About the Directors
Director of Bands
Trevor Ousey is the Director of Bands at Cain Middle School in Rockwall, Texas. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music where he received a bachelor’s in music education with instrumental emphasis and a double minor in Business and Conducting.
Prior to his arrival at Cain Middle School in 2016, Mr. Ousey taught in south Texas, first as the director of bands at Morales Junior High School in Uvalde, Texas, and then as the assistant band director at Devine High School in Devine, Texas. Bands under his leadership have received Sweepstakes Awards and Division I ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest.
Beyond teaching, Mr. Ousey is also an active performer on the local and national stage. He currently performs with the Plano Community Band and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and also served as a clarinet section member and an executive board member of the Heart of Texas Concert Band in San Antonio.
Mr. Ousey also continues to be an active volunteer and site staff member with Music for All and Bands of America, assisting in logistics and event flow for several marching band regionals, grand national championships, and national concert band festivals. In addition to local and state conventions, his other professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, and the International Clarinet Association. He was also nominated for the 2018 Life Changer of the Year award sponsored by the National Life Group and is a Conn-Selmer VIP.
Mr. Ousey lives in Dallas with his girlfriend, Loren, his Australian shepherd, Archer, and two cats, Thomas and Ellie.
Assistant Director of Bands
Preston Prior is the Assistant Director of Bands at Cain Middle School in Rockwall, TX, a position he accepted in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University as well as a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Prior to his arrival at Cain Middle School in 2019, Prior was the Director of Bands at Garcia Middle School in Dallas ISD, where he grew the program from 50 students to 400 students as well as helped the band program earn its first-ever Sweepstakes Award at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. The program consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings under his direction.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Prior is an active trumpet player, conductor, and clinician. In 2010, Mr. Prior founded the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, an all-professional wind band. Mr. Prior serves as the ensemble’s Executive Director as well as associate conductor and occasional trumpet section member. The ensemble performs regularly in the Dallas Metroplex and has been featured at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio.
Mr. Prior is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Delta Pi honors society for educators.
Linda Lyon Elementary
Kenneth “Rod” Kosterman
In 2010, Rod graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Percussion Performance from UNT and was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate in percussion. Later that year, Rod was the recipient of Indiana University’s Artistic Excellence Scholarship. He served as the department’s Graduate Assistant in 2011-12.
Rod’s composition for marimba and cello, in nebulous suspension held, won third prize in the 2010 PAS Composition Contest and is now published by Mostly Marimba. Song for Monica, a vibraphone solo, is available through Tapspace publications and is on the Ohio and Texas Prescribed Music Lists for Solo & Ensemble.
From 2011 through 2016, Rod was on the front ensemble staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as Education Program Director for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2015.
Rod is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Remo drum heads, as well as Mapex and Majestic marching percussion instruments.
Honors Band (Percussion)
Symphonic Band (Percussion)
Concert Band (Percussion)