Head Band Director David Mobley
An Austin native, David Mobley is a graduate of Leander High School where he was a student of Dennis Hopkins and studied trombone with Russell Brown. While attending the University of Texas, he was a member of the Longhorn Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the Trombone Choir and was a student of Donald Knaub. During his time at UT, Mr. Mobley was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois and was also later a staff member of the same corps. After graduating from UT he taught in Houston, Texas and Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a successful assistant band director and winter guard director. When not teaching, Mr. Mobley enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter. He is active in his church and enjoys reading, running, and bicycling. This is his 11th year at RRHS and his 17th year of teaching overall.
Associate Band Director Steve Roeder
Steve Roeder received his Bachelor of Music Education from Texas State University. While at the University, Mr. Roeder was principle percussionist of the Wind Ensemble, section leader of the drumline, member of the percussion ensemble and steel band. In addition, he was the percussion instructor at Bowie High School as well as a percussion clinician for various high schools across the state. Upon graduation, Mr. Roeder taught at Copperas Cove High School. Mr. Roeder is a member of TMEA, TBA and PAS. This is his 22nd year of teaching, and his 16th year at Round Rock High School. He supervises the percussion department at RRHS including "Rock Drums", the award-winning drumline, all ensembles and solos, and the Chisholm Trail Middle School percussion program.
Assistant Band Director John Peterson
John Peterson comes to Round Rock High School as he begins his ninth year in music education. After graduating from the University of Texas, Mr. Peterson began his career in the Dallas area, teaching at The Colony High School in Lewisville ISD for four years followed by Allen High School in Allen ISD for an additional four years. Mr. Peterson has taught several groups at the Sub-Non Varsity and Non Varsity levels, maintaining ‘Sweepstakes’ awards throughout his years of teaching. At Allen High School, Mr. Peterson served the 700+ member band as Associate Band Director; he was very involved in taking the group to the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade and assisted in all aspects of running the band program. On top of his responsibilities at Allen High School, Mr. Peterson attended night-classes at Southern Methodist University and completed his Masters of Music in Music Education in May of 2016. Mr. Peterson is an alumnus of Westwood High School and is thrilled to be back home in the Round Rock Independent School District. When not teaching, Mr. Peterson enjoys time with his family – his wife, Bridget, married seven years, and his son, A.J., who is two and a half years old. When he’s able to find some free time, Mr. Peterson enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, running, traveling, and trying to keep up with popular TV shows on Netflix.
Assistant Band Director Brittany Graham
Brittany Graham comes to Round Rock High School as she begins her fifth year in Music Education. After graduating from Baylor University in 2011, she began her career in San Antonio ISD and taught middle school there for one year, and then went to Medina Valley ISD and taught both middle school and high school there for three years. During her time at Medina Valley she conducted both middle school and high school non-varsity and varsity concert bands, and was visual caption head and program coordinator for the Medina Valley High School Marching Band and helped the band program earn three sweepstakes awards. At Medina Valley Mrs. Graham also had the chance to be the visual caption head and designer for the Medina Valley Winter Drumline who successfully competed in the TECA circuit. Along with her involvement in her own band programs, Mrs. Graham has seven years of experience in Drum Corps International as a member and instructor. Her drum corps experience includes performing with Revolution from 2005 – 2006, Blue Knights from 2008 – 2009, visual staff with the Boston Crusaders in 2014, and visual staff with the Blue Knights in 2015-2016. When not teaching, Mrs Graham spends time running, cooking, and traveling with her husband, Clint, who is a graduate of Round Rock ISD. They are so excited to move back to the Austin area, and become part of the Dragon Band Family!
Color Guard Director Jude Boughton
Jude Boughton is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has taught at Round Rock since 2010. Jude has served as the color guard caption at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and co-caption head and movement and dance instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003-2004 before joining the staff of the Colts as program coordinator for five seasons. He has also served as the movement and dance technician and designer for The Black Watch Winter Guard from Mt. Laurel, NJ for the past ten seasons as well as movement instructor for Mechanicsburg high school and Juxtaposition Winter Guards. Other teaching credits include Pittston Area High School, Ben Davis High School, and the Reading Buccaneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Jude has also served as a movement judge and clinician focusing on movement for non-dancers since 1997 working extensively for WGI, DCA, and the National Judges Association. Jude attended Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a focus in Theatre and Dance and has taken in-depth studies in “Movement for Non-dancers”, Laban Movement Analysis, and “Dance in the Musical Theatre”.
Private Flute Instructors
Bryan Kennard is an improvising flutist and composer in Austin, TX, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Concordia University. Additionally, he teaches music theory and jazz improvisation at the Clavier-Werke School of Music and throughout the Austin. He regularly performs in and writes music for his own jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Bryan is a founding member of the Austin Flute Project and has performed on Baroque traverso with the Austin Baroque Orchestra and La Folia Austin Baroque ensemble.
Bryan serves as president for the Austin Flute Society, a local organization dedicated to educating Austin-area flutists of all ages, and helps organize their annual flute festival. Currently, he is also the National Flute Association Coordinator for the Jazz Flute Master Class and Jazz Soloist Competitions. His compositions have been featured at NFA and throughout the country. Bryan studied flute, jazz, and composition at Mercyhurst College (BM) and Youngstown State University (MM). More at bryankennard.com.
Private Clarinet Instructor
Anna Carney, has been the clarinet instructor at RRHS since 1997 and has placed many students in Region Bands and All-State Band. In addition to teaching at RRHS, Ms. Carney currently also teaches music at Southwestern University in Georgetown and Temple College. Previous teaching assignments have included being a middle school band director for 7 years, and a clarinet professor at the university level for 20 years.
Ms. Carney received her Bachelors degree in Music Education from San Diego State University and her Masters in clarinet performance from SDSU. Her Doctoral work in clarinet was at Florida State University.
As an active performer in Central Texas, Ms. Carney is a member of the Brazos Valley Symphony and a founder of the chamber ensembles Arte Musique and the Madera Trio. In addition to her Central Texas performing career, she continues to perform nationally and internationally when possible. Ms. Carney's major clarinet teachers were Kalman Bloch of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, James Kanter of the Pacific Symphony, and Frank Kowalsky at Florida State University.
Private Saxophone Instructor
In 2005, Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in music performance with emphasis in classical saxophone from The University of Texas at Austin. There, he studied privately with world-renowned saxophonist and teacher, Harvey Pittel. While at UT, Kevin performed with the UT Symphony Band, the UT Wind Ensemble, Tex Sax, and the UT Jazz Ensemble. For the last 14 years, he has played in several rock, jazz, and funk influenced bands in Austin, such as Navin's Thermos, About:Blank, and Price Hill. Kevin has been teaching private lessons at schools in Austin, Leander, and Round Rock ISD since 2003. He lives with his wife, Sarah, and their dog, Mattie, in Round Rock.
Dan Bechdolt has been teaching private saxophone lessons at Round Rock H.S., Westwood H.S., McNeil H.S. and other RRISD area schools for more than 10 consecutive years. Mr. Bechdolt holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies - Performance from the University of North Texas' world-renowned School of Music. He is also a founding member of Austin-based soul/funk group Mingo Fishtrap, which has been recording and touring nationally and internationally for more than 2 decades.
Private Oboe Instructor
Susan Douglas is well known in central Texas as a teacher, soloist and a chamber musician. She has appeared with the Austin Symphony, the Arts in Georgetown Festival Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Waco Symphony. She has also played in orchestras accompanying such organizations as the Austin Civic Chorus, Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, San Gabriel Chorale, and Canto, a choral group based in Fredericksburg, TX. Her solo repertoire has included such works as J. S. Bach's Double Concerto, Aaron Copland's Quiet City and Richard Strauss's Oboe Concerto. She has also been a member of the Festival Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
For many years, Mrs. Douglas has maintained a large and successful private studio including central Texas oboe students of all ages. Her students consistently receive high ratings in UIL events and competitions. Graduates from her studio have been accepted into such schools as The University of North Texas, University of Texas, and The San Francisco Conservatory. Susan has also been Adjunct instructor of oboe at Southwestern University since 1992. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Oboe Performance from The University of Texas. Her major teachers were Rebecca Henderson and Richard Blair, both at the University of Texas, and Raymond Weaver, long-time Principal oboist in the Houston Symphony Orchestra.