Brooklyn Darby graduated from Mustang High School in 2018 where she was heavily involved in Theatre and Colorguard. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in December of 2022 with a BA in Design and Technological Theater as well as a BA in Psychology. Her latest Stage Managing credit includes the recent University production of A Year with Frog and Toad (Theatre for Young Audiences). Her most recent professional credit was assistant stage managing on the 85th anniversary of The Lost Colony. She is excited to join the Mustang Performing Arts Team.
Logan Gorrell studied Jazz Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma from his junior year of high school in 2013 until January 2019, and has had a passion for music since a very young age. Drawing inspiration from jazz musicians in the Oklahoma City Metro, many years of notable guest artists at the UCO Jazz Lab, and of course recordings of many jazz legends, Logan quickly developed a mature vocabulary and now enjoys many professional playing opportunities - notably including concerts with the OKC Jazz Orchestra, the Edmond Jazz Orchestra, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and his own groups that perform throughout Oklahoma. He was a three year member of the Oklahoma All-State Jazz Ensemble, was a finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Grammy Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Bands of America, and while still a senior in high school concurrently enrolled was one of only three prep students to ever earn a chair in UCO's Jazz Ensemble 1. Logan recently earned a job playing music with Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines in April 2019, and will be enjoying traveling throughout the Caribbean and Europe while playing his saxophone full time!
Garrison Brown is an Oklahoma City based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer. He works with many bands and artists from Oklahoma including Matt Stansberry & The Romance, Chelsey Cope, Jason Young, Adam Ledbetter, Vonna Pearl, Chair Model, and many more. Garrison’s work with these artists has led to countless projects and collaborations around the country.
While attending Mustang, Garrison was involved in the band program from middle school through high school. He performed with concert bands, jazz bands, and the Nightrider Marching Band. During this time he was a member of the all state jazz band all from 2013-2015, and in 2015 was a state jazz champion in the small group division alongside Logan Gorrell & Colten Dean. After graduating in 2015, Garrison went on to study jazz and trumpet performance at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Since then, Garrison has recorded on many records and performed around the world. In 2016 he recorded with The Romance for PBS Sun Sessions at the Legendary Sun Studio (Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash) as well as Ardent Studios, both in Memphis, Tennessee. As a side man, he has performed with Sean Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Gary Busey. In 2017, Garrison had the honor of performing the Beethoven Mass at the re-opening of the Waldsassen Basilica in Germany, where Beethoven himself conducted the same music. He has performed twice at the historic Monterey Jazz Festival.
Garrison currently lives in Oklahoma City working as a full time musician, producer, and arranger. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing and enjoying sunshine on a beach. Much of his career he owes to his supportive parents, Belinda Watson, the Mustang Band Staff, and God.
Ty is originally from Mustang, Oklahoma. He's most recently been seen in LINDIWE (world premiere) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, AN ILIAD at American Players Theatre, and can be caught on screen in the upcoming SURINA & MEL (COMEDY CENTRAL) and Season 5 of SEARCH PARTY (HBO MAX). Other TV/Film credits include: Secrets of Psychopath, Home Run (both available on DVD and Netflix), Hollis (Amazon), Dancing in the Chamber (nominated for Best Actor at Trail Dance Film Festival) and Bob Dylan’s interactive music video to Like a Rolling Stone (TIME Magazine Video of the Year). Other theatre credits include: 3 seasons at American Players Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Writers Theatre. He has a BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. Outside of the industry, Ty is a mountaineering enthusiast, musician, and dog-dad to his rescue pup, Laverne.
Sean Gold graduated from Mustang High school in 2009. While at Mustang he performed in the Nightrider Marching Band, the Mustang Wind Ensemble, and the “E” Jazz Band on tuba and bass trombone. After graduating he attended Oklahoma City University (OKCU) where he received his bachelors in Music Education in 2013. Next he attended the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) where he received his master’s in Tuba Performance in 2017.
During his time in college Sean had the distinct honor to perform for major events such as the National Prayer Service for the families in Moore after the devastating tornado in 2013. He played tuba for recordings of Martin Mailman’s concert music distributed through the publishing company. He helped to restart the Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Music Fraternity at OKCU. He also helped restart, and was President, of the Collegiate Oklahoma Music Educators Association Chapter at OKCU. He has also competed in the Mock Orchestral and Solo Competitions at the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences. He has performed with the Frontier Brass Band at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Convention (OBA).
In 2017 Sean became Assistant Director of Bands at Berryhill Public Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Berryhill program has seen great success over the years in Marching, Concert, and Jazz band including the time that Sean has taught there. He enjoys his duties of working with the beginner brass students and the middle school band program. He has begun chamber programs with brass and woodwind ensembles who have received superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests. Sean’s mentors will always be the band staff at Mustang Public Schools when he was in school: Ryan Edgmon, Brad Harrison, Tom Mangus, Bryan Myers, Mary Jo Sharp, Roger Sharp, Steve Sharp, and Belinda Watson.
Josh Batty has had a wild, twisty career in the arts since graduating from MHS. Following high school, he earned his Bachelor's of Music Education at the University of Oklahoma, and subsequently worked as a high school and middle school band director in the OKC metro area for four years. Though he enjoyed his time teaching band and AP Music Theory, he especially appreciated every opportunity to stay involved in his true passion: theatre. After many summers directing shows at Oklahoma Children's Theatre in OKC, and being involved with productions at the various schools where he was employed, Josh decided to make the move to New York City and pursue an MA in Educational Theatre at New York University. After a couple of years of living in Brooklyn, teaching band and musical theatre part-time at schools in lower Manhattan, acting and directing in several collegiate productions, and receiving his Master's degree from NYU, he moved with his wife and two cats to Dallas, TX, where he currently works as a theatre teaching artist and actor.
Megan graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a degree in Music Education. She is currently a band director for Stillwater Public Schools in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Megan teaches beginning clarinet, 8th grade band, and assists with high school marching band and concert bands. In 2017, she was selected as the OKMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator of the year. In 2017, her 8th grade band was also selected as an OKMEA Honor Group at the OKMEA state convention. Her bands have consistently received superior ratings at OSSAA concert band contests. Megan has had numerous private clarinet students named to All-Region and All-State bands. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in Oklahoma and is a National Board Certified teacher. She lives at home in Stillwater with her husband, Justin, and her three step-sons, Noah, Cooper, and Louis.
Kat Knutson has completed her 8th year of teaching. She spent one year teaching music with the Yukon School District (2011-2012) and is going in her 8th year at Broodmoore Elementary in Moore (2012-current).
Mrs. Knutson completed her degree in Vocal Music Education at the University of Central Oklahoma in December 2010, and in July of 2014, she earned her National Kodály Certification. Mrs. Knutson had also enjoyed many years as a professional singer with The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (2009-2015).
Students at Broadmoore are given many opportunities to grow as musicicans with various choral and instrumental experiences. Alongside percussive Orff instruments and recorders, our 6th graders enter a beginning guitar unit in the spring semester. In 2015, Mrs. Knutson wrote a grant for a classroom set of guitars and was ecstatic when Cox Charities selected her grant.
In the Fall, students are given the opportunity to join the Bobcat Singers show choir. Select students rehearse twice a week, an hour before school is in session, and have 3-4 performances including Hospitals, Nursing Homes, the local Rotary Club, and of course, for their school. In the Spring, students are given the opportunity to perform in the Moore Music Fest, where Mrs. Knutson has finished her 3rd year as a co-clinician/conductor.
Trombonist Staff Sergeant Russell Sharp joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2017. Staff Sgt. Sharp began his musical instruction on trombone at age 11 and graduated in 2001 from Mustang High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2006 where he studied with Dr. Kent Kidwell, retired principal trombone with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In 2007, he earned a master’s degree in trombone performance from Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music. He has also studied with Lee Rogers, principal trombone with the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the band, he was the principal trombone with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md., from 2007-16. He was also a substitute with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra in Washington, D.C.; the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania; the Oklahoma City Philharmonic; and the Annapolis Symphony in Maryland. Staff Sgt. Sharp performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour.
Greg Mangus is currently the band director at Edmond North High School where he oversees the high school program and assists with the middle school bands. Mr. Mangus is in his second year at Edmond North and also previously taught for four years at Mustang and within the Westmoore and Moore programs before that. Ensembles under his direction have consistently earned Superior Ratings and Sweepstakes in marching and concert band, consistently been a finalist at the 6A OBA marching contest and appeared as BOA Regional finalists. The Edmond North Wind Ensemble will perform at the 2019 Music For All National Festival as a featured ensemble. Mr. Mangus holds degrees in music from the University of Central Oklahoma and has completed graduate work at Oklahoma State University where he is a conducting student of Dr. Joseph Missal.
Mr. Mangus is an active clinician and marching band designer for schools throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Current and former clients include Westmoore, Moore, Mustang, Guthrie and numerous other schools. Designs by Mr. Mangus consistently achieve OBA finals, OSSAA Superior Ratings, UIL Superior Ratings and Bands of America Regional finals placements. He is also a developing arranger for chamber ensembles and is the arranger for the current National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Champion Oklahoma State University Trumpet ensemble. Mr. Mangus is a member of OMEA, OBA and the Phi Beta Mu Honor fraternity. He was chosen as the 2012 Phi Beta Mu Oklahoma Young Bandmaster of the Year.
Ryan Edgmon is proud to serve as Director of Bands for Mustang Public Schools in Mustang, Oklahoma. Mr. Edgmon completed his degree in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and is Director of Bands for Mustang Public Schools. Edgmon previously served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Sapulpa High School (2008-2010) and at Mustang North Middle School (2005-2008).
Marching and Concert ensembles under Edgmon’s direction consistently experience success both musically and competitively. The marching band was selected as a Bands of America Super Regional finalist in 2015 and was selected as a Semi-Finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2018. Three ensembles under Edgmon’s direction have been featured at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention: Jazz Ensemble 1 (2012), Wind Ensemble (2015 & 2019). The Wind Ensemble also performed as an invited ensemble at the 2016 Music for All National Concert Band Festival.
Mr. Edgmon is a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Jazz Educators Network, National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity. Mr. Edgmon has served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer for Winterguard and Percussion of Oklahoma and has also completed a four-year term as chairperson and coordinator for the Oklahoma All-State Bands.
Dr. Ryan Sharp is currently Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Oklahoma, Principal Trumpet with the Edmond Chamber Orchestra and Soprano Cornetist of the Fountain City Brass Band, Kansas CIty, KS. Ryan is a 1994 graduate of Mustang High School. Ryan enjoys an active performing schedule including recent performances with the Kansas City Symphony, Mahlerfest Symphony Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bobby Watson and the 18th Vine Big Band, the Temptations, Clark Terry, as well as numerous regional orchestras, big bands and salsa bands. In addition to live performances, Ryan has recorded with many gospel artists such as Natalie Grant, Clint Brown, Myron Butler & Levi and Marcus Cole. In 2005, Ryan had the opportunity to record on Marvin Sapp’s Grammy nominated album Be Exalted. From January 2003 to July 2005 Ryan was the lead trumpeter of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus performing across the United States and Mexico for over 15 million people. He has performed in concerts, festivals and masterclasses in Greece, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland and Japan.