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Father Ryan proudly participates in the following organizations:

Bands of America

Winter Guard International

Southeastern Color Guard Circuit

Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association

The National Association for Music Education

Percussion Arts Society

We would like to express gratitude to the following companies for their affiliation with the Band Program:

Innovative Percussion

Pearl Drum



Corner Music

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Jeff Schletzer began teaching at Father Ryan 30 years ago, and previously taught four years at McEwen High School. He has played percussion professionally for 24 years and is a member of MTSBOA, MENC, TBA and served on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board as well as the MTSBOA Executive Board.

Jeff is the head of the Fine Arts Department, co-directs the Marching Band, Winter Drum Line, and helps with Jazz Band.

Email: schletzerj@fatherryan.org

Jeff Schletzer

Jereme Frey

Jereme Frey is in his 12th year teaching band and AP music Theory at Father Ryan. He graduated from The University of Tennessee with a degree in music specializing in Saxophone and woodwind instruments. Jereme played the drumset for The University of Tennessee Lady Vols pep band and has played both saxophone and drumset professionally. He has served as both the Mid-State Jazz and Tennessee State Jazz Chairperson and he is a member of MTSBOA, MENC, TBA and has been an active clinician and guest conducter.

Jereme directs the Jazz Band and co-directs the Marching Band.

Email: freyj@fatherryan.org

A 1998 Ryan graduate, Derek Schletzer began working part time with the marching band and winter drumline in 1997 and teaching full time at Father Ryan High School in 2003. He was a founding member of the inaugural Father Ryan Winter Drum Line who went on to perform at the 1st WGI(World Guard International) World Championships in 1993. Just 2 years later the Father Ryan Winter Drum Line, where he played snare, won the WGI World championship in their class. After Ryan, he attended Middle Tennessee State University and participated in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensembles. Derek was a member of the 4th place 1996 MTSU PASIC line. He played in the snare lines of Music City Mystique in 1996 and 1999, winning another World Championship with them in 1996. His drum corps experience was with the snare line of the Canton Bluecoats in 1997 and 1998. Derek served on the percussion staff at the Bluecoats in 1999.

Derek is the director of the Winter Drum Line and a co-director of the Marching Band.

Email: schletzerd@fatherryan.org

Derek Schletzer

Jereme Frey

Dustin Schletzer graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While at MTSU, Dustin was an active percussionist in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Ensemble, MTSU Marching "Band of Blue", and the 2001/04 PASIC Indoor Marching Percussion Ensembles. Schletzer has been involved with several marching percussion ensembles within Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. Dustin marched in the snare lines at the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2001, 2002, and he served as section leader in 2003. Schletzer began instucting the snare line in the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2004 where they were recipients of the Fred Sanford High Percussion award as well as serving on the Vanguard percussion staff in 2005. Dustin has also served as the snare drum technician for the 2008, 2007 and 2006 DCI World Champions Cavaliers. Dustin's winter percussion involvement has included Music City Mystique as well as the Father Ryan High School Percussion Ensemble where he has served as a battery technician since 2002. He has also served as the percussion director for the McGavock High School Marching band as well as working in an artistic capacity for Innovative Percussion, Inc.

Dustin co-directs Marching Band, Winter Drum Line, and Concert Band.

Email: schletzerdr@fatherryan.org

If you have questions concerning the band or any of its activities, please send the Directors an email or give them a call at 615-383-4200.

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Music Department Staff

Responsibility:   Staff Members
Flute:   Dr. Jessica Dunnavant
Clarinet:   Dr. Tonya Lawson
Sax:   Dr. Paula Van Goes
Trumpet:   Mike Casteel
French Horn:   Erin Holder
Trombone:   Oscar Utterstrom
Tuba:   Neil Konouchi
Guard:   Damon Padilla & Michelle Alexander
Visual Design:   Michael Gaines & Damon Padilla
Drill Design:   Michael Gaines
Music Arrangement:   Jereme Frey & David England
Visual Consultant:   Jeremy Thompson
Drum Staff:   David England, Nicole Lee, John Harvill, Corey Boise, Jim Burnett, Keven Jankowski and Kelly Eppler
Field Commander:   Ashley Jarrell

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