Director of Bands
Ken Ringel is currently in his 10th 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 band 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 state recognized Royal Pride Marching Band, as well as conducting the Honors Band. He team-teaches the Symphonic Band, Concert 1 Band, and the Concert 2 Band. He is also responsible for the overall focus and management of the band program. 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. Most recently, the Honors Band placed 9th in the state in the 2015 TMEA Honor Band Competition and the marching band placed 12th in the state at the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest.
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 was also active for 25 years as a marching drill designer and 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.
Assistant 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. Mr. Renzenbrink spent his marching career as a two year member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 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.
Assistant Director of Bands
This will be Mr. Williams’s second year as a member of the Royal Pride Band staff. His responsibilities at McKinney High School include assisting with the state recognized Royal Pride Marching Band, lead teaching Concert 1 Band, lead teaching Jazz Band, and lead teaching beginner saxophone classes at Evans and Faubion Middle Schools. He also team-teaches the Honors Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert 2 Band.
A South Georgia native, Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree cum laude from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Upon Mr. Williams notice to be an effective educator and conductor at Valdosta State University and the University of Cincinnati, he received the opportunity to teach and conduct in many settings. Mr. Williams is a frequent guest clinician of concert and marching bands, and has guest conducted various high school, collegiate, and professional ensembles.
In Mr. Williams’s pursuit to learn more about his craft, he has attended several conducting symposia including: The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Conductor’s Workshop, The University of Texas Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop, Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Symposium, and the University of Oregon Conducting Institute; and has worked with notable conducting pedagogues such as Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Dr. Shawn Vondran, Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Professor Craig Kirchhoff, Professor Richard Floyd, Professor Jerry Junkin, Professor Donald Schleicher, and Colonel Timothy Holtan.
Some of Mr. Williams’s professional organizations include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.
Mr. Williams feels very privileged to have had the opportunity to work under the music leadership and instruction of Dr. Glenn Price, Dr. Angela Holt, Dr. Roby George, Dr. Joseph Brashier, and Mr. Eric Bradshaw.
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.
Wesley is a graduate from The Ohio State University. While studying to obtain a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a focus on dance, he minored in music and mathematics. During his time with Ohio State, Wesley performed with Matrix Percussion, Juxtaposition Winter Guard and Onyx Winter Guard. He also performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
After graduating, Wesley pursued a multitude of teaching opportunities which included Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, multiple high schools in Ohio and multiple high schools in Chicago, Illinois. This pursuit has now brought him to the DFW area. Since living in DFW, Wesley has performed with Black Gold and has assisted with multiple programs. Currently, he is a member of CGT Dallas. Wesley is excited to continue his adventures here at McKinney and is looking forward to what the future holds