Director of Bands

Daniel Plybon

Mr. Dan Plybon is a native of the Roanoke Valley and has been the band director for William Byrd High School since the fall of 2007.  Dan received his high school diploma from Salem City public schools, an Associate’s degree from Virginia Western Community College, and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Radford University.  

Dan’s high school band director, Dennis Reaser, provided him the foundation and the love of music that continues to inspire his development as an educator.

Dan is a member of Phi Mu Alpha and the National Music Educators Association. He is also an active musician with the Roanoke Valley Community Band, and is Minister of Music at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church.  

The mentors that have helped shape Dan’s outlook on music education are many however,  Dennis Reaser, Barry Tucker, Al Wojtera, and Agnus Downie will all have a lifelong impact.  

Assistant Director of Bands

Denise Aspell

Ms. Aspell is al alumna of William Byrd High School and Virginia Tech. Her bands have consistently reached great success while teaching at Floyd County High School, Franklin County High School, Staunton River Middle School and now William Byrd Middle School. Ms. Aspell resides in Vinton with her favorite dog Bailey.

Director of Percussion

Rob Curtin

Rob Curtin has been involved in music for over 25 years. An accomplished drummer and musician, Mr. Curtin has played in numerous groups, including Winds of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke Valley Community Band, and Uncle Jimmy Band of Wilmington, DE.

Currently, Mr. Curtin is a drummer for Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums, local rock band Radio Rehab, and Roanoke’s favorite Police tribute band, The Heat: A Tribute to the Police.

Mr. Curtin has worked with the WBHS Drumline since 2013, drawing from his experience as the Drumline Captain at Virginia Tech and 2003 Drumline member of Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.

Colorguard Director

Jessica Curtin

Jessica Curtin has been involved in music for over 20 years. She can play many instruments, but her primary instrument is trumpet. Mrs. Curtin was involved in marching band through her middle, high school, and college careers.

Locally, Mrs. Curtin has played with Winds of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke Valley Community Band, and the Let’s Dance Jazz Band. Mrs. Curtin has been tagging along to WBHS Marching Terriers since her husband became Drumline Instructor in 2013, and she joined us as Color Guard Coach in the 2017-2018 marching season.

When Mrs. Curtin isn’t at WBHS for marching band, she works as a social worker, is obsessed with the Pure Barre workout studio, and enjoys spending time with her dogs, Lily Jane and Maisie.

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