On May 31st, Mr. Miller and Mr. Bradford were pleased to announce the new Lake Highlands Wildcat Director of Bands and Fine Arts Coordinator, Mr. Levi Chavis.
Mr. Levi Chavis is in his first year as the Fine Arts Coordinator/Director of Bands at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson after serving 2 years as the Director of Bands at Rick Reedy High School in Frisco. In their inaugural year, the Reedy Wind Ensemble placed 6th in the 2016 TMEA 4A State Honor Band Contest. Prior to opening Reedy, Mr. Chavis was the Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio from 2009 to 2015 where he oversaw the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Under his direction, the Ronald Reagan High School Wind Ensemble was twice named a state finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Contest and was also selected to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. The Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band was a consistent UIL State Marching Band Contest Finalist, a Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist each year, a BOA Regional Class Champion and a Grand National Championship Finalist in 2012.
Mr. Chavis was also named the Outstanding Young Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu’s Texas chapter in 2015. He previously served on the instructional staffs of The Cavaliers and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Chavis received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. He is an active adjudicator throughout Texas and nationally for Bands of America, Drum Corps International and multiple indoor performing arts organizations and currently resides in McKinney with his wife Amanda and their daughter Sophia.