Cougar
Cy-Creek High School
Band and Color Guard
School Address: 9815 Grant Road #414 - Houston, TX 77070

Directors:

Kevin Wood - Director of Bands

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Kevin Wood is the Director of Bands at Cypress Creek High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.  His responsibilities include the administration and artistic vision of the Cy Creek band program.  He serves as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Director of the Cougar Marching Band, assists with Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Concert Winds, as well as overseeing all aspects of the program.

Prior to his appointment at Cy Creek, Mr. Wood served for 7 years as the Associate Director at Cypress Woods HS.  Previously he was an Assistant Band Director in the Aldine ISD at Aldine HS and Plummer Middle School.  He began his teaching career at Northshore HS in Slidell, LA.  

Active in the marching arts, Mr. Wood currently serves as a marching band adjudicator, drill designer, and clinician/consultant.   He is a former marching member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.  He has taught on the educational staffs of various drum corps including the Academy, Colts, Revolution, and Santa Clara Vanguard.  

Mr. Wood has co-presented clinics on music education at the TMEA convention in San Antonio, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, and the CFISD RRR Leadership Conference.  He has participated in conducting symposiums with some of the most recognized wind conductors including Eugene Corporon, Gary Green, Michael Haithcock, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, and Mallory Thompson.  His professional memberships include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Originally from Tennessee, Mr. Wood received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Louisiana State University in 2002. At LSU he studied trumpet with James West and conducting with Dr. Linda Moorhouse and Frank Wickes. He completed a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at Sam Houston State University under the guidance of Director of Bands, Dr. Matthew McInturf.  

When not busy at school, Mr. Wood enjoys running, attending concerts, and traveling.  He resides in Cypress with his wife, Priya, and their daughter Rani.

Aaron Kennell - Associate Director of Bands

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Originally from Ohio, Mr. Kennell received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University in 2006.  He studied trombone under Paul Hunt, Sean Flanigan, David Jackson, and Bill Mathis and conducting with Ryan Nowlin and Bruce Moss.  He completed a Master of Music degree in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas in 2011 under the guidance of Bob Duke.  Mr. Kennell is an active adjudicator and consultant/clinician with bands in Texas and Ohio. He has co-presented clinics at the Texas Music Educator Association (TMEA) and has written articles for the Southwestern Musician and the School Band and Orchestra Magazine.  His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Trombone Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
 
Mr. Kennell comes to us from Nimitz High School in Aldine ISD where he served as the Director of Bands for the past 4 years.  At Nimitz he was the primary teacher for the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and coordinated all aspects of the band and color guard.  Mr. Kennell’s previous teaching experience in Aldine ISD includes Plummer Middle School and Aldine High School as well as Randall High School in Canyon ISD (Amarillo).  Bands under his direction have received numerous sweepstakes awards in both marching and concert season.  During his time at UT, he also taught private lessons and served as a marching tech for Anderson HS, Dripping Springs HS, and Cedar Park HS.
 
Born into a musical family, both of his parents were music educators.  Mr. Kennell lives with his wife Christine, who is also a busy band director, and their beautiful daughter Adalyn. 

Christopher Dial- Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist

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Mr. Dial is excited to start his new job as assistant band director at Cypress Creek High School.  Mr. Dial previously worked at Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD for three years and Mance Park Middle School in Huntsville ISD for one year.  He served as an assistant band director and director of percussion for all campuses within the feeder patterns.  In May of 2017, Mr. Dial received his Master of Music degree at Sam Houston State University where he studied percussion performance under Dr. John Lane and was principal percussionist for the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.  As a member of the Sam Houston percussion group, Mr. Dial performed "Draping the Walls with Ice" by Jeff Herriott as part of a showcase performance submission, and it was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2017.  

Before moving to Texas, Mr. Dial attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he majored in Percussion Performance and Music Education.  While at UNCG, he was able to study under Dr. Kris Keeton, Dr. Neeraj Mehta, and Dr. Eric Willie.  Mr. Dial was a member of the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.  He performed at the College Band Directors National Association Convention in 2013 and was privileged to perform world premieres of works by John Mackey, Stephen Bryant, and Scott Lindroth as well as participate in three commercially-available albums with the wind ensemble: "Finish Line!" (2011), "Arts and Letters" (2014), and "Stories and Sanctuaries" (2015).  In his final semester, Mr. Dial participated in a submission to the PASIC College Percussion Ensemble competition that was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2015.