Katie Lewis is in her ninth year as the Director of Bands at Maus Middle School. She taught for the previous 5 years in Plano ISD. Bands under her direction have consistently received UIL “Sweepstakes” awards and have been named “Best in Class and “Most Outstanding Band” at various North Texas music festivals. Most recently, the Maus Wind Ensemble placed 7th runner up in the Texas Music Educators Association State CC Honor Band Compeition in 2017-2018. In 2014, 2016, and 2017 the Maus Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. They were also named a Commended winner in the same contest in 2013 and 2015. Mrs. Lewis earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree with Magna Cum Laude and Distinguished Honors from the Honors College at the University of North Texas.
While at North Texas, she performed with the Concert and Symphonic bands. She also served in many capacities with the “Green Brigade” marching band as the band music librarian, drill technician, flute section leader, and as Assistant to the Director. She served as the Vice President of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and helped found the UNT chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Mrs. Lewis is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer in the area. She has presented at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference, as well as the Texas Bandmasters Association annual conference. Mrs. Lewis is very active in the music ministry at her church, Custer Road United Methodist Church, and serves as a co-director of the 7th/8th grade band and orchestra ensemble. Mrs. Lewis also performs with the flute ensemble and the symphony orchestra at her church. Mrs. Lewis is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Texas Flute Society. She currently serves as the Region 24 Secretary as well as the Region 24 Middle School Band Co-chair.
Mrs. Lewis currently resides in McKinney with her husband, Nathan Lewis, Percussion Director for Lovejoy ISD, and her sweet sons Jackson (5 years) and Micah (3 years).
Mrs. Lewis teaches the Wind Ensemble, assists with the Symphonic band, assists with the Concert Band, and teaches Beginning Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, and Clarinet classes.
Sapphire Tenerelli is in her sixth year as the Associate Director of Bands at Maus Middle School. Mrs. Tenerelli is a native of Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano East Senior High and Williams High School. She continued her education at Texas Tech University and graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance. She won the award for Highest Ranked Graduate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and after receiving her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Tenerelli returned to Texas Tech to complete her Master’s degree in Music Education. She student taught at Evans MS and McKinney HS before graduating with her Master’s degree in Music Education under the direction of renowned music educator, Dr. Keith Dye, in May 2013.
During her time at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli shared the stage with Phillip Smith, Jens Lindemann, Dick Oatts, Arlington Jones, and Stockton Helbing. Her principal teachers include Professor Will Strieder, Dr. Max Matzen, Dr. Sarah McKoin, and Professor Stephen Jones. While at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli served as the President of the Tech Trumpet Society and trumpet section leader. She was a participating member of the premier jazz and concert ensembles. Mrs. Tenerelli also performed at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association conference in both 2009 and 2013 as well as the College Band Directors National Association 2011 Southwest conference, where she was a participant in the performance of multiple world premieres.
Mrs. Tenerelli plays regularly with the Plano Community Band and enjoys when students come to watch! She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. She is recently married and is enjoying married life!
Mrs. Tenerelli teaches the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, assists with the Concert Band, assists with the Wind Ensemble, and teaches Beginning Saxophone, Horn, and Trumpet classes.
Thomas Brink is in his first year as the Associate Director of Bands at Maus Middle School. Mr. Brink is a native of Flower Mound, Texas and graduated from Marcus High School. In 2009, he graduated and went on to attend Oklahoma State University, where he studied trombone under Paul Compton and composition under Igor Karaca. Upon completing a double major in composition and philosophy in 2014, he began teaching trombone lessons in North Texas for 2 years before going to Southern Methodist University for graduate studies in music education.
Mr. Brink is a member of the Alpha Chi honor fraternity and a 4-year member of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project located in Schladming, Austria. He is also a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Brink is an avid football fan and arts enthusiast with a passion for music, photography, reading, games, and the outdoors. He loves the color represented by the hex code #FF7300, which is of course, Oklahoma State orange! (Go Pokes!)
Mr. Brink teaches the Concert Band, Jazz Band, assists with the Symphonic Band, assists with the Wind Ensemble, and teaches Beginning Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba classes.
Mr. Ivy is the Percussion Coordinator for the Heritage cluster bands. Previously, Mr. Ivy was a percussion instructor in the East cluster of Plano ISD. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he studied percussion extensively with Mr. Kenneth Green.
While at NSU, he was a performer in the Wind Symphony, percussion ensemble, prinicipal percussionist for the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and drumline captain for the “Spirit of Northwestern” Marching Band. He is a past-president of the NSU chapter of MENC: Music Educator’s National Conference and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
He is an active clinician, adjudicator and performer throughout the United States and holds professional memberships in the Texas Music Educator’s Association, MENC, and Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Ivy’s responsibilities include directing the Heritage HS drumline and percussion ensembles, teaching beginning percussion at Maus MS and Roach MS, and assisting with the 7th/8th grade performing groups at both middle schools.
Alan Brawdy is in his seventh year teaching in the Heritage High School cluster. He spent the previous four years teaching in the Plano West High School cluster in Plano. Alan has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Music from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
While at NSU, Mr. Brawdy studied under Mr. Kenneth Green and Mr. Bill Brent. He was a member of the Wind Ensemble and served as the drumline captain of the “Spirit of Northwestern” Marching Band. Mr. Brawdy holds professional memberships with Texas Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society.