Meet the Directors

Phillip Cadenhead

Director of Bands

Phillip Cadenhead became the Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School in July of 2017. Prior to coming to Seguin, he was Director of Bands at Western Hills High School in Fort Worth. He has previously served as band director at Red Oak High School, Barnett Junior High, and Mesquite High School. 

Originally from Crestview, Florida, Mr. Cadenhead attended Louisiana State University for his bachelor's degree in Music Education. There he studied under the batons of Frank Wickes and Dr. Linda Moorhouse. He studied privately with Larry Campbell and Dr. Joseph Skillen. He received his Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Educational Administration degree from Lamar University. Prior to coming to Region 5, Mr. Cadenhead served as the Vice President and later the President of TMEA Region 20. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

Bands under his direction have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winners. Marching bands have made consistent finals appearances at invitational marching contests. Concert bands have received distinctions as Best in Class at the South Coast Music Festival, Winter Park Ski Music Festival and the Pride of New Orleans Music festival. Under Mr. Cadenhead's direction, the Red Oak Jazz Band was named the Grand Champion of the Winter Park Ski Music Festival. 

Mr. Cadenhead enjoys Crossfit, Adventure Racing and traveling with his wife, Lindsay, and two sons, Alex and Ashton.

Grady Niblo has been the assistant director at Juan Seguin High School since 2012, where he teaches the Symphonic Winds as well as the Jazz Ensemble and beginner band classes.  He also assists in the instruction of the Cougar Marching Band as well as the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Texas (2010), as well as a Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University (2017). 

 

Mr. Niblo is from Dallas, TX and attended Duncanville High School where he was an All-State trombonist and honor graduate.  He has taught privately and assisted in marching programs in the DFW area since 2010.  He also performs as a free-lance musician in the area, often playing in community bands and pit orchestras for musical stage productions.  He makes his home in Arlington with his wife, Rachel, and his twin children, Claire and Cooper.

Grady Niblo

Associate Band Director

Angel Briseño

Director of Percussion

Angel Briseño is currently the Director of Percussion for Juan Seguin High School. He coordinates the marching percussion program, 7th-12th grade concert percussion ensembles, and teaches beginning and 8th grade percussion classes at Ousley Junior High. 

 

In 2015, Angel returned to the DFW area after spending a year performing in Japan for the Disney Sea Theme Park at Tokyo Disney Resorts for the famous Kitchen Beat ensemble! 

 

Mr. Briseño holds a Masters of Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Central Florida. During his time in Orlando, he performed with the UCF  Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, "Black Steel" Band, Musical Ensembles, Symphony Orchestra, as well as outside ensembles such as the Central Florida Brass Band, Fleur de Beat Stilt Band, and participated in the Accidental Music Festival.  

 

Mr. Briseño also holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education with Percussion Concentration from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Mr. Briseño performed with various ensembles including a Showcase Concert at the Percussive Arts Society Convention (PASIC) in Austin, TX with the TCU Percussion Orchestra in 2008, and placed first at the PASIC Collegiate Marching Festival with the TCU Indoor Drumline in 2006. 

 

He has had the pleasure of studying with amazing educators including, Jeff Moore, Dr. Thad Anderson, and Kirk Gay, Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Joey Carter, Hector Gil, Paul Rennick, and Dr. Dave Hall. 

 

Angel’s professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Percussive Arts Society,Texas Music Educators Association, and in a proud endorser of Salyers Percussion.

Dwayne Stokley, a native of East Tennessee, has been involved with the Marching Band and Pageantry Arts for most of his life. While attending East Tennessee State University, Mr. Stokley was the director of the color guard and Winterguard there as well as numerous groups in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin.


During his time in the Midwest, he was the Guard director at UW Whitewater as well as Whitnall High School, a consistent State Band and Color guard champion at the WSMA State Marching contest and WGI semi- finalists.


Mr. Stokley came to Texas in 2000 and has been involved with Arlington and Fort Worth bands and Winterguards, producing numerous successful programs. Most notably, Mr. Stokley is proud of the Seguin HS Colorguard for earning the Bronze Medal at the NTCA Colorguard Championships this year!

Dwayne Stokley

Color Guard Director

Franklin Garza

Associate Color Guard Director

Franklin Garza is from Arlington, Texas. He began his dance and performance career with the Sam Houston High School Colorguard and dance program. He eventually joined Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International, where the members are expected to compete at a high level of excellence. These organizations helped develop his passion for dance. 

In 2010 he danced for Tarrant County College, where he was a member of the dance company and performed numerous times throughout the Dallas/Fort area. In 2011 he was accepted to the Dance Program at Texas Woman's University where he worked toward his BA in Dance Performance. He performed many pieces with the Dance Program at TWU and performed with TWU at ACDFA. He began teaching dance and colorguard in 2009, where he specialized in movement. He has been teaching at many prestigious guard and dance programs in Texas, such as CGT Ft Worth Independent Winterguard, Insignia Independent Winterguard, Blackgold Independent Winterguard, Sam Houston High School, Aledo High School, Rowlett High School, and Odessa High School. He has been a part of dance studios such as Power House of Dance and Moving Canvas Dance Space. He is excited to work with the staff and students at Juan Seguin High School Cougar Band!

Kayla Poole

Ousley Middle School Director

Kayla Poole became the Ousley Director of Bands in August of 2017. Ms. Poole conducts the Ousley Honors band and teaches the beginning flute, double reed and horn classes. Prior to that role, Ms. Poole served as Associate Director of Bands at Ousley for three years. During that time, Ms. Poole taught the Ousley Symphonic Band and the woodwind beginning classes.

Ms. Poole holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University (2014) where she graduated magna cum laude. While at TCU, Ms. Poole performed with various ensembles including the Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby R. Francis, the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band under the direction of Brian Youngblood, and the TCU Basketball Band. While a member of the TCU Wind Symphony, Ms. Poole performed at Carnegie Hall (2011), CBDNA Clinic and Convention (2014) and the annual Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic and Convention (2014). As a member of the Horned Frog Marching Band, Ms. Poole performed in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA (2011), the Fiesta Bowl Parade (2012) and at the UIL State Marching Contest Showcase (2014). Ms. Poole marched both flute and color guard with the TCU Band.

Ms. Poole is originally from Pflugerville, TX and attended Hendrickson High School where she was an All-State flutist and graduated in the top of her class. Ms. Poole’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda.

In her free time, Ms. Poole loves to exercise, serve at her church and snuggle with her two fat cats named Milo and Figaro.

Pedro Maldonado

Ousley Middle School Director

Pedro Maldonado is currently in his 8th year of teaching. He is the Assistant Director at Ousley Junior High in Arlington, TX.

Mr. Maldonado previously taught in Duncanville ISD at Reed Middle School. During this time the flagship band at Reed won numerous awards as well as consecutive UIL sweepstakes and advancing to the TMEA Honor Band Area level twice.

Duncanville was also Mr. Maldonado’s hometown growing up. In high school he was a part of both the 2002 State Champion Marching Band, and the 2004 TMEA Honor Band, both under the direction of Dr. Tom Shine & Brian Merrill. His student teaching was completed at Duncanville in 2010 during Dr. Shine’s final semester before retiring.

Mr. Maldonado received his Bachelor of Music Education from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. He was a member of the HPU Jazz Ensemble, a soloist with the Yellow Jacket Marching Band for four years and toured internationally with the group Winds of Triumph.

Currently, Mr. Maldonado maintains an active performing schedule, playing with various groups in the DFW area. In his spare time Mr. Maldonado enjoys all things Jazz, reading books, listening to podcasts, playing video games, and having a winning smile.

Mr. Maldonado resides in Cedar Hill with his wife Rachel, his son Luke and their two dog Estes & Brooklyn.

Payton Stevens

Ousley Middle School Director

Payton Stevens became the Assistant Band Director at Ousley Junior High School in 2017. Mr. Stevens teaches beginning saxophone, clarinet, and tuba class while also assisting with the Ousley Symphonic Band and Honors Band. As an Arlington Texas native, he is very familiar with Arlington ISD Fine Arts and graduated from Arlington High School, where he discovered his passion for band and teaching music.

Mr. Stevens received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Texas Christian University in 2014. While at TCU, he studied classical and jazz saxophone under the mentorship of Professor Joseph Eckert. He also performed in many ensembles including the TCU Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby R. Francis, the Horned Frog Marching Band under the direction of Brian Youngblood, TCU Basketball Band, and the TCU Jazz Ensemble where he performed alongside guest artists including Randy Brecker, Tom “Bones” Malone, Jim White, Tim Ishii, and Jim Snidero. After TCU, Mr. Stevens received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2017. As a graduate teaching assistant, he gained valuable teaching experiences such as directing the UNT Eight O’Clock and Nine O’Clock Lab Bands at many performances including the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Other highlights from his time at UNT include performing with the Three O’Clock Lab Band on lead alto saxophone under the direction of Professor Tanya Darby and studying jazz saxophone with Professor Brad Leali. Mr. Stevens’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

 Mr. Stevens resides in Arlington with his basset hound, Molly. In his free time, he performs as a freelance musician in the area and performs in the Arlington Community Band. His other hobbies include playing rock guitar, piano, tennis, traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

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