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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Rachel Grasso – Clarinet Instructor
Jenny Turner – Asst. Guard Instructor
Rachel Steiner – Front Ensemble/Piano Instructor
Aleena Hii – Marching Band Tech
Nayana Wexler – Marching Band Tech
Haley Lawson – Marching Band Tech
Michael Parente – Marching Band Tech
2016-2017 Officers & Section Leaders:
SAXOPHONE / LOW REEDS
Alyssa R – weapons
Ananda W – flag
Kyle C – head
Jack G – perc
Caleb S – ww
Ananda W – guard
Cameron W – brass
Maddy B – asst. FC
Brass- Jack S
Guard- Alyssa R, Ananda W- asst.
Percussion- Jack G
Woodwind- Jeremy W