Jeffrey D. Jones

Director of Bands

Jeffrey D. Jones was named Director of Bands at Marcus High School in June of 2018. His responsibilities include direction of the Marcus Wind Symphony and the Marcus Marching Band program as well as leadership of the Marcus Band cluster. A brass specialist, Mr. Jones is a native of Mansfield, Texas.

Prior to joining the Marcus Band Staff, Mr. Jones served twelve years as Director of Bands at North Mesquite HS in Mesquite, Texas, and six years as an assistant director at Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School. Musicians under Mr. Jones’ direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards and have been honored to perform in various places such as the Texas State Marching Contest, the Texas All-State Band, and on NPR’s nationally syndicated 'From the Top'.

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Mr. Jones holds both Bachelor and Master’s Music Education Degrees from Texas Tech University, Summa Cum Laude, and The University of North Texas, Magna Cum Laude, respectively. Mr. Jones’ professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He and his wife, Bethany, also a Lewisville ISD music educator, reside with their three children, Caitlyn, Esther, and Seth, in Highland Village, Texas.

Kennan Wylie

Director of Percussion Studies

Kennan Wylie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He served an adjunct professor of percussion at University of Texas Arlington for ten years and currently serves as Director of Percussion Studies at Marcus High School. Mr. Wylie has directed the Marcus percussion program for 30 years, where he coordinates the total percussion program, including all marching and concert percussion ensembles. Under his direction, the Marcus groups have received national acclaim both indoors and outdoors, including eleven championship honors at the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Competition. Marcus earned concert performance opportunities in 1999, 2003, and 2011 through the P.A.S. "Call for Tapes". The percussion ensemble performed as a feature ensemble at the 2006 Midwest Clinic, and has performed with various artists such as Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Ignacio Berrora, Dave Samuels, Alex Acuna, Horacio Hernandez, Dave Samuels, Steve Smith, Sonny Emory, Joel Rosenblatt and Shania Twain.
As a performer, Wylie has earned acclaim on several percussive fronts. As a student he won the P.A.S. Collegiate Snare Drum title three times and was a runner up in the DCI Snare Drum Individual Competition. A member of the Disney All-American College Band, he has also performed as a mallet soloist with the Austin Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. Wylie is currently a free-lance performer in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area as the drummer for the Dallas based jazz group "Fingerprints". Mr. Wylie has performed with Bobby Lyle, Ronnie Laws, Freddie Ravel, Marion Meadows, Vic Duncan, Kyle Turner, and gospel artist Larnelle Harris. He was a featured soloist with the Marcus Wind Symphony at the 2007 Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Wylie composes and publishes quality percussion literature for the beginning percussionist, including the book "Simple Steps to Successful Beginning Percussion". He is active as a clinician and adjudicator and has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, The Midwest Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. .

Nick VandenBush

Associate Director

Nick VandenBush joined the Marcus High School Band staff in the summer of 2018. Prior to his appointment at Marcus High School, Mr. VandenBush served as Assistant Director of Bands at Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville, Texas.

Mr. VandenBush received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Texas Christian University, Magna Cum Laude. While at TCU, he studied clarinet with Gary Whitman and performed with the TCU Wind Symphony for four years. Mr. VandenBush was a member of the Horned Frog Marching Band and had the privilege of serving as Drum Major for two years. He completed his student teaching at Hebron High School and Creek Valley Middle School in Lewisville ISD.

Mr. VandenBush is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and is an active performer and clinician. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. VandenBush is anxiously awaiting his marriage to his fiancé, Sarah, in December of 2018. Sarah is currently finishing her medical training at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Their family is made complete by a Goldendoodle, Phoebe.

Cole Ousley

Associate Director

Cole Ousley joined the Marcus High School Band Staff in the summer of 2022. Prior to his appointment at Marcus High School, Mr. Ousley served as the Associate Director of Bands at Renner Middle School in Plano, Texas. Mr. Ousley is a native of McKinney, Texas.

Mr. Ousley received his Bachelor of Music with a Secondary Instrumental Emphasis from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While at TAMUC, Mr. Ousley studied Tuba with Dr. Jeffrey Baker. He performed as a member of the Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir, Tuba and Euphonium Choir, and several chamber ensembles. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Mr. Ousley marched tuba with the Santa Clara Vanguard, winning the Drum Corps International World Championship in 2018. He completed student teaching at Marcus High School and Downing Middle School in the fall of 2021.

Mr. Ousley’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, and International Tuba & Euphonium Association. Currently, Mr. Ousley resides in the Dallas area.

Anthony Martinez

Color Guard Director

Anthony Martinez joined the Marcus High School Band staff in the summer of 2019 as a choreographer, technician, and designer. 2022-2023 will be Mr. Martinez’s fifth year teaching the pageantry arts. Prior to his appointment at Marcus High School, Mr. Martinez taught and choreographed for several schools in the DFW area.

As a member of the performing arts, Mr. Martinez performed with The Crossmen (2015-2017) and aged out with the Blue Stars (2018). Mr. Martinez also performed with CGT Denton (2018-2020).

His mission is to create a positive and artistic space for every student. He is excited to continue his journey with the Marcus cluster family as Color Guard Director!