Joe Muñoz, President

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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

Brian Coatney, President-Elect

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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

Robert Horton, Past-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

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 

Michael Stringer, Vice-President and Orchestra Division Chair

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Michael Stringer is the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas. Mr. Stringer holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Mr. Stringer began his career in 2000, launching the orchestra program for Midway ISD in Waco. In 2006, Stringer moved to Martin HS, where the Symphony Orchestra was a finalist of the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition eleven times, was named the 2015 TMEA HS String Honor Orchestra and 2017 TMEA HS Full Honor Orchestra. Additionally, in 2017 the Martin High School Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at the 71st annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Stringer was awarded the prestigious AWARE Award for Educational Excellence in 2014 by the Arlington AWARE Foundation.

Mr. Stringer holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Mu Omicron, Texas Music Administrators Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Michael has a wonderful wife, Sara, and two beautiful children, Matthew and Kari. In his spare time, he enjoys attending all of Matthew’s violin and choir events and feeding Kari all the foods she shouldn’t eat.

Contact Information:

3511 Lake Champlain Dr.
Arlington, TX 76016-3502


Jed Ragsdale, Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair


Jed Ragsdale is in his twenty-first year of teaching and is currently in year three as the Head Choir Director of the Tomball Memorial High School Wildcat Choir Program. Prior to teaching at TMHS, Jed taught in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District for 18 years. Choirs under Jed’s direction have performed at TMEA, consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL, earned Best-in-Class honors at state and national competitions, performed at various invitationals, and in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Jed is a frequent choir clinician and adjudicator and has conducted over 40 high school and middle school All-Region and Festival Choirs throughout Texas. He has served the Texas Music Educators’ Association in many capacities such as All-State Mixed Choir Organizer, Vocal Division Clinic Coordinator, Area E Chair, Area F Chair, Region 27 Vocal Division Chair, All-State Choir Section Leader, TMEA Facilities Chair, TCDA Hospitality Chair and TCDA Ways and Means Committee.

Jed received a Bachelor of Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, studying with Dr. Kenny Sheppard, and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. He, his wife, Vanessa and their children Avery and Aidan, reside in Cypress, Texas.


Contact Information: 

22019 Silver Blueberry Trail
Cypress, TX 77433-6579
281-357-3230 x1106

Abigail Hawes, Vice-President and Elementary Division Chair

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Abigail Hawes is currently the Music Specialist at Moore Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and has been teaching since 2004. She holds both a Master of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.

Prior to her election to the executive board, Abigail served Region 27 as Elementary Region Chair. Together with other Houston-area regions, she co-hosted numerous workshops featuring nationally known clinicians. A founding committee member of the 2015 Music and Technology Conference of Houston (MATCH), Abigail also served as a coordinator for MATCH in 2017. She has also served TMEA at convention in a variety of capacities including office volunteer, clinic presider, and on various committees.

She is a member of TMEA, NAfME, OAKE, KET and her additional professional affiliations include Delta Kappa Gamma and Sigma Alpha Iota.


Contact Information:

Abigail Hawes
2323 Eldridge Parkway #134
Houston, TX 77077


Vicki Baker, Vice-President and College Division Chair



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