Director of Instrumental Music, HPISD
Rylon Guidry is the new Director of Instrumental Music for the Highland Park ISD, where he will serve as Director of the “Highlander” Marching Band, conduct the Wind Symphony, and guide all aspects of the Highland Park Bands, grades 5-12. This will be his 14th year as a public school band director.
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, 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
Corey Parks is in his 11th year teaching in Highland Park ISD. Mr. Parks directs the HP Jazz Band and the Symphonic Band, which consistently earns first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest and won Best in Class at the 2017 South Coast Music Festival.
As an assistant, Mr. Parks is heavily involved with the Highlander Marching Band, including visual caption and drill writer for the group. His drill design assisted Highland Park in earning numerous Visual and General Effect captions at local contests, advancing to the Area C Marching Contest two times as well as becoming a UIL 5A State Marching Contest Finalist in 2017, the first time in the band’s history. Mr. Parks also writes drill and consults for other high school marching bands in Texas.
Apart from his high school responsibilities, Mr. Parks teaches daily at McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park Middle School. As a woodwind specialist, he teaches beginner woodwind classes and assists the middle school bands. In his first three years at Highland Park, he directed the HPMS Non-Varsity Band, earning first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. Before his tenure at Highland Park, he was the assistant band director at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX for three years.
Mr. Parks attended Texas Christian University receiving a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music (Instrumental Conducting). At TCU, he played clarinet in the TCU Wind Symphony and the TCU Orchestra. He was drum major of the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.
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.
Associate Director of Bands, 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.
Teachers and mentors of Mr. Emsley include: Phil Clements, Brian Merrill, Lynne Jackson, Melodianne Mallow, Eddie Green, Reagan Brumley, Allan Goodwin, David Morris, Paul Campiglia, Joe Brashier, Eric Bradshaw, Allan L. Smith, Curtis Hersey, Luis Sanchez, Josephine Wammock, and Lyle Indegaard.
Color Guard Director, HPMS & HPHS
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, MIS and HPMS
Cindi Sobering is in her fourteenth year as Assistant Band Director at McCulloch Intermediate and Highland Park Middle Schools. Mrs. Sobering teaches fifth and sixth grade band students and assists with the Symphonic and Honor Bands at the middle school. Prior to teaching in Highland Park, Mrs. Sobering was Assistant Band Director at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas. During her tenure there the program tripled in size, earned the TPMEA State Marching Band Championship and consistently earned First Division Sweepstakes awards for all bands.
Mrs. Sobering has many connections with the Highland Park band program. While attending Southern Methodist University, Mrs. Sobering completed her student teaching with the Highland Park bands under the direction of Bob Jordan at the high school and Craig Logan at the middle school. Years later she returned to teach beginning clarinet classes and clarinet sectionals for both schools, in addition to teaching private clarinet lessons to HP students for many years. Mrs. Sobering also taught in the Lake Highlands schools for several years under the direction of Malcolm Helm and Marion West, and was lead private clarinet teacher in Duncanville under the direction of Dr. Tom Shine for fifteen years. She has Bachelors of Music Education and Performance degrees and a Masters’ Degree in Education, graduating with Suma Cum Laude honors. Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Music Educators Association, and Women Band Directors International.
Mrs. Sobering grew up in Minnesota and was a member of the Minnesota All State Band for four years and the Minnesota All State Orchestra for two years. She performed clarinet professionally in the Dallas area for many years and continues to enjoy playing clarinet, flute and piano in her free time. She and her husband Mike enjoy spending much of the summer at their Minnesota lake cabin with family and friends. Her two grown daughters and their families keep her busy, and she also enjoys gardening and travelling.