Welcome to the Band Department of McNeil High School. The Instrumental Music (Band) Department at McNeil High School enrolls 200 students from the 9th through 12th grades who study with a dedicated teaching faculty as well as private lesson instructors.
Maverick Band Mission Statement:
Director of Bands: Director of the Wind Ensemble
Mr. Dimiceli arrived at McNeil in the Fall of 2004, originally serving as Associate Director. He teaches the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, and he assists with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He also serves on the campus Leadership Team as Fine Arts Department Chair. Mr. Dimiceli is on staff for the Texas Ambassadors of Music and he is an active concert and sight reading judge for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Prior to coming to McNeil Mr. Dimiceli taught at San Marcos HS and Westfield HS (Spring ISD).
Mr. Dimiceli graduated with a degree in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. The trumpet is his principal instrument and he was fortunate to have studied with the great Raymond Crisara and Dr. Joel Treybig. Mr. Dimiceli also studied privately with Dr. Kevin Sedatole in score study and conducting. He is proud to have graduated from Eisenhower High School in Houston where his directors included Brian Sedatole, Greg Goodman, and John Hinojosa.
Some of Mr. Dimiceli’s fondest playing memories are from his time in UT performing ensembles, his two years (1996-97) in the Longhorn Band and in his three years (1997-99) in The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Away from school Mr. Dimiceli loves to spend time with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and his lovely daughter, Emily. The Dimicelis reside in Round Rock and Emily is a 7th grade clarinet player at Walsh Middle School. He loves college football, pro football, golf, and Major League Baseball. He also enjoys playing golf, cooking, and reading as much as he can.
Associate Director of Bands: Director of the Wind Symphony, Director of the Marching Band
Mr. Muñoz is in his first year teaching at McNeil High School and his fifth year teaching overall. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony, Mr. Muñoz assists with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and coordinates the marching band.
In 2012, Mr. Muñoz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Studies from Texas State University, graduating cum laude. His Texas State mentors include Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, Dr. Caroline Beatty, Dr. Amy Simmons, and Professor Raúl I. Rodríguez. While at Texas State, Mr. Muñoz performed with the Symphonic Band, Bobcat Marching Band, Tuba/Euphonium Studio Ensemble, and numerous brass quintets.
An active participant in Drum Corps International, Mr. Muñoz marched tuba from 2007-2010 with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, of Canton, Ohio. While at the Bluecoats, the corps was a consistent DCI finalist and earned the bronze medal, a first for the corps, in 2010.
Mr. Muñoz has continued his association with DCI by joining the brass staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, of Denver, Colorado, in 2012. At the Blue Knights, Mr. Muñoz focuses on low brass instruction, specifically with the tuba section.
Prior to joining the staff at McNeil High School, Mr. Muñoz taught for one year at Dickinson High School in Dickinson, TX and three years at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Austin, TX, where he taught the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Eagle Brass Quintet, team taught all other ensembles, and was responsible for the overall direction of the brass program.
His bands were consistent UIL Sweepstakes recipients and in December 2014, the Canyon Ridge Middle School Honor Band performed at the Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference.
Assistant Director of Bands: Director of the Symphonic Band, Director of All Percussion Activities – Grades 6-12
Mike Champagne is the Assistant Director/Percussion Specialist at McNeil High School.
Mike is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and earned his Bachelor of Music Education/Bachelor of Music Performance degrees from Louisiana State University in 2011. At LSU Mike was a member of the LSU Wind Ensemble, Hamiruge: the LSU Percussion Group, and LSU’s marching band: The Golden Band from Tigerland.
In 2013, Mike earned his Master of Music in percussion performance at the University of North Texas. While there he was employed as a teaching fellow and was involved with a number of premier ensembles including the UNT Wind Symphony, the UNT Percussion Ensemble, and the UNT ”2:00” Steel Band.
As a performer, Mike was a set drummer for Theatre Baton Rouge, participated in the 2007 BCS National Championship game with LSU’s Tiger Band, and performed internationally with UNT’s Percussion Ensemble in Poland and Croatia. Mike has played at PASIC twice, once in 2009 with Hamiruge, and again in 2012 with the UNT 2:00 Steel Band. He also collaborated on professional recordings of Stan Leonard’s ‘Collage’ and the 9th volume of ‘Teaching Music through Performance in Band.’ Most recently, Mike was featured as a guest artist for Blinn College’s annual Night of Percussion.
Since 2005, Mike has been employed as a freelance private lesson instructor as well as a marching percussion technician and arranger. He enjoys watching sports (especially LSU football and baseball), running, playing golf, binge-watching Netflix, and playing video games.
Color Guard Director
Originally from Binghamton, NY, Chris McCarthy relocated to Austin to teach the McNeil Colorguard in the Summer of 2013. Chris not only serves as the director logistically but, also is a designer and choreographer for the program. In addition to teaching the color guard, he teaches and choreographs movement to the Maverick Band during the summer and fall marching season.
Chris began his marching career in the summer of 2001 at Susquehanna Valley HS in the small town of Conklin, NY. From 2006 to 2011, Chris spent his years performing with Spectrum Winterguard, primarily in the Independent Open class, as well as the A and World Class. He served as Guard Captain in ’09, ’10 and ’11. Chris has also marched with The Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from ’07 – ’08.
Since the age of 16, Chris has been on the teaching side of the activity. He has taught every form of the activity including High School, Independent, College and Drum Corps. He has been a director, designer, choreographer and/or consultant for numerous programs such as: Homer HS (NY), Norwich HS (NY), Union Endicott HS (NY), Greater Johnstown HS (NY), White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (NY), Laurens HS (NY), New Braunfels HS (TX), Westwood HS (TX), University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (WI) and Spectrum Winterguard (NY).
Currently, Chris serves as lead choreographer for ATX Independent Winterguard out of Austin, TX and is also a choreographer and technician at The Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps out of Milwaukee, WI.
Outside of the marching activity, Chris enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, reading, traveling and laughing. He is a big fan of Syracuse Orange Basketball and the New York Yankees. You can usually find him frequenting a local coffee shop, hiking, or kayaking.