Director of Bands
Amber Moore joined the Mann Band Staff as Director of Bands in 2019. Prior to her gaining the position at Mann, Mrs. Moore was the Associate Director of Bands at Rice Middle School in Plano, Texas. During her six year tenure at Rice, bands under her direction earned numerous UIL “Sweepstakes” awards as well as first-division and Best in Class recognition at several North Texas music festivals including the Peak Music Festival contest at the Eisemann Center and the Beach Within Reach contest in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Moore is a graduate of Greenwood High School in Midland where she was a four year ATSSB All State hornist, selected as a TSSEC outstanding soloist and was awarded the prestigious John Phillip Sousa award. She graduated Summa Cum
Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor of Music degree. During her time at SFA, Mrs. Moore participated in numerous ensembles and was named principal horn of the SFA Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines and SFA Opera Orchestra. She completed her Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree and Principals certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mrs. Moore’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in Texas and was an invited presenter on beginning French Horn pedagogy for the 2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Annual Convention in San Antonio.
Mrs. Moore lives in Abilene with her husband, Nathan, their daughter Evelyn, and their cats, Belle and Leah. She enjoys spending time with family, baking, and taking Disney vacations.
Associate Director of Bands
Emma Hoover joined the Mann Band Staff as Associate Director of Bands in 2019. Prior to gaining the position at Mann, Ms. Hoover was a private bassoon instructor in Keller ISD, a member of the East Texas Chamber Winds, and an active performer with the Longview Symphony Orchestra during the 16/17 and the 17/18 Seasons.
Ms. Hoover is a graduate of Keller High School where she gained membership in both the All Region and All Area Bands and marched cymbals on the Keller High School Drumline. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor of Music Degree with a minor in German. During her time at SFA, Ms. Hoover participated in numerous ensembles and was named co-principal bassoon and eventually principal of the SFA Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and the Orchestra of the Pines. Ms. Hoover was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel and perform with the SFA Wind Ensemble at their prestigious Texas Music Educators Associations Invited Performance in 2017.
Ms. Hoover’s professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Ms. Hoover lives in Abilene with her dogs Chewie and Nina. She enjoys baking, knitting, staying active through Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu, and her new role of being an aunt!
Associate Director of Bands, Abilene High School / Mann MS Beginning Clarinet
Alanna Curley joined the Abilene High School Band staff as Associate Director of Bands in 2021. Prior to gaining her position at AHS, Ms. Curley served as Associate Director of Bands at Craig Middle School in Abilene, TX. She graduated with honors from Abilene Christian University with her Bachelor of Music. During her time at ACU, she was a member of various university ensembles including principal clarinet of the Civic Orchestra of Abilene and the ACU Wind Ensemble for four years. She also had the pleasure of serving as Vice President of the Big Purple Marching Band for ACU. Prior to moving to Abilene, Ms. Curley graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2015. She is a member of several professional organisations including TMEA, TCTA, ICA, and Mu Phi Epsilon. While not at school, Ms. Curley enjoys traveling, hiking, lots of coffee, and games nights with loved ones.
Associate Director of Bands/Northside Percussion Director, Abilene High School
A proud product of Abilene ISD, Mr. Young graduated from AHS in 2016. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Abilene Christian University. During his time at ACU, Mr. Young performed with the Big Purple Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, the Fall Homecoming Pit Orchestra, ACU Opera, and the Abilene Civic Orchestra. Mr. Young served as the Battery Section Leader for the Big Purple Marching Band for three years where he received the Director’s Award and the Tops in Musicianship award. Mr. Young was also the recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Musician Award in 2020. Outside of the band hall, Mr. Young enjoys eating local food and listening to local music with his wife, Kayla.
Amber Moore, Director of Bands
325-672-8493 ext. 1272
Emma Hoover, Associate Director of Bands
325-672-8493 ext. 8438
Drew Young, Director of Percussion
Alanna Curley, Associate Director of Bands AHS
Mann Beginning Clarinet