Meet Our Directors
Mr. Steve Wessels
CPHS Band Director 1998 - 2020
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.