Meet the Directors
Mike Royer holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana as well as a Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona. Currently Mike serves as Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director in Sunnyvale ISD in Dallas, TX. In Sunnyvale, Royer directs the Jazz Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensembles, Latin Jazz Combo. From 2009-2014, Mike performed with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Bohuslav Rattay and the Lake Charles Civic Ballet. In 2013, Royer was a semi finalist for the Atlanta Symphony Modern Snare Drum Competition. From 2008-2010, he performed with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and received the Rookie of the Year award in 2008. From 2011-2012, Royer was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, achieving the Fred Sanford award for high percussion in 2011. During his time at McNeese, Mike was the percussion instructor at Sam Houston, Sulphur, and A. M. Barbe High School’s in the Lake Charles area and in 2013, worked as an undergraduate assistant with The Pride of McNeese Marching Band. Originally a Houston native, Royer continues to teach privately throughout Texas as well as around the country via skype. His Private studio is very succesful in the marching arts as every student has achieved a spot in a top 12 percussion ensemble this past summer of 2018. Mike joined the percussion staff at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2014, and serves on the percussion staff. Royer enjoys playing steel pan and has had many opportunities playing pan across the Gulf Coast at public and private events. In 2014, he had the opportunity to perform at the Miss USA Pageant reception in Baton Rouge, LA. Mike has also had the privilege of studying with world-renowned pan artist Andy Narell. Royer has been a featured Guest Artist at clinics and masterclasses across the US on Marching Percussion and enjoys getting out to adjudicate marching competitions in the Fall. Royer is a student of Dr. Lonny Benoit, Dr. Norman Weinberg and Chris Wabich.
Music is such a love and passion of mine - I am thrilled to be able to share this love with the kids in Sunnyvale ISD. I am excited to be part of the Sunnyvale Raider family as Head Band Director at Sunnyvale Middle School. I graduated from Hardin - Simmons University (Go COWBOYS!) in the year 2000 with a bachelors of music degree. After graduation I taught elementary music in Abilene, TX. From 2001 - 2004 I was the Assistant Band Director at Abilene High School. In 2004 my husband and I moved to the metroplex to start our family. When my girls were born I decided to stay at home and open my own private lesson studio. Through my private studio I was able to teach children and adults of all ages on piano and clarinet as well as teach masterclasses and private lessons in the Mesquite, Forney, and Sunnyvale school districts. My goal in teaching is to create an enjoyment of music for oneself, to help build confidence in the student through music, and encourage sharing this precious gift with others. My husband and I live in Forney, TX with our 3 daughters. My husband, Chris Adams, owns a physical therapy clinic in Forney and my girls are very involved in soccer, music and gymnastics. We are excited to be a part of the Raider Family! Go RAIDERS!