Ryan Gaughan is currently the head band director at Faubion Middle School in McKinney, Texas. Previous to that he was the associate director of bands at Keller Middle School, a position he has held for the past eight years. His bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as unanimous first division ratings at regional festivals. This past year the Keller Band Program travelled and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the 2018 Midwest Clinic and Convention.
Gaughan holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Education at Southern Methodist University which will be completed in the spring of 2020. Gaughan is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Gaughan lives in the Dallas area and is excited to return home to McKinney where he first found his passion for music and playing the Clarinet. He feels honored to have a loving family, many great mentors, band directors, and close friends that have influenced his life thus far.
Josh Stephenson is originally from Round Rock, Texas. He began playing French Horn in middle school and it took him all the way to Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. While there, he performed in numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Lumberjack Marching Band, and the Roarin’ Buzzsaw Basketball Band. He was also a member of the 2013 Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps horn line where he played mellophone. He has been able to travel across the nation performing music, including NCAA basketball tournaments and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mr. Stephenson taught 3 years in Mesquite, Texas where he was an associate director at Terry Middle School and John Horn High School. During his time there he was able to help the Jaguar Marching Band earn their first appearance at the state marching contest, and the middle school non-varsity band earned their first sweepstakes award in 11 years. He is thankful for the opportunity to start his career there but is excited to be joining the team here at Faubion Middle School!
Mr. Stephenson is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honors fraternity. He lives in McKinney with his wife Aly Stephenson who teaches band at McKinney High School. In his free time he likes to be outside playing disc golf, inside doing puzzles, or with friends playing board games. He is thankful for the opportunity to positively impact lives everyday through music!
Tyler Nechamkin - Percussion Director
Tyler Nechamkin graduated from the University of North Texas in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. At UNT, Mr. Nechamkin enjoyed performing with the schools many ensembles including the snare ensemble that took first place in the 2015 PASIC Small Ensemble Competition – continuing the legendary history of UNT’s dominance in marching percussion.
Mr. Nechamkin was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and in 2016 when the corps won its 12th Fred Sanford High Percussion Award for best percussion performance in Drum Corps International. In 2014, Mr. Nechamkin was given the incredible opportunity to perform with the Synergy Percussion Group on a week-long tour of Italy, wrapping up with a percussion ensemble performance in Rome.
Mr. Nechamkin is excited for his first year with the Royal Pride Band. Before coming to McKinney, he was the Assistant Percussion Director at Wylie East High School and the Percussion Director at Bethesda Christian School. He is also an avid composer and arranger – his works can be found at tapspace.com.
Mr. Nechamkin is a member of TMEA and the Percussive Arts Society. When not teaching, Mr. Nechamkin enjoys writing music, spending time with friends and family, and endlessly re-watching The Office and Friends with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Chloe.
Ben Cook - Beginner Saxophone Teacher
Benjamin Cook will be teaching beginning saxophone at Faubion Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.
Mr. Cook earned his Bachelor of music degree from Texas Tech University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. David Shea and performed in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under Dr. Sarah McKoin. Mr. Cook additionally earned his Master of Music Education degree from Texas Tech, studying under Dr. Janice Killian and Dr. Keith Dye for his graduate work.
Mr. Cook currently serves as an Assistant Director at McKinney Boyd High School, and had previously taught for three years at Friendship High School in Lubbock, Texas. In his free time, Mr. Cook enjoys taking walks with his dog Kiri, and playing board games with friends.