Band Directors and Staff

Mrs. Gonzalez

Mrs. Gonzalez has been with the Anderson Trojan Band for nine years, the last five as Director of Bands. She conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Blue as well as managing all program aspects of the Trojan Band. During her tenure here, Ms. Gonzalez’s bands have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winners, advanced to Area in 6A Honor Band, and been named Commended Winners in 2019 by the Foundation for Music Education.  

A native of Kansas, Mrs. Gonzalez attended the University of Texas at Austin as a Music Studies major with an emphasis in Performance (Bassoon). While at UT, she performed with the Longhorn Band, UT Wind Ensemble, UT Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Winds.

As a bassoonist, she has performed in summer chamber music festivals throughout the American Midwest, Michigan, New Hampshire, and the Czech Republic. With the UT Wind Ensemble, she toured both Napa Valley and Europe to premiere John Corigliano’s first symphony for a concert band, Symphony No. 3 Circus Maximus. Upon graduation from university, she taught for three years in Round Rock ISD at CD Fulkes Middle School before joining the team at Anderson High School.

Professionally, Mrs. Gonzalez maintains affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association (serving as the Region 18 Representative), and Women Band Directors International, for which she is the High School Contributing Editor.

Mrs. Gonzalez continues to perform privately as first bassoonist of the Hill Country Winds Chamber Octet. She loves riding her horse, Sam, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Mr. Nedley

A homegrown Texan, Mr. Nedley grew up in Grapevine and attended the University of North Texas, where he received his degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Percussion.

During his time at UNT, he also had the privilege to teach and arrange music for the Green Brigade Drumline for 3 years. Mr. Nedley has a strong background in marching percussion and marched with both the Carolina Crown (2002) and Phantom Regiment (2003-2006) Drum and Bugle Corps.

After touring with Drum Corps across the country, Mr. Nedley played with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Drumline for two years and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline for five years.

Mr. Nedley is in his eighth year of teaching at Anderson High School and is currently conducting Symphonic Band. He oversees all percussion-related activities at Anderson and its feeder, Murchison Middle School, as well as assists with the Marching Band and other concert ensembles.

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Mr. Cleveland

Originally from Arlington, Texas, Jeff Cleveland left the state to attend Illinois State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Italian Studies.

Mr. Cleveland is a proud alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. He played trumpet for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before aging out as drum major in 2009. He also marched with the corps in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Upon completing his degree at Illinois State, Mr. Cleveland spent three years as the Assistant Band Director for Ingleside ISD in Ingleside, Texas. There he oversaw the junior high band program and assisted with the high school band.

He then completed a Master of Music and Human Learning degree at The University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, Mr. Cleveland served as a teaching assistant for the Longhorn Band and Longhorn Pep Band.

The 2019-20 school year is his sixth year of teaching and third with the Anderson Trojan Band. With teaching and performing experience across the country and in Italy, we are delighted to have him on the band staff. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

When he is not in the band hall, Mr. Cleveland enjoys trying as many restaurants as possible around town and keeping tabs on his favorite soccer team. He is excited for another great year at Anderson High School!

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Mr. Ewer

Tucker Ewer is a Colorado native, and he is thrilled to be joining the Anderson Band Family for the 2019-20 school year!

The opportunity to study trumpet with Ray Sasaki at the University of Texas at Austin lured Mr. Ewer here to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Studies. He launched his teaching career in Arizona before returning to his home state of Colorado, where he taught for two years at Arvada High School in Colorado.

Mr. Ewer then spent two years as the Director of Instrumental Music at Conifer High School. During his time at Conifer, the band and orchestra programs more than doubled–from about 95 students to over 200. Mr. Ewer helped guide Conifer’s programs to Excellent and Superior ratings at band and orchestra state contests.

He also shepherded the Lobo Regiment Marching Band to 8th and 7th place finishes in 3A state marching competition. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Ewer was selected by the Conifer staff, students, and community as the Schwartz Leadership Award Winner.

In addition to working in public education, Mr. Ewer was the Musical Director for the Golden Eagle Concert Band (an adult community group) from 2015-2018.

Recently, Mr. Ewer returned to Texas, spending a year at Forbes Middle School in Georgetown, TX, before his return to high school band at Anderson. He is an avid hockey fan, and in his spare time he enjoys golfing, solving Rubik’s cubes, and hanging out with his dog Nola.

His professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Texas Music Educators Association.

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Mr. Josey

Chris Josey is originally from Gainesville, Fl. He moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 and is the Color Guard director at Westwood High School as well as the director of the Anderson High School Guard Program. He has a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Florida.

Mr. Josey was a member of The Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps as well as a member of Independent World Guard, Northeast Independent.

He has directed several scholastic and independent programs during his teaching career thus far and truly enjoys what the pageantry arts brings to students. Chris is excited to join the Anderson band & guard family.

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Mrs. Loyd

Rachel Loyd recently moved to Austin from Pocatello, ID. She joins the Anderson Band and Guard family as a Color Guard Technician.

Mrs. Loyd graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Anthropology from Idaho State University where she was Captain of the ISU Color Guard, a founding member of the Nu Epsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Program Coordinator for the Fiero Winter Guard. She also performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

She began teaching color guard in 2011 and has worked with several high school programs. Currently, she is pursuing her Educator Certificate to teach Biology and Social Studies at the high school level.

Mr. Wainright

Daniel Wainright started playing percussion in 1997. Throughout middle and high school, he shadowed Nashville musicians in his church orchestra and fell in love with all types of percussion instruments.

He decided to further his education and earned a degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University. Throughout his college years, he performed in many varieties of ensembles at Tennessee Tech. Daniel also performed with singer/songwriters, country music artists, and worship leaders outside of school.

After graduation, Daniel moved to Austin, Texas, to further his career and has lived here since. At Anderson, he teaches private lessons with the majority of the percussion studio and arranges the front ensemble portion of the marching show with Mr. Nedley.

Daniel proudly endorses Pearl/Adams, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, and Sibelius Products.

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