Mike Aymett

Mike Aymett


A veteran teacher of 19 years, Mr. Aymett has spent the past 15 years as band director with the Riverdale Band. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mike attended Middle Tennessee State University where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees. As a saxophonist, Mr. Aymett has performed in numerous styles, from classical, to jazz, to salsa. Mike has previously taught in Nashville and at Mt. Pleasant High School, where he served as Director of Bands for three years, teaching grades 5-12. During his tenure at these schools, students distinguished themselves in both concert and marching performances.

Professionally, Mr. Aymett has served as coordinator for the Rutherford County Honor Bands, chairman for the MTSBOA Honor Bands, Performing Group Auditions Chair for the TMEA Conference, MTSBOA Executive Board, and the MTSU Band of Blue Club Board of Directors. He was Equipment Chairperson for the 2000 & 2001 TMEA Conference, and served on the host committees for the 2002 National MENC Conference and 2009 ASBDA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Aymett is a member of MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, the American School Band Directors Association,, and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Briana Engelbert

Briana Engelbert


Beginning her first year of teaching at Riverdale High School, Briana Engelbert enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets. Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Ms. Engelbert received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Tennessee Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her partner-in-crime, Austin Vogt. She then traveled through India, Paris, England, and Amsterdam, where she learned about diverse music cultures, taught masterclasses, and studied with the euphonium virtuoso, Steven Mead. While completing the Master of Music and Master of Music Education degrees from Indiana University, Briana was under the tutelage of the famed Dan Perantoni, and was the Associate Instructor of Brass Instrument Techniques/Lab Band at IU.

As a euphoniumist, Briana has performed solo works with the IU Wind Ensemble (brass concerto competition winner), TTU Tuba Ensemble (resulting in a Carnegie Hall tour, and the published recording - Evolutions), TTU Wind Ensemble, and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. As an avid chamber musician, Briana has performed at regional and international conferences as a member of various groups, including: guest ensemble at the 45th International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, winner of NERTEC 2015 quartet competition, winner of SERTEC 2013 quartet competition, winner of 2010 DCI ensemble competition.

Ms. Engelbert is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the International Tuba Euphonium Association; she credits her early interest in education to her mentors, Greg Bimm and Bobby Lambert. Briana is excited to work with Mr. Aymett and the students at Riverdale, with hopes of invigorating the band program through an informative and holistic curriculum, compassionate mindset, and incredibly high standards. Briana enjoys camping, hiking with her dog, Percy, and eating all of the pizza.

Matt Crossley

Matt Crossley

Co-Director, 2012-2017

Mr. Crossley joined the Riverdale Band as Band Director in the fall of 2012. Matthew served as Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School in Brentwood, TN from 2007-2009. At Sunset Middle School, Crossley implemented an active jazz band and private lesson program, along with receiving consistent superior and excellent ratings at concert festivals.

Recently completing graduate studies in Kansas City, Matthew earned a Masters degree in tuba performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. While attending the Conservatory, Matthew held the tuba Fellowship position in the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, an ensemble devoted to performing a diverse selection of literature, and performing educational outreach performances. The quintet competed in a number of national and international competitions, which included an appearance as an international finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA, and semi-finalist in the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition held in Boulder, CO. Matthew performed at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as a member of the Conservatory Wind Symphony under the direction of Steven D. Davis.

Matthew earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew served as principal tuba in the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a four-year member of the Band of Blue. In 2005, Matthew performed throughout South Korea with the MTSU Wind Ensemble.

Being an active performer/teacher in the Middle Tennessee and Kansas City area for several years, Matthew served as Principal tuba/Production Manager for the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Philharmonic (MO), Missouri Brass Quintet, First Class Brass, and the Nashville Philharmonic. Matthew is a founding member of the Nashville Arts Project. NAP is a chamber music ensemble devoted to performing a wide variety of literature for brass and actively commissioning new works for brass chamber ensembles. In 2016, Matthew served on the brass faculty at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Performing Arts at MTSU. Crossley was also a performing member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps ( Rosemont, IL). Matthew’s teachers include Thomas Stein, Gilbert Long, David Loucky, Michael Arndt, Joseph Stegemann, and Prentiss Hobbs.

Matthew is a member of the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, Professional Teachers of Tennessee, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Ron Meers

Ron Meers

Emeritus Director, 1982-2012

After a 43 year career in education, Mr. Meers retired in 2012 following a 30 year tenure as Director of Bands at Riverdale High School. Prior to his tenure at Riverdale, he was Director of Bands at Mt. Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, for 13 years. Ron received his Bachelor of Science degree from David Lipscomb University and his Master +30 from Cumberland University. He is Past-President of the Tennessee Music Education Association, Past President of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Past-President of the Tennessee Bandmaster‘s Association, Past-President of Phi Beta Mu, has served as TMEA Performing Group Audition Chair, All-State/Mid State Audition Chairman for the MTSBOA, auditions chair for the Governor’s School for the Arts, and Tennessee All State Band Chair. Mr. Meers has served as an adjudicator for both marching and concert band events throughout his career. He was selected as Riverdale High School‘s teacher of the year for the 2002-2003 school year. Mr. Meers is serving in his 43rd year as a director of bands in Tennessee and was inducted into the Tennessee Music Education Association’s Hall of Fame on April 7th, 2011 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville.On May 6, 2012, the Riverdale High School Band Roomm was renamed the Ronald S. Meers Band Hall.

Tim Hale

Tim Hale

Percussion Instructor

Tim has been the Percussion Instructor for the Riverdale Warrior Band since the fall of 1999. Working to create a well-rounded percussion program, his duties include teaching two percussion classes, working with the pit and battery in marching season, teaching percussion ensemble in the spring, and providing private lessons. Since 1994, he has worked with many drumlines in Middle Tennessee and served as a clinician in Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, and California. Tim has been influenced by his instructors which have included: Mike McIntosh, Lalo Davila, and Eric Johnson. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2003 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and he holds an endorsement from Innovative Percussion. He played marimba in the front ensemble of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996 and marched tenors for the Nite Express Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. Tim and his wife, Angeline, currently reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with their beautiful daughter, Rosa Grace and handsome son Asher Allen. They love spending time with their friends and family and are active in the worship arts and children’s ministries at Lifepoint Church in Smyrna, Tn.

Mike George

Mike George

Private Instructor for Brass Instruments

I am Mike George, a private lesson teacher of brass instruments. I have been teaching full-time for over twenty years. Private lessons are a way for the student to excel over and above what can be done in a classroom situation. Many parents don‘t realize the long term value of lessons and of mastering a musical instrument. It is a proven fact that when a child masters an instrument, grades go UP. Also, most don’t realize the scholarship potential that band provides. Over the years, my students have earned over three million ($3,000,000) in scholarship money. I have had students on scholarship in; MTSU, Tennessee Tech, UT, Univ. of Memphis, Cumberland University, Georgia and one of full scholarship to Vanderbilt. (That one in $186,000, and yes I‘m proud of that one!!) In midstate and all-state solo competitions this year, my students did very well. Now about the lessons. We meet one time each week for thirty minutes. The cost is $15 for each lesson payable monthly at the first lesson of each month .. That is usually $60 depending on how many we get in in each month. Hour lessons are available for $25/hour. I will be teaching at Riverdale High School and Siegel High School for the summer. I know in the summer that family visits, vacation and many camps take up much of your time and therefore you can’t possibly make every lesson offered. I have some students that will do one or two before band camp just to go over the music. Hey, one is better than none!! So before you decide that you are too busy, let’s put our calendars together and see what we can do. Please contact me at the following numbers or email me and we will get started and once we do, you will see why we call it PLAYING music!!! Mike George 631-5694 Email link below.


Rachel Grasso – Clarinet Instructor

Rebecca Murphy – Flute Instructor

Karl Wingruber – Saxophone

Amanda Jones – Guard Instructor

Jenny Turner – Asst. Guard Instructor

Mike George – Trumpet/French Horn Instructor

Tim Hale – Percussion Instructor (Concert and Marching)

Rachel Bjork – Front Ensemble/Piano Instructor

Fred Nelson – Low Brass

Aleena Hii – Marching Band Tech

Nayana Wexler – Marching Band Tech

Haley Lawson – Marching Band Tech

Michael Parente – Marching Band Tech

2017-2018 Officers & Section Leaders:


PRESIDENT – Emma Newberry

VICE-PRESIDENT – Daniel Norton


TREASURER –  Rachael White

HEAD LIBRARIAN – Jayde Johnson-Hamann


Emma Blackburn

Marion Johnson

Ben Smith


BRASS – Bella Hii

PERCUSSION – Ryan Gilbert

WOODWIND – Matthew Johnson



FLUTE – Allison Bickers, Lauren Stroupes

CLARINET – Matthew Johnson, Will Lantz

SAXOPHONE – Josef Viramontes

TRUMPET – Bella Hi, Chandler Davis

HORN – Daniel Norton

TROMBONE – Matthew Kermick

EUPHONIUM – Stephanie Hensley

TUBA – Chris Curtis

SNARE – Jack Kemper

TENOR – Stacie Wilkie

BASS DRUM – Brittany Buswell

GUARD FAMILY LEADERS – AJ Forest, Bailey Nichols, Emily Welsh