Mark Edenfield, Director of Bands

Mark Edenfield feels fortunate to be able to participate in a variety of aspects in Houston’s musical community. Mr. Edenfield holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston and a Master of Music in organ performance from Indiana University, where he minored in choral conducting. As an instrumental music educator, Mr. Edenfield has spent the bulk of his career in the Spring Independent School District, as assistant director at Westfield High School and Spring High School; finally as Head Band Director at Spring High School from 2000-2005. Under his leadership, the band department at Spring continued its rich tradition of musical excellence both in the concert hall and marching arena. The marching band was a Bands of America Class Champion and UIL State Marching Finalist in 2000, and consistent regional Bands of America Finalist in subsequent years. The Symphonic Band was a TMEA State Honor Band Finalist in 2002 (3rd runner-up) and 2004 (1st runner-up) and was named ‘Outstanding in Class’ at every concert band festival in which it competed. He is grateful to have worked with and been mentored by some of the greatest figures in the history of Texas bands—Eddie Green, Richard Crain, Tom Bennett, and Phillip Geiger. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Mr. Edenfield returns to his greatest passion, music education, after serving since 2005 as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston’s Museum District. While at St. Paul’s, in addition to preparing the music program for weekly and special services, Mr. Edenfield prepared the choir for two collaborations with the Houston Ballet: Poulenc’s Gloria in 2006, and the Houston premiere of Stravinsky’s Les Noces (sung entirely in Russian!) in 2007. He also led the choir on two week-long residencies to English Cathedrals in 2007 (Ely) and 2011 (Exeter.) Perhaps most significantly, the St Paul’s Choral Scholars were founded under his leadership in 2005. The Choral Scholars are an auditioned group of high school singers from the Greater Houston area who provide music for weekly and special services at St. Paul’s. Mr. Edenfield is privileged to have worked alongside the Choral Scholars Director, Eddie Quaid—retired Director of Choirs at Cy-Fair High School—who keeps the program thriving and continuing to be a unique entity in this part of the U.S. Also classically trained singer, Mr. Edenfield is glad to be able to carry on his love of singing and great choral music by continuing to perform with the Houston Chamber Choir, Houston’s premier professional vocal ensemble; and Chorus Angelorum, a professional choir dedicated to the performance of outstanding sacred literature.

Mr. Edenfield maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas. He is thrilled to be part of the band program and Cypress Falls and looks forward to exploring the endless possibilities in this thriving program. Professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists.

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Ryan Mohney, Associate Director of Bands

Ryan Mohney is the Associate Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School and is absolutely honored to work with the wonderful program. His duties have included Visual Caption Head of the Golden Eagle Marching Band, director of the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and teaching AP Music Theory. Bands under Ryan have consistently received “sweepstakes” at UIL Contests in both marching and concert ensembles.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. After graduating, he pursued and completed a Master’s Degree in applied music with a major concentration of wind conducting at the University of Houston. At UH, he studied under David Bertman, John Benzer, and Marion West while completing his academic coursework, leading concert band rehearsals, and learning individual and ensemble instrumental pedagogy. He also participated in masterclasses with both Joe Dixon and the legendary Eddie Green. Ryan is extremely thankful for his mentors and the opportunity to learn from them. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Ryan is an alumnus of the 2008 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched trumpet. In 2011, he worked as the trumpet technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2012, he was promoted to the Brass Caption Head where he oversaw all brass staffing and scheduling, instrumental pedagogical curriculum, and rehearsal pacing within the brass section. Ryan has experience writing drill for competitive high school bands, working numerous band camps, and leading instrumental masterclasses with high school and college students.

Ryan is a proud veteran of United States Army National Guard where he served as a band member for six years. At the rank of Specialist, he served 4 years with the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band of Columbus, Ohio, and 2 years with the 36th Infantry Division Band of Austin, TX. Within the National Guard Band programs, Ryan has performed in concert ensembles, jazz ensembles, rock bands, Latin bands, marching bands, brass quintets, and special groups.

Ryan is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and is a 3rd degree Master Mason of the Freemason Fraternity.

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Mel Marandola, Assistant Director of Bands

Melissa “Mel” Marandola is ecstatic to be joining the Cypress Falls Band team this year.  She recently graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelor of Music Education where her primary instrument was trombone.  While attending UH, Mel was a member of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, Cougar Brass, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble.

Mel has also marched with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (‘09 – ‘11) where she was on the tuba line and held the position of section leader for two years.   Mel resumed her drum corps career with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 on the tuba line, and on the euphonium line for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Mel has worked with the Morton Ranch High School Marching Band in Katy ISD as a marching band technician, Hamilton Middle School in Cy-Fair ISD as a private lessons teacher, was a student teacher at Cy-Falls, and was the long term band substitute for First Colony Middle School in Fort Bend ISD.

 

Robbie Green, Assistant Director of Bands

Robbie Green is the Percussion Specialist/Assistant Band Director for Cypress Falls High School in Houston, TX and founder of the Green Percussion Company and the creator of the mobile application The Pocket Percussion Teacher. He holds a degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Green is passionate about the technological and musical arts and seeks daily to connect, inspire, motivate and educate the next generation students beyond what we ever imagined possible. Mr. Green would like to thank his beautiful wife Jessica and son Daniel for keeping him grounded and being his inspiration. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Mr. Green has been a member of several successful music groups such as the 1998 Glassmen, 1996 Nite Express and 1995 Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps and 1996 Black Gold Indoor drumline.

Mr. Green is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion Corporation.

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Brandi Ball, Color Guard Director

Brandi Ball is the Color Guard Director of the Cypress Falls High School band based out of Houston, TX. She is an alumna of the Cypress Falls High School band program. After graduation she marched drum corps with both Troopers (Casper, WY) and Carolina Crown (Fort Mills, SC). She also marched an Independent Winter Guard based out of Houston (Code Black) both in 2008 and 2010 at the Independent World and Independent Open classes. She has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Houston, with a minor in Education. She currently teaches in the math department at Cypress Falls HS.

She has taught color guard at numerous high schools around Houston such as Katy, Conroe, Deer Park, and Cy-Fair areas since 2007 including TCGC circuit finalist, TCGC circuit champions, and WGI Championship finalist. She had serviced on the Executive Board of a non-profit organization, Texas Color Guard Circuit, to help promote growth for students across the state.

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