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Band Directors


T.J. Peterman
Director of Bands

T.J. Peterman currently serves as the Director of Bands at Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas. Mr. Peterman began his career at Cypress Woods seven years ago when he joined the staff in the Fall of 2017. His responsibilities include directing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Winds, assisting with the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, and coordinating with the middle school band programs in the Cypress Woods Band cluster. During his time at Cypress Woods, the band has consistently received awards in both marching and concert band events at the regional, area, and state levels. Most recently, the Cypress Woods Marching Band and NOVA was named a finalist at the 2020 UIL State Marching Band Contest. In 2021, the band was named the silver-medalist at the BOA North Houston Regional and was the Lone Star Preview - Grand Champion. Since 2021, the band has been a consistent UIL State Marching Band Contest Participant and BOA Regional Finalist. In 2022, the Symphonic Winds was named a winner of the Citation of Excellence under his direction. Mr. Peterman also currently serves on the University Interscholastic League - Prescribed Music List Committee, and has presented at the Texas Bandmasters Association and ClarinetWorks in recent years. 


Mr. Peterman holds a B.M. in Music Studies and Certificate in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a M.M. in Music Education from Texas State University. While at the University of Texas at Austin, he performed in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin, as well as the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, and had the opportunity to perform as Principal Clarinet in both ensembles. His primary clarinet instructors include Paula Corley and Steve Cohen. 


His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. His mentors include: Dana Pradervand-Sedatole, Kevin Sedatole, Larry Matysiak, Keith Lancaster, Al and Paula Corley, Tom Harrington, Jodie Rhodes, Kerry Taylor, Richard and Cheryl Floyd, and John Denis.

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Gabrielle Crouch
Assistant Director of Bands

Gabrielle Crouch is entering her second year of teaching as an Assistant Director of the Cypress

Woods High School Band. Ms. Crouch graduated from Sam Houston State University with a

Bachelor of Music Education and a minor in Psychology.


​While at SHSU, Ms. Crouch was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the

Bearkat Marching Band. She held numerous leadership roles throughout her undergraduate

studies. Ms. Crouch served as the Drum Major for the Bearkat Marching Band for two years and

held positions in both the Beta Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and the Alpha Omicron

chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. She studied clarinet under Dr. Patricia Card. In addition to playing

clarinet, Ms. Crouch also studied voice with Dr. Emily Heilman and was a member of the Belles

Voix Treble Choir.


Prior to joining the Cypress Woods staff, Ms. Crouch served as a Marching Technician with

College Park High School in 2022 and Willis High School in 2021. Ms. Crouch has taught

private clarinet lessons in Conroe ISD since the Spring of 2022. She completed her student

teaching in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD at Labay Middle School and Cypress Woods High School

under the mentorship of Mary Santarelli and Tom Harrington. Ms. Crouch is from Magnolia,

Texas where she attended Magnolia High School. She was an active member of the Magnolia

High School Band and served as the Drum Major for two years.


Cinjin Casillas
Assistant Band Director
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Cinjin Casillas is in his eleventh year with the Cypress Woods Band. Mr. Casillas is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He is also a graduate from Cy-Fair High School, where he was an All-State Percussionist. Mr. Casillas is a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Casillas has studied with percussionists Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Dave Hall, and Paul Rennick.


Mr. Casillas was a member of the TCU Percussion Orchestra, a group that has won five total PASIC "Call for Tapes" competitions, the most prestigious award given to the top college percussion ensembles in the country.  He was also a member of the TCU Drumline, winners of the 2012 PASIC Marching Festival. He has performed in Carnegie Hall with the TCU Wind Symphony, and at the Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl, and Super Bowl with the TCU Marching Band.


Mr. Casillas has enjoyed great success at Cypress Woods High School. Under his leadership, the percussion section has secured many best in class and caption awards at Band, Drumline, and Percussion Ensemble contests. In addition to his normal duties, Mr. Casillas is a frequent clinician for percussion programs in the Houston area. His responsibilities include: Assisting with Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Winds, and overseeing the Grades 6-12 Percussion Program. 


Mr. Casillas enjoys spending time with the family dogs, expanding his knowledge of all things “nerd”, and tending to his LEGO collection. Mr. Casillas resides in Cypress with his wife Molly Casillas who is a school counselor. 


Sam Belcher
Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Belcher received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Houston in December of 2023. While at UH, Mr. Belcher performed with multiple ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Large Trumpet Ensemble, Spirit of Houston Marching Band, and Cougar Brass. He studied trumpet with Mr. Jim Vassallo, previous principal of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet. Along with that, Mr. Belcher was a member of the Beta Sigma chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Service Fraternity, where he served as President of the organization for two years.


Outside of UH, Mr. Belcher was involved in many programs across the Houston area. He was a marching technician at Friendswood High School, The Woodlands High School, and here at Cypress Woods High School. He also previously taught private lessons at Spillane Middle School, Goodson Middle School, and Cypress Falls High School. He was also involved in DCI as a performer with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2020-2022.


In his last semester at UH, Mr. Belcher student taught at Willow Wood Junior High in Tomball ISD with Mr. Jim Shaw, and at The Woodlands High School in Conroe ISD with Mr. Carter Frederick. He then spent the Spring semester of 2024 at Cook Middle School in CFISD for two weeks as a long term substitute, before jumping over to Strack Intermediate in Klein ISD, where he taught all of the beginner brass classes and helped take the Non-Varsity Band to UIL.


Mr. Belcher is a proud graduate of Cy-Woods in 2019, and is super excited to return as a band director!

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