Band Directors and Staff

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Andrea Gonzalez
Director of Bands

Teaches: Wind Ensemble, Marching Band
Other Responsiblities: Program administration, oversees all aspects of the Trojan Band

Andrea Gonzalez is currently in her second year as Director of Bands and sixth year at Anderson. She teaches the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, is responsible for administrative duties and oversees all aspects of the Trojan Band. A native of Kansas, Mrs. Gonzalez attended the University of Texas at Austin as a music studies major with an emphasis in performance. She is a bassoonist, and while at UT she performed in the Longhorn Band, UT Wind Ensemble, UT Symphony Orchestra and Chamber winds.

As a bassoonist, she has performed in summer chamber music festivals throughout the Midwest, Michigan, New Hampshire and the Czech Republic as well as on a tour of Napa Valley and Europe with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Upon graduation, she taught for three years in Round Rock ISD at CD Fulkes Middle School.

Mrs. Gonzalez continues to perform as first bassoonist of the Hill Country Winds Chamber Octet. In her spare time she is an avid equestrian and spends every spare moment at the barn working with her horse, Savannah.
Eric Mills
Associate Band Director
Teaches: Symphonic Band
Other Responsiblities: Jazz Band, Woodwind, Private Lessons

Eric Mills grew up in Allen, Texas where he fell in love with music as a member of the Allen Eagle Escadrille. In 2013 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas, where he served as a three-year drum major of the Green Brigade Marching Band and performed in the North Texas Wind Symphony as saxophone section leader, appearing on numerous recordings under GIA Publications including the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series. He was also the founding director of the Volleyball Band and the assistant director of the “Funky Fresh” Basketball Band.

After student teaching at Bowie High School in south Austin, Eric began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School in the Vandegrift High School cluster. In his free time, Eric enjoys exercising, exploring Austin, drinking iced coffee, spending time with his family, and sleeping as much as possible. Eric is a loyal alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, a Sinfonian once and always.

Will Jurgens
Associate Band Director
Teaches: Symphonic Band
Other Responsiblities: Jazz Band, Brass, Inventory

Will Jurgens was born and raised in Austin, Texas and is a proud product of Anderson High School. A bass trombone player, Mr. Jurgens attended Texas Lutheran University and graduated with dual degrees in Music Education and Instrumental Performance. While at TLU, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band (principal Tuba), Jazz Band, Brass Quintet, and the International Trombone Festival. Mr. Jurgens has also been active in Drum Corps International, marching with the Crossmen in 2011 and 2012 as a baritone soloist. Upon aging out, he was named the Brass Crossmen of the Year, and returned to teach on the Crossmen Brass Staff for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. After a few years off, he has recently accepted a teaching position on the Genesis Brass Staff for the upcoming 2017 season.

Currently in his second year at Anderson, Mr. Jurgens co-conducts the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, teaches the visual portion of the Trojan Marching Band, oversees the brass program, and assists with all other ensembles. His previous teaching experience includes Stony Point HS and Port Isabel HS, and student teaching at Ronald Reagan HS (San Antonio). While at TLU he also held marching tech and private lesson teaching positions at various programs in the San Antonio area.

Mr. Jurgens lives with his wife Bess (a fifth grade teacher at Hill Elementary) and their 6 cats and dogs. He spends his spare time with family, going to the gym, and running in long distance events. He is very grateful for the opportunity to work at the place that inspired his love for music.
Frank Nedley
Associate Band Director

Teaches: Concert Band
Other Responsiblities: Percussion activities at Murchison MS and Anderson HS

Mr. Nedley grew up in Grapevine and attended the University of North Texas, where he received his degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Percussion. During his time at UNT he also had the privilege to teach and arrange music for the Green Brigade Drumline for 3 years. Mr. Nedley has a strong background in marching percussion and marched with the Carolina Crown (2002) and Phantom Regiment (2003-2006) Drum and Bugle Corps. After touring with Drum Corps across the country, Mr. Nedley played with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Drumline for 2 years and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline for 5 years.

Mr. Nedley is in his fifth year of teaching at Anderson High School and is currently teaching Concert Band. Mr. Nedley oversees all Percussion related activities at Anderson and their feeder, Murchison Middle School. He runs the Anderson Steel Band, all percussion ensembles, and assists with the Marching Band and other concert ensembles.
Kayla Orton
Dance Guard Director
Belles Assistant Director

Mrs. Orton is a proud graduate of Anderson High School where she was a member of the Trojan Belles Dance Team. After high school, she auditioned to become a member of the 71st line of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. As a Rangerette, she had the opportunity to perform in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as well as Dallas Cowboys football games, the Cotton Bowl, weekly football games, local parades, and the Rangerettes' annual show, Revels.

After Kilgore, Mrs. Orton attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology: Dance Science. At A&M, she studied many styles of dance including ballet and modern, as well as focusing on injury prevention and rehab, Pilates, dance wellness research, and choreography. During her time at Texas A&M she fell in love with Pilates and how beneficial it can be for dancers. She obtained her comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body, traveling across the US to different training sessions and workshops. During her time at Texas A&M, Mrs. Orton also taught and choreographed for MA Dance Productions at various summer dance camps.

Mrs. Orton was the assistant director for the Bryan High School ShyAnne Dance Team before returning to Austin to get married this past Fall. Since then, she has been teaching Pilates full time at various studios around town.

Mrs. Orton is so excited to be back at her alma mater to work with the Trojan Belles and Dance Guard, as well as teach Dance II and Athletes Dance for the 2016-2017 school year.
Sarah Pilukaitis
Belles Director

Mrs. Pilukaitis is a graduate of Gilmer High School, where she served as an officer for the Stars Drill Team. After high school, she became a world-famous Kilgore College Rangerette, serving as lieutenant her sophomore year. She was also the chosen leader of the elite dance group "Swingsters." She performed in an assortment of arenas, including the Crystal Charity Ball in Dallas, Dallas Cowboys football game, parades in Chicago and New York, and in the annual Rangerette spring show, "Revels."

Mrs. Pilukaitis' Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree with secondary teacher certification comes from Texas Woman's University. She studied modern, contemporary, improvisation, ballet, jazz, and tap, which gave her a diverse range of teaching and choreographic ideas.

Learning from a large variety of instructors gave her a diverse pool of choreographic inspiration, and sundry teaching models to follow. Mrs. Pilukaitis was a member of Out on a Limb modern dance company for one year. In the past, she has taught and choreographed for American Dance Drill Team School for two years; currently she works for Encore Creative Productions as a dance instructor. As a past dance and drill team director for South Garland High School, she developed a diverse and innovative dance department while directing the junior varsity drill team and assisting with the Southern Belles varsity drill team.

In her third year at Anderson, Mrs. Pilukaitis teaches Dance I, Dance III/IV, and is the director of the Trojan Belles.
Paul Nye
Drill Design

A native Bostonian, Paul fell in love with marching band and drum corps at a very early age. Inspired by 80's MTV and being dragged to marching band shows on the weekends by his father, who was also a drill writer, Paul quickly developed a passion for music, and specifically drum corps. The resolve stuck with him through high school and college, leading him to march with the Boston Crusaders and Cadets, where he aged out as drum major. Over 20 years later, Paul provides his custom designs and consultation to several bands in Texas. Paul enjoys everything that Austin has to offer with his wife Alyssa, their 4 cats and dog Dolly. He’s been with the Anderson High School band program since 2012 and he’s excited about year six.