Anna Kennedy

Director of Bands
(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)
(913) 530-8263 (Cell)

Anna Kennedy joined us in the fall of 2010. She is a graduate of Kansas State University, receiving both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in 2007 and 2010, respectively. While at K-State, Anna participated in and conducted numerous ensembles and had the opportunity to travel to Greece and the South Pacific with two of those ensembles. She was also a graduate student with the Kansas State University Marching Band and was privileged enough to teach and have her drill performed by such a great ensemble.

In addition to her assistant duties at Seaman High School, Anna teaches 5th and 6th grade Beginning Band along with Kindergarten music at North Fairview and Pleasant Hill.

Emory Dease

Assistant Director
(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)
(913) 530-2932 (Cell)

Emory Dease joined the Seaman band program in the fall of 2011. Under his direction, the Seaman percussion ensemble has been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in 2013 and 2014. The marching percussion section has received “Top Percussion” awards at the Neewollah Band Festival in 2011 and 2013, the Capital City Marching Festival in 2014 and 2015, as well as The Alamo Bowl Marching Festival in 2014.

Emory is a 2003 graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Central College, and more recently, his Masters of Music Performance from Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Emory served as the percussion graduate assistant and drum line instructor. He has formerly held the position of Percussion Director at Blue Valley North High School and Newton High School (IA).

Cale Paquette 

Assistant Director
(785) 286-8310 ext. 313 (SHS)

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Anna Reb

Marching Director
(785) 221-1061

Anna Reb is entering her 13th year as a full-time music teacher in the Seaman District. She teaches at North Fairview Elementary School, and is honored to serve as a marching and leadership director for the award-winning Seaman Marching Vikes!

Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2009 from Washburn University where she was named the 2009 Teacher of Promise. She then went on to graduate in 2014 from Kansas State University with a Master of Music.

The Seaman School district nominated Anna in 2010 for the Kansas Horizon award for first year teachers. In April of 2012, her 5th and 6th grade team won 1st place in a statewide music memory contest held at Kansas State University. After winning the competition, Anna and the team of 5th and 6th grade students were recognized by the Kansas State Senate. Senator Kelly introduced a Senate resolution in their honor on May 8, 2012. Since then, her teams have taken home 8 top-place finishes for the state music memory competition. In 2015 Anna was awarded Teacher of the Year for Rochester Elementary, and was recognized by the North Topeka Rotary Club as an outstanding educator.

In addition to working at school, she volunteers her time as both the youth and adult choir director at Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Mozart.

Mark McKinley 

Viking Line Director

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Alyssa Schultz

Auxiliary Dance Team Coach

Alyssa is entering her third year at Seaman High as a social worker and will now begin her second season as Head Coach for the Auxiliary Dance Team. 

Originally from Paola, Kansas, Alyssa graduated from Emporia State University in 2012, dancing and marching on the ESU Stingers Dance Team during home football and basketball games. Also during this time, Alyssa danced for the Kansas Koyotes, performing at home arena football games for 3 years. Alyssa has additional experience coaching as she coached the Topeka High School Dance Team from 2016–2020. After finishing her masters in social work in 2019, Alyssa joined the Seaman District. Today, Alyssa is starting her 9th year teaching dance and 6th year as Competition Director at Fuzion School of Dance. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor; a program designed for individual learning differences. 

Alyssa is so excited to share her passion of dance with the Auxiliary Dance team, and is looking forward for all to come!

Isabel Grimes 

Assistant Auxiliary Dance Team Coach

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Cary Stahly

Seaman Middle School Director
(785) 224-3843 (cell)
(785) 286-4355 (home)

Cary is the Director of Bands at Seaman High School. He enjoys teaching Jazz Ensembles I and II, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, College Prep Music, and Music Theory. He joined Seaman High School in 1998, and is currently the Kansas State Jazz Chair.

Upon graduating with honors from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1993, Mr. Stahly spent five years as the Director of Bands for grades 5–12 in Hiawatha, Kansas. Under his direction, the Redskin Band program quadrupled in size and earned consistent first division ratings in both Marching and Concert Band.

In 1998, he was awarded the Kansas Band Directors Association “Outstanding Young Band Director of The Year.” Mr. Stahly was honored by his peers when he was named “Teacher of the Year” for the 2003–2004 academic year at Seaman High School. Mr. Stahly was named the “Outstanding High School Band Teacher of the Year” by the Northeast District of Kansas Music Educators Association (NEKMEA), in addition to being voted by the executive board as the “District Outstanding Music Educator” in the high school category for 2008–2009.

Mr. Stahly formerly served as the NEKMEA District Trumpet Chairperson for eight years and NEKMEA Jazz Chairperson for three years. He has adjudicated marching and concert bands in Kansas and Nebraska, and he has served as a clinician for jazz ensembles and concert bands, including the Kaw Valley Middle School Band Festival, the Oregon Trail League Honor Band, and the North Central Middle School Honor Band. Mr. Stahly also taught a Marching Band Technology class for band directors at the Hastings College Cavalcade of Performance Workshop in Hastings, Nebraska for four summers.

Under his direction, the Seaman Viking Jazz Ensemble I has been selected to perform at the KMEA Convention in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2014. In addition to regional and state contests, Mr. Stahly has led bands in national competitions and parades in Kansas City, St. Louis, Winter Park, the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Orlando, and the New York City Veterans Day Parade. He also co-sponsored and assisted in directing two musical groups who toured and performed in seven countries across Europe.

Mr. Stahly and his wife, Diana, reside in North Topeka along with their two children.