Middle School Directors
Meet The Team - Cele Colt Band
Director of Bands - Cele Band
Cathy Humphrey has been the Director of Bands at Cele Middle School in Pflugerville ISD since its opening eight years ago. Currently, she teaches beginning horn and trumpet, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and assists with concert band and symphonic winds.
Mrs. Humphrey was previously Director of Bands at Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock. Prior to her time in Round Rock, she was Director of Bands at Covington Middle School and McCallum High School, both in Austin ISD. Bands under her direction have consistently received Sweepstakes Awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluations, won top ratings at local and national festivals, received Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Award, runner-up for the TMEA All-State Honor Orchestra, and have performed at several invitationals across the states from Carnegie Hall to the Lincoln Memorial Center and across to Seattle Washington for the Western International Band Clinic.
Mrs. Humphrey received her All-Level Music Education degree from Texas State University in San Marcos and Master’s in Education from Concordia University of Austin. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, and Pi Lambda Theta. She has served as the TMEA Region 26 Middle School Band Chair. For several summers, she has taught and served as Director of Student Life at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. Mrs. Humphrey is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in the state of Texas.
Mrs. Humphrey is passionate and devoted to her band students by encouraging artistic individualism and camaraderie through quality instruction, musical experiences and development of leadership skills. She strives to foster a sense of pride for her band students through participation in Pflugerville community events and involvement through community outreach programs.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Cathy Humphrey enjoys playing horn, teaching private lessons and spending quality time with her husband, Chris, her son, Justin and daughter, Madison. Together, they participate in exciting outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, racing UTVs, whitewater rafting, gardening, and raising fur babies, two dogs and 10 egg laying chickens.
Assistant Director - Cele Band
Brian Edwards is a native of the Carolinas. Born in Charlotte, N.C. and raised in Irmo, S.C. He received bachelors degrees from Louisiana State University in tuba performance and music education. Following his time in Louisiana, Mr. Edwards moved to Austin, Texas. There he taught band at the middle and high school levels at Clint Small Jr. Middle School and Austin High School. After several years as a performer and educator in Texas, Brian moved north to earn a Masters in Tuba Performance at Pennsylvania State University and Doctoral Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Mr. Edwards joined the staff at Cele for our first year in 2013. It all started when he called Mrs. Humphrey, whom he knew from teaching in AISD, to recommend one of his college students for the position. Mrs. Humphrey was able to convince Mr. Edwards that he was meant to teach at the middle school level. She was right and the rest is wonderful history!
As a performer, Mr. Edwards has placed in the finals and as winner of many different international competitions and has been featured as a concerto soloist in the wind ensemble and orchestral mediums. Here in Austin, Mr. Edwards holds the position of Principal Tuba with the Austin Opera Orchestra and is a regular performer for the Austin Symphony and Austin Symphony Brass Quintet.
Assistant Director - Cele Band
Courtney Mantle is one of the assistant band directors at Cele Middle School.
This is her first year at Cele, where she teaches beginning double reeds, clarinet, saxophone, and flute. She also teaches the Concert Band and assists with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.
Prior to her appointment at Cele Middle School, Ms. Mantle taught at Clear Creek ISD in south Houston. She has also taught private flute lessons, served as a marching technician for bands in the Oklahoma City area, and performed professionally in both the United States and Europe.
Ms. Mantle earned her Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and she studied flute under Dr. Valerie Watts and conducting/pedagogy under Dr. Christopher Baumgartner, Dr. William Wakefield, Dr. Michael Hancock, and Dr. Debra Traficante. She served in a variety of leadership roles during her time at the University of Oklahoma, including sectional leader for the Pride of Oklahoma, principal flutist for the OU Wind Symphony and OU Symphony Orchestra, and student staff/conductor for the OU New Horizons Band. She collaborated in ensemble performances with composers such as Steven Bryant, John Mackey, and Paul Dooley. She received the George Giaquinto Flute scholarship her junior year, and she received the Outstanding Undergraduate Flutist award her senior year.
Ms. Mantle's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators' Association, the Texas Band Directors' Association, Young Band Directors of Texas, the Oklahoma Music Educators' Association, and Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority.