Chisholm Trail High School Band Directors
I am honored to have been chosen to be the second Director of Bands in the history of Chisholm Trail High School. I have spent the last sixteen years teaching in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. I spent the first six years of my career as the Percussion Director and five years as Assistant Band Director at Saginaw HS, then the next six years as both Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Chisholm Trail High School before becoming Director of Bands in 2018. Prior to coming to EM-S ISD, I previously served as a percussion instructor at the University of Arkansas, Abilene Christian University, and at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma.
I hold both a Bachelor's and a Master's in Music from the University of Arkansas, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University. My professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi band service fraternity, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society.
Since 2009, I have been married to my wife Robin, with whom I have two children, eight-year-old Chloe and six-year-old Daphne. We are members of The Hills Church in North Richland Hills. In my "free time," I am an avid reader, and I enjoy running, as well as rooting for my alma mater, the Arkansas Razorbacks, at every opportunity.
Emily Rivers joined Chisholm Trail High School in the Fall of 2019 and serves as Assistant Band Director. She is originally from Sherman, Texas where she graduated from Sherman High School. Mrs. Rivers received her Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2017 from Texas Christian University where she studied clarinet under Gary Whitman. While at TCU, Mrs. Rivers was a proud member of the Horned Frog Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and Clarinet Chamber Ensemble. She completed her student-teaching at Aledo High School under Joey Paul and Jake Albin. For her first two years of teaching, she served as the Assistant Band Director at Anahuac ISD in Anahuac, Texas. Mrs. Rivers is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and Mu Phi Epsilon. She currently lives in White Settlement with her wife, sister, orange cat, and golden retriever. Mrs. Rivers and her wife are expecting their first child November 2022.
Ryan Miller is an educator, clinician, freelance musician, music arranger, and drill writer. Ryan is in his fourth year as Assistant Director of Bands at Chisholm Trail HS. He previously served as the Director of Percussion at Lake Worth High School for the past four years.
Mr. Miller holds his degree in Music from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) studying under Dr. Michael Varner and Jim Yakas. During his time at UTA, he worked at many successful high schools across the DFW area as well as multiple independent groups, including Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion. He has served in various roles from Visual Caption Head to Bass Tech.
Mr. Miller has designed numerous marching shows, both indoor and outdoor, many of which received multiple awards. He has also been a part of many different performing groups including The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Tyler Junior college indoor drumline, Dallas Mavs drumline, and Dynamic Rhythm, to name a few.
Mr. Miller is honored to have the opportunity to work at Chisholm Trail High School.