Jeffrey D. Jones

Director of Bands

Jeffrey D. Jones has served as Director of Bands at Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, since June 2018. His responsibilities include direction of the Marcus Wind Symphony and the Marcus Marching Band, as well as leadership of the Marcus Band Cluster. Prior to joining the Marcus Band Staff, Mr. Jones served twelve years as Director of Bands at North Mesquite High School and six years as an assistant director at Dr. Ralph H.
Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas.

Musicians under Mr. Jones’ direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards. During his tenure, the Marcus Marching Band has advanced to the UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest Finals five times, earning the Bronze Medal in 2021 and the Silver Medal in 2023. The Marcus Band has performed annually at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship Finals and in 2021 at the BOA Grand Nationals Championship Finals. They were honored to receive the Outstanding Music Performance captions at the 2019 BOA San Antonio Super Regional Championship Prelims and the 2021 BOA Grand Nationals SemiFinals.

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Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (summa cum laude) from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (magna cum laude) from the University of North Texas.

He and his wife, Bethany, also a Lewisville ISD music educator, reside with their three children, Caitlyn (Oboe), Esther (Flute), and Seth (French Horn), in Highland Village, Texas.

Kennan Wylie

Director of Percussion Studies

Kennan Wylie holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the University of Texas at 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 more than 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 PASIC Marching Percussion Festival. Marcus earned concert performance opportunities in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 through the PASIC “Call for Tapes.”

The percussion ensemble performed as a feature ensemble at the 2006 and 2018 Midwest Clinics and has performed with various artists such as Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Smith, Ignacio Berroa, Sonny Emory, Alex Acuña, Dave Samuels, Horacio Hernández, Janis Potter, Joel Rosenblatt, Andy Narell, Simon Phillips, She-e Wu, Michael Burritt, Shania Twain, and more.

As a performer, Mr. Wylie has earned acclaim on several percussive fronts. As a student, he won the PAS 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. Mr. Wylie is currently a freelance 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 High School 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, Mr. VandenBush served as Assistant Director of Bands at Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville, Texas.

Mr. VandenBush received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University, magna cum laude. While at TCU, he studied clarinet with Dr. 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 and the Texas Bandmasters Association, as well as an active performer and clinician.

Mr. VandenBush resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Sarah, and son, Frederick (Freddie). Their family is made complete by their 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, 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. Jeff Baker. He performed as a member of the TAMU-Commerce 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 his student teaching at Marcus High School and
Downing Middle School in the fall of 2021.

Mr. Ousley’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the 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. 2023-2024 will be Mr. Martinez’s sixth year teaching the pageantry arts. Prior to his appointment at Marcus, 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 Color Guard Theatre (CGT) Denton (2018-2020).

Mr. Martinez’s mission is to create a positive and artistic space for every student. He is excited to continue his journey with the Marcus Cluster as Color Guard Director!