Directors & COntact

The most reliable way to reach the directors is by email. It can be difficult to reach us by phone, but we do regularly check voicemail for messages.

Nick Eggen has been a Director of Instrumental Music at Viera High School in Brevard County, Florida since 2008, teaching ensemble courses for Band, Jazz, and Orchestra. He earned the BME & MME from the Florida State University and previously taught at middle and high schools in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

Mr. Eggen currently also serves as chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Sightreading Committee and has previously served on the Florida Music Education Association Executive Board as the technology chairman and member at-large. He regularly works with the FMEA Conference Planning Committee to coordinate the annual Professional Development Conference in Tampa each January.

Mr. Eggen serves on the Brevard Public Schools Music Leadership Team and served as the All-County Band Coordinator for 10 years. He is a conductor of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra, having worked with the organization since 2018.

His professional affiliations include the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Mr. Eggen was elected to the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, an International Bandmasters Fraternity, in 2017. He resides in Melbourne with his wife Michelle, the Orchestra Director at Melbourne High School; his daughter Mary and sons Benjamin and William.

Enjoying her 28th year of teaching, Maria Dix holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Music Education from the University of Miami. Ms. Dix is currently Associate Director of Instrumental Music at Viera High School in Brevard County, Florida. She currently serves as co-chair of the Brevard All-County Jazz Band Festival and is a member of the Brevard Music Leadership Team.

Prior to her tenure at Viera High School, Ms. Dix taught in Broward County Florida, Tennessee and Northern Virginia. Under her direction, her ensembles have consistently earned Superior Ratings at both District and State level assessments. Ms. Dix is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, and NAfME. She is an active adjudicator and has served as an honor band clinician throughout Florida. She lives In Melbourne with her love , Dave Lawver and a house full of happy fur babies.

Dan Johnson is an active educator, performer, and arranger in the Central Florida area. In addition to an active private lesson studio, his current teaching positions are at Stetson University, Rollins College, Viera High School, and Kennedy Middle School. He is a freelance drummer and percussionist, and arranges for several bands and percussion ensembles in FL. Dan lives in Longwood with the best son a dad could ask for.

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a multi-instrumentalist musician, teacher, composer, arranger, songwriter, sound engineer. He is a current core member of the Orlando Philharmonic in the Bass Section. Mr. Morgan is a graduate of Satellite High School and is excited to join us for the 2022-2023 school year!

Ms. Kayler's love of color guard started at Springboro High School, winning a Gold Scholastic Open Winter Guard International medal during her time. She then marched in Drum Corps International with Cincinnati Glory, Magic of Orlando, and aging out with The Cadets winning both Silver and Gold DCI world championship medals during her time. She also completed in Winter Guard International with Braddock Independent and the Alliance of Miami. Her love for the activity then led her to teach Braddock Independent B Winter Guards and Killian H.S. in South Florida. Ms. Kayler is in her second year of teaching color guard at Viera High School.