Edward Odeh, Band Director
Edward Odeh is currently in his third year as Band Director at Dulles Middle School. Mr. Odeh teaches the Honor Band, beginning brass and percussion classes, and assists with the Symphonic Band. Under his leadership, the Dulles Middle School Band continues its long tradition of musical excellence, earning UIL Sweepstakes Awards, “Best in Class” at the 2019 Tompkins High School Falcon Fest, and advancing to the area level in the TMEA Honor Band competition. Previously, Mr. Odeh spent nine years as Assistant Band Director at Sartartia Middle School where he conducted the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, assisted with the Wind Ensemble, and taught beginner brass and percussion classes. During his tenure, the band program at Sartartia Middle School experienced great success. He led his Symphonic Band students to consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards, 1st division ratings at local festivals, and multiple “Best in Class” awards at Director’s Choice Showcase of Music festivals.
Mr. Odeh’s passion for music began in Baytown, TX when he was introduced to the trumpet in his middle school band program. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University in 2008. There he studied trumpet under Professor Wiff Rudd and jazz under Professor Alex Parker. At Baylor, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and the Golden Wave Marching Band. Mr. Odeh continued his education earning a Master’s of Educational Administration from the University of Houston-Victoria in 2015. Mr. Odeh is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Band Masters Association.
Mr. Odeh lives in Missouri City with his wife, Holly, and daughters, Sydney and Samantha. His hobbies include woodworking and exploring the outdoors. He loves spending time with his family and is grateful for their love and support of his passion to be a music educator.
Tiffany Ye, Assistant Band Director
Tiffany Ye is a native of Sugar Land, Texas, and a proud product of Fort Bend ISD. She is thrilled to be back on her old stomping grounds as she enters her third year teaching at Dulles Middle School! Ms. Ye teaches the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, beginning woodwind classes, and assists with the Honor Band.
Her love of music and ambition to become a band director began at Fort Settlement Middle School. She graduated from Clements High School, then went on to Stephen F. Austin State University, where she received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2014 and graduated magna cum laude. While at SFA, she was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, and the Lumberjack Marching Band.
Ms. Ye went on to study at Boston University, where she earned a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance. At BU, she was a member of the clarinet section of the Boston University Wind Ensemble, Boston University Orchestra/Opera, and performed with various small chamber groups, as well as playing as a guest musician for the All-Campus Symphony Orchestra.
Ms.Ye also plays in the Sugar Land Winds, who recently performed at the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the British Isles Music Festival as one of five clarinetists from around the world studying with Mark Van de Wiel, Principal Clarinetist with the London Philharmonia. She has also studied with Thomas LeGrand, Associate Principal Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Ayer, Professor of Clarinet at Stephen F. Austin State University, Barnaby Robson, Principal Clarinetist of the English National Opera, and David Martins, Member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Music Director of the Wind Ensemble, and Professor of Clarinet at Boston University.
Ms. Ye is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda: National Music Honor Society, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
Ms. Ye’s hobbies include traveling, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, building legos, and dreaming about one day owning a corgi.
Arnel Dayrit, Director of Percussion/Assistant Director of Bands, Dulles High School
Arnel Dayrit is a native Houstonian. He is a graduate of Pasadena High School and the University of Houston, graduating in 2011 with his Bachelors. While at the University of Houston, Arnel was a part of the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band and the Moores School Percussion Ensemble. He has performed at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), CMEA (Colorado Music Educators Association) and WGI (Winter Guard International). Arnel has been an adjunct band director, private teacher and drum line technician for several schools throughout the area, including: Pasadena High School, La Porte High School, Lamar High School, Westbrook Intermediate and most recently Clear Lake High School. Under Arnel’s direction, the Clear Lake High School Drum line won best percussion at multiple competitions. Arnel has been with the Dulles Cluster since 2013.