Meet Our Directors
Christopher Yee is the Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School and the co-founder of the Cedar Park Winds Community Band.
Born and raised in Klein, Texas, Christopher 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 assistant band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School. In 2010, Christopher opened Four Points Middle School as its Director of Bands and served in that position until 2017. 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. He is now thrilled to serve as the Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School beginning in the Fall of 2020.
Christopher co-founded the Cedar Park Winds in 2007 with Manuel C. San Luis. Since then, the band has grown in both size and quality performing free concerts for local music students and their families. The Cedar Park Winds was invited to perform at the 2013 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and at the 2017 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
In July of 2019, Mr. Yee was elected to the Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors and is honored to serve Texas band directors and students through board membership. Most recently, the Cedar Park High School Timberwolf Marching Band, under Mr. Yee’s leadership, was crowned Champion of the 2019 Conference 5A State Marching Contest.
Christopher enjoys conducting all-region bands, teaching summer band camps, serving as a clinician for local band programs, and teaching/writing curriculum for the SASi Leadership Company. He lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Jenna and two sons Noah and Ashton. His favorite hobbies include home-brewing coffee and camping with family and friends.
CPHS Director of Percussion
Roland Chavez is currently the Director of Percussion at Cedar Park High School in Austin, TX. During his tenure at Cedar Park the group has received numerous awards and honors, including 4 Texas UIL State Marching Band Championships (2011 4A, 2015 5A, 2017 5A, 2019 5A), the 2013 TMEA 5A Honor Band and the 2012 PASIC Standstill Marching Drumline Championship. Mr. Chavez served as the Director of Percussion at Legacy High School in Mansfield, TX where his group won the 2010 P.A.S. Call for Tapes Percussion Ensemble Competition. Mr. Chavez was also the Director of Percussion at perennial Bands of America standout Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX from 2004 to 2009.
Mr. Chavez was a member of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps snare line from 1991 to 1992. He also was a member of the World Champion Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps snare line from 1995 to 1996 where he earned the DCI High Percussion Award and DCI World Championship in 1996. Mr. Chavez has also served as the Percussion Caption Head & Arranger for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps during the 2007 & 2008 seasons. He is a graduate of The University of Texas, earning a degree in Economics, and a graduate of Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Mr. Chavez is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Chavez is also an active adjudicator, arranger and clinician throughout Texas. He is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals.
Director of Color Guard
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Born and raised in Austin, TX, Mr. Kunze is a product of Texas Marching Band, Drum Corps, and Winter Guard. Prior to becoming the Color Guard Director at Cedar Park High School in the Fall of 2019, he was the Assistant Director and Choreographer at Leander High School from Fall of 2016 - Spring of 2019. During this time, the school competed at the Bands Of America Grand Nationals winning 6th place in 2016. The Winter Guard program also competed at Winter Guard International’s World Championships, winning Scholastic National A class with the highest score in history. Mr. Kunze also had the pleasure of teaching at Round Rock High School in 2014 as a technician and again in 2016 as the Assistant Color Guard Director through the Winter Guard season of 2018. During that time he had the pleasure of assisting the Round Rock Marching Band in competing at Bands of America Grand National Championships, placing 12th in finals.
Mr. Kunze is a James Bowie High School Color Guard Alumni. In December of 2014, Mr. Kunze moved to DFW to march Black Gold Independent World Winter Guard. 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 again in 2016’s show “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 as well as teaching color guard and dance at several schools in the DFW Area. After moving back to Austin, he marched the inaugural season with Invictus World Winter Guard in 2017.
Mr. Kunze also has a long drum corps marching history. He marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 (Secret Society). He then marched two years at Santa Clara Vanguard (2014’s show Scheherazade: Words 2 Live By and 2015’s show The Spark of Invention). Mr. Kunze then aged out in 2017 with Carolina Crown with their show It Is, placing third at DCI Finals. In the Summer of 2019, he was an instructor with the Spirit of Atlanta color guard. He is also a choreographer and designer for several other schools around the state of Texas.
CPMS Associate Director
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.
CPHS Associate Director
Kendall Santos is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, TX.
Mrs. Santos grew up in Flower Mound, TX and 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 and study with Dr. Terri Sundberg on flute. Mrs. Santos 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 Mr. Dennis Fisher.
Mrs. Santos has a passion for the marching arts that extends beyond high school. She joined The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and later performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 to 2016. After serving her third year as head drum major, Mrs. Santos 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, Mrs. Santos joined The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps staff. Over the last several years, she has worked with their leadership, design team, and brass staff. In January of 2018, Mrs. Santos was invited to speak at the Drum Corps International Drum Major Leadership Summit as a group leader and presenter and also joined the SASi Leadership Company.
In 2018, Mrs. Santos joined the Cedar Park High School staff. During her time here, she has worked with both the Symphonic and Concert Bands. Both concert ensembles have received Superior ratings at UIL, and she is excited to begin working with the Wind Symphony in 2020. In the fall, Mrs. Santos helped with the Timberwolf Marching Band and primarily ran the visual program. The marching ensemble won its third consecutive gold medal as the 2019 Conference 5A State Marching Contest Champions.
Kendall spends her summers teaching leadership camps and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys being outside hiking, swimming, or kayaking in her spare time, soaking up the sun!
CPHS Assistant Director
Anna Bush is a future Assistant Band Director at Cedar Park HS in Cedar Park, TX.
Anna grew up in Cedar Park, and went to Cedar Park High School under the direction of Steve Wessels. Anna received her bachelor’s degree in music education with a trombone performance certificate from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. During her time at UT, Anna got to perform under the direction of Professor Jerry Junkin in the UT Wind Ensemble and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens in the UT Trombone Choir.
During her time at UT she worked in Leander ISD as a marching tech for Rouse High School and a private lesson teacher for Four Points Middle School. Over her three years at Rouse HS the band made school history by making it to the State Marching Competition in 2017 and winning their class at BOA San Antonio in 2018.
Upon graduation in 2019, she began teaching high school band in Cypress, Texas as an assistant band director at Cypress Woods High School. During her time there, Cypress Woods placed the highest in school history at two BOA Competitions. She also had several brass players compete at Area in the TMEA All-State process. She is now excited to work as an Assistant Band Director at Cedar Park High School beginning in the Fall of 2020.
Anna is moving to Cedar Park, Texas with her husband Bradley. In her free time she loves hanging out with family and friends any opportunity she gets! She enjoys playing trombone gigs and is excited to be back around the Austin music scene once again.
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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.
CPMS Associate Director
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Corrie Bird is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park Middle School that teaches Concert Winds as well as beginner alto saxophone, horn, and euphonium. Ms. Bird is excited to join Cedar Park Middle School and is in her second year of teaching!
Ms. Bird is originally from Mineral Wells, Texas and is a graduate of Mineral Wells High School. She went to Stephen F. Austin State University where she was involved with Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and Beta Gamma Omega, a fine arts fraternity. Ms. Bird began teaching in Georgetown ISD at George Wagner Middle School where she taught beginner flute, oboe, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba as well as Symphonic Band.
Ms. Bird currently lives in Austin with her cat Greg and her dog Bruiser. In her free time she enjoys performing with Cedar Park Winds Community Band and East Texas Chamber Winds. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and International Horn Society.
Mr. Steve Wessels
CPHS Band Director Emeritus
Steve Michael Wessels finished his twenty-second year at Cedar Park High School and seventeenth year as Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in the Leander Independent School District. During his tenure at Cedar Park, the band has won UIL 4A / 5A State Marching Contest in 2001, 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2019, UIL 5A Silver 2004, UIL 4A Silver 2013, BOA Grand Nationals Finalist 2010 and 2016, The Sudler Shield 2007, Numerous Marching Festival Championships, Concert Music Festivals Championships, UIL Concert & Sight Reading First Divisions all years, and TMEA Honor Band finalist 4A / 5A 2002, 2007, 2012, 2018 and 2014 TMEA Honor Band, 2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award, 2020 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Band Award to Cedar Park High School, Steve Wessels Director.
Steve retired in 2020 completing thirty-four years as a Texas Music Educator. He began his band directing career in 1986 at Shamrock HS and MS as associate to Daryll Kaire. In 1988 he was an associate with Rusten Hess at Galena Park HS while director at Woodland Acres MS in GPISD. In 1992, Steve taught as an associate and director of bands respectively at Spring Oaks MS in Spring Branch ISD with Ron Morrison (Dir of Bands) and Bob Navaro, in Spring Branch ISD. All of the bands were successful UIL, Marching, Concert & Sight Reading bands.
Steve was fortunate to have band director icons who blessed him with countless enriching experiences in his home town of San Angelo, Texas. He began band on the cornet at Edison JH under director Don Hayes (Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame 1992), then to Central HS where he played alto saxophone under the direction of Gary Wylie. He has also been under the direction of Harris Brinson at San Angelo State University and Lee Boyd Montgomery (PBM Hall of Fame 2001) at Texas Lutheran University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education in 1983. Steve finished his formal education in graduate school in piano performance at Texas Christian University.
Steve attributes learning to teach ensemble to band directors, clinicians, and CEOs of our field: Tom Bennett, Eddie Green, Tom Shine, and Matthew McInturf.
The people that really touch our lives are the people we work with day to day. Steve has learned from his colleagues and they have enriched his life and teaching experiences beyond measure. Thank you to Ron Morrison with whom he taught in one capacity or another for some 15 years! He owes gratitude to gifted teachers who have the continuous learning attitude: Evan VanDoren, Jeremy Spicer, Christopher Yee, Jason Robb and Bob Chreste. One band director who gave of himself to Steve and his family and will forever be a model is Evan VanDoren.
Steve is an active clinician and adjudicator for festivals and competitions in marching and concert related events. His professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Adjudicators Association Vice-President Marching 2016 - 2020.
After God, Steve is most thankful for Melanie, his wife since 1985 and the love of his life. Steve would do anything in life for Melanie, even if it took away from band directing! Melanie has shown her love with patience, support, commitment, serving, working, in love of God, Steve and family. Steve’s and Melanie’s children are Micah, Daniel, Anna and son-in-law Bradley. All three participated in the Cedar Park Band program and enjoyed their experience in music education. Micah is a chemical engineer, Daniel passed away in 2015, and Anna is a band director.
His heroes are all the men and women who are currently in this profession and continue to give of themselves to others.