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Carter Frederick

Head Band Director

Carter Frederick has been the Head Band Director at The Woodlands High School since 2022. He is a gifted music educator and an asset to the CISD music program.

In Mr. Frederick’s first year with TWHS, he led the marching band to a 1st place win at BOA North Houston Regional Championship, 2nd place win at BOA Super Regionals Championship, 1st place win at the UIL Region F Marching Band Contest and a 4th win at the 2022 UIL State Finals Marching Contest.

Mr. Frederick is originally from the Houston area and grew up in Missouri City, TX. He is a very proud graduate of the University of Houston where he studied Music Education with a focus in Trumpet Performance.

Prior to joining TWHS, Mr. Frederick taught music at Jersey Village High School in Cy Fair ISD for 9 years. Music and teaching are his real passions in life.

Andy Salmon

Percussion Director

Andy Salmon is a 1998 graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education while studying with James Campbell.

Mr. Salmon is in his 25th year as Percussion Director at the Woodlands High School and McCullough Junior High School. During his tenure at the Woodlands High School, the marching band has been a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and was named the 2013 BOA Grand National Champion.

The Woodlands High School Percussion Ensemble was selected as the 2014 Percussive Arts Society “Call for Tapes” high school champion and performed at the 2014 PAS convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Woodlands High School Wind Ensemble has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2003 and 2012, where he was featured as a performer on the xylophone and drum set. Mr. Salmon was a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Salmon has music published by Tapspace Publications and is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drum heads and the Yamaha Corporation. Mr. Salmon has two children, Caden (age 10) and Ava (age 6). Mr. Salmons’s wife, Claire teaches AP US History and AP World History at the Woodlands High School. The Woodlands High School band continues to be the vehicle he uses to teach life lessons and skills to help students become good people.

Aaron Stickley

Assistant Band Director

Proudly born and raised in Kingsport, TN, Aaron Stickley is excited to continue teaching and advocating for music education as well as the marching arts as he enters his 9th year in the band hall.

Aaron Stickley is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at The Woodlands High School as he enters his ninth year in the band hall. His responsibilities include conducting The Woodlands Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, team teaching the marching band, and assisting with the cluster junior high/middle schools. Stickley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

The Woodlands High School Marching Band was named the 2022 Bands of America North Houston Regional Champion as well as the silver medalist at the 2022 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional. At the 2022 UIL State Marching Contest Finals, The Woodlands received 4th place. The 2023 Symphonic Winds was named a commended winner of The Foundation for Music Education Citation of Excellence. Before his time at The Woodlands High School, Mr. Stickley held band director positions at Dickinson High School (TX), Lamar High School (TX), and Paragould High School (AR). During his time at Paragould, the band program received the 2016 Arkansas Class AAAA State Marching Championship, the 2017 All-State Honor Band, and the 2017 National Band Association Blue Ribbon Award presented at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mr. Stickley’s drum corps experience includes performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012) and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2014) on lead baritone and trumpet. He is currently on the Santa Clara Vanguard (2023) brass staff. Before his time at Vanguard, Mr. Stickley worked on the brass staff for Genesis (2019) and the Madison Scouts (2022 and 2023)

Mr. Stickley is an active visual designer/choreographer and has designed for band programs in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas. His professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. He currently resides in The Woodlands, TX with his two cats, Aria and Hazel.

Cynthia Robbins

Color Guard Director

Cynthia Robbins joined TWHS Band staff in the summer of 2014 and has been an asset to the program ever since.

For the last 9 years, Cynthia has been music and visual coordinator for our award-winning color guard program. She choreographs routines, designs flags and costumes, oversees all aspects of the Winter Guard, and assists in planning and executing TWHS marching band contests. In addition to her high school duties, she also leads the Color Guard at McCullough Junior High, the feeder program to TWHS.

TWHS Marching Band & Color Guard is the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Champion and has been in the Top 10 since 2010. In 2022, TWHS World Guard earned Bronze at the WGI Scholastic World Championships, the first time a team from Texas has medaled at the Scholastic World competition.

Prior TWHS, Cynthia served as Color Guard Director at Clear Brook High School, as well as an independent groups in the Houston area.

Additional Marching Band Staff

Percussion Technicians
Andy Filipiak
Alan Feliz
Tim Batchelor

Wind Arranger
Wayne Downey

Front Ensemble Arranger
Andy Filipiak

Battery Arranger
Andy Salmon

Electronics Consultant
Erik Kosman

Drill Writer/Program Coordinator
Jon Vanderkolff

Electronics Designer
Andy Filipiak


Program Consultants
Wayne Downey
Michael Raiford

Seth McPhail
Color Guard Assistants

Guard Staff
Tiffany Quinones
Joseph Danforth

Visual Technicians
Loren Gregory
Thomas Morales