Shawn Murphy, Head Band Director
Mr. Murphy is the Head Band Director of the Burleson Centennial High School Band, a position he began in 2015. He leads the UIL State Finalist Spartan Regiment Marching Band as well as the Wind Symphony, and assists with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Indoor Winds. A trumpet player, he earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Murphy’s bands have won numerous UIL Sweepstakes awards, advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest on several occasions, and been a finalist for the TMEA Honor Band competition, among countless other accolades throughout his career. He attributes his success to the lessons learned from his many mentors who molded him, specifically Don Hanna and Ray Stanizewski, Mr. Murphy’s high school band directors at Denton High School.
Mr. Murphy is a proud alumnus of Drum Corps International, having marched with the Sky Ryders based out of Texas, and The Blue Devils from California. After aging out of the activity, he served on the brass staffs of Blue Devils B, Cadets, Blue Knights, Blue Devils, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Now retired from the all aspects of drum corps, Mr. Murphy spends his summers mountain biking, playing disc golf, flying his drone, filming and editing various projects, and traveling around the country with his family in their RV.
Mr. Murphy has been married to his beautiful wife Kim Murphy since 2002, and has two amazing sons, Mason & Hayden, two rambunctious Siberian Huskies, Daphnis and Chloe, and two crazy cats, Cocoa and Mello.
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.
Richard Falls, Assistant Band Director
Richard Kearns, Percussion Director
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 were 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 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.