Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd
Music Director

Richard Floyd is in his 53rd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 29 years. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas, Mr. Floyd served on the faculty at the University of South Florida as Professor of Conducting and at Baylor University in Texas where he held the position of Director of Bands for nine years. He began his career as band director at Richardson Junior High School and then become the first director of the award winning J.J. Pearce High School Band in the same city. He also served as Director of Fine Arts for that district for two years before moving to Baylor University in 1972.

His musical achievements include performances at numerous state and national conventions and conferences including the 1977 College Band Directors National Association, the 1981 Music Educators National Conference and concerts at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 1989, 1997 and 2007. Other distinguished performances include concerts for the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2006 and the 2004 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. Performances by his various ensembles have been heard on radio broadcasts throughout the United States, Australia and Europe.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 40 American states and in 9 other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and has presented three conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education.

Publications include co-authorship of Best Music For Beginning Band and contributing author for The Musicianís Walk by James Jordon and published by GIA. In addition his articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist and numerous national and international publications. In 2006 he was featured on the GIA Produced DVD entitled Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting From The Inside Out. Other conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray.

In December, 2015, Mr. Floyd's latest book, The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music was published by Gia Publications, Inc.

During Mr. Floydís professional career he has held positions of leadership on many state and national committees for music education and wind music performance. At present he is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Music For All Board of Directors. He served as National Secretary of CBDNA from 1979 to 2007 and has played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organizationís many projects and services for over three decades. In 2016 Floyd was named a Yamaha Master Educator.

Most recently Floyd was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and presented the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Distinguished Service to Music Award.

Bill Haehnel

Bill Haehnel
Assistant Music Director

Bill Haehnel is entering his 17th year as Assistant Director of the Austin Symphonic Band. He has been a music educator for 35 years. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association , the College Band Directors National Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. His marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, steel drum ensembles, and percussion ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings at both state and national contests as well as performance exhibitions.

Mr. Haehnel served as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, Co-Conductor of the U.T. Symphony Band, and Assistant Percussion Instructor. He taught as an Instructor at Huston Tillotson University and as the Percussion Instructor at Texas Lutheran University. He has served as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department and Director of Bands at Pflugerville High School. Under his direction, the Pflugerville Band competed twice at the finals of the Texas State Marching Contest and marched in the Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade. As Director of Bands at Bailey Middle School in Austin, The Bailey Wind Ensemble consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards, an was annually invited to perform across the nation at various conventions and clinics. The Bailey Wind Ensemble was consistently a finalist for recognition as the TMEA Honor Band, and was the first middle school band to be invited to perform at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.

Mr. Haehnel retired from the classroom in May of 2013 and currently serves in an advisory position to Band Directors in the Austin Independent School District, as well as a clinician and evaluator throughout the United States.

Mr. Haehnel's bands consistently earned superior ratings at both state and national contests, and were annually invited to perform across the nation at various conventions and performance exhibitions.