Region Clinicians 2022 - 2023

Honor Band

Robert Tyrome Herrings, III is in his eighteenth year of teaching and has been teaching at Artie Henry Middle School in Leander ISD since 2004. Prior to coming to Leander ISD, he was the Director of Bands at Rockdale Junior High in Rockdale, Texas.

In 2003, Mr. Herrings received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied under Michael Haithcock, Jeff Grogan, Dr. Kevin Sedatole and Barry Hopper. While in college, Mr. Herrings was a member of the Baylor University performing wind bands, as well as a member of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band.

At Henry Middle School, Mr. Herrings conducts the Honors Band, and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He also teaches beginning clarinet, saxophone and trumpet. Mr. Herrings’ bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as unanimous first division ratings, Best In Class, and Overall Outstanding Band honors at festivals around the state. From 2009-2018, the program at Henry earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner, and in 2008 and 2013, the Henry Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. The program was named the 2010, 2014 and 2018 TMEA Class CCC Honor Band and was also selected to perform at the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In June 2011, Mr. Herrings and his program were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, and in July of the same year, Mr. Herrings was named the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year. In May of 2014, the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award to the Artie Henry MS Band Program, and in November of the same year, the Henry MS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most recently, the Henry MS Band Program was selected as the 2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Middle School Band Award winner.

An active clinician and adjudicator around the state, Mr. Herrings is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Herrings also serves as the TMEA Region 32 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 32 TBA representative. He is honored to be a member of Phi Beta Mu and a mentor to new-to-profession teachers at Henry Middle School.

Mr. Herrings enjoys motivating young musicians to achieve the highest level of performance by sharing his extreme love and passion for music with them daily. He feels honored, privileged and extremely blessed to have a loving mother and grandmother, many great mentors, band directors and close friends who have influenced his career thus far.

Above all, his students have been his greatest inspiration!

Symphonic Band

Darcy Vogt Williams is the head band director at Stiles Middle School in Leander, TX. Born to parents who met in their beginner trombone class, Darcy is 100% a product of the Texas music system. Her own musical education began in her father’s band room in Harper, Texas where she spent her afternoons learning to play any instrument she could find in the storage closet while waiting to go home after school. In secondary school she studied flute with Mr. Paige Brooke, retired flautist with the New York Philharmonic. Darcy received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2004 from West Texas A&M University.

Darcy is in her 17th year of teaching. Her bands have performed at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) in Seattle and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. While at Stiles MS her bands have consistently been finalists in the prestigious TMEA Honor Band Contest.

In addition to teaching, Darcy is in high demand across the United States as a clinician both for students and music educators. She is the author of two books about teaching band (Teaching Rhythm Logically and Pacing for Success: Beginner Band) and creator of the music education podcast “After Sectionals.”

Intermediate Band

Rachel Johnstone is currently an associate director of bands at Wiley Middle School in Leander ISD. Mrs. Johnstone has previously taught at Artie Henry Middle School in Leander ISD, and T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD. During her time at both Howard Middle School and Henry Middle School, her bands received UIL Sweepstakes ratings each year and Best in Class honors at various festivals. She guest conducted the Henry Middle School Honors Band at their Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic performance in 2010, and at the Trombone Ensemble’s Midwest performance in 2012. In additional to those performances, The Henry Middle School Band was also awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup in 2011, and was named the TMEA 2014 CCC Honor Band in the summer of 2013.

Prior to starting her band directing career, Mrs. Johnstone was an active private clarinet instructor for various band programs in Leander and Round Rock ISD.

In 2008, Mrs. Johnstone earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While at Northwestern, she performed in the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mrs. Johnstone has studied clarinet under Mary Schani, Leslie Grimm, Russell Dagon, Steve Cohen, and Lawrie Bloom. She was in the TMEA All-State Symphonic Band in 2003 and 2004, was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Austin Civic Orchestra Pearl Amster Competition, and a winner of the National High School Music Institute Honors Solo Competition.

Mrs. Johnstone’s professional memberships include the Texas Music Educator’s Association and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association. She has served as a faculty member for the Lone Star Clarinet Camp in the summer of 2016, as well as the Central Texas Clarinet Camp in the summer of 2022.

Mrs. Johnstone lives in the Austin area with her husband, Ryan, who is the director of bands at Rouse High School in Leander ISD.