Mr. Ryan Dempsey, Band Director
Ryan Dempsey is a native of upstate New York but has spent most of his life in Virginia. He is a 1999 graduate of the James Madison University School of Music where he earned a degree in Music Education. While at JMU he was a member of the JMU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and the Marching Royal Dukes. He has taught both middle school and high school band throughout his 16 year career. His ensembles have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings and have earned numerous Virginia Honor Band designations from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. They have also earned many Blue Ribbon Awards from the Virginia Music Educators Association. For the last several years, Mr. Dempsey has worked closely with the Shenandoah Conservatory where he served as a mentor for all of the instrumental Music Education proteges. In 2014 Mr. Dempsey served as adjunct professor where he taught the marching band and jazz ensemble techniques class. Mr. Dempsey has also maintained a successful private studio where many of his students went on to pursue careers in music. He currently lives in Stephens City, Virginia with his lovely wife Kim and their two cats Timbre and Gustav.
Andy Schlaf – Assistant Director
Andy Schlaf graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees for instrumental music. During his time at CNU he performed with many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Captains and traveled internationally to perform. He is also a graduate of the Broad Run High School band program (Class of 2008). Mr. Schlaf also performs locally with the Loudoun Symphonic Winds as a bass and contrabass Clarinet player.