Director of Bands
Ken Ringel is currently in his 11th year as Director of Bands at McKinney High School. Prior to his appointment at McKinney High, he served as the Director of Bands at Frisco High school, Gainesville High School, as well as Clark High School in the Plano Independent School District. He has also held assistant director positions at Clark High School and Jasper High School in Plano, as well as Midlothian High School.
His responsibilities at McKinney High include leading the Royal Pride Marching Band, conducting the Honors Band as well as team-teaching the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Bands under his direction have consistently been awarded the “Sweepstakes Award” for Superior Ratings in University Interscholastic League Marching, Concert, and Sight Reading contests, and have been named “Best in Class” and “Best in Festival” at various music festivals around the country.
Mr. Ringel has enjoyed a wide-range of experiences in the music field. He held positions around the Dallas, Fort-Worth area as a freelance horn player and most notably served as a substitute horn player for the Fort-Worth Symphony Orchestra for nine years. He took part in Drum Corps International as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1989 and 1990. He has also been active as a marching band drill designer for 25 years. He has written and consulted for several High Schools and Universities around the country.
Mr. Ringel holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University. He earned his teaching credentials from Texas A&M Commerce. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Associate Director of Bands
This will be Mr. Renzenbrink’s third year as a member of the Royal Pride Band staff and sixth year as a music educator. Mr. Renzenbrink started his professional teaching career in 2012 at William B. Travis HS in Fort Bend ISD in the greater Houston area. His responsibilities at McKinney HS include assisting with the state recognized Royal Pride Marching Band, lead teaching the Symphonic Band, and teaching the AP Music Theory class. He also team-teaches the Honors band, Concert 1 band, and Concert 2 band.
Mr. Renzenbrink has been involved in drum corps since 2009. He has served as the mellophone technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as a mellophone technician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Renzenbrink spent his marching career as a two year member of the Bluecoats mellophone line before aging out in 2010. During his time with the Bluecoats, the corps placed sixth place and third place at the DCI World Championship.
Mr. Renzenbrink graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2011 from the University of Houston where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental education. While earning his degree, Mr. Renzenbrink was a member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. He studied under several distinguished conductors and teachers including Tom Bennett, David Bertman, John Benzer, Franz Krager, Roger Kaza, and Gavin Reed.
Mr. Renzenbrink’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Drum Corps International. While not teaching, Mr. Renzenbrink enjoys Mountain Biking, attending Texas Rangers games, golfing, relaxing at his property in Palestine, TX, playing Xbox, and binge watching Netflix with his wife, Rheanne, and cats, Monty and Miles.
Associate Director of Bands
Aly Stephenson is excited to begin her first year of teaching with the Royal Pride Band. Prior to this position, Mrs. Stephenson was the marching tech at MHS and taught private flute lessons in McKinney and Plano ISD.
As a 2013 graduate of McKinney High School, Mrs. Stephenson is looking forward to returning to her alma mater, where she discovered her passion for music, marching band, helping others, and teaching.
After graduation, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University and pursued a major in Music Education. Mrs. Stephenson studied flute with Dr. Christina Guenther, and performed in the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony, where she was Principal Flutist. She also had the pleasure of playing Piccolo in the “Orchestra of the Pines”. Mrs. Stephenson was a member of the Lumberjack Marching Band for three years, and she led the piccolo section in her final year. She graduated from the SFA School of Honors, Magna Cum Laude, and as a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Mrs. Stephenson lives in Richardson, Texas with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing Mario games, reading, and taking Disney World vacations.
Mrs. Stephenson’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
She is looking forward to a great year!
Chris Cass holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Dan Moore and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Dr. Lance Drege. While at OU, Mr. Cass served as the Percussion Instructor for the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, and performed with the nationally recognized OU Percussion Orchestra.
Before coming to McKinney High School, Mr. Cass spent six years as the Percussion Director for Midlothian ISD in Midlothian, TX. During his tenure, his students consistently earned top positions in the All-Region Orchestra and Bands. His students were also honored for their abilities at Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest where they consistently received Division I ratings and “Outstanding Soloist” awards.
Mr. Cass spent three years with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. He has served as an instructor for the Colts and Gateway Indoor. Mr. Cass is a member of TMEA and the Percussion Arts Society.