Cheryl Floyd celebrated her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017 and retired after 35 years as a middle school band director/music educator. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990 her Austin Murchison Middle School Band was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band presented performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2012, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2014. Her bands have been a finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition on 12 occasions.
Throughout her career she has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with numerous internationally recognized composers including Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Ron Nelson and Don Grantham. The compositions generated by these collaborations have been acclaimed as being among the most significant works in the young band repertoire.
Mrs. Floyd enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, throughout the United States with engagements in over 20 states. She routinely serves as a conductor, clinician and presenter for the American Band College, Music for All Summer Symposium and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. Mrs. Floyd has conducted all-state bands in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina. She has served on the faculty of the U. of Texas Summer Middle School Band Camp since its founding in 1987. In 1998 she appeared as one of the first women guest conductors to stand before the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
In addition, in 2003, Mrs. Floyd was elected to the American Bandmasters’ Association. When elected she was only the fifth female member of this 225-member organization and the first middle school band director to be invited to ABA membership. In 2016, Mrs. Floyd was named a Yamaha Master Educator. As such she appears throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.