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.

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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!


Mr. Nathaniel Collins, Percussion


Biography coming soon.