Directors & Staff

Alex White
Director of Bands
Siegel High School

Contact: whiteal@rcschools.net

Alex White serves as the Director of Bands at Siegel High School and is currently entering his 8th year of teaching. He began teaching in 2011 as the Director of Bands at Whittle Springs Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee before moving to Murfreesboro in 2013. Mr. White teaches the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and co-directs the Marching Band.

Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he completed his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education and a graduate of Concordia University where he completed his masters degree in Educational Leadership. While at the University of Tennessee, Mr. White served as the Drum Major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band in 2010.

Mr. White is a member of MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Education Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

When not in the band room, Mr. White enjoys spending time with his wife, Katelynn, newborn daughter, Ella, and their two dogs, Sadie and Mr. Tim.


Trevor Rundell
Assistant Director of Bands
Siegel High School

Contact: tlrundell12@att.net

Mr. Trevor Rundell is entering his 3rd year of teaching, and his first at Siegel High School.  Rundell taught for two years at Bartlett High School in Bartlett, TN where he oversaw the Competitive Marching Band, taught the Freshmen Band and Junior Varsity Concert Band, and assisted with the Varsity Concert Band and several jazz ensembles.  While at Bartlett, Rundell led the Marching Band to its first Championship in over 15 years, the Freshmen and JV Band to their first Superior Ratings at Concert Festival, and the program to it’s first Tennessee Band Masters Sweepstakes Award for the 2016-17 & 2017-18 school years.

 

In 2016, Rundell graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Music under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Harris, Dr. Charles Decker, and Mr. Joseph Hermann. From 2008-2012, Mr. Rundell is an alumni of Siegel High School, graduating in 2012.  Mr. Rundell has been on teaching staff with the Siegel HS Band, Franklin HS Band, and Oak Ridge HS School Band.  He is also an active marching band arranger, writing for several groups throughout Tennessee and Georgia.

Mr. Rundell teaches the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band as well as the 7th Period Jazz Band and General Music.

Mr. Rundell strives to use music and all it entails as a teaching tool to help all students in the program achieve personal growth in areas such as leadership, teamwork, and striving for the highest. He hopes that through music, band members will learn to do nothing only for themselves, but for “the guy down the row.”


Jeremy Smith

Percussion Director
Siegel High School

Contact: Jeremysmith222@gmail.com

Jeremy Smith is a composer, percussionist, and educator originally from Muscle Shoals, AL. During his time as a percussionist, he has served many roles on either side the drum as both a player and educator. Jeremy is an alumni of Muscle Shoals High School, Music City Drum Corps, and Freedom Indoor Percussion based in O’fallontown, IL. He currently designs, arranges, and instructs for several groups across the country. In 2014 he served as the battery arranger as battery caption head for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served as a member of the percussion staff at Music City Drum Corps and Clarksville Audio Theater. He currently holds the role of program coordinator and battery arranger at the Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble. Jeremy currently resides in LaVergne, TN, and is a graduate of the University of North Alabama, earning an undergraduate degree in composition and philosophy.


Katie Racki
Color Guard Director
Siegel High School

Contact: katiearacki@gmail.com

Katie Racki is originally from Boston, MA and has been involved in the marching arts activity for over 20 years. Starting her marching career off in 1998 she spent 9 years with St. John’s of Beverly Colorguard 1998-2006, earning two WGI Medals in 2004 & 2005. She continued her winterguard career with Sacred Heart World Guard from 2007-2010 and with Blessed Sacrament from 2011-2015. Katie also marched for various drumcorps, the Spartans 2004-2007, earning DCI Open Class Medals and High Colorguard Awards, the Citations 2008-2009, earning a DCI Open Class medal in 2009, and the Boston Crusaders 2010-2011. 

Katie has been teaching for over a decade and has worked with multiple band programs and scholastic winterguards in Massachusetts including Malden, Methuen, Wareham and Reading High School. She taught St. Ann’s winterguard and independent group that were WGI Gold Medalist in 2015. Katie has taught for various drumcorps including 7th Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta and her home team the Boston Crusaders. In 2012 Katie had the opportunity to work with FJM Summer Clinics traveling the country and teaching colorguard classes along with leadership and team building. Since her time here in Tennessee Katie has worked with Station Camp High School and was the Colorguard Director at Ravenwood High School.

Katie graduated in 2012 from Lasell College in Newton, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is currently enrolled in Lipscomb University’s teacher licensure program with a focus on secondary education in history.

Marching Band Staff
Jonathan Beavers – Band/Visual Coordinator
Jim Stuppy – Band/Visual Tech
Scott Steward – Band/Brass Tech
Blake Lankford – Percussion/Front Ensemble Tech
Kyle Ramsay – Percussion/Front Ensemble Tech/Electronics
Gene Hayes – Percussion/Battery Tech
Sarah Holmes – Color Guard Tech/Dance/Movement
Hope Gurley – Color Guard Tech

Middle School Directors

Matthew Crossley
Director of Bands
Siegel Middle School

Contact: crossleym@rcschools.net

Mr. Crossley joined the Siegel Middle School Band as Director of Bands in the fall of 2017. Matthew has served as Band Director at Riverdale High School from 2012-2017 and Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School in Brentwood, TN from 2007-2009. At Sunset Middle School, Crossley implemented an active jazz band and private lesson program, along with receiving consistent superior and excellent ratings at concert festivals.

Recently completing graduate studies in Kansas City, Matthew earned a Masters degree in tuba performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While attending the Conservatory, Matthew held the tuba Fellowship position in the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, an ensemble devoted to performing a diverse selection of literature, and performing educational outreach performances. The quintet competed in a number of national and international competitions, which included an appearance as an international finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA, and semi-finalist in the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition held in Boulder, CO. Matthew performed at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as a member of the Conservatory Wind Symphony under the direction of Steven D. Davis.

Matthew earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew served as principal tuba in the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a four-year member of the Band of Blue. In 2005, Matthew performed throughout South Korea with the MTSU Wind Ensemble.

Being an active performer/teacher in the Middle Tennessee and Kansas City area for several years, Matthew served as Principal tuba/Production Manager for the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Philharmonic (MO), Missouri Brass Quintet, First Class Brass, and the Nashville Philharmonic. Matthew is a founding member of the Nashville Arts Project. NAP is a chamber music ensemble devoted to performing a wide variety of literature for brass and actively commissioning new works for brass chamber ensembles. In 2016, Matthew served on the brass faculty at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Performing Arts at MTSU. Crossley was also a performing member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps ( Rosemont, IL). Matthew’s teachers include Thomas Stein, Gilbert Long, David Loucky, Michael Arndt, Joseph Stegemann, and Prentiss Hobbs.

Matthew is a member of the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, Professional Teachers of Tennessee, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Anna Laura Williams
Director of Bands
Siegel Middle School
Anna Laura Williams is currently Director of Bands at Siegel Middle School. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Upon graduation, she has taught 5th-12th grade band across Tennessee.As a musician, Ms. Williams has competed nationally and internationally on flute and piccolo. She placed in the Chicago Flute Club’s International Piccolo Artist Competition, Murfreesboro BachFest Competition, Flute Society of Kentucky’s Piccolo Competition, and Florida Flute Association’s Collegiate Young Artist national flute competition. When she was a high school student, Ms. Williams performed with the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Band and Orchestra and was accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers. In high school, she performed in the TMEA All-State Band, was selected for the MTSBOA Mid-State Bands on flute/piccolo and tuba, and was chosen as a vocalist to perform in the MTVA Mid-State Women’s Chorale.Ms. Williams is a member of MTSBOA, TMEA, NAfME, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. She also holds the following professional association positions:
– TN Division I & II State Marching Band Championship Scholarship Chairperson
– TMEA EventMobi Mobile Event Application Editor
– Incoming TMEA Tri-M Music Honor Society TN Chairperson