Robert Selaiden – Director of Bands
Leander High School Marching Band
Robert Selaiden is the Director of Bands at Leander High School in Leander, Texas. Mr. Selaiden is in his 12th year at Leander and his 5th year as head director, and in that time the Leander Band has become one of the preeminent programs in the country. Most recently, the program has been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest, a finalist at the 6A State Marching contest (earning 5th place and 7th place), was named a finalist and received 6th place at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and was the champion of the BOA Austin Regional in 2015.
Before coming to Leander High School, Mr. Selaiden attended The University of Texas where he received his degree in Music Studies and Human Development, studied saxophone under Harvey Pittel, and served as Drum Major of The University of Texas Longhorn Band. During each summer, Mr. Selaiden has been active as a facilitator for the SASI Drum Major and Leadership Camps for the last eight years and remains active as a clinician and music arranger around the state.
Ryan Sirna – Associate Director of Bands
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Private Lesson Program
Ryan Sirna currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Leander High School. The program has recently been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest, a finalist at the 6A State Marching Contest, and received 6th place at the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Mr. Sirna has been a music educator in Texas for 11 years. Prior to joining Leander ISD Mr. Sirna served as the Associate Director of Bands at Pflugerville High School. His responsibilities included: Coordinating all aspects of the Marching Band, Percussion Studio, Non-Varsity Band, and Jazz Band. Mr. Sirna has had many successes including consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, ensemble participation in the Music For All National Conference, and many finalist awards at Bands of America and UIL events.
Mr. Sirna received his Master’s Degree from Texas Christian University where he studied with Brian West, Richard Gipson, Paul Rennick, Bobby Francis, German Gutierrez, and Joey Carter. During this time Mr. Sirna taught and performed with the 2005 PASIC Percussion Ensemble Featured Concert winners and the 2006 PASIC College Marching Percussion Champions. Mr. Sirna received his Bachelors degree from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) where he studied under Genero Gonzalez, John Lopez, James Hudson and John Stansberry.
Mr. Sirna has extensive experience as an educator, designer, clinician and evaluator. He has taught, adjudicated, and written works for high schools and universities throughout the country. During each summer, Mr. Sirna has been active as a facilitator for the SASI Drum Major and Leadership Camps. He was the Marching Percussion Coordinator at Texas State University from 2000-2002, as well as a staff member at the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 2000-2001. Mr. Sirna is a proud alumni of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched snare drum in 1998-1999. From 2003-2005 Mr. Sirna toured the U.S. playing drumset and spent time as a studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also had the honor of performing with the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera on multiple occasions.
Mr. Sirna resides in Leander, TX with his wife Ashley and his two beautiful children.
Michael Swiren – Associate Director of Bands
Michael Swiren is currently in his fourth year as Associate Band Director at Leander High School, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Mr. Swiren also directs the Roaring Thunder Tuba Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Prior to joining the wonderful Fine Arts Department at LHS, Mr. Swiren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting both from the University of Delaware under the tutelage of Dr. Chad Nicholson, Heidi Sarver, Jim Ancona, and Brian Brown. While at the University of Delaware, Mr. Swiren held positions as a Graduate Assistant and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Tuba Ensemble.
An active musician, Mr. Swiren performed for three summers as a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010, 2011, 2013). In 2014 Mr. Swiren was also selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, selected by a panel of professional Yamaha Performing Artists as one of the nation’s top performing young musicians.
In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Swiren is also an active researcher and author. In 2015 his article entitled, “Sequencing Your Band to Success” was published in the National Band Association Journal. Mr. Swiren also presented research in March of 2018 at the National Association for Music Educators’ Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael Zellers – Percussion Director
Michael Zellers currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Leander High School in Leander, TX. In addition to working with the high school students at Leander, Michael is also the percussion director at Running Brushy Middle School. Zellers received his Master in Music Performance from the University of Delaware and his Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University.
Michael Zellers is currently the electronics designer for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle corps form Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Boston’s staff, Michael served on the percussion staff of The Cadets from 2011-2015. He served as a front ensemble technician from 2011-2013 and the Electronics designer from 2013-2015. During his time with The Cadets, the corps won their 10th DCI World Championship in 2011 and The Cadets Percussion section received the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance in 2013. In addition to his most recent work with the Cadets, Zellers has worked with the Jersey Surf and Reading Buccaneers.
Will Callaway – Color Guard Director
Leander High School Color Guard/Winter Guard
A longtime student of ballet, modern dance, and theater, Will Callaway has been serving as the Color Guard Director at Leander since 2011 as well as being involved with color guard since 2002. Most recently, the color guard at the Leander traveled to Dayton, OH where they were named the 2018 A Class Champion for Winter Guard International earning the highest score in A class history as well as being the 3rd highest score of WGI history spanning more than 50 years. The color guard was also invited to the 69th Annual Texas Bandmasters Association as the “Featured Color Guard” in the summer of 2016 as well as the 2018 Regional Champion of the WGI San Antonio Regional. They have also been a champion/finalist for three of the top Texas WGI Regional events for the last three years and have been in the top 3 of A Class at the TCGC Championships for the last six of the eight years.
Drum corps experience has included involvement with the Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Reading Buccaneers, and the Bluecoats. Will also performed for four consecutive years with the WGI World Class finalist “The Black Watch” from Mt. Laurel, NJ. Mr. Callaway has taught several groups on the east coast including the WGI 2011 SA Silver Medalist and SO/SW finalist Mechanicsburg HS, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2011-2013) and The Cadets (2016). Will is originally from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Austin for the last 9 years.