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 The McCallum High School Band program is highly respected throughout the state on the concert stage as well as on the marching field. The MAC BAND is a consistent UIL (University Interscholastic League) Sweepstakes Trophy winner (1st Divisions in Marching, Concert and Sightreading) and has been awarded Grand Champion in numerous concert festivals throughout the United States. Their 2016 performance at Carnegie Hall marked their sixth concert appearance at this most prestigious concert hall in New York City.  

McCallum High School is THE 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School, recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation as the top music education high school in the United States.


Major State and National Recognitions

2004 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2005 UIL State Marching Contest

2007 Midwest International “Knights of Steel” Performance

2012 Midwest International “Knights of Steel” Performance

2014 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2015 Percussion Arts Society International Ensemble Winner

2016 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2016 National Winner—National Wind Band Contest

2017 Texas Color Guard Circuit East Championships Finalist–Novice

2018 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2017 UIL State Marching Championships

2019 UIL State Marching Championships

2019 Midwest International Percussion Ensemble Performance

Carol Nelson

Director of Bands

 512 414-0935

FA-4 (Band Hall)





Dillon Junkin

Associate Director of Bands

 512 414-0935

FA-4 (Band Hall)



Hello, McCallum Band! My name is Dillon Junkin and I am incredibly excited to be joining you all as an Assistant Band Director! I am originally from Pearland, Texas and attended Glenda Dawson High School. I most recently taught for two years at Alvin High School in the Southeast Houston area. I graduated in the Summer of 2020 from Texas Tech University with degrees in Music Education with an emphasis in Trumpet as well as Music Composition. I marched for four Summers (2015-2018) with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and am currently in my 3rd season with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps right here in Austin! I can’t wait to meet you all in person and get started on what is sure to be a fantastic year. Go Knights!


Ryan Pride

Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director


Band Hall (FA-4); Auxiliary Band Hall (FA-5)



Originally from Pflugerville, TX, Mr. Pride has been teaching, performing, and composing for nearly two decades and has had wonderful opportunities to perform and tour across much of North America and Europe. Getting his start at Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Mr. Pride performed with the wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and Bobcat Marching Band. Mr. Pride then went on to march and teach for multiple drum corps including Glassmen, Crossmen, Memphis Sound, Forte, and Phantom Regiment and held roles ranging from front ensemble instructor to Battery Coordinator. Mr. Pride has also worked with WGI groups Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, Austin Independent, Gateway Independent, and Rise Percussion.

Mr. Pride holds a Master’s in Percussion Performance with certificates in Music Theory and College Teaching from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he performed with the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble, latin jazz ensemble, and Brazilian Batéria. He is endorsed by Zildjian, Innovative Percussion, is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmaster’s Association. You can learn and hear more about his work at In his free time, Mr. Pride is an avid runner, rock climber, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Katie Harper,

Jeff Rudy

Associate Director of Bands

 512 414-0935

FA-3 (Band Hall)





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