School Address: 9815 Grant Road - Houston, TX 77070

Brian Drake - Director of Bands

This is Brian Drake’s second year serving as band director of the Cypress Creek Cougar Band.  His responsibilities include directing the Cougar Marching Band and the Cypress Creek Symphonic Band as well as assisting with all other band classes and overseeing the overall administration of the program.

Previous to his arrival at Cypress Creek, Mr. Drake taught for two years at Cypress Ridge High School and for four years at Pasadena High School, an assistant band director at both schools.

Mr. Drake earned his Master of Music in Conducting degree from Texas Tech University where he studied with Sarah McKoin and was a full-time graduate assistant.  At Texas Tech he worked with undergraduate conducting and music education courses, as well as assisted with the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and guest conducted all concert bands.  Mr.Drake earned his undergraduate degrees from Louisiana State University where he performed in many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble and the Golden Band from Tigerland.

In his free time Mr. Drake enjoys spending time with his wife Christy, son Mark and their dog Roxie.

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:

Drum Majors - Tomas Bryan, Claire Anderson, Andres Bryan, Angie Gorman

Woodwind Captain
Flute D.I. - Lauren Anderson, Prachi Shah
Clarinet D.I. - Sergio Cabrera, Makensie Balcar
Saxophone D.I. - Hector Rama
Double Reed D.I. - Jessie Metcalf
Bass Clarinet D.I. - Maria Maciel

Brass Captain
Trumpet D.I. - John Hearn, Caeden Pope
French Horn D.I. - Colby Clem, Michelle Henthorn
Low Brass D.I. - Mason Jones, Kaleb Vandervort

Drum Captain - Molly Chapin
Drumline D.I. - Joan Ball

Pit Captian - Scott Williams
Pit D.I. - Cole Morris

Color Guard Captain - Abigail Sheets
Band Council:

President - Michelle Henthorn
Vice President - Jessie Metcalf, Kaleb Vandervort
Secretary - Abby Metcalf
Historian -  Moriah Metcalf
Librarians - Lauren Anderson, Jonelle George, Lauren Whitehead
Social Officer - Zahir Amin, Paytie Hughston, Logan Pierce
Uniform Captain - Maria Maciel
Loading Crew Captain - Colby Clem