Mary Brown
    Mary Brown
    Director of Bands


    2018-19 marks Mary Standlee Brown's second year as the Director of Bands and 10th year teaching at Ryan High School. As the Director of Bands, Mrs. Brown oversees all aspects of the Ryan band program, directs the Wind Symphony, Marching Band, and Concert Band, and teaches AP Music Theory. The Ryan band program is a consistent recipient of the UIL Sweepstakes Award. The Raider Marching Band has a proud tradition of earning UIL 1st Division ratings and is a consistent finalist in marching band contests including the UIL Area Marching Band Contest. Under Mrs. Brown direction, the Ryan Symphonic Band and Concert Band earned UIL 1st Division ratings. The Concert Band also received Best in Class awards at the Alamo Showcase of Music and the Winter Park Music Festival. Mrs. Brown's AP Music Theory students continually earn very high scores on the AP exam and many have pursued music as a major in college.
    Mrs. Brown is originally from Beaumont, Texas. She began her career with the Ryan High School Band as Assistant Director in 2009. Mrs. Brown was a student teacher at Ryan High School under Eddy Russell and Navo Middle School under Ray Staniszewski. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Mrs. Brown studied clarinet under Dr. James Gillespie and performed in the Symphonic Band under Dennis Fisher and the Green Brigade Marching Band under Dr. Nicholas Williams. Mrs. Brown is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the North Texas Society of Music Educators, and the Texas Music Educators Association. She is active as an adjudicator for UIL Solo and Ensemble contests and TMEA auditions and has served as UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest Host and TMEA Region 2 Band Organizer. Mrs. Brown resides in Denton with her husband, Zach and their son, Luke.
    Akira Robles  
     Akira Robles
    Director of Percussion
    Akira Robles joined the Ryan High School Band faculty in 2016-17 as the Director of Percussion. He is responsible for the oversight of all percussion activities at Ryan HS and its feeder middle schools, including teaching percussion classes at Ryan HS and its feeder middle schools, marching band percussion, concert percussion, percussion ensembles, and assisting with the administration of the Ryan band program. Mr. Robles taught high school and middle school percussion in Illinois for nine years prior to his appointment at Ryan. He is also a percussion instructor for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, where he has been teaching since December 2010. His percussion teaching experience includes drum and bugle corps, marching band, percussion ensembles, solos, concert band percussion, steel drum band, and private lessons. Mr. Robles is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Percussion Performance and Literature. He is expected to complete his Doctor of Percussion Performance and Literature degree in May 2018. Mr. Robles has performed in a wide variety of ensembles in Illinois including Sinfonia Da Camera Orchestra, Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois Gamelan, and I-Pan Steel Drum Ensemble. He has been a featured guest performer with the Illinois Wind Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Florida Atlantic University Percussion Ensemble, and Tarleton State University Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Robles also performed with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005 to 2007 and was an instructor for their 2010 season.
    Keli Jones
    Ryan HS Dance Director
     Nachel Koneman, Director of Bands
    Matt Baggerly, Director of Bands
    Alison Maguire-Powell, Assistant Director 
    Director of Bands for Ryan High School 
    Don Hanna 1991-92 
    Ray Staniszewski 1992-2004 
    Eddy Russell 2004-2017
    Mary Brown 2017-now
Last Modified on June 26, 2018