About Us

Mrs. Carolyn Cansler, Director of Bands

Mrs. Cansler has been the Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School since 2015, and loves being a Griffin Gator! 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 Assistant Director of Fine Arts for Frisco ISD. They have two children, Haley (12th grade, bassoon) and Eric (9th grade trumpet), who are members of the Wakeland High School Band.

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Mr. Greg Leutwyler, Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Leutwyler was born in Dallas and graduated from Red Oak High School before attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Prior to his time at Griffin, he taught for 4 years at Vivian Field Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and before that, one year at Farmersville Junior High. 

As a trumpet player Mr. Leutwyler played with the top band and jazz ensemble at SFASU and has most recently enjoyed playing in the Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble.

In his spare time Mr. Leutwyler enjoys camping, traveling, hiking, reading, riding his bike, and spending time with his wife, Jessica (who is also a band director); dog, Duke; and cat, Sammy.

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Mr. Josh Foust, Percussion

Mr. Foust is excited to join the Wakeland High School Band cluster as the Assistant Percussion Director. Mr. Foust received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University. During his Master’s degree, Mr. Foust performed with TCU at the International Percussion Ensemble Competition at PASIC in 2022. He has extensive experience in the marching arts as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and Music City Mystique Indoor Drumline. Furthermore, he served on the percussion staff with Spirit of Atlanta in 2018-19 and front ensemble coordinator with Q2 in 2019-20. Mr. Foust is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Percussive Arts Society.