Cynthia Lansford is a 1976 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from East Texas State University. She taught both at the middle and high school level in Birdville ISD, Plano ISD, and Goose Creek Consolidated ISD. Ms. Lansford was named “Teacher of the Year” both at Carpenter Middle School and North Ridge Middle School. She served on the Texas U. I. L. Prescribed Music List selection committee and frequently served her regions in leadership positions.
Bands under her direction have received recognition at the local, state, and national levels. North Ridge MiddleSchool (BISD) was the first band recognized by TBA as an Exemplary Program. They performed at the 2005 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 2008 Ms. Lansford received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association. Ms. Lansford retired from public school teaching in 2007; she is currently doing freelance work as a band consultant/clinician, mentor to young teachers, and adjudicator/clinician for contests and festivals all the way from Alaska to Georgia, and many places in between.
Honor bands conducted include too many regional bands to count as well as all-state bands in both Arkansas and Georgia. Ms. Lansford is a Past President of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and serves on the Hall of Fame Committee for Alpha Chapter. She was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2021 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Phi Beta Mu International.