Executive Board

John Carroll, President

John Carroll is in his 26th year as Associate Band Director at Permian High School and is in his 44th year as a proud Texas band director. 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 High School) and the 2017 Permian HS Outstanding Master Teacher of the Year Award. He has also received the Texas Bandmasters Meritorious Achievement Award in 2018,

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. From 2018-2020, Carroll was the State Band Vice-President for TMEA.

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

Contact Information:

Permian HS
1800 E. 42nd St.
Odessa, TX 79762

Michael Stringer, President-Elect

Michael Stringer is the Director of Performing Arts for the Irving Independent School District in Irving, 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 moved into fine arts administration in 2017 and served as a coordinator and assistant director in Arlington ISD before moving to Irving ISD.  Michael 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

Brian Coatney, Past-President

Brian Coatney, born in Arlington, Texas, began studying the cello privately at a young age of five.  He continued his music studies through out 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.  During his tenure, the Plano Senior Orchestra continued its long tradition of success earning multiple Sweepstakes awards at UIL, Best in Class awards at national music competitions, and performed at the prestigious Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Plano Senior High Symphony Orchestra was chosen as the Honor Full Orchestra three times under Coatney’s direction in 2008, 2011 and most recently, 2014. In 2020, Coatney joined the Wylie ISD fine arts team as the director of orchestras at Wylie High School. The program has only been in existence for three years and Coatney is excited about the program growing and accomplishing performances that inspire audiences. 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, Mu Omicron, and the professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.

Contact Information:

Wylie ISD
2550 West FM 544
Wylie, TX 75098

Dana Pradervand, Vice-President and Band Division Chair

Dana Pradervand has been a Texas band director for over 30 years and is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Department Chair of Applied Faculty at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. She was previously the Director of Bands at Oak Ridge HS in Conroe.  During her six-year tenure, the band received numerous awards including 2nd runner-up in the 6A Honor Band Competition, UIL State Marching Contest qualifier and a National Wind Band Honoree.

Dana began her teaching career in Lubbock, as the Assistant Band Director at Monterey HS. She moved to San Antonio in 1992 to become the Director of Bands at Wood MS and later the Director of Bands at Judson HS. These bands were TMEA Honor Band finalists, performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and the National Youth Concert in Carnegie Hall.  Before moving to Houston, Dana was the Director of Bands and Instrumental Coordinator for New Braunfels ISD. Dana is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters of Music Performance degree.

Contact Information:

8226 Lakeshore Villa Dr.
Humble, TX 77346
Bus: (713) 743-3627
Cell: (210) 364-6008

Ann G. Smith, Vice-President and Orchestra Division Chair

Ann G. Smith, born in Troy, Ohio, began playing the violin in the seventh grade. In addition to playing in her high school orchestra. She was also a member of the school band. After graduating from high school, Smith pursued her musical career at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. In 2010, Ann completed her work on her Masters of Music Education and Performance Certificate in Conducting under the direction of Dr. Clifton Evans.

Ann is in her seventh year as Director of Orchestras at Plano East Senior High School. Previous positions include: Director of Orchestras at Flower Mound High School, Director of Orchestras Paschal High School, and Assistant Orchestra Director Martin High School. Since beginning her career in 1994, her orchestras have earned UIL “Sweepstakes” Ratings, Best in Class Awards at National Festival, TMEA Honor Orchestra Finalist, String and Full Orchestra, and performed at The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference, 2013.

Ann holds memberships in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Mu Omicron. She has served as region orchestra chair, region orchestra secretary, region vice-president, UIL PML New Music Selection Committee (chair), and is currently on the TMAA Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices.

Contact information:

Ann G. Smith
Bus: (469) 752-9237
Cell: (817) 821-6480

Jesse Cannon, II, Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair

Jesse Cannon II began teaching in 2011 and is currently the Director of Choral Activities/Secondary Choral Coordinator at Duncanville High School. Mr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters in Music Education with an Emphasis in Choral Conducting from Mississippi State University.

He has served in various capacities in Region 20, most recently as Vocal Chair and President, and has been a member of several TMEA committees. He has also served as the Southwest ACDA Repertoire & Resources Chair for High School Mixed Choirs. He has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships for study and arts advocacy initiatives.

Under his direction, choirs have consistently earned superior ratings at regional and state contests, have been named Overall Outstanding and Grand Champion in choral competitions throughout Texas, and have rapidly expanded in enrollment to become one of the largest choral programs in the area. The Duncanville A Cappella Men’s Choir was invited to perform at the American Choral Director’s Association 2021 National Conference.

He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Contact Information:

900 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Duncanville, TX 75116
(972) 708-3764

Katherine Johns, Vice-President and Elementary Division Chair

Katherine Johns is currently the Music Specialist at Floresville South Elementary School in Floresville ISD where she has been teaching since 1998. She is currently teaching PreK 3 through fifth grade music classes and an after-school choir for fourth and fifth graders. She holds a bachelor’s degree in All Level Music Education from Stephen F. Austin University. In 1997, she attended Orff training at SMU with Julie Scott. She began her Kodály training in 1998 finishing her levels and Master’s in Music Education in 2000 from Texas State University. She later returned to work for the Kodály Certification Program at Texas State for many years as an assistant program director. In 1999, she helped Kodály Educators of Texas move the chapter newsletter to an online version and was elected to the roles of Vice-President and then President of the organization. Prior to her election to the TMEA Executive Board, Katherine served as the elementary representative for TMEA Region 12 and as an area mentor coordinator for TMEA.

Contact Information:

Katherine Johns
116 Oaklawn Dr.
Floresville, TX 78114

Paul Sikes, Vice-President and College Division Chair

Paul Sikes is currently Director of Fine Arts for the Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District in the DFW area. As such, he oversees the K-12 fine arts program for the district. Prior to that, Sikes was Associate Professor of Music at Texas Wesleyan University, in Fort Worth. While there, he led the University Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Strings, and was head of the music education area. Prior to Texas Wesleyan, he was the Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University where he led the orchestra program, directed concert bands, and helped with the administration of the department. A longtime Texas music educator, Sikes has taught band and orchestra students through every level, from beginners through university, across the state. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Texas Tech University, his Master of Music in Conducting from Baylor University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Houston.

Contact Information:

8554 Kensington Ct.
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
(817) 531-4971