ASB Staff & Officers
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The directors, officers and members of the Austin Symphonic Band.
Richard Floyd, Music Director
Richard Floyd is in his 57th year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator, and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at UT Austin. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band since 1986.
Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor including appearances in 42 American states and in nine other countries.
In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008 and the TBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
He received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. That same year he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor. Most recently Floyd was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and presented the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Distinguished Service to Music Award.
In 2016 he was named a Yamaha Master Educator, one of only 18 in the nation. In this role he will appear throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.
Bill Haehnel, Assistant Music Director
Bill Haehnel has been a Texas music educator for 38 years and is in his 18th year as Assistant Director of ASB. He has served on the music faculty at UT Austin and as instructor of percussion at Texas Lutheran University. Haehnel retired from the classroom in May 2013 and now serves in an advisory role to band directors and as a clinician and evaluator throughout the U.S.
He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. His marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, steel drum ensembles, and percussion ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at both state and national contests as well as performance exhibitions.
Amanda Pierce, Executive Director
Amanda Pierce has served as ASB's Executive Director since 2014. As an arts administrator and fundraiser, she has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Mrs. Pierce received her Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University. As a bassoonist she has performed with the Austin Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Mrs. Pierce teaches 40+ bassoon students of all ages in AISD, LTISD, and EISD and recently published her first book, the Blue Moon Bassoon Songbook for Beginning and Intermediate Bassoonists
Kristin Morris, President
Kristin Morris, Euphonium, Interior Designer
3 Years with ASB
David Warner, President-Elect
David Warner, Tuba, Tax Examiner
3 Years with ASB
Bryan Chin-Foon, Past-President
Bryan Chin-Foon, Bassoon, Computer Engineer
3 Years with ASB
Board Members at Large
John Bodnar 2018-2020
John Bodnar, Trombone, Semiconductors
26 Years with ASB
Betsy Appleton 2018-2020
Betsy Appleton, Saxophone, Librarian
6 Years with ASB
Jayme Nelson 2019-2021
Jayme Nelson, Bassoon, Student
1 Years with ASB
Thomas Edwards 2019-2021
Thomas Edwards, String Bass, Environmental Lawyer
17 Years with ASB
Treasurer: Sharon Kojzarek
Bookkeeper: Mark Knight
Librarian: Karen Van Hooser
Concert Coordinator: Kevin Jedele
Transportation Coordinator: Chuck Ellis
Marketing Director: Thomas Edwards
Graphic Artist: Karen Cross
Webmaster: Bryan Chin-Foon
Archivist: Tim DeFries
Videographer: Eddie Jennings
Flute: Cheryl Floyd
Clarinet: Clary Rocchi
Bass Clarinet & Double Reeds: Sharon Kojzarek
Saxophone: Steve Neinast
Trumpet: Charlie Coward
Horn: Chuck Ellis
Trombone: John Bodnar
Euphonium: Allan Adelman
Tuba: Scott Hastings
Percussion: Rob Ward