Meet Your Directors
Director of Bands
Mr. Jedele is entering his 14th year as band director at Lake Travis Middle School and has been doing band his whole life. A child of an Air Force bandsman, Mr. Jedele has performed in a variety of ensembles ranging from polka bands to The University of Texas Longhorn band and everything in between. Currently, he plays trumpet in the Austin Symphonic Band. When is he is not performing or teaching, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family.
Stephanie M. Maletz
Ms. Maletz is originally from the quaint town of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin where she was a band director for several years before moving to Texas for graduate school. Recently, Ms. Maletz graduated with her Master’s of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At UTSA, she served as the graduate research assistant.
Ms. Maletz has also been recognized at her undergraduate alma mater as one of their Distinguished Young Alumni and has conducted the National Band Association: Wisconsin Chapter All-State Junior Honor Band.
In her free time, Ms. Maletz enjoys cooking, the outdoors, yoga, traveling, and teaching the front ensembles at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (Mobile, AL) and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (Dallas, TX).
Ms. Maletz is eager to join the Lake Travis Band Family!
Mr. Brightwell, a native of Beckville, TX, is a graduate of Northwestern State University, LA with a BA in Music Education and Music Theory. While under the studies of Kenneth H. Green, Caroline Beatty, and Bill Brent, he was Section Leader multiple years for the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Marching Drumline where he also acted as an arranger.
While under Mr. Brightwell’s direction since 2008, the Percussion section at Lake Travis also experienced many high achievements including 2012 PASIC Silver Medalists in the marching stand still division and winning “Best Snare Line” and “Best Cymbal Line”. In 2012, the LT Winter Drumline was the Scholastic Marching A Campion in the Texas Colorguard Circuit. In 2013 they were the WGI Houston Regional Champions and the Scholastic Marching Open Champions in TCGC. In 2014, the Winter Drumline finished 3rd place in the TCGC State Competition solidifying themselves as a consistent medalist in the circuit.
Mr. Brightwell is an active adjudicator and clinician in Texas and Louisiana for UIL, the Percussive Arts Society, and he is Educationally Endorsed by Innovative Percussion. \He has been an instructor all over TX since 2010 for “RATAMACAMP”, a series of Summer Percussion camps, beginner level – 8th grade with founder, Paul Garretson. It is here that he continues his pursuit of teaching and developing the young percussionist, one of his greatest passions. Associations include PAS, TBA, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Brightwell lives in the hill country of Austin, TX with his wife Hannah and their two dogs. He is honored to be a part of the Lake Travis Band family!