Band Directors


Director of Instrumental Music, Highland Park ISD


Rylon Guidry is the Director of Instrumental Music for the Highland Park ISD, where he serves as Director of the “Highlander” Marching Band, conducts the Wind Symphony, and guides all aspects of the Highland Park Bands, grades 5-12. This is his 15th year as a public school band director.  


Since arriving at Highland Park High School, the Wind Symphony has been named a National Winner in the 2021 National Wind Band Honors Project and the Highlander Marching Band finished 5th overall in the 2021 UIL 5A State Marching Band Championships.


Previously, Mr. Guidry was the head director at Arbor Creek Middle School in the Hebron Cluster of Lewisville ISD. Mr. Guidry's bands at Arbor Creek Middle School were consistent sweepstakes award winners at UIL and invitational festivals. They had been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2013-2019), and were official performers at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2017 and 2019, featuring the Honors Band and Saxophone Ensemble respectively. Additionally, the Honors Band was a finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests multiple occasions, finishing 4th in 2015, 2nd in 2017 and 3rd in 2019. The band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Cup and the National Band Association's Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award in 2019.


Mr. Guidry also served as head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD and associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD. He has served as the TMEA Region 2 Middle School Band Coordinator, the Region 2 Representative for the Texas Bandmasters Association, on the UIL Music Advisory Committee and has been honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Award.


Mr. Guidry is an active adjudicator and guest clinician, and has professional affiliations with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Guidry lives in Frisco with his wife Katie (a former flute player) and SPCA-adopted doggie daughter Bella.

Mr. Guidry is honored to lead the Band Program in Highland Park!


Associate Band Director



Ross Gordon serves as Assistant Band Director to the Highlander Band. Mr. Gordon, a trombone player, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Grand Valley State University for his undergraduate music education studies. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Peck School of the Arts with a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting, Mr. Gordon was appointed as an Assistant Band Director at Sam Rayburn High School (Houston, TX) and Assistant Band Director at North Mesquite High School (Dallas, TX). The North Mesquite High School Marching Band is a consistent UIL marching band Area Finalist and has been an alternate to the 6A UIL State Marching contest, and consistently receives superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading.


Since the fall of 2019, Mr. Gordon has served as the Brass Caption Head for the World-Class Madison Scouts Drum Corps. Prior to that in 2014, he joined the Legends Drum Corps (Open-Class) as the Brass Caption Head. Mr. Gordon built the Legends Brass program to be one of the elite open class programs in the country. The Legends Brass program grew every year since 2014; from 48 members to a consistent 72. The Legends Brass Section is a consistent Drum Corps International World Class semi finalist and open class medalist.


Mr. Gordon gained personal drum corps experience as a marching member of the Phantom Regiment (2011) and Carolina Crown (2012, Jim Ott and John Brazale winner). While at Crown he had the opportunity to learn from Matt Harloff and Donnie VanDoren. Mr. Gordon was also a member of the Carolina Crown small brass ensemble and the world renowned Creamsicles vocal ensemble!


Associate Director of Percussion, HPISD



Mr. Daniel Reberger is an active music educator in Dallas, Texas. Originally from the Indianapolis area, Mr. Reberger has had the opportunity to work with great music programs, including the state champion Northview Marching Knights, BOA semi-finalist Center Grove Marching Band, WGI World class finalist Center Grove Indoor Percussion, the Belton High School Band, and UIL 5A Finalist Wakeland High School Band.


Mr. Reberger attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in music education. While attending the Jacobs School, Mr. Reberger had the wonderful opportunity of performing in some of the premier ensembles in the school including: Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, and the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. Some notable performance venues include Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Percussive Art Society-Indiana Day of Percussion (Muncie, IN), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN).


He was also an active performer in Drum Corps International, where he marched five seasons in the snare line. Mr. Reberger toured the country with the Troopers from Casper, WY, two-time DCI champion Madison Scouts from Madison, WI, and the ten-time DCI champion Cadets from Allentown, PA.


Mr. Reberger is excited to be a part of such a great program at Highland Park.


Color Guard Director, Highland Park ISD


Director of Bands, Highland Park Middle School


Loren Taylor is the Director of Bands at Highland Park Middle School.  She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Music with emphasis in instrumental education as well as a Flute Performance Certificate.  At USC, Ms. Taylor was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Campus Orchestra, and the Mighty Sound of the Southeast.  During her membership in the USC Wind Ensemble, Ms. Taylor had the unique opportunity to perform in a 10-day concert tour in China.


Prior to her time at Highland Park Middle School, Ms. Taylor was the director of bands at Utley Middle School in Rockwall, TX for three years.  Under her direction, the band received Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and had multiple students place in the top of their section at Region Band.  Before coming to Rockwall, Ms. Taylor also taught in Forney ISD and Uvalde CISD. 


Beyond teaching, Ms. Taylor is also an active flute performer. Her past memberships include the Palmetto Concert Band, Carolina Wind Symphony, and the Heart of Texas Concert Band.  As a member of the Heart of Texas Concert Band, Ms. Taylor also served on the executive board as the band secretary.  Presently, Ms. Taylor performs with the Plano Community Band and serves as coordinator for the Forney Community Band.


Ms. Taylor’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.


Outside of school and performing, Ms. Taylor enjoys spending time in the garden, cooking, and spending time with her family and fur babies (Archer, Thomas, and Ellie!)


Assistant Band Director, Highland Park Middle School


TJ Emsley is an Associate Director of Bands in the Highland Park Independent School District. His teaching responsibilities include teaching and conducting the Symphonic Band (HPMS), Raider Riffs (Stage Band/HPMS), assisting Honor Band (HPMS), co-teaching the Highlander Band Front Ensemble (HPHS), assisting Wind Symphony (HPHS), teaching Sixth Grade Tuba and Saxophone classes (MIS), and teaching Fifth Grade Trumpet and Trombone classes (MIS). Mr. Emsley also serves on the Campus Leadership Council for MIS and is the Academic UIL Coordinator for HPMS and MIS. Prior to his appointment in HPISD, Mr. Emsley served as an adjunct professor of music at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Kilgore College, and Paris Junior College.


A native of Charleston, South Carolina and product of Kingsland, Georgia, Mr. Emsley attended Camden County High School where he played percussion and piano in the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensembles.

Mr. Emsley earned a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. While at VSU, he served as the drum major of the VSU Blazin’ Brigade for three years, performed with the VSU Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Blazer Steel Drum Band, as well as the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.


Mr. Emsley earned a Master of Music in Music Education degree in 2013 from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas. While in Commerce, he performed with the TAMUC Wind Ensemble, Concert Band (Clarinetist), Percussion Ensemble, and Piano Studio as well as performing with the Irving Symphonic Band.



Assistant Band Director, Highland Park Middle School