Gerry MillerGerry Miller
Mr. Miller has served as Director of Instrumental Music for Coppell ISD since 2016. Under his leadership, the Coppell High School Band has been recognized as Grand Champion of the USBands Dallas-Forth Worth Regional and finished 2nd at the Plano East Marching Invitational and 4th at the Duncanville Marching Invitational. In Mr. Miller’s inaugural season with the Coppell Band, the Band advanced from the UIL Region 31 Marching Contest to the UIL Area B Marching Contest Prelims and Finals, and the prestigious UIL 6A State Marching Contest Prelims and Finals. After the Final round, the Coppell HS Band was named a UIL State Marching Band Contest Finalist for the 13th time in the program’s history. Under Mr. Miller’s direction, the Coppell HS Band set a new program record with 140 students earning placement in the TMEA All-Region Bands, and 37 of those students are advancing on to the TMEA Area B round. In 2017, Coppell HS had the second-most number of All-State student-performers in Texas. Under Mr. Miller's direction, the Coppell HS Wind Symphony earned a 25th Consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Award.
Prior to joining Coppell ISD, Mr. Miller served as the founding Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Wakeland High School in Frisco ISD. During his tenure at Wakeland HS, the Wind Symphony was a four-time TMEA State Honor Band Finalist and performed at the 2011 Music for All National Concert Band Festival. The Marching Band was a four-time UIL State Marching Band Contest Finalist. The ensemble is a six-time finalist and three-time Class Medalist at Bands of America Regional Championships. In 2008, Mr. Miller was awarded the prestigious UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2017, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the International School Bandmaster Fraternity.
Mr. Miller taught for 10 season's on the staff of DCI’s 10-time World Champion Drum Corps – The Cadets. The Cadets earned Drum Corps International’s Silver Medal in 2007, Bronze Medal in 2009, Gold Medal in 2011, and Bronze Medals in 2013 and 2014. He currently serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International.
Mr. Miller is the TMEA Area B Band Chair, having served as the Region 24 Band Chair for the past 6 years. He is the Coordinator of Music Distribution for the TMEA All-State Audition process, seating students in ensembles on Wednesday evenings at the TMEA Clinic/Convention. He has also served as the coordinator for the TMEA 6A All-State Symphonic Band, the 5A All-State Symphonic Band, as well as a member of the Agenda Committee for TMEA.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelors of Music Education at Loyola University - New Orleans where he served as President of the Loyola University Collegiate Music Education Chapter, President of the Loyola University Bands, and Student Coordinator for the Dean's Student Advisory Council. His primary teachers include Dr. Joseph G. Hebert and Col. John R. Bourgeois (conducting), Prof. Sue Loegering (bassoon), and Prof. John Reeks (clarinet). He is in the process of completing his Masters of Music Education. Mr. Miller and his wife Lori live in Frisco,Texas. Lori is the Director of Youth Activities at St. Gabriel Catholic Community in McKinney. Their 17-year-old son Gerry is a junior tuba player at Wakeland HS. Their 10-year-old son Benjamin is a fourth-grader at Fisher Elementary School.
Mr. Adrian Caswell
Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Caswell is in his first year as Associate Director of Bands at Coppell HS. He is in his tenth year of teaching
Mr. Caswell attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education. While at UT, he studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki and performed in the Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Robert Carnochan and Mr. Jerry Junkin. Mr. Caswell also served as a section leader in the Longhorn Band, and was featured as a soloist during his junior and senior years.
Mr. Caswell began his teaching career at Stephen F. Austin HS in Sugar Land, Texas. While at Stephen F. Austin HS, the marching band was a 2-time Bands of America Grand Nationals Finalist (2007 and 2010) and a three-time Bands of America Houston Regional Champion (2007, 2009, and 2010).
He joined the Wakeland HS staff in 2012, and during his four years at Wakeland HS, he was responsible for conducting the Symphonic Band, directing the Jazz Ensemble, teaching AP Music Theory, and coordinating the visual program of the marching band. He also assists with Concert Band II, Concert Band I, and Wind Symphony.
Mr. Caswell also performed as a five-year member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, Pennsylvania). He served as the horn sergeant at The Cadets in 2004 and 2005, leading The Cadets to a World Championship. In 2009, he joined the Visual Staff of The Cadets.
Mr. Caswell is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Kappa Kappa Psi. He currently resides in McKinney with his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Lilah.
Mr. Brandon Slovak
Associate Director of Bands
Brandon Slovak is currently in his twelfth year at Coppell ISD, and in his tenth year as Assistant Director at Coppell High School.
The CHS Wind Ensemble (UIL Sub-Non Varsity) under Mr. Slovak has received 9 continuous years of superior division ratings and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Chicago Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Central Hall Westminster in London, UK. The CHS Concert Band (UIL Sub-Non Varsity C) under Mr. Slovak is one of the only “Fifth” bands in the state to perform at UIL competition and additionally receive superior division ratings in 2012 & 2015.
In sixteen years of teaching Mr. Slovak has previously taught at Coppell MS North, with Joey Ashbrook, where the North Honor Winds was honored with its first TMEA State Honor Band title in 2006. Mr. Slovak also taught with Maria Chadwell at McMath MS in Denton and in Abilene at Clack MS/Cooper HS cluster, with Alan Harkey.
Mr. Slovak is the founding teacher of Coppell High School’s AP Music Theory class, which is a grant member of Advanced Placement Strategies. Along with AP Music Theory and the Wind Ensemble, Mr. Slovak currently assists the Honor Band, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He also assists with the Coppell HS Marching Band, recognized as being a perennial finalist at BOA regionals and UIL State Marching Contests.
Mr. Slovak received a Bachelors of Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001 where he studied brass with Dr. Larry Griffin. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Kappa Delta Pi. He has taught on the brass and visual staffs of Forte and Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, 2008-2012, and was a member of the 1999 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio.
Zach Scheer, Associate Director of Bands - Percussion
Matthew Rummel, Color Guard Director
Mr. Rummel will be joining our staff in July of 2016 as the head director of the Coppell Guard program. He began his career as a baritone player in the Magic of Orlando in 2003. He continued his involvement with the Magic of Orlando as the Drum Major in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Mr. Rummel was awarded DCI's prestigious Jim Jones Leadership Award in 2005. He finished his DCI career in the color guard at The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois).
In addition to his work with The Cavaliers, he performed with Northeast Independent Winter Guard (WGI Independent World Class), where he was a part of 5th (2007), 3rd (2008), and 4th (2009) place finishes during his career. During this time, Mr. Rummel was also teaching the color guard at Paul J. Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida), earning a WGI Scholastic A Finalist slot in 2010. For the past four years, Mr. Rummel has been the director and designer of the Wakeland Guard (Frisco, Texas). He led the program to 6 NTCA Medals, 10 WGI Regional Finals Performances, a promotion to Scholastic Open Class, and a 9th place Scholastic Open Finals placement at the 2016 WGI World Championships in Dayton,
Mr. Rummel is the founder, director, and designer of the CGT Performance Ensembles (CGT Dallas and CGT Fort Worth), a three time WGI World Championship Finalist. In addition to his WGI work, he has also served on the administrative staff of the 7-time World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 2009, 2011, and 2012. He was The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps tour director in 2010, on the color guard staff for Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008, and returned to the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps to serve on the color guard staff in 2015 to present.
Mr. Rummel is studying Non-profit Business Management at Grand Canyon University. He currently resides in Lewisville with his puppy Finn, and could not be more thrilled to begin his work at Coppell High School.