Cougar
Cy-Creek High School
Band and Color Guard
School Address: 9815 Grant Road #414 - Houston, TX 77070

Directors:

Kevin Wood - Director of Bands

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Kevin Wood is the Director of Bands at Cypress Creek High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.  His responsibilities include the administration and artistic vision of the Cy Creek band program.  He serves as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Director of the Cougar Marching Band, assists with Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Concert Winds, as well as overseeing all aspects of the program.

Prior to his appointment at Cy Creek, Mr. Wood served for 7 years as the Associate Director at Cypress Woods HS.  Previously he was an Assistant Band Director in the Aldine ISD at Aldine HS and Plummer Middle School.  He began his teaching career at Northshore HS in Slidell, LA.  

Active in the marching arts, Mr. Wood currently serves as a marching band adjudicator, drill designer, and clinician/consultant.   He is a former marching member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.  He has taught on the educational staffs of various drum corps including the Academy, Colts, Revolution, and Santa Clara Vanguard.  

Mr. Wood has co-presented clinics on music education at the TMEA convention in San Antonio, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, and the CFISD RRR Leadership Conference.  He has participated in conducting symposiums with some of the most recognized wind conductors including Eugene Corporon, Gary Green, Michael Haithcock, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, and Mallory Thompson.  His professional memberships include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Originally from Tennessee, Mr. Wood received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Louisiana State University in 2002. At LSU he studied trumpet with James West and conducting with Dr. Linda Moorhouse and Frank Wickes. He completed a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at Sam Houston State University under the guidance of Director of Bands, Dr. Matthew McInturf.  

When not busy at school, Mr. Wood enjoys running, attending concerts, and traveling.  He resides in Cypress with his wife, Priya, and their daughter Rani.

Aaron Kennell - Associate Director of Bands

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Originally from Ohio, Mr. Kennell received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University in 2006.  He studied trombone under Paul Hunt, Sean Flanigan, David Jackson, and Bill Mathis and conducting with Ryan Nowlin and Bruce Moss.  He completed a Master of Music degree in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas in 2011 under the guidance of Bob Duke.  Mr. Kennell is an active adjudicator and consultant/clinician with bands in Texas and Ohio. He has co-presented clinics at the Texas Music Educator Association (TMEA) and has written articles for the Southwestern Musician and the School Band and Orchestra Magazine.  His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Trombone Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
 
Mr. Kennell comes to us from Nimitz High School in Aldine ISD where he served as the Director of Bands for the past 4 years.  At Nimitz he was the primary teacher for the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and coordinated all aspects of the band and color guard.  Mr. Kennell’s previous teaching experience in Aldine ISD includes Plummer Middle School and Aldine High School as well as Randall High School in Canyon ISD (Amarillo).  Bands under his direction have received numerous sweepstakes awards in both marching and concert season.  During his time at UT, he also taught private lessons and served as a marching tech for Anderson HS, Dripping Springs HS, and Cedar Park HS.
 
Born into a musical family, both of his parents were music educators.  Mr. Kennell lives with his wife Christine, who is also a busy band director, and their beautiful daughter Adalyn. 

Doug Herrington - Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist

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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).

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