In 1997, the year prior to the opening of Cedar Park High School, Ron Morrison was named the first Director of Bands. In 1998 the program launched and has experienced unapparelled success since. In 2001, he led the organization to Leander ISD’s and Cedar Park High School’s first UIL State Marching Band Championship.
In 2002, Leander ISD named Ron as the district’s first Fine Arts Coordinator, a role that allowed him to establish district-wide philosophies, systems, and processes that continue to serve as a framework upon which many of the ongoing successes of the Fine Arts Programs in Leander ISD have been realized.
Also, in 2002, Ron founded SASI – The Leadership People, an organization that has now trained thousands of students from all walks of life throughout the nation. Although Ron has since left SASI, he has remained true to his love of developing aspiring and seasoned leaders.
Ron has also served as a leadership development and process improvement consultant for entertainment-based organizations such as The Schlitterbahn, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags Theme Parks, Alabama Adventure, and Universal Studios. He has also done this work in the energy and healthcare sectors as well.
Ron has also served the Wylie ISD, Socorro ISD, Texas City ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Judson ISD, and many others as a consultant in educational mindset, systems and processes.
Mr. Ryan Agard has been a successful high school band director for 18 years. He was the founding director of the Dawson High School Band in Pearland, Texas proudly serving the community for 11 years. In their inaugural year of 2007, Mr. Agard led the Dawson High School Wind Ensemble consisting of only 9thand 10thgrade students to the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association’s Honor Band competition and were named 2ndrunner up in the 3A division. They were also TMEA Honor Band finalists in 2011 and 2013 when the band was in the 4A division. Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble has received numerous superior ratings at music festivals and UIL contests, and was even invited to perform at Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival in 2010 and 2013. Mr. Agard has led the Dawson Eagle Marching Band to receive superior ratings at every UIL Marching Band Contest they have attended since the school’s opening and advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Contest each year eligible. Of significance, they qualified and advanced to the preliminary round of the 4A UIL State Marching Band Competition in 2009. In 2011 they finished eighth place in the state finals competition and in 2013 they finished seventh place. Since moving to the 6A division, the band qualified for State in 2014 and 2016 proudly representing the Pearland Independent School District.
Prior to Dawson High School, Mr. Agard was the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas for two years where he also led the Honors Band to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in 2006 and 2010. Prior to this, he was the assistant band director for five years and was even recognized as the New Teacher of the Year for the campus.
Mr. Agard completed his Music Education degree at the University of Houston. He studied the saxophone with Dr. Karen Wylie and performed in the Moore’s School of Music Wind Ensemble under the esteemed direction of Mr. Eddie Green. In addition, Mr. Agard was a member of the Catalyst Saxophone Quartet, winning several 1stplace national awards including the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
In 2015 he was a presenter at the TMEA convention discussing high school woodwind tips and techniques. He is a Texas UIL State Marching Band Championship Judge and is an active concert and marching band adjudicator in Texas.
Mr. Agard currently works with the Peer Based Student Leadership organization (PBSL) and also provides unique consulting and clinics for campus and district level employees. After moving on from the Dawson High School Band, his primary focus and renewed passion is helping and mentoring other fine arts directors, music directors, and students to realize their vision of success through these work-related roles.
Mr. Agard is a distinguished member in the Alpha Chapter of the International Bandmaster’s Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Joni Viertel Perez
Joni Perez has served The Woodlands High School Band for 15 years, the last 9 of which as Director of Bands for the highly accomplished and well-respected program. Mrs. Perez conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band as well as The Woodlands High School Marching Band.
During her time as Director of Bands, Mrs. Perez’s concert and marching ensembles have received exclusively superior ratings from the University Interscholastic League. Under her leadership and direction, TWHS Wind Ensemble was a featured wind ensemble at the prestigious Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Illinois (2012). TWHS Wind Ensemble has also been recognized as a National Wind Band Honors Mark of Excellence Winner.
Under the direction of Mrs. Perez, TWHS marching ensembles have earned five consecutive appearances at either the 5A or 6A Texas State UIL Marching Band Championships (2010-2018).
TWHS Marching Band is a regular participant, finalist, and champion at Bands of America Regional, Super Regional, and Grand National Championships. In 2013, TWHS Band was recognized as the Bands of America Grand National Champion. Resulting from the accomplishments and scholastic accolades of TWHS Band, in 2013 the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity recognized Mrs. Perez as the Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year! In 2018, more highly-acclaimed recognition followed when the John Philip Sousa Foundation recognized TWHS Band by awarding them the highly-coveted Sudler Shield, which is an international award recognizing high school, youth, and international marching bands of world class excellence.
Mrs. Perez attended the University of Houston earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (2005). While at the University of Houston, she was afforded the opportunity to learn her craft from musically respected giants such as Eddie Green, Tom Bennett, David Bertman, and John Benzer. Mrs. Perez was a DCI mellophone member with the Cadets of Bergen County and aged out on the year of a DCI World Championship victory.
Mrs. Perez was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning and Emmy nominated production, Blast! As an original London cast member, she toured four years performing on both horn and mellophone. She also completed two separate US performance tours and was a featured solo performer in both the Broadway and Disney productions.
Mrs. Perez has served as a DCI brass-staff member for the Blue Knights (2003-2004) leading the brass program from 2005-2007. She has also served as a brass instructor and consultant to the highly acclaimed Cavaliers and Madison Scouts.
Mrs. Perez is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. She resides in The Woodlands, Texas with Brian Perez, her husband of twelve years, and their three kitties Buddy, Ditto and Gizmo.
Mr. Green joined the William Mason High School Band staff in 2017. Prior to his appointment at WMHS, he served as Associate Director of Bands & Color Guard Director at Lehman High School. Mr. Green’s ensembles have consistently earned Superior ratings in both concert and marching band. Mr. Green established, and then led, the Lehman Color Guard to a TCGC State Championship and recognition as a WGI Regional Finalist.
Mr. Green received the Texas UIL Sponsor of Excellence award. Most notably, he was named a Quarter-Finalist for a Grammy in Music Education. Under Mr. Green’s ensembles have been recognized as “Commended Winners” in the Foundation for Music Education’s Citation of Excellence.
Mr. Green began his teaching career at Normal and Normal West High School in Illinois. While at Normal and Normal West, the bands earned State Marching Band Championships and were continually recognized as BOA and WGI Regional Finalists. In addition, the Normal West Band was a BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist, and the Wind Ensemble achieved State Honor Band status.
In 2004, Mr. Green served at Judson High School as the Visual Coordinator, Color Guard Director, and Brass Specialist. During Mr. Green’s tenure at Judson, the Judson Honor Band, performed at the BOA National Concert Band Festival. The Marching Band was a BOA Regional Finalist and the Color Guard was a consistent WGI Regional Finalist.
Mr. Green has been the Visual Caption Head for Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently Assistant Visual Caption Head for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
A native of Danville, IL, Mr. Green grew up with a strong background in music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall for the National Youth Performance Debut Series, and as principal trumpet in the first BOA Concert Band under the direction of William D. Revelli and Tim Salzman. Mr. Green studied trumpet with Dr. Amy Gilreath at Illinois State University, and with Dr. Jonathan Gresham at Northern Kentucky University where he was selected as a finalist in the Corbett Concerto Competition. He has also performed as a member of the NKU Faculty Brass Quintet. His additional teachers have included Parker Melvin and Michael Tunnell (University of Illinois), Judith Saxton (Illinois Wesleyan University), and Richard Lehman, former Principal Cornet of The United States Marine Band. From 1991-1994, Mr. Green performed in the The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, earning the 1992 DCI World Championship and Individual & Ensemble World Championships in 1992 and 1994. Mr. Green has continued to stay active as a performer, playing with the San Antonio Wind Symphony, Heart of Texas Concert Band, and was a soloist with the Cavalier’s 60th Anniversary Corps.
Alfredo Vélez is been widely recognized for his concert, jazz and marching ensemble’s performances. Under his direction, the Texas A&M-Kingsville Wind Symphony received extraordinary reviews for their performance at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Association Conference. Mr. Velez also conducted the inaugural concert of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas at the Meyerson Symphony Center. His dedication to advancing the arts is only surpassed by his strong advocacy for music education in the state of Texas.
Mr. Vélez has held positions such as Director of Bands at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Assistant Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, Interim Director of Bands at Texas Christian University and Associate Director at Sam Houston State University. Mr. Vélez taught in the Plano Independent School District for seventeen years where his concert and jazz ensembles were noted for their outstanding performances.
Mr. Vélez holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Angelo State University. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the College Band Directors National Association. He is currently serving as Past-President of Texas Bandmasters Association, the largest band director organization in the world.
Mr. Vélez is currently the Director of Bands at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He directs the renowned Kingwood Big Band, the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and also conducts the LSC-Kingwood Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. In addition to these ensemble responsibilities he supervises all aspects of the band program. The Kingwood Big Band has recently featured notable guest artists Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Tom Malone, Conrad Herwig, Ken Watters, Bill Watrous and David Caceres. The KBB had the honor of being invited to perform at Havana International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba.