- Teaches students:
- Ages 2+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Cindy Willis is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Dr. Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards. She received her Bachelor's degree from The Florida State University where she studied under Dr. John W. Parks IV. Shortly after graduating from FSU, she relocated to Pflugerville, Texas. She presently works as the Front Ensemble director at Vista Ridge High School.
Cindy has taught private lessons at several schools in Austin, including the award-winning Stiles Middle School who recently performed at the Midwest Convention in Chicago, Benold Middle School, and Georgetown High School.
In the 2016-17 school year, Cindy served as the Assistant Percussion Director Lake Travis ISD in Austin, TX where she headed the percussion program at Hudson Bend Middle School and assisted with the marching band and concert band at Lake Travis High School. Prior to LTISD, Cindy worked with several programs in the Greater Austin area, including percussion studios in the Georgetown, Pflugerville, and Leander Independent School Districts. Prior to becoming an educator in the Austin area, Cindy played marimba in 2008 for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and for the Boston Crusaders from 2009-2010.
From 2013 to 2014, Cindy performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Tallahassee, FL and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, FL as a percussion section member.
Cindy has worked with multiple indoor percussion ensembles including Monarch Independent Percussion from Magnolia, TX and Rhythmic Force from Austin, TX. From 2016 to 2017, she was the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps from Houston, TX.
Cindy has been extremely fortunate to study and work with some of the greatest Percussionists in the activity, including Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Omar Carmenates, Matt Jordan, Dr. Tommy Dobbs, Dr. Justin Alexander, Dr. Megan Arns, and Andrew Beall.