Band Directors and Staff

Ms. Lee

Cheryl Lee is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Anderson High School Band Staff. Prior to her appointment in June 2020, she served seven years as the Director of Bands at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kansas where her teaching responsibilities included the Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble I, and Honors Music Theory.

Under her leadership, the program more than doubled in size and experienced substantial changes in terms of structure and focus. The Blue Valley West Marching Band competed at the regional and national level and won their State Marching Championship two of the last three years. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at the state KMEA conference in 2015 and 2018 and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in 2016. Jazz Ensemble 1 was consistently named “Outstanding Ensemble” at the University of Kansas Jazz Festival and performed at the 2020 Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans. West also served the Kansas City area by hosting festivals annually, including a Percussion Festival and Concert Band Festival.

Ms. Lee is a native Oklahoman and spent five years teaching for Broken Arrow Public Schools as the head director of Haskell Middle School (now Oneta Ridge). While at Haskell, she worked with the Pride of Broken Arrow marching band which won its first Grand National Championship in 2006. In 2009, Ms. Lee moved to Kansas to serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas while earning a Master of Music degree in Conducting with Dr. Scott Weiss and Dr. Paul Popiel. While at KU, she conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, University Band, “Helianthus” New Music Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and athletic bands including the Marching Jayhawks. Ms. Lee was invited to join the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society as well as the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society for maintaining a perfect grade point average and completing oral exams with an honors designation.

Ms. Lee’s Bachelor of Music Education degree is from Oklahoma State University. She was drum major for the Cowboy Marching Band in 2002 and 2003 and was voted “Member of the Year” by the members and staff for the 2003 season. Ms. Lee performed on baritone with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2003 and 2004 seasons and was a visual instructor for Crossmen from 2007-2009 and for the Boston Crusaders in 2013. For New Year’s Day 2021, she was selected to serve on the Music for All Tournament of Roses Parade All-National Honor Band staff. Her professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, and PASIC, and she is a National Board Certified Teacher.

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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 ninth 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 2021-22 school year is his eighth year of teaching and fifth 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 too thrilled to be part of the Anderson Trojan Band staff!

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. 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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