Band Directors and Staff

Andrea Gonzalez
Director of Bands

Teaches: Wind Ensemble
Other Responsibilities: Program Administration, Oversees all aspects of the Trojan Band
Mrs. Gonzalez is currently in her fifth year as Director of Bands and ninth year at Anderson. She teaches the Wind Ensemble, is responsible for administrative duties, and oversees all aspects of the Trojan Band.

A native of Kansas, Mrs. Gonzalez attended the University of Texas at Austin as a music studies major with an emphasis in performance. She is a bassoonist, and while at UT she performed in 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 Midwest, Michigan, New Hampshire and the Czech Republic as well as on a tour of Napa Valley and Europe with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Upon graduation, she taught for three years in Round Rock ISD at CD Fulkes Middle School.

Mrs. Gonzalez continues to perform as first bassoonist of the Hill Country Winds Chamber Octet. In her spare time, she is an avid equestrian and spends every spare moment at the barn working with her horse, Savannah.

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Frank Nedley
Associate Band Director

Teaches: Symphonic Band
Other Responsibilities: All percussion activities at Murchison MS and Anderson HS, Solo Competition, Lockers
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 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 2 years and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline for 5 years.

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

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Jeff Cleveland
Associate Band Director

Teaches: Concert Band Blue, Jazz Band
Other Responsibilities: Private Lessons
Jeff Cleveland enters his sixth year of teaching and third at Anderson High School after recently completing 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. He is a native Texan with teaching and performing experience across the country and Italy. Originally from Arlington, Texas, he attended Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Italian Studies.

Mr. Cleveland is an 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.

Prior to moving to Austin, Mr. Cleveland was the Assistant Band Director for three years for Ingleside ISD in Ingleside, Texas. There he oversaw the junior high band program and assisted with the high school band. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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

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Tucker Ewer
Associate Band Director
Tucker Ewer is a Colorado native, and he is thrilled to be joining the Anderson Band Family!

Mr. Ewer comes to Anderson from Forbes Middle School in Georgetown, TX. Prior to his career in Texas, he spent two years as the Director of Instrumental Music at Conifer High School in the mountains of Colorado. During his time at Conifer the band and orchestra programs grew 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 helped 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.

Prior to his appointment at Conifer, Mr. Ewer taught two years at Arvada High School in Colorado and one year at Ashton Ranch and Countryside K-8 schools in Arizona.

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

Mr. Ewer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Texas Music Educators Association.

Mr. Ewer is an avid hockey fan, and in his spare time he enjoys golfing, solving Rubik’s cubes, and hanging out with his dog Nola.

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Christopher Josey
Dance Guard Instructor, Choreographer
Anderson Winter Guard Director
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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Kayla Ruiz
Dance Guard Assistant Director,
Anderson Winter Guard Assistant Director
Kayla Ruiz has been living in San Marcos, TX for the past five years where she attended Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Studies.

She is a South Texas native and went to Sharyland High School located in Mission, TX, where she was a member of the Color Guard for all four years. Her color guard career also includes three years of DCI with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, three years of collegiate color guard with the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band Color Guard (where she was captain for two years), and two years of WGI with Origins Winter Guard.

Her teaching experience includes two summers with Pioneer High School (Mission, TX), one year with Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio, TX), and three years with Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, TX.

Over the years, she has developed a passion for teaching color guard and wants to inspire the next generation to not just be better performers, but better humans as well.
Daniel Wainright
Percussion Arranger, Private Instructor

Responsibilities: Percussion Private Lessons, Front Ensemble Arrangement and Instruction
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 many singer/songwriters, country artists, and worship leaders outside of school.

After graduation, Daniel moved to Austin, Texas, to further his career and has lived there since. At Anderson, Daniel 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.