Ryan Demkovich, Director of Bands
Ryan Demkovich is currently the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Prior to his appointment at SFA, Ryan was Associate Director of Bands at Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD for four years where they earned multiple UIL sweepstakes in both marching and concert bands and was an Area Marching Finalist. Ryan also spent four years teaching at Alvin High School in Alvin ISD.
As a Jenison, Michigan native, Ryan was fortunate enough to be introduced to the band activity at BOA finalist and MCBA state champion, Jenison High School. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Michigan University and then moved to Houston, Texas in 2007 to pursue a Master’s Degree in conducting from the University of Houston. It was there, he had the privilege of studying under some of his most influential mentors including David Bertman, Eddie Green, John Benzer, and Tom Bennett.
Ryan has also been very involved in the drum corps activity for some time. He began his drum corps career as a baritone player in the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2003. From there he moved on to march in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from the years of 2004-2006 where he was a two-time world champion and a Jim Ott Brass award winner. From 2007-2009, he remained with Cavaliers as a brass instructor where he worked with David Bertman, David Clemmer, John Pasquale, Mark McGahey, and Donnie Hull. In 2010, he embarked on a new journey and took his talents to the bay… As a visual instructor with the Santa Clara Vanguard. He is currently enjoying his 8th year as an instructor with SCV as they continue their pursuit of another world championship.
Ryan currently resides in Houston, Texas with his girlfriend Cyndi and his dog Biscuit. He spends his free time as a Houston Rockets season ticket holder, doing CrossFit, and enjoying Houston’s amazing culinary scene.
, Associate Band Director
Andres Aya, Assistant Band Director – Percussion
Mr. Aya graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin. During his percussion studies at the University of Texas, Aya studied under George Frock, David Glover, Lisa Nicol, Tony Edwards and Thomas Burritt. He was a member of the UT Longhorn Band (1999-2001), Wind Ensemble (2000-04), and Percussion Ensemble (1999-2004).
Mr. Aya was a member of the World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched in the snare line from 2001-03 earning 2 World Championships, the highest score in DCI history (2002, 99.15) and the longest undefeated streak in DCI history. In 2002, he received the bronze medal in the DCI Individual & Ensemble competition with his snare solo, “Palindrome.” He was a member of the 1999 Texas All-State Band and also a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps snare line in 1998. Aya served as the assiantant percussion caption head and snare technician for the Colts Drum and Bugle in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
At the 2017 TMEA convention, Mr. Aya co-presented the first ever TMEA special needs inclusion strategies clinic. Andres E. Aya has served as the Director of Percussion Studies for Alvin High School and Alvin I.S.D. East feeders in Alvin, TX since the summer of 2004. He is sponsored by Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.
Mysha Corb, Angels Dance Team Director
Mysha Corb is the Director of the Austin Angels Dance Team at Stephen F. Austin HS in Sugar Land, TX. She most recently served as the Assistant Director for the J. Frank Dobie Lariaettes, where she began her full-time teaching career. While at Dobie HS, she helped grow the dance department and won multiple awards, such as: Crowd Pleasers 1st Runner Up Overall Grand Champion Team, 2016; ADTS WOW Award for Team Pom, 2016; ADTS Best of the Best Overall Team, 2015; ADTS WOW Award for Team Kick, 2015; Champions Most Inspirational Team, 2014; ADTS Super Division National Champion Officers, 2014; TDEA D.E.A.L. Rating I, 2014.
Mysha is from Sugar Land, TX where she grew up dancing in a local studio. As a teenager, she attended the Houston Ballet Academy and was chosen to perform in the Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker in 2001 as a Clown. She realized her passion for teaching after leading the Kempner Cougar Brigade for 2 years as an Officer. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dance Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her senior year, she was a Presenter in the Undergraduate Research Conference 2010 and a Performer in the Matt Mattox Jazz Presentation at the ACDFA South Central Conference 2010. She was also a member and 2-year Captain of the SFA Pom Squad, receiving honors such as: NDA All-American for 3 years; NDA Top Gun Leaps Winner; NDA Collegiate Division I National Champion.
Her professional affiliations include the Texas Dance Educators Association, and she is very proud to be a part of the National Dance Alliance as a Choreographer, Head Instructor, and Adjudicator.
Ashlee Williamson, Angels Dance Team Assistant Director
Ashlee Williamson, the assistant director, is a 2003 graduate of The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and more recently a graduate of Point Park University. During her time in Pittsburgh, PA, she had the opportunity to study with many renowned choreographers and be cast in the first ever off Broadway production of Contact. Mrs. Williamson first began working with the Angels in 2008 as a choreographer between her contracts as an International Singer and Dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.