Director of Bands
Mr.Dan Plybon is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and has spent the majority of his life in the surrounding areas. Mr. Plybon began his musical studies in Salem City public schools where he played trombone from middle school through high school.
Mr. Pylbon ’s high school band director, Dennis Reaser, provided Mr. Plybon the grounds for his influence and outlook on his present career. Mr. Plybon continued his music education at Radford University where he studied percussion with Mr. Al Wojtera and earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education. During his time at Radford, Mr. Plybon was a freelance jazz musician. As a local jazz player, Mr. Plybon had the opportunity to work with many local players such as Cyrus Pace, Flip Shoemaker, Dylan Locke, Chip McNeale, and others.
Once finishing his studies at RU, Mr. Plybon worked in Pittsylvania County as the band director at Gretna High School and Middle School for five years. Mr. Plybon currently is working as a band director in Roanoke County at William Byrd High School since 2006.
Mr. Plybon is also the current choir director for Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church. He has enjoyed his position since 2006. The mentors that have helped shape Mr. Plybon ’s outlook on music education are many however, Dennis Reaser, Barry Tucker, Al Wojtera, and Agnus Downie will all have a lifelong impact. Many Thanks!
Assistant Director of Bands
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 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.
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.