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High School Directors Contact Information

FAX Number: 903-669-0119

Mailing Address:
North Lamar High School

Att: Band
3130 N Main St.
Paris, Texas 75460

Austin Snow- Band Director

Elisha Tollefson-Assistant Band Director

Ryan Sheffield-Percussion

Zacharie Williams-Middle School  Band Director

Maigen Bussell-Middle School Band Director


I am excited to begin my 12th year of Music Education as the new Director of North Lamar ISDundefineds legendary band program. It is truly an honor and a privilege to join this team and become part of this wonderful community.  I am a Marine Corps veteran and graduate of Texas Wesleyan University. My Wife and I are coming up on 10 years of marriage this September and have two children ages 8 and 7. Before coming to North Lamar I served as the Associate Director of Bands for Anna ISD, Head Middle School Director for Denver City ISD, and Elementary Music Teacher for HEB ISD.

 recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors of Music. I spent my college career playing in various ensembles such as concert band, jazz band, marching band, and small ensembles. I marched in Drum Corp with the Casper Troopers in 2018 and 2019. Outside of band, I enjoy being out in nature, working on arts and craft kits, and taking care of my rabbit. I am excited to start my first year of Music Education as the new Assistant Band Director of North Lamar with their exceptional band program. I cannot wait to see this band program grow and be apart of the amazing legacy of this band and the school.


Ryan Sheffield - Percussion Director

Office Phone 903-737-2003 x 1031


1st Period - Conference

2nd Period - Stone MS Honor Band

3rd Period - Stone MS Symphonic Band

4th Period - Beginner Percussion Class


5th Period – Brass Class

6th Period - NLHS Symphonic Band

7th Period – Advisory

8th Period – NLHS Concert Band

9th Period – NLHS Percussion Class


Ryan Sheffield graduated from Canyon High School in 2016 in Canyon, Texas.  He then attended West Texas A&M University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2021. During his time at WTAMU, Mr. Sheffield also served as a part-time percussion technician and lesson teacher. His first position was at Caprock High School in Amarillo, Texas in fall 2016, where he worked as an instructor and arranger for the front ensemble. In 2017, he began his role as a percussion tech at Canyon High School in Canyon, Texas, where he stayed until December 2020. In that position, he also arranged marching percussion and sound design, managed all aspects of marching audio systems, and taught private percussion lessons. The following semester, he student taught at Ryan High School and Myers Middle School in Denton, Texas. Additionally, Mr. Sheffield performed on tour with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018 as a member of the front ensemble.


Mr. Sheffield has served on the North Lamar band staff since 2021 as the percussion director for the North Lamar High School and Frank Stone Middle School. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.


Mr. Sheffield has enjoyed the fruits of a highly-supportive family his entire life. His parents, a long-time band director and an accomplished piano teacher/color guard instructor, live in the metroplex and have mentored him to grow as a musician and a teacher. His younger sister is majoring in policy studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. In his free time, Mr. Sheffield enjoys playing music, composing, and playing video games with his friends. He has no pets, but he vicariously appreciates his parents’ miniature dachsund, Harvey.

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North Lamar High School
3130 N Main
Paris, Texas 75460
Phone: 903-737-2011