Directors



   Mr. Rylon Guidry is entering his 5th year as the Head Band Director 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. Mr. Guidry previously was the head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD from 2010 to 2013 & associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD from 2007-2010. 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 3 consecutive years; in 2014, 2015 & 2016. The Honors Band also placed 4th in the 2014-2015 TMEA CC State Honor Band Contest. Most recently, the Honors Band has been invited to perform at The 71st annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago Illinois in December 2017.
     While at Lake Highlands Junior High, the band program grew from under 200 to over 300 students. The Concert Band (2nd band) received Sweepstakes at UIL for the first time in over 20 years and the Symphonic Band (top band) received only unanimous first divisions at UIL and other local festivals including Best In Class at the Beach Within Reach festival.
     The McKinney Boyd Symphonic Band I was awarded 1st divisions in numerous music festivals and UIL Concert and Sight-reading competitions. The marching band received only unanimous first division ratings at UIL and was a finalist in many festivals including UIL Area contest, as well as being named the 2009 Grand Champions of the Plano East Marching Invitational.
     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 & canine daughter Bella live in Frisco and love to go out to eat and be around their friends. Mrs. Guidry, a former flute player, works at the Levi Strauss corporate office in Frisco. Mr. Guidry is a proud supporter & #1 fan of the Hebron Band and is very thankful to work in the ACMS community.

Conference time is 3:15-4:00 PM Monday Tuesday Friday and 2:30-4:00 PM on Thursday. Mr. Guidry's office phone is 972-350-2518, GuidryR@lisd.net



 Ms. Sarah Dempsky is entering her 5th year 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. Most recently, the ACMS Symphonic Band has been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a Citation of Excellence Winner in 2016.

         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 Band serving as a two year baritone section leader and as a drum major her senior year. She was also involved with the Courtside Players pep band and the Phi Xi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity. She was a four year member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Eric Wilson, playing in many tours around Texas including the recent performance at the 2012 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
     Her professional affiliations include Mu Phi Epsilon, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association. 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!

Conference time is 3:15-4:00 PM Monday Tuesday Friday and 2:30-4:00 PM on Thursday. Ms. Dempsky's office phone is 972-350-2516, DempskyS@lisd.net.

    
Mr. Tanner Trigg is in his 2nd year as the Director of Percussion for the Hebron High School Cluster in Carrollton, Texas. Prior to his experience at Hebron, he was the Director of Percussion at Aledo High School.  Mr. Trigg was also on the instructional staff for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 – 2014. Tanner holds a BM in Music Education from Texas Christian University, where he was a student of Brian West.

As an educator, Tanner has fostered several students to the All – Region, All – Area, and All – State bands. The Aledo Percussion Studio has been named outstanding percussion at numerous marching contests as well as 1st Place at several drum line competitions including the HEB drumline contest and the Lonestar Classic.  Aledo Middle School performed at the prestigious Midwest Concert and Clinic where the percussion ensemble was featured. Aledo also received 1st place in the Black Swamp Percussion Showcase contest in the spring of 2014 and was highlighted on the Black Swamp website for their first place finish. Most recently, he lead the Aledo program to be named the winners of the Percussive Arts Society Showcase Competition and his group performed at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis.

As a performer, Mr. Trigg has shared the stage with artists Mark Ford, Sandi Rennick, Bob Becker, Brian Zator, She-e Wu, and Darren Dyke. He has had the opportunity to perform as a clinician twice with the Phantom Regiment Percussion Ensemble and twice as a showcase artist with Birdville High School and Texas Christian University at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.  He was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp from 2008 – 2010. With Phantom Regiment he received the Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards in 2008 and 2010 and placed first in Drum Corps International World Championships in 2008.


 Tanner is a current adjudicator, percussion arranger and clinician across the United States and proudly endorsers Innovative Percussion, Dynasty USA, and Remo products.

Email Mr. Trigg for conference times. 

TriggT@lisd.net


 Mr. Alex Castro is new to the ACMS Band staff for the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Castro will be at ACMS in the mornings. He recently completed his first year of teaching at Downing MS in the Marcus Cluster, where he will continue to teach in the afternoons. Originally from Commerce, TX, he graduated Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While at Commerce he had the opportunity to perform in the wind ensemble, jazz band, trombone choir, and over a dozen chamber ensembles. He was a featured soloist with the TAMU-C Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, hosted in San Antonio. He has also performed, through TAMU-C, in New Orleans and New York City's Carnegie Hall. 

Mr.Castro graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in the spring of 2016, earning his Master's Degree in Trombone Performance. While at TCU he performed with the wind symphony, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, and trombone choir- which performed at the 2014 International Trombone Festival hosted at the Eastman School of Music.

An active freelancer and educator in the DFW area, he performs frequently with the Dallas Opera, Longview Symphony, and the Dallas Winds-whom he joined at the 2015 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention in San Jose, CA. Additionally, he is a member of BLAST OF BRASS, a chamber brass group which hosts a yearly camp at Texas A&M University-Commerce, hailing guests artists such as Brian Bowman, Pat Sheridan, Jeff Nelsen, and many of the top international brass musicians.

In his free time, Mr.Castro enjoys playing trombone, hiking, and listening to podcasts.

HEBRON CLUSTER BAND DIRECTORS