Andy Sealy, President

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Andy Sealy is in his 14th 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 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, International Clarinet Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Andy is happily married to Karen for 21 years. Karen is the Secondary Curriculum and Programs Director for the Lewisville ISD 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


Robert Horton, President-Elect

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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


Dinah Menger, Past-President

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Dinah Menger is the Director of Choral and Elementary Music for the Fort Worth Independent School District. She accepted this position on June 1, 2015 and has loved serving the Fort Worth Public Schools in advancing Fine Arts.

Before coming to Fort Worth ISD, she taught at Baylor University for 2 years. Her ensembles at Baylor included the Women’s Choir, the Chamber Singers, and the contemporary a cappella group “VirtuOSO”. This group advanced to the national competition in New York City in the highly competitive ICCA auditions. She also taught Music Appreciation and co-taught Conducting with Dr. Eric Wilson and Dr. Phil Obado. Before her appointment at Baylor, Dinah spent 18 years as the Director of Choral Activities at Arlington High School in Arlington ISD. Varsity choirs under her direction performed at the 2007 and 2013 national American Choral Directors Association Conventions and for the 2005 and 2009 Texas Music Educators Association Conventions. Her Arlington High Chamber Choir was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall by the Kurt Weill Foundation and this same choir won the 2010 Madrigal Festival in San Antonio. Her ensembles have toured Italy, Ireland, and Scotland. From 1986-1996, she was the Choirmaster at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas. Her duties there included directing 3 choirs and 2 handbell ensembles.

Dinah is currently the Immediate Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association and is the recent Past President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She is a past member of the Texas UIL Prescribed Music Committee. She has served Region 5 as the Vocal Chair on two separate occasions. She has been the TMEA Treble Choir Coordinator, TMEA Ballroom A Manager, Vocal Convention Coordinator, and the TMEA Vocal Vice President.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Texas State University. Dinah holds a Level 1 Kodaly Certification from Sam Houston State University. She was the recipient of the AWARE Foundation Secondary Teacher of the Year and was a featured director for the national Choir Director Magazine. She is a member of TMEA, TMAA, TMAC, ACDA, TCDA, NAfME, SAI, and PTA.

She has performed solo work for John Rutter, Sir John Nelson, and the late Roger Wagner as a member of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Oratorio Chorus. She spent 4 years as a professional commercial jingle singer for Wind Wheel Productions based in Tucson, Arizona. She is an active Region Clinician and adjudicates several times each year for the UIL Concert & Sight Reading contest.

She and her husband, Chris, have 3 grown children and 2 granddaughters.

Contact Information:
1305 Westcrest
Arlington, TX 76013
Phone: (817) 891-1095 
d.menger@sbcglobal.net

 


Joe Muñoz, Vice-President and Band Division Chair

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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


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. He currently serves on the faculty of Plano Senior HS as the Director of Choral Activities. 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:

Plano Senior High School 
2200 Independence PKWY
Plano, TX 75075

derrick.brookins@pisd.edu


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 Kodaly Certification soon.

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

 

Contact Information:

Casey Medlin
5555 Long Prairie Trace #618
Richmond, TX 77407

Casey.Medlin@fortbendisd.com

 


Si Millican, Vice-President and College Division Chair

 

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Si Millican currently serves as music education area coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teachers courses in Instrumental Music Education and works extensively with the Institute for Music Research. Millican’s research interests include essential knowledge and skills used by successful instrumental music teachers with a special interest in the teaching of beginning band. He is the author of Starting Out Right: Beginning Band Pedagogy published by Scarecrow Press. He has presented his research at state and national conferences and has published in The Instrumentalist, School Band & Orchestra, Bandmasters Review, American Music Teacher, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and The Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Dr. Millican was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Temple HS. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instrumental music education from the University of North Texas in Denton where he studied clarinet with Dr. John Scott and Dr. James Gillespie. His concentration at the University of North Texas was Instrumental Conducting where his primary instructors were Dr. Robert Winslow, Dennis Fisher, and Eugene Corporon.
Prior to his university work, Dr. Millican was a public school teacher in the Arlington, Lewisville, and Belton school districts teaching at the high school and middle school levels. His concert, marching, and jazz bands performed at a consistently high level. While at Lamar MS, the Symphonic Band was a Texas State Honor Band finalist twice. At Belton HS, the Marching 100 advanced to the State Marching Contest twice and finished as high as sixth place in class 4A.

Dr. Millican received a PhD in music education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. While at OU, Dr. Millican studied conducting with Dr. William K. Wakefield and worked extensively in the music education department with Dr. Michael Raiber and Dr. Nancy Barry.

Dr. Millican remains an active clinician and adjudicator across the state of Texas and is on the Active Concert Band list of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. His wife, Sherry, is a high school choir director in San Antonio. They have a son and a daughter in public schools in San Antonio, a cat named Elvis, and an enormous rescue dog named Roman.

Contact Information:

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-5334
si.millican@utsa.edu