Directors



   Mr. Rylon Guidry is in his eleventh year in teaching and his fifth year as the Director of Bands at Arbor Creek Middle School in Lewisville ISD, where he teaches the beginner woodwind classes, the Honors Band & Jazz Band and assists with the Symphonic Band. Previously Mr. Guidry was the head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD and associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD. He currently serves as the TMEA Region 2 Middle School Band Coordinator.

         Under his direction the Arbor Creek Honors Band receives consistent first division ratings at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contests and local festivals as well as Best in Class & Grand Champion awards. The Honors Band has been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project 4 consecutive years; in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Honors Band has twice placed in the TMEA CC State Honor Band Contest Finals, finishing 4th in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. Most recently in December of 2017, the Honors Band was an invited performer at The 71st Annual Midwest Clinic (an international band & orchestra conference) in Chicago, IL.
While at Lake Highlands Junior High, the band program grew from under 200 to over 300 students. The non varsity band received Sweepstakes at UIL for the first time in over 20 years and the varsity band received only unanimous first divisions at UIL and other local festivals.
     Mr. Guidry is a magna cum laude graduate of the University Of Houston Moores School Of Music. While at the Moores School of Music, Mr. Guidry studied instrumental methods with John Benzer and studied saxophone with Dr. Karen Wylie. He served as Principal Saxophonist in the University of Houston Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Tom Bennett. Mr. Guidry was also a four-year member of the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band under the direction of David Bertman. Before graduating Mr. Guidry student taught at Aragon Middle School and Langham Creek High School in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD.
     His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Guidry, his wife Katie (a former flute player) and SPCA-adopted canine daughter Bella live in Frisco. Mr. Guidry is a proud supporter & #1 fan of the Hebron Band and is very thankful to work in the ACMS community.

Mr. Guidry's office phone is 972-350-2518, email is best: GuidryR@lisd.net



      Ms. Sarah Dempsky is in her fifth year teaching and as the assistant band director at Arbor Creek Middle School. Her responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting with the Honors Band & Jazz Band, and teaching all of the beginner brass classes. The ACMS Symphonic Band is a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and has received Runner Up Best In Class awards at the Beach Within Reach Festival.

         A native of Plano, TX, Ms. Dempsky graduated from Plano East Senior High School and her primary instrument is euphonium. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Baylor University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Dempsky completed her student teaching in LISD with the Lewisville High School band cluster.


     While at Baylor, Ms. Dempsky was a very dedicated member of the Golden Wave Marching Band and served as a drum major her senior year. She was also involved with the Courtside Players pep band and was a four-year member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble. She currently plays euphonium with the Carrollton Wind Symphony and has been a member since fall 2013.
     Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon. Ms. Dempsky is a very spirited Baylor fan and loves watching football. She is a proud supporter of the Hebron Band and loves working in the ACMS community. She got engaged in June 2017 and her fiancé, Kyle Ayoub, is a band director at Flower Mound High School. They will be married in June 2018.


Ms. Dempsky's office phone is 972-350-2516, email is best: DempskyS@lisd.net.

    


Mr. Zach Houston is the new Hebron Cluster Director of Percussion. Mr. Houston was previously Director of Percussion at North Mesquite High School from 2015-2018. 
After graduating from Mesquite ISD, Zach attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance.
During his time in Lubbock, Zach served as an adjunct percussion staff member for Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD where his responsibilities included working with drumlines, teaching private lessons, as well as, overseeing UIL performance preparation. While at Texas Tech, Mr. Houston served as a teaching assistant for the world-renowned Goin’ Band from Raiderland! Zach also enjoyed performing with groups at the College Band Director National Association Annual Conference (CBDNA), the Percussive Arts Society Annual Convention, and Texas Music Educators Annual convention. As a percussionist, Mr. Houston has experience in various different mediums including: steel drums, percussion ensembles, wind ensemble, orchestra, and jazz band.
Mr. Houston is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Percussive Arts Society.
In his spare time Mr. Houston enjoys listening to music, playing in various small combo groups around town, and spending time with friends.

Email Mr. Houston for conference times. 

HoustonZ@lisd.net