and Beginning Instructor for Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba at Cedar Park Middle School.
Mr. Brown is originally from Midland, Texas, and is a graduate of Midland High School. While there he was a member of the band all four years, serving as principal tuba in the Wind Ensemble, low brass section leader, Brass Captain, and the 2007 Student Conductor. In 2007 he enrolled in Music Education courses at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. While at Texas State he was a member of the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty for four years, serving as principal tuba. He was also a member of the Bobcat Marching Band for three years, serving as tuba section leader in 2009. His other activities at Texas State included singing in the Men’s Choir for Carmina Burana, serving in the role of President in Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and marching in the 2008 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Brown began teaching at Wallace Middle School in Kyle, Texas in the fall of 2012 after graduating Magna cum Laude from Texas State University. At Wallace Middle School, he gained experience while teaching the Symphonic Band, as well as beginning Trumpet, Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone, Horn, Flute, and Double Reed Classes. In 2016 and 2017 the Symphonic Band had the honor of being selected as a Commended Winner for the Citation of Excellence Award presented by the Foundation for Music Education.
Mr. Brown currently lives in Cedar Park with his cat Shredder, and dog Parker. He is grateful to his friends and mentors in the Band Director community who have helped him grow as a professional. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
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Kyle Norris is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park Middle School.
Mr. Norris recently finished his first year of teaching in the Austin area. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he attended Union High School. After high school, he earned degrees in Horn Performance and Music Education from Oklahoma State University. At OSU, he studied with Lanette Compton and Dr. Ryan Gardner, performed in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Joseph Missal, and served for two years as drum major of the Cowboy Marching Band. He also spent two summers traveling and performing with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Norris continues to play his instrument as a member of the Cedar Park Winds Community Band. During his summers, Mr. Norris stays active by teaching the brass section at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps and by working with student leaders all over the country through System Blue Educational Events.