Shawn Murphy, Head Band Director
Mr. Murphy is the Head Band Director of the Centennial HS Band program. He conducts the Wind Symphony and Spartan Regiment Marching Band as well as assisting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Indoor Winds. He earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas with Trumpet Concentration in 1998.
Previously he was the Head Director of Azle HS (2011-2015), Palestine High School (2006-2011), and Western Hills High School (2001-2005). He was the Assistant Band Director at North Garland High School (1998-2001). His programs have won numerous UIL Sweepstakes awards, advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest, and been a finalist for the TMEA Honor Band competition.
Mr. Murphy was most recently on the Santa Clara Vanguard brass staff. He has also been on staff with the World Champion Blue Devils, Blue Knights, and The Cadets brass staff. He was a marching member of Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps (1992-1993) and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (1994-1996). He was the 1995 DCI Mellophone Champion. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Murphy is married to his wife Kim Murphy and has 2 boys, Mason & Hayden.
Andrew Klein, Assistant Band Director
Mr. Klein is the Assistant Band Director at Burleson Centennial High School. He conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches the AP Music Theory class, and assists with the Spartan Regiment, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the percussion program.
Prior to returning to CHS he served as the assistant band director and percussion director at Kerr Middle School. Before teaching in Burleson ISD, Mr. Klein was the assistant band director and percussion director at Temple High School. His bands have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading and his students have consistently earned college credit from the AP Music Theory exam.
Mr. Klein earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from Oklahoma State University. His professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Jones is a native of Flower Mound, Texas, growing up with two younger siblings also in the band. He is an Assistant Band Director conducting the Symphonic Band and assisting with the Spartan Regiment, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Mr. Jones also directs the Indoor Winds program with guidance and support from the rest of the team.
Mr. Jones graduated from the University of North Texas in 2016 with a Bachelors in Music Education. He began his teaching career as a visual instructor with the Flower Mound High School Marching Band in 2013 and taught through the 2015 season. During his time in the Green Brigade Marching Band at North Texas, Mr. Jones served as the Head Field Instructor and Assistant to the Director. He was also an active member of the Marching Arts Forum.
Mr Jones' drum corps experience includes four years as a member of Carolina Crown, two years on staff with the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently on staff with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Jones is also currently an Educational Clinician with System Blue and enjoys teaching leadership clinics across Texas throughout the summer. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Richard Kearns, Percussion Director
A native of Greenville, Texas, Richard Kearns serves as an Assistant Band/Director, Percussion Instructor at Centennial High School in Burleson, TX. Richard is also a Visual and Conceptual Designer for many successful Indoor Percussion groups and Marching bands, and is known for creating highly effective crowd pleasing productions.Richard previously served as the Percussion Director at Azle High School from 2011 through 2014. Over that time period, the ensemble earned many awards and accolades on a state and national level. Highlights for the group’s success include Lonestar Classic Champions, TCGC Champions, NTCA Champions, and WGI World Championship Semi-Finalists in both Open and World Class, in Dayton Ohio.
Prior to Azle, Richard was the Percussion Director at Palestine High School, as well as Battery/Drumline Coordinator at Tyler Junior College. Upon joining the Palestine Band Staff in 2008, the PHS Percussion Program received numerous awards in the TCGC & NTCA Indoor Drumline Circuits, Lonestar & Plano Drumline Competitions. In 2011, the Palestine Indoor Drumline was the TCGC Open Class Champion. His instructional contributions for TJC helped lead the group to their WGI PIO World Championship in 2008, promotion to WGI World Class, and becoming consecutive Finalists at the WGI World Championships.
Richard attended Tyler Junior College, and was section leader for the TJC Drumline. After attending TJC, Richard continued his studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where his focus was Music Education. Richard’s drum corps performance experience was with the Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and Magic of Orlando. He later returned to the staff of Capital Regiment as the Snare Technician.
Richard is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo Drumheads, and Paiste Cymbals.
Victor Mooney, Colorguard Director
Mr. Mooney is a long standing and active member of the colorguard community. He is a marching band and winterguard adjudicator in the southeast as well as Texas. He comes to us from South Carolina where he programmed and taught many successful programs. His groups have collectively won 13 Marching Band State Championships and 2 Bands of America Regional Championships.
As a winterguard director he has earned numerous championships in the Carolina Indoor Performance Association. During his time in CIPA, he served on the Executive Board and has served as the Circuit President. Mr. Mooney's hard work and dedication was recognized by being the very first inductee into the CIPA Hall of Fame.
He began his WGI Career as the founding director of Infiniti Winter Guard, South Carolina's first Independent Winter Guard. Under his direction, Infiniti Winter Guard was the first group from South Carolina to compete in the WGI World Championships. In 2000, Infiniti, was the first group from South Carolina to win a World Championship title. He also served as the Co-Director for the The Cast Winterguard, 2017 WGI Independent A Silver Medalist.
In 2009, Mr. Mooney became the Guard Caption Head for the Atlanta CV All-Age Drum Corps from Atlanta, GA. After his first year as the guard caption head, the distinction of Conceptual Designer was added to his title. For the last 10 years, Mr. Mooney has built an award winning colorguard at Atlanta CV which won the DCA H Color Guard Award at the 2017 DCA World Championships.
Victor is very excited and happy to call Centennial and Texas his new home.