Marching Band Director
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Mr. Rauschuber is a graduate of Winston Churchill High School directed by Ferd Vollmar, where he was a member of the TMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra. He attended the University of North Texas where he played Wind Symphony directed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon and the Symphony Orchestra directed by Anshel Brusilov.
Before coming to Hays High School Mr. Rauschuber was the Director of Bands at Fredericksburg HS for 11 years and Director of Fine Arts for 4 years. Mr. Rauschuber’s responsibilities included overseeing the entire band program, grade 6-12 while directing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and assisting classes at Fredericksburg Middle School. Under the direction of Mr. Rauschuber, the Fredericksburg Bands were participants at the UIL State Marching Contest 5 times (finalists in ’10, ’14, ’16 and Silver Medalists in ’12).
His bands have consistently placed at the TMEA State Honor Band Contest. The FHS Wind Ensemble was the 2013 TMEA 3A State Honor Band Winner, was 2nd runner-up in 2017 and 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, the band was selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence, National Wind Band Project.
Before coming to Fredericksburg, Mr. Rauschuber was the Assistant Director of Bands in George West ISD and Director of Bands in Marion ISD. While in Marion, his bands marched in the UIL Texas State Marching Contest as well as earning multiple Sweepstakes Awards. His Marion High School Bands were selected as State Finalists in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series several times as well as State Finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Contest.
Mr. Rauschuber served as the President-Elect of ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands), ATSSB Region 29 Region Coordinator, Class 4A State Representative and All-State Sectional Coordinator.
Mr. Rauschuber is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), and Texas Music Administrators Conference (TMAC).
Mr. Rauschuber and his wife Dani, Director of Bands at Barton MS, are excited to join the Hays Band Family along with their dog Jinnger and cat Pebbles.
Christopher W. Gordon has been teaching at Hays High School since 2000 as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist. His duties include conducting the Hays Wind Symphony, instructing the Hays Drumline and Front Ensemble and teaching percussion for grades 6-8 at Barton and Dahlstrom Middle Schools in Hays CISD.
He received a B.M.E. from the University of Arkansas in 1997 and a M.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Nebraska in 2000.
Originally from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Mr. Gordon was selected to play as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s School Orchestra as a senior in high school where he served as principal timpanist. At the University of Arkansas, he performed in the Razorback Marching Band, Hogwild Basketball Pep Band, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and with the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska, his duties included assisting with all athletic and concert bands and assisting with the instruction of the NU Drumline. He also performed with the Wind Ensemble, NU Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Mr. Gordon plays drum-set and percussion at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and for various musicals around the Austin area.
Mr. Gordon is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educator’s Association, and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association.
Symphonic Band I
Ms. Riecss began teaching in 2001. She is currently the director of Symphonic 1 and the Color Guard. Prior to teaching at Hays High School, Ms. Riecss was an assistant director at West Ridge Middle School, and has taught at Barton Middle School as both the assistant and head band director and directed the color guard at Hays High School. She has a Bachelor’s of Music from West Texas A&M and her Masters' of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music, in Chicago. In her spare time, Ms. Riecss performs with the Austin Symphonic Band, an adult community band that holds concerts at the Austin ISD PAC.
Symphonic Band II
Aaron Collins is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio where he studied under the instruction of Ron Ellis, John Zarco, Eugene Dowdy and Joseph Cooper. As a student at UTSA, Mr. Collins performed with the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Spirit of San Antonio marching band, San Antonio Wind Symphony as well as sang in the UTSA Men’s Choir. Prior to UTSA, Mr. Collins attended Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas where he served as a performer in the Canyon High School wind ensemble and Drum Major for the Cougar Marching Band.
In his time at UTSA, Mr. Collins served as an administrative associate for the first 4 years of the Spirit of San Antonio marching band where he played a major role in helping establish the traditions and excellence of the inaugural marching program. Mr. Collins also organized and established the SOSA Alumni band, which has continued to grow each year since. Due to his passion for music education and helping expose younger musicians to the collegiate band scene, Mr. Collins initiated a “SOSA Crew” program that serves as a free opportunity for any high school junior or senior band member to experience college game-day through the eyes of the collegiate marching band.
In San Antonio, Mr. Collins served as an active figure in the music community through his role in recruiting local musicians and serving as Director of the UTSA Summer Band Institute for middle and high school students. Mr. Collins has served the last three years as a marching technician and master class instructor for the John Paul Stevens High School marching band. In addition to his teachings at Stevens, Mr. Collins has also worked with other programs including Conally and Garcia Middle Schools as well as Kerrville and O’Connor High Schools.
Mr. Collins is thrilled to be joining the Hays community this fall and looks forward to working alongside the wonderful parents, teachers, administration, staff and most importantly, students that make up this well-known and highly respected program.