Sickles High School Bands

HOME OF THE GRYPHONS  ~  7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626

MEET OUR STAFF 

Keith A. Griffis - Director of Bands

Keith Griffis is the Director of Bands at Walter L. Sickles High School in Tampa, FL where he directs all band activities including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the 220+ member Marching Wall of Sound.


Bands under Mr. Griffis’ direction consistently earn superior ratings in concert, marching, and jazz assessment and have earned the Florida Bandmasters Association’s “Otto J. Kraushaar” award for straight-superior ratings at both the district and state level. Enrollment in the Sickles Band program has more than doubled during Mr. Griffis’ tenure, becoming one of the largest programs in the greater Tampa Bay area. The Sickles Band program enjoys representation in All-County, All-State, and All-National Honor Ensembles, and has a proud legacy of alumni preforming in collegiate and professional ensembles.


Mr. Griffis holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and is a graduate Cum Laude from Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. While at FSU Mr. Griffis served as the Head Drum Major of the World-Renowned FSU Marching Chiefs and as the president of the FSU Horn Studio, performing in each of the university’s bands and orchestras.


Mr. Griffis frequently serves as a brass clinician and performs professionally as a horn player. Most recently Mr. Griffis served as the principal horn of the Florida Wind Band, and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and as a featured soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.


Mr. Griffis has been recognized as the Sickles High School “Teacher of the Year” and the Hillsborough County Parent-Teacher Association “Instructional Person of the Year.” In addition to his work at Sickles High School, Mr. Griffis serves as the Florida Bandmasters Association as coordinator of the Florida All-State Concert Band, and recently completed a term as District 7 Chair.


Heather Lundahl - Associate Director of Bands

Heather Lundahl began her music education in Monroe, New York where she studied flute with Kathleen Affigne, Ron Naroff and Beatrice Keram and performed in band under the baton of Dr. John Lynch. She went on to earn her Bachelors of Music Education and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, Bloomington where she performed in multiple ensembles including principal flute in the top Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. While at IU, she studied flute with Jacques Zoon and Thomas Robertello and conducting with Ray Cramer and Stephen Pratt.


Her career as a middle school band director began at Mabry Middle School in Marietta, Georgia and continued at Shorewood Intermediate School in Milwaukee Wisconsin before moving to Florida. In 2002, she developed the vision for the band program at Blake Academy in Lakeland, where she taught students in grades three through eight. She began teaching band and orchestra in Hillsborough County in 2010 and was the Director of Bands at Walker Middle Magnet International Baccalaureate World School, which under her leadership has been awarded the FMEA award for student participation in music and been a demonstration band for clinics at FMEA Convention. Recently, Mrs. Lundahl was the Director of Bands at Cambridge Christian School, overseeing band in grades 4-12. Mrs. Lundahl is active as an All County Clinician and adjudicator. Mrs. Lundahl’s bands and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings throughout her teaching career. Her memberships and professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Bandmasters Association.


Mrs. Lundahl’s entire family are instrumental musicians, including her son, Ryan, a trombonist in the Sickles Band program. She is thrilled to be a part of the Sickles Band tradition of excellence and is looking forward to the upcoming year.


 

Brass Instructor

Colorguard Coach

Colorguard Coach

Percussion Instructor

Woodwind Instructor

Stacey

Allie

Rey

Paul

Kelsie

 

BRASS INSTRUCTOR - STACEY JONES


Stacey Jones is the Director of Bands at Davidsen Middle School, Center for the Arts, where she teaches the Concert and Jazz ensembles.


Ms. Jones graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida. In her time at USF, Ms. Jones was a member and leader in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, and studied conducting and music education under the baton of Dr. Matthew McCutchen, Dr. John Carmichael, and Dr. William Wiedrick. She also studied trumpet with Dr. Jay Coble, and served as a principal member and performer of the USF Symphonic and Wind Ensembles, as well as the Jazz Band and “Rumble” Pep Band.


In addition to being a band director, Ms. Jones is also a freelance trumpet player and private teacher. She has performed with the Florida Wind Band, and maintains a modest studio of private trumpet students ages middle through high school.


Prior to her appointment at Davidsen, Ms. Jones served as the Band Director at Sligh Middle Magnet, and completed her student teaching with Cynthia Starling at Smith Middle School. Ms. Jones believes that music education is essential, and is a fierce advocate for The Arts in our schools.


COLORGUARD COACH - ALLIE ANDERSON


Allie Anderson is a graduate of Sickles High School Class of 2013. She was a member of Sensations for all 4 years, and served as captain for 3 of those years. Allie graduated from the University of South Florida where she majored in Communication. During her time at USF she was a member of The Herd of Thunder Marching Band from 2013-2017, serving as captain her senior year. She was also a member of The University of South Florida Winterguard from 2014-2016. Allie received a silver medal at the WGl World Championships in 2015. She also received the Green and Gold award from her time in the Herd of Thunder for her dedication, leadership, and musicianship skills.  

Allie has taught for numerous programs around the Bay Area, her most recent being Bloomingdale High School. Allie currently works for Father’s business, Anderson and Sons Consulting while taking post graduate courses at St Petersburg College for Event Management. 

Allie is very excited to be back with the Wall of Sound!


COLORGUARD COACH - REY ROSADO


Rey Rosado is a former Sickles High School alumni from the class of 2018. In his time in high school, he was a proud member of the Sickles Marching Wall of Sound in the color guard section 2016-2018. He held a leadership position as color guard captain his senior year. Rey performed two winter guard seasons in which he was awarded the Martha Stark Scholarship Award during FFCC Championships 2018. Furthermore, he was part of several academic clubs and multiple theater productions.

Currently he is a sophomore at the University of South Florida where he studies to become a registered nurse. Also, he is a member in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Sosnowchik.


PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR - PAUL E. GAVIN

Paul is a drummer, music educator and composer/arranger in Tampa, FL. He’s currently a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Paul plays in jazz ensembles at USF and does musical theater work in Naples, FL as well. Paul also teaches private and group lessons and writes marching percussion arrangements.

While in High School at the Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in Ft. Myers FL, Paul held leadership positions in the marching band and was principal percussionist in the wind ensemble. He also was principal percussionist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and winner of the concerto competition. Paul played the drums for the school’s Jazz program as well as two of the musical theater productions, “Sweet Charity” and “The Producers,” both of which winning county and state honors.

Paul is now a senior at the University of South Florida. He has narrowed his interested to drum performance and education pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Paul plays drums for musical theater groups in Naples, FL, in a brass group that plays at Adventure Islands in Tampa, FL, and in his own brass band Drum’N'Brass.

Paul’s most recent accomplishment is winning the VSA International Young Soloist Competition. On June 14 – 16th he and 3 other winners will be flown to Washington DC for a weekend of workshops culminating at a performance on June 16th at the Kennedy Center.

Paul is not only a player but a music educator. He takes the process and study of passing on the knowledge of music as an honor, privilege and a duty. Paul enters his 3rd year as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Sickles High School Wall of Sound, his 4th working with the group. Under his direction the group has received only Superior ratings at MPA’s.


WOODWIND INSTRUCTOR - KELSIE MCCAY



Kelsie McCay is the Band Director at Farnell Middle School in Tampa, FL where she teaches Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz Ensembles.


Ms. McCay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. While at FSU, Ms. McCay studied conducting and music education with Dr. Patrick Dunnigan and Dr. Steve Kelly. She also studied oboe and English horn with Dr. Eric Ohlsson and performed in the Concert and Symphonic Bands. She was also principal oboist and English hornist in the Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Alex Jimenez.


Outside of teaching at Farnell, Ms. McCay also gives private oboe lessons to students in both middle school and high school and performs with the Florida Wind Band.


Prior to teaching at Farnell, Ms. McCay completed her internship with Kassandra Cochran at Davidsen Middle School here in Tampa, FL. Ms. McCay loves what she does and loves being a part of the Sickles Marching Wall of Sound!