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Kathleen HenaoClassy Cat 

 Kathleen Henao

Kathleen assumed her duties as the Classy Cat Coordinator January 2000 after spending eleven years as the director of the Golden Gale Dance Team and a FACS instructor at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas. Henao also served as head cheerleading coach for four years and tennis coach for five years. Her dance teams have been recipients of numerous awards and have participated in many distinguished performances. Henao has coached several All-Americans. She has had many dance members who have or are currently dancing at prestigious Division I, Division II, and Community Colleges. Henao a native of Topeka, KS.


B.S. Apparel Design, Kansas State University, 1981
Family Consumer Science, Washburn University

Shannon Meis Twirling 

 Shannon Meis

Shannon was raised in Dodge City, KS and currently resides in Salina with her husband Kris and two children, Lauren and Logan, where she is the Instructor/Coach and Owner of Shannon's Stars Athletic Twirling Club. Shannon's credentials include numerous local, state, regional, and national advanced level awards. She has produced feature twirlers for three universities, including K-State. Shannon performed as the K-State Feature Twirler from 1985-89 and is currently a licensed National Baton Twirling Association judge.


B.S. Education, Kansas State University,1989
M.S. Curriculum & Instruction with Library Media Specialist, 1994

Sydney TopliffColor Guard 


Originally from Wichita, Sydney was a member of The Pride for 5 years. While studying Elementary Education with an emphasis in math, she completed a minor in music and was a member of the volleyball band as well as Cat Band playing saxophone. Currently she is finishing up her undergraduate degree in education by student teaching in Manhattan and will begin working on her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in the spring of 2015.

Alex WimmerGraduate 

 Alex Wimmer

Alex Wimmer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University and is a Graduate Assistant for the Kansas State University Bands. He assists with all concert and athletic ensembles, undergraduate conducting courses, and Percussion Ensemble II.

Originally from Gretna, Nebraska, Alex received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 and received his Master of Music degree in Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from Kansas State University in 2014. Alex was the Director of Bands at Gretna High School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Gretna Middle School from 2007-2012. Under his direction his concert, jazz, and marching bands received consistent superior ratings. He was a recipient of the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2011 and served on the Nebraska Music Educators Association Leadership Academy from 2011-2012.

His professional affiliations include the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Kansas Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife Anna and his daughter Addison. 


B.M. Music Education with emphasis in K-12 Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007
M.M. Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting, Kansas State University, 2014

Chris JohnsonGraduate Assistant 

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2008. He spent four years as the assistant band director in the McPherson, KS school district where he taught middle school band, middle school jazz band, instructed the high school drumline, and assisted with the high school concert band. He was also an active performing musician on clarinet, and served as a member of the Salina Symphony, Hutchinson Symphony, and Salina Community Theater pit orchestra.


B.M.E. Music Education, Kansas State University, 2008

Emily RothGraduate Assistant 

Emily Jones

Emily Roth graduated from Doane College in Nebraska, in 2009. Emily has taught 5th-12th grade band at Centura Public School for 4 years and also performs in the 43rd Nebraska Army National Guard Band on saxophone.


B.M.E. Music Education, Doane College, 2009

Alex CookGraduate Assistant 

 Alex Cook

Alex is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University and holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Upon graduation Alex accepted a job with Jayhawk-Linn schools in Mound City, KS, where he served as the 5th through 12th grade band and choir director for two years. He is an active member in the National Association for Music Education, KMEA, and is a member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternities.


B.M.E. Music Education, Kansas State University, 2012

 Daniel HaddadGraduate Assistant 


Daniel is originally from Seattle, WA where he received his B.A. / B.M. from the University of Washington in Percussion Performance and Music Education, and his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at the University of Washington Dan was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble in addition to playing with the Seattle Blue Thunder Drumline. While in Florida, he was a graduate assistant in charge of the drumline for the Fighting Owls Marching Band in addition to being a conducting associate for the wind ensemble and symphonic band. He also helped start and direct the FAU Percussion Ensemble. After graduation Dan spent 7 years as the Director of Bands at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas Nevada where his groups travelled and performed at a high level throughout the western United States including a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association and a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.


B.A. / B.M. Percussion Performance and Music Education, University of Washington
M.A. Emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education, Florida Atlantic University

 Rachel Villareale
Graduate Assistant

 Rachel Villareale

Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. At IUP, she was a member of various ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a section leader and member of "The Legend", IUP's Marching Band. Rachel is an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity, and has held memberships in the International Double Reed Society and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association. 


B.S. Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2014