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!