Director of Bands
Ryan McCully is the Director of Bands at R.L. Turner High School. He graduated from Northwestern State University with his bachelor's in Music Education. While at NSU, he was part of many organizations including the Demon Marching Band, and the NSU Jazz Ensemble. He was also a member of the Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Kevin Richardson and the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jeff Mathews.
Before teaching at R.L. Turner, Mr. McCully taught at Newman Smith HS where he was the Associate Director of Bands, as well as the HS Jazz Director. While at Smith, his band earned UIL Superior ratings in Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. He also provided steady growth to the Jazz program as well as facilitated performances around the community and at local Jazz competitions. Prior to Newman Smith, Mr. McCully served as the Director of Bands at Clyde Junior High in Clyde, Texas where he also assisted in taking their HS band to state for the first time in school history.
Mr. McCully’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Purvine is thrilled to join the Lion Band in his first year as the Associate Director at R.L. Turner High School. Before joining the R.L. Turner program, Mr. Purvine was an Assistant Director at Lake Highlands Junior High in Dallas, TX. During his time at Lake Highlands, Mr. Purvine he taught the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and 6th grade beginning classes. Under his direction the Concert Band made sweepstakes in their UIL performances and superior ratings at the NRH20 Music Festival.
Mr. Purvine graduated with his Bachelor's of Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. While at OU, he was an active performer on the campus level and state level. Mr. Purvine performed with the OU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Tuba-Euphonium quartets, Trombone Choir, Basketball Band, and the Marching Band. At the state level he performed with the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Intercollegiate Band and was a member of the Frontier Brass Band, the premier British style brass ensemble of Oklahoma. Mr. Purvine was recognized as the outstanding euphonium undergraduate four years in a row, and was honored to serve as drum major of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band in 2016 season.
Mr. Purvine during the summers has spent time teaching students leaders and drum majors with organizations in Oklahoma and Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics. This has allowed him to teach students across several states. Mr. Purvine’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha.
In his free time Mr. Purvine enjoys running and cycling with friends, rock climbing, competing in races, and playing in the Carrollton Wind Symphony.
Director of Percussion
Josh Dominguez has served as the Director of Percussion for the RL Turner High School Band since 2016, coordinating all marching and concert percussion activities. Prior to being at RL Turner, he served as an Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion at Lubbock High School in Lubbock, TX. Mr. Dominguez holds his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas.
During his time at UNT, he taught at various schools in the DFW area. He served as a battery instructor at Marcus High School, assisting in their 2014 Marching show and Drumline Show productions. He also taught at Byron Nelson High School, as a battery instructor and private lesson teacher. Mr. Dominguez has also served as a member of the UNT Marching Percussion Camp staff.
As a performer, Mr. Dominguez marched snare drum for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and 2013.
At UNT, he performed as a member of the UNT Snare Line, Symphony Orchestra, as well as showcased performances with the UNT Percussion Players and 2 o’ Clock Steel Band.
Mr. Dominguez studied percussion with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, and Jose Aponte. He also studied percussion arranging and literature with Paul Rennick.
Mr. Dominguez has provided percussion arranging for groups in the DFW and Lubbock area. Mr. Dominguez is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Percussive Arts Society.
Laura Fernandez is the Guard Director, a Dance Teacher and Turner Dance Fusion Company Co-Director at R. L. Turner High School. She has been serving the R. L. Turner Colorguard and Winterguard since 2015. She was first introduce to Colorguard as a high school student and has had a passion for it ever since. She was a guard technician for her high school band until her sophomore year at Texas Woman's University.
While at TWU, she performed with the Texas Woman's University International Dance Company and CholoRock Dance Theatre which granted her the opportunity to travel and perform around the state of Texas as well as in San Diego, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Washington D.C., and Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with her BA in Dance and upon coming to teach dance at R. L. Turner HS, found her passion for guard renewed. She absolutely loves serving the students in the RLT Guard and Band and looks forward to another amazing year!
How does one become a leader?
Drum majors, section leaders, and band council make up our student leaders. Our leaders are the students the directors know they can count on to keep things running smooth even when they’re busy in another area. The audition for being a student leader is year-round.
What do student leaders do?
Student leaders assist the directors and students in the program. They are expected to be responsible, reliable, and accountable as they often have to handle things while the directors are busy elsewhere. The information below is by no means all-inclusive, as every leader is expected to be available to help their directors and fellow band members all through the year.
All students appointed as leaders shall, in addition to their listed duties, strive to uphold the image and spirit of the band at all times. These appointments are to be considered an honor and a responsibility, not a privilege. Leaders should aid the band directors in every way possible. Please be aware that all leaders are to be available to teach or help teach at all camps for Marching and Symphonic/Concert Band. You are expected to keep the lines of communication open between each other and between students and the directors at all times.
Drum Major – Serves as the focal point of direction for the band during performances as they assist the directors in conducting the band during games and serve as the primarily seen conductors during shows. They assist other students with music practice and in cleaning their marching shows with extra practices as needed. Drum majors are also the students the directors look to first for help in organizing students and equipment at performances on the school grounds and at other locations as well as countless other tasks that take a large amount of time and dedication to the band. Being a drum major is so much more than wearing a different outfit and conducting.
Section Leaders – Help run practices, work with their section during rehearsals to fine-tune music and drill, oversee the inspection of their section to ensure everyone is dressed properly, and inspect lockers and the section’s area as well as help drum majors.
Hugo Soto - Head Drum Major
Kasey Riojas - Assistant Drum Major
Legend Gutierrez - Assistant Drum Major
President - Kasey Riojas
Vice President - Elizabeth Davis
Historian - Lex Jimenez
Secretary - Ivana Oredina
Social Media - Sri Suri
Woodwind Captains - John Perez
Brass Captains - Raul Gonzalez
Front Ensemble Captain - Kevin Ewing
Drumline Captain - Alyssa Lainez
Flute - Edna Carillo
Clarinet - Alyssa Montes and Ivana Oredina
Saxophone - Kevin Truong
Trumpet - Matthew Green
Horn - Elizabeth Davis
Trombone - Oscar Travis
The Lion Marching Band consists of all students enrolled in the band program. Students meet separately during their concert band period during the school day and rehearse together after school. Summer rehearsals begin prior to the start of the fall semester. The Lion Marching Band is the most visible part of the RLT Band Program and is one of the most successful organizations at RLT. The group performs at all pep rallies and Lion varsity football games, as well as competing at the UIL Marching Contest.
The R. L. Turner High School Colorguard and Winterguard consist of students from all four high school grade levels. They train like athletes to perfect their equipment skills with dance movement and marching band drills to perform as artists during Fall football game halftime shows and competitions as well as indoor gymnasium Spring performances and competitions. For additional information about the Colorguard and Winterguard, please contact a director.
The Drumline meets as a separate class during the fall semester. In addition to being part of the marching band, this ensemble works together towards separate competitive festivals and concerts. All R.L. Turner percussionists will be a part of this class during the fall semester and then moved to one of the concert bands for the remainder of the year.
The Wind Symphony consists of the most accomplished musicians in the band program. This award-winning group is a perennial UIL Sweepstakes recipient, as well as having been recognized for outstanding performances at numerous music festivals. The Wind Symphony consists of the most accomplished musicians in the band program. This award-winning group is a perennial UIL Sweepstakes recipient, as well as having been recognized for outstanding performances at numerous music festivals. All three concert groups perform several times during the spring including at the Pre-UIL and UIL contests, the spring trip festival, and the year-end spring concert.
The Symphonic Band is dedicated to the continued development of quality student musicians in the band program. This group has also been recognized for superior performance at both UIL and various music festivals. The Concert Band is committed to the improvement and maturation of younger students, both musically and academically. All three concert groups perform several times during the spring including at the pre-UIL and UIL contests, the spring trip festival, and the year-end spring concert.
The Concert Band is committed to the improvement and maturation of younger students, both musically and academically. All three concert groups perform several times during the year including the Winter Concert, Preview Concert, as well as Spring Concert.
The Jazz Ensemble meets during the late fall and spring semesters. Unlike the Concert Bands, the Jazz Band will meet before and/or after school to meet the needs of the students. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is by audition/interview, and students will be expected to sign and uphold a Jazz Band Contract. This ensemble performs at all concerts as well as other events such as Band Spirit nights. This group will be comprised of students in grades 9 – 12.
Student Aid/Independent Study -
Students can elect to sign up as an Aid during any of the ensemble classes in addition to their assigned band class in order to pursue independent study and practice towards solo and ensemble, college auditions, and all-region/ all-state auditions. Confirmation and approval from the director are required for this course.
- What do my band fees cover?
- How do I know what's going on?
- How can I be more involved?
- When does you child need to arrive for marching band rehearsal?
- What is needed for marching band rehearsal?
- How do I keep my child hydrated and energize during rehearsal?
- What is the regular uniform?
- Do students take a bus to Standridge Stadium?
- Do students take a bus to away games and marching competitions?
- May I watch my student perform at football games and marching competitions?
- Does my student need dinner before football games?
- Does my student need to bring food to competitions?
- What does it mean to be an Alternate?
- Are private lessons available?
- What is eligibility?
- What are band siblings?
- What is the Concert uniform?
- Is there a band trip?
- Do we fundraise?
There are numerous ways to support the Turner Band – become a Band Booster Association Member, chaperone, donate food/water/money, Volunteer to help at halftime and competitions, fundraise, size uniforms, etc.
All volunteer opportunities are available on the booster page here.
The water your child drinks the night before is what gets him/her through the next day. Students should drink water throughout the day/night and at each break in rehearsal. It is especially important to drink throughout the day when school begins. Your child should eat before rehearsal. However, do not eat dairy products. Students tend to become nauseated during rehearsal after they have eaten dairy products. Eggs can also have the same affect.
Yes, you are invited to attend every performance. Students enjoy seeing “blue” in the audience. There is a fee for football games and most marching competitions. However, if you are a chaperone, you will attend free. At football games, the band plays music in the stands during the game and performs their marching show during halftime. However, during the Homecoming game, the band performs their marching show before the game.
There are grade check dates throughout the year to determine if a student is eligible to perform at football games and competitions. If a student is failing any class, he/she will not be able to perform for a period of time. There is a window of time to regain eligibility. If a student is ineligible, he/she is expected to attend rehearsals, but will not travel with the band to any football games or competitions until they regain eligibility.