Seaman High School
Topeka, Kansas

Staff and Supporting Characters

Cary Stahly

Director of Bands

(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)

(785) 224-3843 (cell)

(785) 286-4355 (home)

Cary is the Director of Bands at Seaman High School. He enjoys teaching Jazz Ensembles I and II, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Composition Class, College Prep Music, and Music Theory. This is his 18th year with Seaman High School, and he is currently the Kansas State Jazz Chair.

Upon graduating with honors from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1993, Mr. Stahly spent five years as the Director of Bands for grades 5 through 12 in Hiawatha, Kansas. Under his direction, the Redskin Band program quadrupled in size and earned consistent first division ratings in both Marching and Concert Band.

In 1998, he was awarded the Kansas Band Directors Association “Outstanding Young Band Director of The Year.” Mr. Stahly was honored by his peers when he was named “Teacher of the Year” for the 2003–2004 academic year at Seaman High School. Mr. Stahly was named the “Outstanding High School Band Teacher of the Year” by the Northeast District of Kansas Music Educators Association (NEKMEA), in addition to being voted by the executive board as the “District Outstanding Music Educator” in the high school category for 2008–2009.

Mr. Stahly formerly served as the NEKMEA District Trumpet Chairperson for eight years and NEKMEA Jazz Chairperson for two years. He has adjudicated marching and concert bands in Kansas and Nebraska, and he has served as a clinician for jazz ensembles and concert bands, including the Kaw Valley Middle School Band Festival, the Oregon Trail League Honor Band, and the North Central Middle School Honor Band. Mr. Stahly also taught a Marching Band Technology class for band directors at the Hastings College Cavalcade of Performance Workshop in Hastings, Nebraska for several summers.

Under his direction, the Seaman Viking Jazz Ensemble I has been selected to perform at the KMEA Convention in 2011, as well as in 2004 and 2008. In addition to regional and state contests, Mr. Stahly has led bands in national competitions and parades in Kansas City, St. Louis, Winter Park, the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Orlando, and the New York City Veterans Day Parade in November 2010. He also co-sponsored and assisted in directing two musical groups who toured and performed in seven countries across Europe.

During his 15-year tenure at Seaman, the Viking Marching Band has grown from 50 members in his first year to over 200 members this year. Mr. Stahly and his wife, Diana, reside in North Topeka along with their two children.

Cary’s primary instrument is the trumpet.

Anna Kennedy

Assistant Director

(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)

(913) 530-8263 (Cell)

Anna Kennedy joined us in the fall of 2010. She is a graduate of Kansas State University, receiving both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in 2007 and 2010, respectively. While at K-State, Anna participated in and conducted numerous ensembles and had the opportunity to travel to Greece and the South Pacific with two of those ensembles. She was also a graduate student with the Kansas State University Marching Band and was privileged enough to teach and have her drill performed by such a great ensemble.

In addition to her assistant duties at Seaman High School, Anna teaches 5th and 6th grade Beginning Band along with Kindergarten music at North Fairview and Pleasant Hill.

Anna’s primary instrument is the French horn.

Emory Dease

Assistant Director

(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)

(913) 530-2932 (Cell)

Emory Dease joined us in the fall of 2011. He is a 2003 graduate of Blue Valley Northwest HS. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Central College, and more recently, his Masters of Music Performance from Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Emory served as the percussion graduate assistant and drumline instructor. He has formerly held the position of Percussion Director at Blue Valley North HS and Newton HS (IA).

Emory is also the Assistant Boys Golf Coach at Seaman High School.

Emory’s primary instrument is percussion.

Anna Reb

Marching Director

(785) 221-1061

Anna Reb is starting her seventh year teaching music in the Seaman District. She is currently at Rochester Grade School, where she teaches music for Kindergarten through 6th grade. While at Rochester, Anna has continued the tradition of the 5th and 6th grade chorus, taking them to sing for service organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Veterans Hospital, as well as many nursing homes across the Topeka area. The Seaman School district nominated Anna in 2010 for the Kansas Horizon award for first year teachers. In April of 2012, her 5th and 6th grade team won 1st place in a statewide music memory contest held at Kansas State University. After winning the competition, Anna and the team of 5th and 6th grade students were recognized by the Kansas State Senate. Senator Kelly introduced a Senate resolution in their honor on May 8, 2012.

Anna Graduated from Washburn University in May of 2009, and is currently working on her masters in Music Education from Kansas State University. While attending Washburn, Anna was named the 2009 Teacher of Promise.

Anna is in her 8th consecutive year working with the Seaman High School Marching band, where she serves as a marching assistant and leadership director, as well as a visual assistant for horn movements. In addition to working at school, she volunteers her time as a choir director for the youth at Calvary Lutheran Church, and is in her fifth year as the adult choir director.

Anna’s primary instrument is the trumpet.

David Liston

Viking Line Director

(785) 393-0058

David Liston is an area performer, teacher, and student. He plays regularly with several Topeka-area rock, blues, and country bands, in addition to performing with big bands and orchestras in the Kansas City area. David has performed with the Emmy Award-winning Washburn Orchestra, and has toured internationally with the North American championship-winning Fountain City Brass Band. He teaches at the locally-owned Supersonic Music, and is currently continuing his undergraduate studies in Percussion Performance at Washburn University, where he conducts the Marching Blues as their drum major.

David’s primary instrument is percussion.

Sarah Brinkley

Color Guard Coach

Sarah Brinkley is excited to be entering her fourth year of teaching in the Seaman school district, and her second year with the color guard. She received her BME in 2005 from Kansas State University and her MA in Choral Conducting in 2013 from the University of Central Missouri. Mrs. Brinkley taught for four years in the North Kansas City School District. Mrs. Brinkley is a former member of the K-State Marching Band, where she received honors as the Music Instructor of the Year as well as Section of the Year. Her primary instrument is voice.

Josie Price-Dease

Dance Team Coach

(785) 221-4162

Another graduate of Seaman High School, and former percussionist and Vikette, SHS is also pleased to welcome back Josie as director of the Viking drill team.

Ryan Simpson

Seaman Middle School Director

(785) 249-7045

Ryan joined USD 345 in 2005 as the band director at Northern Hills and Logan junior highs. He currently serves as the director of concert and jazz bands at Seaman Middle School, and heads the elementary band program. Ryan is a big fan of the greatest rock group of all time, ... Boston! ;)

Ryan’s primary instrument is the trumpet.