Christopher Yee, Conductor
Born and raised in Klein, Texas, Christopher Yee received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he studied trumpet with Frank Campos. Upon graduation in 2005, he began teaching middle school band in Austin, Texas as an associate band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School and has been the Director of Bands at its newly-formed sister school, Four Points Middle School, since 2010. Mr. Yee also enjoys conducting all-region bands, teaching at the University of Texas Longhorn Music Camp, and working for the SASI Leadership Company. In addition to being a middle school band director, Christopher is the co-founder and conductor of the Cedar Park Winds, an Austin-area community band comprised primarily of music educators and local professionals. His passion for music education and desire to provide music teachers with an opportunity to continue making music has allowed the ensemble to experience rapid growth in both quantity and quality. Christopher lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Jenna and two sons Noah and Ashton.
Jeremy Spicer, Associate Conductor
Jeremy Spicer, a Magna cum Laude graduate from Texas State University is currently pursuing his Masters in Instrumental Wind Conducting. He is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. Vandegrift HS opened in the fall of 2009 with freshmen and sophomores. Since opening Vandegrift has experienced phenomenal growth and success. Through the focused effort of establishing a culture founded in mutual respect, hard work and excellence the program has grown from less than 50 to nearly 225 in less than five years and has been extremely successful in both the marching and concert arenas. The marching band was recently named the 2013 University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A State Marching Band Champion. Additionally, the marching band is a consistent Class Champion (Class A, AA, and AAA) and Finalist in Bands of America (BOA) Regional Competitions. This fall the band was named AAA Class Champion placing 4th at the BOA Austin Regional and again AAA Class Champion placing 7th at the 2013 BOA San Antonio Super Regional where the band won the coveted Music Cation in Finals. The Concert Band program is the foundation and backbone of the music education program at Vandegrift. The Wind Ensemble placed third in the state at the 2013 Texas Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) Honor Band Competition and was named a National Winner in the 2012 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Competition.
Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure at the marching band won numerous marching contests and was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Under his direction, the Symphonic Winds never earned anything but a superior rating at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.
Mr. Spicer has also been very active in DCI. He began his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. Since his age out year, Mr. Spicer has been on the brass staffs of the Carolina Crown (2000), Southwind (2001), Boston Crusaders (2002) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2003 and 2006). He has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head.
In addition to his music education responsibilities, Mr. Spicer is the owner of S.A.S.I., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on in the empowerment of young leaders. S.A.S.I. believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes. Mr. Spicer is instrumental in the development and presentation of this concept to thousands of students across the nation. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Cedar Park with his beautiful wife Elizabeth, precious daughter, Coral Amber, and their handsome son, Aiden Joseph.
Jonathan Villela, Associate Conductor
Jonathan Villela began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2015 as a Velma Forbes Scholar.
During his time at Oklahoma State University, Villela studied saxophone, chamber music, and pedagogy under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. On several occasions, Villela travelled to Singapore as a guest clinician of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore, presenting leadership and woodwind pedagogy workshops to secondary school music students. Additionally, Villela was a National Chamber Music Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a drum major of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, and a clinician at public schools, university music camps, professional conventions in Texas, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.
Villela currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Four Points Middle School. In 2015 he helped prepare the Four Points Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic. Further, Villela led preparation of the Four Points Concert Band’s state evaluation, in which they received unanimous superior ratings from all adjudicators for the first time in the school’s history.
In addition to Four Points Middle School, Villela serves as an Associate Conductor of Cedar Park Winds. He also works with System Blue – the educational branch of The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
Villela’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity.