Mr. Chris Cansler – Director of Bands/Fine Arts Dept. ChairChris Cansler

Chris Cansler is the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair for Independence High School in Frisco, TX.  His teaching responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, co-directing the Concert Band and assisting with the Symphonic Band.  He also assists with the IHS cluster middle school band programs. 

Mr. Cansler is a native of Beebe, Arkansas, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he studied conducting with Timothy Gunter and W. Dale Warren and was a trumpet student of Wiff Rudd.  Mr. Cansler is in his sixteenth year as a Texas music educator, with previous teaching appointments served at Abilene High School, R. L. Turner High School, Denton High School, and Guyer High School.  During his teaching career, Mr. Cansler’s ensembles have earned numerous first division ratings and “Best in Class” awards at festivals across the country and in U.I.L. performance.

In 2008, the Guyer HS Band was a featured performer at New York City’s world renowned Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Cansler was a Drum Major of the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band for five years and is now a lead clinician for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.  He has provided instruction for thousands of high school and college drum majors across the country in marching, conducting, leadership, and teaching techniques for the past twenty three years.  He has been named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and currently serves as the Region 24 President of the Texas Music Educators Association.  Mr Cansler is also a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

His wife, Carolyn, is the  Director of Bands at Griffin Middle school in Frisco.  They have an eleven year old daughter, Haley, and an eight year old son, Eric.

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Ms. Rachel Hoiby – Assistant Director of BandsHoiby

Rachel Hoiby is the Assistant Director of Bands at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. Her teaching responsibilities include the Symphonic Band, co-teaching the marching and concert band, along with assisting the Wind Ensemble and feeder middle school band programs.

Ms. Hoiby is originally from Denton, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education where she studied conducting under Mr. Scott Atchison and Mr. George Boulden and was a flute student of Mr. Gordon Cole and Dr. Julie Hobbs. Ms. Hoiby previously served as an assistant band director at Frisco High School.

Ms. Hoiby was a two year Drum Major for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band. She was also a member of the UK Wind Ensemble for 4 years and in 2013, performed at the Collegiate Band Directors’ National Association in North Carolina.

Since 2010, Ms. Hoiby has been working with Music for All and Bands of America as a member of the SWAG Team. She is also on staff at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.  Ms. Hoiby is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Tau Beta Sigma.


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Mr. Michael Crawford – Percussion DirectorCrawford Michael

Michael Crawford serves as Director of Percussion for Independence High School and all associated middle schools. His duties include instructing the IHS Drumline and percussion ensembles, teaching beginning percussionists, and assisting with all wind band percussive needs.

Mr. Crawford holds a Master of Music Performance degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music degree with an All-Level Teaching Certification from Tarleton State University. His principal teachers include Todd Ukena, Joey Carter, and Dr. Todd Meehan.

Prior to joining the staff at Independence HS, Mr. Crawford served as Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion at Tarleton State University (2011-2014), Director of Percussion for Aledo ISD (2009-2011) and the Director of Percussion for the Denton High School bands (2008-2009). In addition to his involvement at IHS, Mr. Crawford is the acting Drumline Instructor/Arranger for the Baylor University Drumline and Percussion Coordinator for the Baylor University Band and Orchestra Summer Camps.

Mr. Crawford has performed throughout the United States and Europe including performances with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, College Band Directors National Association’s  (CBDNA) National Intercollegiate Band, and the 2002 Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also participated in numerous clinics and showcase concerts at CBDNA, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Michael Crawford is an artist/endorser for Vic Firth sticks and mallets and REMO drumheads.

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Ms. Angela Stoltz – Color Guard Director

Angela Stoltz - Color Guard Director

Angela Stoltz serves the Independence Band as the Color Guard Director. She is originally from Frisco, TX and graduated from Centennial High School in 2012. Shortly after graduating, she returned to Centennial and served as the Assistant Color Guard Director at CHS from Fall 2012 to Spring 2017.  
She has performed competitively in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. Ms. Stoltz marched with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of LaCrosse, WI in 2014 and 2015. Her other performance experience includes Cypress Independent World 2015 and Color Guard Theater Dallas 2016, both organizations were WGI World Championships Finalists.


Ms. Stoltz currently serves on the Color Guard instructional staff at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and goes on tour with the organization over the summer, this will be her second year on staff for the organization. She also serves on the instructional staff for the World Class group CGT Dallas and was just recently named as Co-Director for the organization’s new sister group, CGT Denton, which will compete in Independent A class for the first time this winter season.

Ms. Stoltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of North Texas. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and traveling!

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