Jason Robb, Director of Bands

Jason Robb is entering his 9th year of teaching and his first as the Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. He received his Bachelors of Music in Education and Trumpet Performance from Sam Houston State University under Matthew McInturf, Alfredo Velez, and Randal Adams.

Before assuming his position at Rouse, he held the position as Associate Director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas and at Knox Junior High School in the Woodlands, Texas. While at Cedar Park, the Timberwolf Marching Band won the UIL State Championship in 2016 and a Silver Medal at the UIL State Contest in 2013. Over his career, his concert bands have received exclusively “Sweepstakes awards” at UIL contests and have been awarded the “Best In Class” or “Runner Up” award at every festival they have entered.

Mr. Robb currently also serves as a leadership facilitator with the SASi Leadership Company. He spends his summers presenting leadership training to students all over the country. Jason has also been very actively involved in the Drum Corps activity. He marched Mellophone with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, Wisconsin and then served as a brass faculty member for the Scouts from 2008 to 2014, working with both the Mellophone and Trumpet section.

Mr. Robb is an active clinician and consultant, he spends time coordinating productions and writing drill for marching bands across the country through his company J•Robb Designs. His professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the International Trumpet Guild.

E-mail: jason.robb@leanderisd.org

Phone: (512) 570-2057

Ryan Johnstone, Associate Director of Bands

Ryan Johnstone is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. Prior to his position at Rouse, Mr. Johnstone served as Director of Bands at Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas, for two years. Mr. Johnstone also served as Director of Bands of the Aledo (TX) Middle School Band program for five years and as an Associate Director at Aledo High School, 2006-2009. In addition to his graduate degree in Trombone Performance from Yale University, Mr. Johnstone holds a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In 2012, Mr. Johnstone was honored by Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu as the “Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.”

His bands at Canyon Vista and Aledo Middle School were consistent sweepstakes award winners at UIL and invitational festivals.  Top groups at each school also advanced to the Texas Music Educator Association’s State Honor Band Competition three times under his direction, placing 4th in 2011, 2nd in 2013, and 6th in 2015 (his first year at Canyon Vista). Additionally, the AMS Honor Winds were invited performers at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2013.

In addition to teaching at Rouse, Mr. Johnstone is active as a guest clinician and music education consultant for other public school music programs.  He has also been a guest conductor/teacher for the Baylor University and TCU Summer Music Camps and has served on the brass staff for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in San Antonio, Texas. His professional affiliations include memberships in the Texas Music Educators’ Association and Texas Bandmasters’ Association.

Mr. Johnstone enjoys motivating musicians to reach their full potential on a daily basis. The cornerstone of his music education philosophy is the belief that the many lessons taught and positive habits learned through music serve as a catalyst for greatness and the foundation for each student’s success in life. He feels privileged and honored to have many fellow music educators, mentors, and friends who have influenced his teaching and career thus far, and he is grateful for the love and support of his family and wife, Rachel.

E-mail: ryan.johnstone@leanderisd.org

Phone: (512) 570-2083

Caitlin Hall, Associate Director of Bands

Caitlin Hall is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, TX. Ms. Hall began her high school career at Cedar Park High School before opening Vandegrift High School as a part of Vandegrift’s first graduating class and one of their first drum majors. She received her bachelor degree from the University of North Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Distinguished Honors.

Prior to her position at Rouse, Ms. Hall held the position of Assistant Director at Dripping Springs High School in Dripping Springs, Texas and Ralph H. Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. While at Dripping Springs, the Tiger Band earned the silver medal at the UIL State Marching Contest in 2017. Over her career, her concert bands have exclusively received ‘Sweepstakes Awards’ at UIL Contests.

In addition to teaching at Rouse, Ms. Hall spends her summers teaching leadership camps and training band students across the country. She remains actively involved in the drum corps activity and continues to teach and train the DCI Drum Majors annually at the DCI January Meeting. Ms. Hall served as a drum major at Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps based in San Antonio, Texas from 2013-2016 and currently serves on the Crossmen Board of Directors. She also teaches and trains the Crossmen Drum Majors through the audition process and throughout the summer.

Ms. Hall’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators’ Association and the Texas Bandmasters’ Association.

Drew Saenz, Director of Percussion

Mr. Saenz has been an Assistant Director of Bands at Westlake High School since 2015. His bands and percussion ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests and concert festivals. The Westlake Band has also been a perennial finalist at BOA Regional and Super Regional Events as well as the Texas UIL State Marching Contest, and participated in the prestigious Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, in 2016. Previously he taught beginning percussion and was a private teacher and marching instructor in Eanes ISD. He has also taught and arranged for many schools in the Austin area including Connally High School, Pflugerville High School, West Ridge Middle School and Hill Country Middle School.

Mr. Saenz graduated with his Masters in Music Education from Texas State University where he also received his undergraduate degree. While at Texas State, he was a graduate assistant and arranger with the Bobcat Marching Band and the Percussion Studio Ensemble. Mr. Saenz has also been active in DCI throughout his career both as a performer, with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Boston Crusaders, and as a staff member with the Crossmen.

When Mr. Saenz is not teaching he enjoys arranging marching band music, playing in Gamelan Lipi Awan, and kayaking on Lake Austin.

Jen Barton, Director of Color Guard

Jen Barton is currently the Color Guard Director at Rouse High School. Ms. Barton was the color guard director at James F. Byrnes HS (SC) for the last fifteen years, managing a consistent program of 80+ students both logistically and creatively. While under her direction, the Byrnes Guard program was a 5-time WGI World Championships Finalist (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) and multiple WGI Regional Finalist and Regional Champion. While this program has been Jen’s focus for fifteen years, she has worked with numerous programs throughout her career, including multiple scholastic guard programs, The Cast and Etude Independent winter guards, Pacific Crest (2011-2013, 2016-present), and Spirit of Atlanta (2014-2015).

As a performer, Jen has appeared with Santa Clara Vanguard and Northeast Independent (FL) Winter Guard. She has also performed with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, ad astra per ASPERA Winter Guard (GA), and CrownGUARD (GA).

Jen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The Florida State University in 2004, where she studied flute with Stephanie Jutt and Eva Amsler. She participated in Marching Chiefs, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Harmonie Chamber Ensemble, Tau Beta Sigma, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Jen has also served on the Advisory Board as well as the Championships and Classification Committees for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).