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, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, 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 5–12 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 three 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 four summers.

Under his direction, the Seaman Viking Jazz Ensemble I has been selected to perform at the KMEA Convention in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2014. 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. He also co-sponsored and assisted in directing two musical groups who toured and performed in seven countries across Europe.

During his 18-year tenure at Seaman, the Viking Marching Band has grown from 50 members in his first year to over 215 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 the Seaman band program in the fall of 2011. Under his direction, the Seaman percussion ensemble has been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in 2013 and 2014. The marching percussion section has received “Top Percussion” awards at the Neewollah Band Festival in 2011 and 2013, the Capital City Marching Festival in 2014 and 2015, as well as The Alamo Bowl Marching Festival in 2014.

Emory is a 2003 graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School. 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 drum line instructor. He has formerly held the position of Percussion Director at Blue Valley North High School and Newton High School (IA).

Emory’s primary instrument is percussion.

Anna Reb

Marching Director

(785) 221-1061

Anna Reb is entering her eighth year as a full-time music teacher in the Seaman District. She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade at West Indianola Elementary School, and is honored to serve as a marching and leadership director for the award-winning Seaman Marching Vikes!

Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2009 from Washburn University where she was named the 2009 Teacher of Promise. She then went on to graduate in 2014 from Kansas State University with a Master of Music.

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. Since then, her teams have taken home 8 top-place finishes for the state music memory competition. In 2015 Anna was awarded Teacher of the Year for Rochester Elementary, and was recognized by the North Topeka Rotary Club as an outstanding educator.

In addition to working at school, she volunteers her time as both the youth and adult choir director at Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Mozart.

Anna’s primary instruments are voice and trumpet.

David Liston

Viking Line Director

(785) 393-0058

David is a graduate of Washburn University, earning his bachelors degree in Percussion Performance and studying under Dr. Tom Morgan. While attending, he performed in every ensemble the school had to offer and served as drum major of the Marching Blues for four consecutive years under the direction of Keith Mallory. During his time in college, David’s professional career began by playing blues, country, hard rock, small-group and big-band jazz, and orchestral music throughout the midwest. In addition to performing live and in the studio, David has instructed at Seaman High School since 2012, at Lawrence High School since 2014, and has maintained a private studio at Supersonic Music since 2012. He has studied with Steve Riley, Dr. Tom Morgan, Dr. Christopher Kelts, Keith Mallory, Craig Treinen, Brandon Graves, and Todd Strait.

David has competed and toured internationally with the Fountain City Brass Band since 2010. He has taught at Washburn’s Total Percussion Camp since 2008 and was a member of the Washburn Percussion Collective from 2008–2010. He was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2006 and 2007.

David’s primary instrument is percussion.

Sarah Brinkley

Color Guard Coach

(913) 424-3105

Sarah Brinkley has taught in the Seaman district since 2012 as a K–6 general music teacher. She was named color guard coach in 2014. Sarah also serves as the Kansas Teacher Liaison for the Music Memory competition held each year at Kansas State University.

She received her BME from Kansas State University and MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Central Missouri. She is a former member of the Pride of Wildcat Land where she received honors for Music Instructor of the Year as well as Section of the Year.

Sarah’s primary instrument is voice.

Josie 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.