Mr. Stephens, a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.M.) and the University of North Texas (M.M.) is beginning his 19th year of teaching public school band. He has spent the last 13 years at Huffines. Previously, Mr. Stephens spent 5 years in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD at Central Jr. High School. While at Central, Mr. Stephens conducted the Concert Band and assisted with the Symphonic Band. The Central Jr. High Symphonic Band performed at the 2006 Texas Music Educator's Association convention in San Antonio as the 2005 BBB Honor Band for the state of Texas. Since coming to Huffines, Mr. Stephens has directed the Wind Symphony, which is a consistent sweepstakes winner at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. The Wind Symphony has also won numerous Best in Class and Most Outstanding Band awards at various invitational festivals.
Mr. Stephens has been happily married to his wife Trina, a 2nd grade teacher in Denton ISD, for over 20 years. Together they have 3 daughters, Hannah, Reagan, and Reese. Mr. Stephens is also an active member of RockPointe Church in Flower Mound. In his free time, Mr. Stephens enjoys boating, fishing, and watching sports. He is an avid fan of the Texas Rangers (Go Rangers!), New Orleans Saints (Who Dat?), and the Texas Longhorns (Hook'Em!).
Mr. Caleb Hendrixson is entering his 4th year as the assistant band director at Huffines Middle School. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting with the Wind Symphony, and teaching all of the beginner woodwind classes.
A native of Topeka, KS, Mr. Hendrixson graduated with Departmental Honors and a Bachelor of Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) from Texas Christian University in 2015. While at TCU, Mr. Hendrixson was a member of the Horned Frog Marching Band and served as a drum major his senior year. He was also a member of the Wind Symphony and performed at the TMEA Convention in 2014. Mr. Hendrixson studied clarinet with Mr. Gary Whitman while he was a student.
His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Hendrixson loves watching KU basketball, TCU football, playing golf, and performing with the Carrollton Wind Symphony. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kim, who is a pediatric nurse.
Quiyan Murphy is starting his 11th year as the director of percussion for the Lewisville Cluster. Mr. Murphy has been performing and teaching in the percussion idiom since 1981.
He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and his drum corps affiliations include the Sky Ryders from Hutchinson, KS and the the Concord Blue Devils from Concord, CA. Influential percussion teachers in his life have included the late Eric Jones, Steve Tipton, Trent Austin, Mark Wessels, Tom Float, Robert Schietroma, Michael Hernandez, Shawn Schietroma, Robert Anderson, Paul Rennick, Jeff Prosperie, Ron Fink, the late Jon Kellis, Ed Soph, and countless other teachers and friends that have shared their knowledge.
Mr. Murphy is a proud Husband and father of 2 super children that never fail to impress their audience whether it be their parents or an entire stadium.
In addition to inspiring students…
- He knows how to have a good time and how to get the work done.
- He is only “mean” if students aren’t doing what they’re supposed to.