Sachse Band

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Holly Taylor

Mrs. Taylor has been Director of Bands for Sachse High School since 2014. Prior to this, Mrs. Taylor was the Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Lakeview Centennial High School for seven years. She has also taught previously at Naaman Forest High School, Webb Middle School and instructed Color Guards at Waxahachie, Midlothian, and Pampa High Schools.

Mrs. Taylor grew up in Pampa, Texas where she graduated from Pampa High School in 2001. While in high school, she was a 3-year member of the All-State Band. She went on to be a flute major at the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated cum laude in May of 2006.

She is married to Daniel Taylor, who is also a band director at Harrison Intermediate School in Wylie ISD. They are also the proud parents of an adorable boy.

Mrs. Taylor is a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority and an Honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Email: hctaylor@garlandisd.net
Office Phone: 972-414-7450, x63049

 

Kevin MacDonald

Mr. MacDonald joined Sachse High School as Assistant Band Director in 2015. Previously, he was the Assistant Band Director at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Mr. MacDonald has also been a visual and brass instructor for White Knoll and River Bluff High Schools in Lexington, SC. Before attending TL Hanna High School in Anderson, SC, he grew up in Southern California.

Mr. MacDonald graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Music Education and a Certificate in Euphonium Performance. While at USC he was principal euphonium of the Wind Ensemble, section leader of the Carolina Marching Band, and participated in the University’s Jazz ensembles on trombone and guitar.

Being active in the Drum Corps activity, Mr. MacDonald performed with Carolina Crown in 2009, and as a soloist for the Blue Devils in 2011. The summer of 2014 he was on brass staff for the Boston Crusaders.
Mr. MacDonald is excited to be on this adventure with the Mustang Band and to be in the Great State of Texas!

 

 

John Robinson

Mr. Robinson has been an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director with the Sachse Mustang Band Program since 2006. Prior to teaching at Sachse, Mr. Robinson taught at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas and at Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma. Students and ensembles under Mr. Robinson´s guidance have received numerous accolades including superior ratings, best in class awards and All Region, Area and State recognition.

Mr. Robinson graduated from Oklahoma State University where he studied applied percussion with Mr. Wayne Bovenschen and conducting with Dr. Joseph Missal. Mr. Robinson lives in Rockwall, Texas with his better half wife Darla and amazing children Kai and Jackson. The Robinson family has 2 miserable dogs, an indifferent cat, and Jackson has a tendency to capture many critters from around the neighborhood with short lived visitation rights.

Email: jmrobins@garlandisd.net
Office Phone: 972-414-7450, x63051

 

 

Kyle Rucker

Mr. Rucker started as Color Guard Director for Sachse High School in 2018.  Before teaching at Sachse, Mr. Rucker taught color guard for various high schools in the Houston area including Andy Dekaney High School and the University of Houston. Mr. Rucker has helped many Houston programs receive class promotions, and multiple state championship awards. 

Born in California, Mr. Rucker comes to us from Houston, Texas where he attended the University of Houston; studying Music Education, and Dance Education. 

Mr. Rucker’s Drum Corps experience includes some of the top organizations in the world. He started as a performer with Madison Scouts in 2014, then spent two years with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2015-2016, and spent his last two years marching with the Blue Devils from 2017-2018.

Mr. Rucker is incredibly excited to embark on this new journey with Sachse High School and assist in the growing program!

Email: krucker@garlandisd.net