MEET THE DIRECTORS
Shiree Williams is in his third year as a music educator and first year as Director of Bands at Faubion Middle School in McKinney, Texas. Formerly, he was an Associate Director of Bands at McKinney High School for two years, where he conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Band. A native of Waycross, GA, Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree cum laude from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Music in Conducting (Wind Emphasis) degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was the conducting student of Glenn Price, with additional mentoring from Angela Holt.
Upon Mr. Williams notice to be an effective educator and conductor at Valdosta State University and the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Williams received the opportunity to teach and conduct in many settings. He is a frequent guest clinician of concert and marching bands, and has guest conducted various middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional ensembles.
In Mr. Williams’s pursuit to learn more about his craft, he has attended several conducting symposia including: The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Conductor’s Workshop, The University of Texas Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop, Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Symposium, and the University of Oregon Conducting Institute; and has worked with notable conducting pedagogues such as Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Dr. Shawn Vondran, Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Professor Craig Kirchhoff, Professor Richard Floyd, Professor Jerry Junkin, Professor Donald Schleicher, Professor H. Robert Reynolds and Colonel Timothy Holtan.
Some of Mr. Williams’s professional organizations include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Bands and Wind Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.
Kara Kazyaka is in her fifth year as the Assistant Director at Faubion Middle School in McKinney, Texas. She has been an educator for five years and is very lucky to have started her career at Faubion in 2014.
Ms. Kazyaka holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education Degree magna cum laude from Texas Christian University, where she had the privilege of studying saxophone with Professor Joe Eckert. While earning her degree, Ms. Kazyaka was a member of the Symphonic Band, Saxophone Choir, Saxophone Quartet, and Jazz Band. During her time at TCU, she had many great performances opportunities, including marching in the Rose Bowl Parade, playing at the Poinsettia Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and Peach Bowl, and performing at the North American Saxophone Alliance Convention. Her time at TCU concluded by student teaching at Hebron High School and Killian Middle School in Lewisville ISD.
A native of Bedford, Texas, Ms. Kazyaka attended L.D. Bell High School. During her time there, the Marching Band was named BOA Grand National Champions and Silver Medalists at UIL State Marching Contest.
Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Tau Beta Sigma, and North American Saxophone Alliance. While not teaching, Ms. Kazyaka likes to spend her free time reading, playing ice hockey, PC gaming, and running.
Chris Cass is the percussion instructor at Faubion Middle School as well as Evans Middle school and McKinney High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Dan Moore and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Dr. Lance Drege. While at OU, Mr. Cass served as the Percussion Instructor for the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, and performed with the nationally recognized OU Percussion Orchestra.
Before coming to McKinney High School, Mr. Cass spent six years as the Percussion Director for Midlothian ISD in Midlothian, TX. During his tenure, his students consistently earned top positions in the All-Region Orchestra and Bands. His students were also honored for their abilities at Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest where they consistently received Division I ratings and “Outstanding Soloist” awards.
Mr. Cass spent three years with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. He has served as an instructor for the Colts and Gateway Indoor. Mr. Cass is a member of TMEA and the Percussion Arts Society.
This will be Aaron Renzenbrink’s fourth year as a member of the Royal Pride Band staff and seventh year as a music educator. Mr. Renzenbrink started his professional teaching career in 2012 at William B. Travis HS in Fort Bend ISD in the greater Houston area. His responsibilities at McKinney HS include assisting with the state recognized Royal Pride Marching Band, lead teaching the Symphonic Band, and teaching the AP Music Theory class. He also team-teaches the Honors band, Concert 1 band, and Concert 2 band.
Mr. Renzenbrink has been involved in drum corps since 2009. He has served as the mellophone technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as a mellophone technician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Renzenbrink spent his marching career as a two year member of the Bluecoats mellophone line before aging out in 2010. During his time with the Bluecoats, the corps placed sixth place and third place at the DCI World Championship.
Mr. Renzenbrink graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2011 from the University of Houston where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental education. While earning his degree, Mr. Renzenbrink was a member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. He studied under several distinguished conductors and teachers including Tom Bennett, David Bertman, John Benzer, Franz Krager, Roger Kaza, and Gavin Reed.
Mr. Renzenbrink’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Drum Corps International. While not teaching, Mr. Renzenbrink enjoys Mountain Biking, attending Texas Rangers games, golfing, relaxing at his property in Palestine, TX, playing Xbox, and binge watching Netflix with his wife, Rheanne, and cats, Monty and Miles.