ASB Staff & Officers

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The directors, officers and members of the Austin Symphonic Band.

Richard Floyd, Music Director

Dick Floyd

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

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

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


Board Presidents

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


Appointed Volunteers

Treasurer: Sharon Kojzarek

Secretary: Open

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

Photographer: Open

Videographer: Eddie Jennings

Section Leaders

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