About Us

Mrs. Carolyn Cansler, Director of Bands

Originally from the Chicago area, Mrs. Cansler attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL and then taught high school band for two years before moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Her bands at Lakeview Middle School (Lewisville ISD), Crownover Middle School (Denton ISD), and here at Griffin have earned consistent sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest, and Division I ratings from judges at other festivals.

Mrs. Cansler also served for many years on the staff of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, teaching conducting, marching, leadership and teaching fundamentals to high school drum majors from across the country.

Mrs. Cansler lives in Little Elm with her husband Chris, who is the Director of Bands at Independence High School in Frisco. They have two children, Haley and Eric.

(469) 633-4921

Mrs. Brittany Yanniello, Assistant Director of Bands

Mrs. Yanniello has been teaching band in the DFW metroplex for several years, is a horn player, and will be teaching all of our beginning brass classes, Symphonic Band, co-directing Concert Band, and assisting with Wind Symphony!  Originally she hails from Plymouth, Michigan, but after attending both Sam Houston State University and the University of North Texas, she considers herself a Texan.  She is a horn player and has performed professionally around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  She has taught middle school band in Richardson ISD, Lewisville ISD and Denton ISD.  Her bands have earned Sweepstakes ratings at the Texas UIL Concert & Sightreading Contests, and “Best in Class” at the Beach Within Reach Band Contest.   As a performer, she toured the country as a Drum Major and mellophone player in the The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from Allentown, Pennsylvania and The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in Canton, Ohio.   She is a regular judge and consultant in the North Texas area for both middle school and high school bands.  Currently, she and her husband Andre with their daughters reside in Aubrey, Texas, along with their dog Otis.  When not band directing, Mrs. Yanniello is traveling, reading books, baking, and listening to music of course.  She is extremely excited to be with the Griffin Middle School GatorBand.

(469) 633-4920

Mr. Nathaniel Collins, Percussion


Biography coming soon.