Cedar Ridge Band Staff
Nolan Jager Loyde, Director of Bands
Mr. Nolan Loyde received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Loyde is entering his ninth year of secondary music education, and his third year as the Director of Bands for Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD.
Throughout his educational career, bands under Mr. Loyde’s direction have received consistent superior ratings at University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Evaluations. Complimentary to these achievements, the marching band programs under his direction have been consistently successful in various marching invitationals and University Interscholastic League Competitions. Since arriving at Cedar Ridge High School, the band has maintained it’s status as a nationally recognized performing ensemble by placing in finals of Bands of America Marching Competitions, qualifying for Area in the Texas Honor Band process, and most recently placing 13th in the UIL Texas State Marching Contest.
Mr. Loyde was selected as the campus Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2010, has served as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2012, and currently chairs the Texas Marching Classic Marching Competition. Mr. Loyde has been an active performer and educator across Texas for over 10 years where he has received various honors and the opportunity to perform alongside great musicians in many ensembles including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Lonestar Wind Orchestra. Mr. Loyde continues his professional impact by serving as a frequent adjudicator and clinician at the state and national level.
Mr. Loyde is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended Westfield High School. As a bassoon player in high school, Mr. Loyde had the opportunity to perform at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educator’s Association Conference as a member of the Texas State Honor Band, Bands of America Grand National Championships, and was a member of the Texas All-State Band and Orchestra.
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Arminda Velasquez, Assisstant Director of Bands
Arminda M Velasquez is in her first year as Assistant Band Director at Cedar Ridge High School. Ms. Velasquez received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies and Music Performance with Flute Emphasis from Texas State University.
While at Texas State University, Ms. Velasquez was principal flute of the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, Flute/Piccolo Section Leader for the Bobcat Marching Band, a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Flute Choir where she guest conducted two concerts. She went on to win the 2011 Texas State Concerto Competition as a sophomore and performed with the Symphony Orchestra in March 2012. As a member of the Wind Symphony, Ms. Velasquez performed at the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Regional Convention in Fayetteville, Arkansas in spring of 2014. She has taught privately and in master class settings.
Ms. Velasquez has attended and performed at the National Flute Association Conventions in 2012 and 2013, as well as the 2013 UT Conducting Symposium, 2014 Baylor Conducting Workshop, 2014 CU Boulder Panoramic Flute Workshop, and 2015 CU Boulder Conducting Symposium.
She was previously employed by Pflugerville I.S.D. as a music teacher for River Oaks Elementary. Ms. Velasquez student taught at Clint Small Middle School in Austin, Texas under the direction of Tonia Mathews and Suzy Glaser.
Her teachers on flute and conducting, privately and in master classes include Dr. Adah Toland Jones, Dr. Kyle Glaser, Leone Buyse, Emi Ferguson, Jim Walker, Jerry Junkin, Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Dr. Matthew Roeder, Christina Jennings, Dr. Don McKinney, and Dr. Caroline Beatty.
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Rick Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Bands/Percussion Specialist
Rick Rodriguez (“Mr. Rod”) has become a well known and respected percussion clinician around the country and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is currently in his 4th year as percussion director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX. Rick was previously the percussion specialist and wind ensemble assistant at Spring High School for 16 years. During Mr. Rod’s tenure at Spring High School, the Spring Percussion Ensemble has won and received numerous awards and honors in both marching and concert activities. Some of these awards and events include the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Percussion Ensemble, The Music For All National Concert Band Festival, and Bands of America marching events along with many other festival performance and drum line awards. Mr. Rod has performed in and instructed the world famous University of North Texas P.A.S. Drum Line and was a snare drummer and staff member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also worked with Phantom Regiment and Blue Knights and was on the adjudicating staff for Drum Corps International (DCI) for four years. Rick is a busy private teacher and percussion master class consultant year round, while also writing and arranging various percussion ensemble and drum books. He has taught and/or arranged percussion music for many top high school percussion ensembles throughout the state, including Spring High School, Westfield High School, Marcus High School, Cedar Park High School and Haltom High School. Rick Rodriguez is currently endorsed by the educational programs of Pearl Drums, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drum Heads, and the Zildjian Cymbal Company and has published works by Boosey & Hawkes and C. Allan Publications.
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Greg Horner, Assistant Director of Bands
Greg Horner is in his first year as an Assistant Band Director with the Cedar Ridge Band. With the CRHS Band Mr. Horner conducts the Symphonic Band, leads marching rehearsals, oversees visual instruction, and leads the Brass Choir.
Mr. Horner is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music Studies - Instrumental Education Emphasis. While a student at UT he had the opportunity to perform with, among many other ensembles, the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Lab Orchestra, Butler Opera Center, New Music Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Brass Chamber Choir, Trumpet Ensembles, and Basketball Band. He has performed at such events as the Menuhin International Violin Competition, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, inauguration of UT’s President Fenves, and earned second place in the National Trumpet Competition (2016 Large Ensemble Division).
Mr. Horner has had an extensive career with Drum and Bugle Corps, touring, performing, and educating across America and Europe. He has marched 2010-2011 with the Bluecoats (Canton, OH), 2012-2014 with the Blue Devils (Concord, CA), and 2015 with the Blue Devils International. During this time he served as a section leader and trumpet soloist with the Blue Devils (2014), won two championships and (2012 and 2014), and earned the award of DCI Individual and Ensemble Champion (Brass Ensemble 2013 and Trumpet Solo 2014). He is currently in his third year on the brass instructional staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (Denver, CO).
Mr. Horner is from nearby Pflugerville, TX and was a visual and private lesson instructor with Pflugerville High School from 2011-2015. While a student there he was a two time all-state trumpet player, gaining the opportunity to perform at the annual TMEA convention in 2010 and 2011.
Outside of academic music and marching, Mr. Horner enjoys performing as a freelance musician around Austin, designing staging and playing with the UT based Con Moto Brass Ensemble, exploring the outdoors, and cooking.
Email Address: Gregory_Horner@roundrockisd.org