Loren Taylor is the Director of Bands at Highland Park Middle School. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Music with emphasis in instrumental education as well as a Flute Performance Certificate. At USC, Ms. Taylor was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Campus Orchestra, and the Mighty Sound of the Southeast. During her membership in the USC Wind Ensemble, Ms. Taylor had the unique opportunity to perform in a 10-day concert tour in China.
Prior to her time at Highland Park Middle School, Ms. Taylor was the director of bands at Utley Middle School in Rockwall, TX for three years. Under her direction, the band received Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and had multiple students place in the top of their section at Region Band. Before coming to Rockwall, Ms. Taylor also taught in Forney ISD and Uvalde CISD.
Beyond teaching, Ms. Taylor is also an active flute performer. Her past memberships include the Palmetto Concert Band, Carolina Wind Symphony, and the Heart of Texas Concert Band. As a member of the Heart of Texas Concert Band, Ms. Taylor also served on the executive board as the band secretary. Presently, Ms. Taylor performs with the Plano Community Band and serves as coordinator for the Forney Community Band.
Ms. Taylor’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Outside of school and performing, Ms. Taylor enjoys spending time in the garden, cooking, and spending time with her family and fur babies (Archer, Thomas, and Ellie!)
Mr. TJ Emsley is an Associate Director of Bands for the Highland Park Independent School District. While at HP, Mr. Emsley has taught Symphonic Band, 6th grade Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba classes, as well as 5th grade, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet and General Music. Prior to teaching at HPISD, Mr. Emsley served as an adjunct professor of music at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Kilgore College, and Paris Junior College.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina and a product of Kingsland, Georgia, Mr. Emsley attended Camden County High School where he played percussion and piano in the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensembles.
Mr. Emsley earned a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. While at VSU, he served as the drum major of the VSU Blazin’ Brigade for three years, performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, VSU Wind Ensemble, VSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Blazer Steel Drum Band.
Mr. Emsley earned a Master of Music in Music Education degree in 2013 from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas. While in Commerce, he performed with the TAMUC Wind Ensemble, Concert Band (Clarinetist), Percussion Ensemble, and Piano Studio as well as performing with the Irving Symphonic Band.
Mr. Emsley enjoys spending time in his yard making sure his plants are top-notch. He loves food whether it’s eating it or baking it–his specialty is cheesecakes! Mr. Emsley also likes to build things and do woodworking, he’s built a swing for his yard, a table, a bookshelf among many other things.
Teachers and mentors of Mr. Emsley include: Phil Clements, Brian Merrill, Lynne Jackson, Eddie Green, Allan Goodwin, David Morris, Paul Campiglia, Joe Brashier, Eric Bradshaw, Allan L. Smith, Curtis Hersey, Luis Sanchez, Josephine Wammock, and Lyle Indegaard.
Mrs. Cindi Sobering has a long history of teaching in HPISD’s band program. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Cindi completed her student teaching with our Highland Park bands in 1979. She went on to teach band and choir at DeSoto Middle School, taught clarinet students in Duncanville and Lake Highlands for many years, then returned to HPMS to assist then-director Bud Wis with his clarinet classes. She coordinated our district’s private lesson program for many years, and remains a strong advocate of one-on-one instruction.
Cindi knows the value of encouraging individual achievement and leadership through the school band program, having been a drum major in her high school band, a member of the Minnesota All-State Band for four years, a member of the Minnesota All-State Orchestra for two years, and an All-State Soloist throughout her high school years. Her focus of study at SMU was music education with an emphasis on pedagogy and her graduate studies were focused on curriculum and instruction. While her children were young, Cindi performed locally, taught private lessons and sectionals in Duncanville and Highland Park, and was an active adjudicator at region and area contests. Before accepting the Assistant Band Director position at MIS/HPMS in 2004, Cindi was Assistant Band Director at Bishop Lynch High School for four years, helping that program to more than triple in size and earn 1st place in the ATSSB State Marching Contest.
Here at MIS/HPMS, Cindi especially loves teaching beginner instrumentalists and helping older students to hone skills specific to their instruments. After working in Highland Park ISD off and on for 40 years, Cindi’s career as a music educator is grounded in our school and community.
Rylon Guidry is the new Director of Instrumental Music for the Highland Park ISD, where he will serve as Director of the “Highlander” Marching Band, conduct the Wind Symphony, and guide all aspects of the Highland Park Bands, grades 5-12. This will be his 14th year as a public school band director.
Previously, Mr. Guidry was the head director at Arbor Creek Middle School in the Hebron Cluster of Lewisville ISD. Mr. Guidry’s bands at Arbor Creek Middle School were consistent sweepstakes award winners at UIL and invitational festivals. They had been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2013-2019), and were official performers at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2017 and 2019, featuring the Honors Band and Saxophone Ensemble respectively. Additionally, the Honors Band was a finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests multiple occasions, finishing 4th in 2015, 2nd in 2017 and 3rd in 2019. The band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup and the National Band Association’s Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award in 2019.
Mr. Guidry also served as head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD and associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD. He has served as the TMEA Region 2 Middle School Band Coordinator, the Region 2 Representative for the Texas Bandmasters Association, on the UIL Music Advisory Committee and has been honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Award.
Mr. Guidry is an active adjudicator and guest clinician, and has professional affiliations with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Guidry lives in Frisco with his wife Katie (a former flute player) and SPCA-adopted doggie daughter Bella.
Mr. Guidry is honored to lead the Band Program in Highland Park!
Mr. Corey Parks is in his tenth year of teaching at Highland Park ISD and is the Associate Director of Bands at Highland Park High School. He conducts the Symphonic Band, plays a vital role with the marching band, and team teaches the jazz band with Mr. LaBrecque. Prior to taking on his current role at HPHS, Mr. Parks served as an Assistant Band Director Highland Park Middle School, and McCulloch Intermediate School teaching music to 5th-12th graders every day. He has been highly involved with the HP Marching Band, the All-Region process, and assisted with the two concert bands during the spring semester. At HPMS, he taught 6th grade woodwinds and brass classes, assisted with the two concert bands, and directed the 2nd MS Jazz Band. Before coming to HPISD, Mr. Parks taught three years as an assistant band director at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX. He taught beginner woodwind classes, directed the 2nd band, assisted the top band and jazz band and received invaluable instruction in music education from Debra Haburay. While at Forestwood, he studied bassoon with Hermann Vogelstein.
Mr. Parks earned his Masters in Music (Instrumental Conducting) and Bachelors in Music Education from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, he conducted all three wind ensembles on numerous concerts along with his own 60+ member wind group. As a clarinetist, he performed with the TCU Wind Symphony and TCU Symphony Orchestra, performing at multiple TMEA and CBDNA conferences. Mr. Parks was the Drum Major for the TCU Marching Band for two years. As an undergraduate, he student taught at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX and North Ridge Middle School in North Richland Hills, TX. He is also an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda.
During his free time, Mr. Parks performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Corporon. He recently performed with the LSWO at the 2010 TBA Conference and with the LSWO Clarinet Choir at the 2010 International Clarinet Association Conference in Austin, TX. During the summer, Mr. Parks is in high demand to teach at drum major camps, some including the Texas A&M-Commerce and the University of Texas in Arlington camps. He also participates in many conducting symposiums, some featuring prominent conductors such as Frederick Fennell, Sarah McCoin, Rodney Winther, Per Brevig, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Mr. Parks enjoys “playing” with his 2010 Camaro.
Mr. Daniel Reberger is an active music educator in Dallas, Texas. Originally from the Indianapolis area, Mr. Reberger has had the opportunity to work with great music programs, including the state champion Northview Marching Knights, BOA semi-finalist Center Grove Marching Band, WGI World class finalist Center Grove Indoor Percussion, the Belton High School Band, and UIL 5A Finalist Wakeland High School Band.
Mr. Reberger attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in music education. While attending the Jacobs School, Mr. Reberger had the wonderful opportunity of performing in some of the premier ensembles in the school including: Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, and the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. Some notable performance venues include Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Percussive Art Society-Indiana Day of Percussion (Muncie, IN), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN).
He was also an active performer in Drum Corps International, where he marched five seasons in the snare line. Mr. Reberger toured the country with the Troopers from Casper, WY, two-time DCI champion Madison Scouts from Madison, WI, and the ten-time DCI champion Cadets from Allentown, PA.
Mr. Reberger is excited to be a part of such a great program at Highland Park.