Cheryl Floyd completed her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017. Prior to her tenure at Hill Country, she served as Director of Bands at Murchison Middle School, also in Austin, for eight years. Musical organizations under her leadership have consistently been cited for musical excellence at both local contests and national invitational festivals. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990, her Murchison program was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and again in 2006, Music For All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis (March 2012), as well as the Western International Band Clinic (November 2014) under Mrs. Floyd’s direction.
Over the past twenty-plus years, she has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with such internationally recognized composers as Frank Ticheli, Cajun Folk Songs, Shenandoah, Bob Margolis, Renaissance Fair, Dana Wilson, Sang!, Ron Nelson, Courtly Airs and Dances, Steven Barton, Hill Country Flourishes, Chris Tucker, Twilight in the Wilderness. Catherine McMichael, Cape Breton Postcard, John Mackey, Undertow, Donald Grantham, Spangled Heavens, a consortium commission for TMEA’s MS Region 18 by Viet Cuong entitled Diamond Tide, and most recently, Sparkle by Scott McAllister. The works generated by these ongoing projects have been acknowledged as being among the most significant works for young band.
In 2003, Mrs. Floyd was elected to the American Bandmasters’ Association. She is the fifth female member of this 225-member organization and the first middle school band director to be chosen for ABA membership.