Cypress Bay Welcomes New Band Director

six band members, in uniform, playing brass instruments

The Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder Marching Band will be stepping out under new leadership this year. The school welcomed Brett Dawson, as its new Director of Bands this summer. 

Dawson, who is a 30-year teaching veteran, spent the past 20 years as the Director of Bands at Coral Springs High School. He is originally from Kansas; he holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado and is also an adjunct professor of trombone at Broward College.

“I am honored to take over the Band Program at CBHS.  I plan to build upon the previous foundations of a supportive community and energetic students,” commented Dawson on Cypress Bay’s historically successful music program. 

Man in tuxedo with baton

“Along with my years of experience, I plan on challenging the Band students to reach new heights of rigorous rehearsal technique.  This will ultimately help achieve higher levels of performance at the local and state level events.”

Adjusting to Virtual School has been quite challenging for the music program, however, the school has not seen a drop in band enrollment. 

“I believe we have maintained most originally enrolled Band students through the transition to virtual school,” commented Dawson. 

Dawson also pointed out the incredible contributions made by Head Drum Major, Gianna Chavez and Band Captain, Eve DaCosse over the summer to help prepare for virtual school.

Everyone involved in the Band Program at Cypress Bay is anxious to get back to normal and the Sound of Thunder is slated to participate in several competitions in the first couple months of 2021.  Only time will tell if these competitions will come to fruition.

The Jazz MPA is currently scheduled for February 18th and the Concert Band MPA is on March 10th-11th both at Dillard School for the Performing Arts. Check back in at Our City Weston for updates on these competitions.

The students, parents, and community members of Weston welcome Mr. Dawson to Cypress Bay.