Director of Bands, Daniel Coffey
Mr. Coffey is a graduate of Valparaiso University where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree summa cum laude in 2013. While at Valparaiso, Mr. Coffey was active in band, orchestra, woodwind quintet, early music ensemble, and honors college. While in college, he worked as a studio music instructor. Mr. Coffey got married in 2014, and his wife teaches theatre in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. He has taught band and orchestra in Indiana and North Carolina before moving to Texas. Mr. Coffey currently lives in Cypress, with his wife, son and dog. Mr. Coffey currently directs the Shepherd High School Band.
He also teaches beginning low brass, percussion, and flute.
Assistant Director, Ismael Mendoza
Mr. Mendoza is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2017. While attending SFASU, Mr.Mendoza was a part of the Lumberjack Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Pines. Additionally, he led and directed the SFASU Horn Choir for two semesters, and was chosen as the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Roarin' Buzzsaws pep band. Mr.Mendoza is also an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary band fraternity where he served as Sergeant at Arms for two years.
Joining the Shepherd ISD Staff in 2017, he assists with the SHS Band, teaches beginning horn, clarinet, and low brass and directs both the Middle School Band and the Shades of Blue Jazz Band.
Assistant Director, Michelle Durden
Ms. Durden is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in 2018. While at SHSU Ms. Durden was a 4 year member and 3 year visual technician of "The Pride of East Texas" Bearkat Marching Band, as well as a part of the Symphonic Band, Angry Orange Brass Band, and Old Main Brass Choir. Ms. Durden has also performed at the Texas Music Educators Association with the SHSU Horn Choir.
Joining the Shepherd ISD Staff in 2018, she assists with the SHS Band, teaches beginning trumpet and saxophone, directs the Beginner Band, and is the Head director for the Royal Guard.