School Address: 9815 Grant Road - Houston, TX 77070


Doug Herrington - Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist

Doug Herrington has been a free-lance performer and educator in the Houston area since 1988 and has, starting in the summer of 2008, been an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist at Cypress Creek High School. As one of three full time band directors at Cypress Creek High School, Mr. Herrington’s responsibilities include conducting the Concert II Band and assisting with the Symphonic and Concert I Bands, as well as directing the Cypress Creek Marching Drumline, Percussion Ensembles, and overseeing all percussion activities in the Cypress Creek High School Band program.

Prior to joining the band staff at Cypress Creek High School, he was a percussion instructor at numerous area high schools and colleges. In this capacity, his duties have included teaching private lessons, marching drum lines, and percussion ensembles as well as co-directing award-winning WGI indoor drumlins and co-conducting Showcase Concerts at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in 1998, 2004, and 2008.

Mr. Herrington maintains an active performing schedule with such organizations as The Woodlands Symphony, Paragon Brass, The Houston Lutheran Chorale, Stages Repertory Theater, Theater Lab Houston, and Masquerade Theater. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Cincinnati Composers Guild, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, served as principal percussionist for the Midland-Odessa Symphony, and as principal timpanist with the Amarillo Symphony.

Mr. Herrington received his B.M.E. from Northwestern University where he studied percussion with Terry Applebaum, Tony Caselli and Jim Ross and conducting with John Paynter. He received his M.M. from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied percussion with Jim Culley, Al Otte and Bill Youhass. In addition, Mr. Herrington participated in the 1999 Cloyd Duff Timpani Masterclass at Colorado State University where he studied with Cloyd Duff and Jim Atwood.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Herrington likes to spend his free time with friends, family, and most importantly, his wife JoAnne (since 1987) and his son Jimmy (starting in 1998).

Shirley Holstien - Assistant Band Director and Woodwind Specialist

This is Shirley Holstien’s  eighth  year at Cypress Creek and her  thirtieth year of teaching, the past twenty three in CFISD.

Her responsibilities include directing Concert One band, Instrument and Uniform inventory, private lessons, assisting with all other band classes at Cy- Creek and teaching beginners at Bleyl Middle School.

Ms. Holstien is a graduate of The University of Texas in Austin where she performed with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.  She attended Anderson High School in Austin and was a member of the Texas All-State Orchestra all four years.

Ms. Holstien  has completed thirteen half marathons with number fourteen coming up in November.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and of course her two kitties.

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2016 - 2017 School Year

Field Leadership: TBA

Drum Majors

Woodwind Captain
Flute D.I.
Clarinet D.I.
Saxophone D.I.
Double Reed D.I. 
Bass Clarinet D.I. 

Brass Captain
Trumpet D.I.
French Horn D.I.
Low Brass D.I. 

Drum Captain - 
Drumline D.I. 

Pit Captian -
Pit D.I. 

Color Guard Captain 
Band Council: TBA

Vice President 
Historian -  
Social Officer
Uniform Captain
Loading Crew Captain