Robert Horton, President

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Dr. Bob Horton began teaching in the Fall of 1990. In May 2015, Bob was named Coordinator of Fine Arts for Conroe ISD. He is a 1990 Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Sam Houston, where he was a student of B.R. Henson. In May 2005, Bob earned a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in Conducting at Sam Houston State University, where he was a student of Dr. Allen Hightower. Bob completed his Doctoral degree in December 2012 in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University.

For 11 years, Bob was the head choir director of The Woodlands High School.  He led a choral program of over 250 students who comprised six performing choirs. Prior to this position, Bob taught at McCullough Junior High for 8 years, York Junior High for 4 years, and elementary music and intermediate Choir in Klein ISD for 2 years. The 1996 York Girls, 1998 McCullough Boys, and 2013 TWHS Varsity Treble Choirs were selected to be Invited Performing Choirs for the TMEA Convention.  In 2011 and 2014, The Woodlands HS Chamber Choir won the American Classics Madrigal Festival and presented Honor Concerts in 2012 and 2015. The TWHS varsity treble choir, conducted by Bob and his assistant Lynn Bull, was also selected to perform at Southwest American Choral Directors Association in March 2014. The York and McCullough, and Woodlands High School choirs under Bob’s direction have been awarded consistent sweepstakes trophies and named “Best in Class” at various festivals.

Bob had the privilege of serving the Region IX Junior High/Middle School division as its coordinator, and has twice served as High School Region Vocal Chair. In this capacity, Bob has also hosted Region Choir Weekend, Region Choir auditions, Solo and Ensemble for his school district, and UIL contest several times. Bob has been fortunate to be invited as a Region Choir Clinician for Middle School/Junior High School and High School in different regions across the state.  He has also served as a UIL adjudicator at all levels in 21 Regions around the state.  In addition to Texas, Bob has been invited to be a clinician and adjudicator in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Bob also served a two year term as the Middle School/Junior High Vice President, President of Texas Choral Directors Association, and is now Past President of Texas Choral Directors. In February of 2015, Bob was elected to the office of State Vocal Chair of TMEA. In 2017, Bob was elected to the President track of TMEA, where he will serve for three years. In addition to Bob’s school duties, he has served the Woodlands United Methodist Church since 1996 as a Music Associate. He and his wife Connie, a Junior High Choir director in CISD, have two children, who have both earned All-State Choir membership. Andrea is a music major at Baylor University and Ben is a music major at Texas Tech University.

Contact Information:

Conroe ISD
3205 West Davis
Conroe, TX 77304
rhorton@conroeisd.net


Joe Muñoz, President-Elect

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Joe Muñoz is in his third year as Director of Bands at Pearland High School and is in his twenty-third year as a music educator. Under his direction, the Pearland High School Band has been a Bands of America Regional Championship finalist, qualified for the UIL State Marching Band Contest, been selected a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Wind Band Honors Project and has consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes Award. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, at TMEA as Honor Full Orchestra, consistently qualified to the TMEA State Honor Band competition and been selected as “Best in Class” at national and state festivals.

Joe has served TMEA as Region Band Chair (17, 19), Area F Wind/Percussion Chair, Area F Honor Band Chair, and Clinic Presider and has served on various committees.

Joe is a graduate of University of Houston and has taught at Clear Lake High School, Oak Ridge High School and as an assistant director at The Woodlands High School prior to his current position. He is an active adjudicator and clinician. Professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority (Honorary Member). He is supported by his loving wife D’Juana and children, Alexandra, Jared and Lindsey.

Contact Information:

Pearland HS
3775 South Main St.
Pearland, TX 77581
munozj@pearlandisd.org


Andy Sealy, Past-President

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Andy Sealy is in his 15th year as Director of Bands at Hebron HS in Carrollton. Under his direction, the Hebron HS Band has been a consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winner, Bands of America Regional/Super Regional Finalist and Class Champion, and “Best in Class” Winner. The Hebron Wind Symphony was recognized as the TMEA 5A Honor Band for 2010–2011 and performed for the 2011 TMEA Convention/Clinic. The Hebron Wind Symphony also performed at the 64th and 70th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinics in 2010 and 2016. In 2018, the Hebron Wind Symphony performed for the 84th American Bandmasters Association National Convention. In addition, the Hebron HS Wind Symphony was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2012.

The Hebron Marching Band has earned six straight appearances in the UIL Texas State Marching Band Contest including Silver Medalist finishes in 2012, 2014, and 2016. The Hebron Marching Band received the Sudler Shield in 2011 and in 2014 was the Bands of America Grand Nationals 4A Class Champion and overall Bronze Medalist. In 2009, the Hebron Clarinet Choir performed at the 63rd Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. And, in 2014, all of the Hebron Large Chamber Ensembles performed at the 68th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Texas Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association selected the Hebron HS Band for their 2015 Outstanding Program Award.

Andy is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He maintains professional affiliations with TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Andy was awarded the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award in 2016.

Andy is happily married to Karen for 24 years. Karen is the Secondary Curriculum and Programs Director for the Lewisville IS. Karen and Andy reside in Frisco with their two rescue dogs Abby and Rosco.

Contact Information:

Hebron HS
4207 Plano Pkwy
Carrollton, TX, 75010-4205
sealya@lisd.net


John Carroll, Vice-President and Band Division Chair

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John Carroll is in his 22nd year as Associate Band Director at Permian HS and is in his 41st year as a proud Texas band director. He also serves as an adjunct percussion teacher at Odessa College.
Bands under his direction have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winners and have won several festival awards. Carroll also directs the jazz ensemble and is the percussion specialist at Permian HS and its cluster middle schools. During his tenure at Permian, the jazz band and the percussion groups, as well as the Concert Band 1, have won many honors.
Carroll has been the recipient of the Marcia Zoffuto Hero Award (named after the famed band director, who herself grew up at Permian HS) and the 2018 Permian HS Outstanding Master Teacher of the Year Award.
He has served as both the Region 6 Band Chair and President, as well as Area A/B Honor Band Listening Center Chair, clinic presider, clinician, and member of several TMEA and Phi Beta Mu committees. He has also served as the All-State Band Organizer and Percussion Organizer on numerous occasions.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University and West Texas A & M University, Carroll is a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Contact Information:

Permian HS
1800 E. 42nd St.
Odessa, TX 79762
John.Carroll@ectorcountyisd.org 


Brian Coatney, Vice-President and Orchestra Division Chair

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Brian Coatney, born in Arlington, Texas, began studying the cello privately at a young age of five. He continued his music studies throughout high school participating in Orchestra as well as playing percussion in numerous ensembles. After graduating from high school, Coatney pursued his music career at Northwestern State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.

In 2003, Coatney earned a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at James Madison University where he had the opportunity to study with Dr. Robert McCashin. Mr. Coatney joined the Klein High School fine arts program in 2003 as the assistant Orchestra Director as well as conducted the Houston Youth Symphony Sinfonietta Orchestra. Mr. Coatney joined the Plano Senior High School fine arts team in 2007 as the Director of Orchestral Studies. Coatney was recognized in 2008 with the TexASTA Marjorie Keller Young teacher of the Year award. He is a proud member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Director’s Association, Mu Omicron, and the professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.

Contact Information:

Plano ISD
1313 Mossvine Dr
Plano, TX 75023
214-690-8654

Brian.Coatney@pisd.edu

 


Derrick Brookins, Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair

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Derrick Brookins has professionally served students and parents in Texas choral music education since 1996. A native of Fort Worth, Brookins has completed, with honors, both undergraduate and some graduate work at the University of North Texas earning a bachelor’s of music education and a masters of secondary education/administration from Concordia University.

For 13 years, Brookins studied under and performed with world-renowned choral musician Moses Hogan. As a choral music performer, Brookins has performed on four continents and for several European royal families, and two U.S. Presidents. He is a highly sought after choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the U.S. Choirs under Mr. Brookins’s direction consistently receive Sweepstakes at UIL contest, have been named “Best in Class” at several choral festivals throughout the U.S., and have been invited to perform at several state and national conferences.

Mr. Brookins has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Williams HS (2000) and Plano Senior HS (2008.) He was also named as a finalist for Plano ISD Teacher of the Year, and has received the district’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008).

Mr. Brookins has served as Regional and Area Vocal Chair and as the organizer for a Texas All-State Choir. Brookins currently holds professional membership with TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, TMAA, the American Choristers Guild and has severed as Division Chair of Multicultural/Ethnic Choral Music for Southwest American Choral Directors Association.

Contact Information: 

2010 Wimbledon Dr.
Allen, TX 75013-3028

vocalvp@tmea.org


Casey Medlin, Vice-President and Elementary Division Chair

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Casey Medlin is currently the Music Specialist at Brazos Bend Elementary in Fort Bend ISD and has been teaching since 2007. She has taught in Louisiana and Texas. Medlin has served TMEA as a mentor, a presider, an Election Committee member, a concert organizer, and as an Elementary Chair for Region 13.

Other professional memberships include AOSA, TCDA, and SAI.

Medlin received her Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University in 2007 and her Orff Certification from AOSA in 2011. She plans to begin work on her Kodály Certification soon.

Casey currently lives near Sugar Land, TX with her spoiled dog, Grover.

 

Contact Information:

Casey Medlin
2215 Sandy Sea Rd.
Rosenberg, TX 77469

Casey.Medlin@fortbendisd.com

 


Vicki Baker, Vice-President and College Division Chair

 

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Vicki Baker currently serves as music education area coordinator at Texas Woman’s University where she teaches graduate courses in Music Education and undergraduate courses in Choral and Elementary Music Education, Women in Music, and supervises student teachers. She is a sponsor of the Pioneer Music Educators Association, TWU's student music education chapter. Dr. Baker’s research interests include retention of music educators, pre-service music teacher training, and gender and music. She has presented her research at state and national conferences and has published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, ChorTeach, Texas Music Education Research, Southwestern Musician, and Texas Sings. She serves on the editorial board of Applications of Research in Music Education. Dr. Baker has choral works published by RBC Music, BriLee Music Publishing Co., Shawnee Press, and Southern Music Company, and she composes pieces for the Texas University Interscholastic League Sight Reading Contest.

Professional memberships include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Conference, Society for Research in Music Education, and NAfME: National Association for Music Education. Baker is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda Kappa Omicron Chapter.

Dr. Baker was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Calallen HS in Corpus Christi. She received her bachelor’s degree and teacher certification from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, her master’s degree in music education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, and the PhD in Fine Arts with a concentration in music education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Her primary professor during her graduate studies in music education was Dr. Janice Killian.

Prior to her university work, Dr. Baker was a public school teacher in the Arlington, Corpus Christi, and Calallen school districts, teaching at the high school and middle school levels. Her choirs performed at a consistently high level, earning multiple UIL Sweepstakes awards. Dr. Baker received several teaching awards during her tenure as a secondary choral director, including Most Influential Educator and Teacher of the Year for her school district. Dr. Baker remains an active clinician and adjudicator across the state of Texas and is on the Active Choral list of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Her husband, Mark, is a high school choir director in Denton. Their son, Benjamin, resides in Austin and they share their home with their three rescue dogs, Sammie (Chihuahua), Millie (Catahoula cow dog), and Annabelle (Labrador mix).

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 425768
Denton, TX 76204
(940) 898-2724
VBaker@twu.edu