Timber Creek High School Band

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Falcon Band Directors and Staff

Darla McBryde - Director of Bands Darla.Mcbryde@kellerisd.net Darla Mcbryde, Director of Bands

Darla McBryde is the Director of Bands for Timber Creek High School. She serves as lead teacher of the Wind Symphony, co-teacher of Concert Band 2, sponsor of the colorguard, and oversees all other aspects of the band program.

Prior to working at Timber Creek, Ms. McBryde served as an assistant band director at Keller High School from 2008 to 2014, and as an assistant band director and color guard director at Flower Mound High School from 2002 to 2008. Ms. McBryde's concert ensembles have earned seventeen consecutive first division ratings at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests. Her ensembles have also earned superior ratings and "Best in Class" awards at festivals throughout the country, including an appearance by the Keller HS Chamber Winds at the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. As director of the colorguard program at Flower Mound High School, she led the winter guard to five North Texas Colorguard Association Championship titles and fifth place in Scholastic A finals at the 2008 Winter Guard International World Championships.

Ms. McBryde holds a Masters Degree in instrumental conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Fred J. Allen. She earned her bachelors degree in music education from Baylor University where she studied bassoon with Dr. Kent Moore and conducting with Michael Haithcock. In 1999 she marched in the Phantom Regiment Colorguard.

Ms. McBryde has been the recipient of several school and district level awards including, the Timber Creek High School Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, the Keller ISD Fine Arts Teacher of the Month, the "Principal's Shining Star" award, and the Lewisville Independent School District's "Golden Apple" award.

A health and fitness enthusiast, Ms. McBryde enjoys a good work out and sampling new and healthy foods that someone else cooks. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Kayla Nelson - Assistant Band Director Kayla.Nelson@kellerisd.net Kayla Nelson, Assistant Band Director

Ms. Nelson began teaching in Sioux Falls, SD, as a marching tech for the Roosevelt High School Band. She student taught at Patrick Henry Middle School and Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. During the spring of 2008, she served as a long-term substitute band director at Oliver Middle and South Intermediate High Schools in Broken Arrow, OK. She then moved to Waco, TX, where she was an assistant band director at Waco High School from 2008-2013. She began teaching at Timber Creek High School in 2013.

Ms. Nelson was involved in marching band as a marching member and drum major in high school and college. She spent six summers in the drum and bugle corps activity as a member of the Colts (2001-2004), Santa Clara Vanguard (2005), and aged-out with the 2007 World Champion Blue Devils. In 2011, she was a tour manager for the Blue Stars.

Chad Mason - Falcon Cluster Coordinator Chad.Mason@kellerisd.net Chad Mason, Falcon Cluster Coordinator

Chad Mason has served as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Timbercreek High School in Keller, TX since 2011. Under his leadership, the Timbercreek High School percussion program has achieved high levels of excellence in all areas of percussion. Students in the Timbercreek percussion program have excelled at Region band auditions, various solo and ensemble contests, and drumline contests...

A few of the honors the ensemble have received include the High Percussion Award at the Tournament of Champions in 2013, and second place at the Lonestar Drumline Classic in 2012. Most recently, the drumline received first place at an NTCA indoor drumline contest in 2014.

Mr. Mason is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets. Mr. Mason graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. During his college career, he studied percussion with Dr. Brian West, Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, and Christopher Deane.

His drum corps experience includes marching with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps in 1999, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002. Mr. Mason was also on the percussion staff with the Boston Crusaders in 2004. Mr. Mason lives in Corinth, TX with his wife, Kelly and his two sons, Miles and Brennan.

Hunter Bown - Assistant Band Director Hunter.Bown@kellerisd.net Hunter Bown, Assistant Band Director

Hunter Bown, a native of Houma, Louisiana, is thrilled to join the Timber Creek High School staff this Fall! He received his formal training from University of North Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music education - trumpet. At North Texas, he spent the 2012 and 2013 Fall seasons as a drum major of the UNT Green Brigade, receiving the Bandsman of the Year Award and the Leadership Award for the 2013 season.

An advocate of advancing the marching arts, he founded the University of North Texas Marching Arts Forum, a group of about forty students that meet with the intent of spreading knowledge about the activity to all interested. The group has since spread across the country to form multiple chapters. He served as Drum major of Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and Drum major of the DCI World Champions Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 to 2015. His teaching experience includes serving on the music staff of Carencro High School in Lafayette, LA, and the visual and music staff of Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX.

Mr. Bown has also served as a clinician and expert on metronome usage and ensemble timing. When not at school, he enjoys walking his new crazy puppy Zoe.

Al Dunn - Percussion Assistant algpit@hotmail.com Al Dunn, Percussion Assistant

Al Dunn is in his forth year with the TC Falcon Band. His responsibilities include writing/instructing the front ensemble and electronics/amplification. He also works with the percussion ensemble in the spring.

Mr Dunn studied percussion performance at LSU and has been an educator in the DFW area since the mid 90's. During that time he's had the honor of conducting groups at the PAS call for tapes, BOA percussion festival, and the Leigh Howard Stevens high school marimba seminar.

His DCI experience includes marching with the Phantom Regiment and Blue Devils. He has also written and/or taught for the Regiment, Glassmen, Crossmen and other groups across the US and Canada. He is currently an adjudicator with DCI.

Mr Dunn is a member of PAS, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is an endorser of Innovative Percussion.

Ashley Maldonado - Colorguard Director Ashley.Maldonado@kellerisd.net Ashley Maldonado, Colorguard Director

Ashley Maldonado is excited to be joining the Timber Creek High School band staff where she will serve as Color Guard Director. She will oversee and direct training, choreographing, and coordinating of all Color Guard/Winterguard activities. She received her training at the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree.

Ms. Maldonado is an experienced teacher, having worked with many color guard programs in the area including McKinney North HS, Naaman Forest HS, Richardson HS, and State Marching Finalists’ Sherman HS. Ms. Maldonado also has extensive performance experience in the Drum Corps International and Winterguard International circuits. She is a proud alumnus of the 2005 Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, 2006 Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps; in addition to several local WGI independent winterguards including Insignia (2007), Black Gold (2008-2009), and Ars Nova in (2010).