Ryan DeLaGarza is the Director of Bands at Finley Junior High School and is in his third year of teaching band in Waxahachie ISD. His responsibilities include conducting Symphonic I & III, assisting with Symphonic II, and teaching beginner band classes. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied in the piano and trombone studios. During his time in school, he performed in various ensembles including The University of Texas Longhorn Band, University of Texas Trombone Choir, and the University of Texas Wind Symphony. While in the performing ensembles at UT, he performed throughout the nation including the HBCU Conference in Atlanta, GA, two Rose Bowls and Parades, a Fiesta Bowl, and a Presidential Inauguration.
Ryan toured the United States as a performer with the Drum Corps International World Class Finalist 2005 Madison Scouts (Madison, WI) and 2007 Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) Drum and Bugle Corps. Before coming to WISD, he taught middle school band in DeSoto ISD at DeSoto West Middle School. His bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes awards, Best in Class/Runner-Up at various festivals, and have been named a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence Recording Competition.
Ryan is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Music Education at SMU. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Ms. Lyon is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she studies clarinets with Gary Whitman. During her time at TCU, she performed in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the Horned Frog Marching Band. She got to travel and experience memorable performances at Carnegie Hall, the 2011 Rose Bowl, and Lila Cockrell Theater (San Antonio, TX). Before coming to Waxahachie, Ms. Lyon taught private clarinet lessons in the DFW area. She now resides in Mansfield with her Golden Retriever, Henry. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.