Dana Pradervand-Sedatole, President
Dana Pradervand-Sedatole 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.
8226 Lakeshore Villa Dr.
Humble, TX 77346
Bus: (713) 743-3627
Cell: (210) 364-6008
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.
3511 Lake Champlain Dr.
Arlington, TX 76016-3502
Jesse Cannon II is currently the Director of Vocal and Elementary Music in Fort Worth ISD. Prior to Fort Worth, he was the Director of Choirs in Duncanville ISD. 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 is currently the Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). He also served in various capacities on the local, state, and national level including TMEA Region 20 President, Vocal Chair, and Vocal Secretary and the American Choral Directors Association (Southwest ACDA Repertoire & Resources Chair for High School Mixed Choirs). He is also a member of the Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. He has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships for study and arts advocacy initiatives.
Choirs under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings at regional and state contests, have been named Overall Outstanding and Grand Champion in choral competitions throughout the US, and have rapidly expanded in enrollment to become one of the largest choral programs in the area. His choirs performed at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the 2021 National American Choral Director’s Association Convention. The Duncanville HS Choir has also been recognized by The American Prize and The Foundation of Music Education Mark of Excellence as a National Winner.
Jesse Cannon II was recognized as a Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Association Foundation (2022), Duncanville HS Teacher of the Year (2021), and been awarded the Grammy Signature School Award for the Duncanville HS Choral Department. He is an active Region Clinician and adjudicates several times each year for the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest.
1407 I.M. Terrell Circle S., Ste. 2203-Room 02
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Shane Goforth began his career as a Texas Band Director in 1996 and currently serves as the Director of Bands at North Shore Senior High School in Houston, Texas. Under his direction the bands of North Shore Senior High have advanced to the Texas State Marching Band Championships on six occasions and were a State Finalist and UIL Area F Champion in 2016. The North Shore Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2017 and the Texas Bandmaster’s Convention in 2018. The band has earned numerous and consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, Best in Class recognitions and was named as a Commended Winner in the Foundation for Music Education’s National Wind Band Honors project. Shane previously served as the Director of Bands at Holliday and Aubrey High Schools where his bands competed at the Texas State Marching Band Championships and were awarded first place in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series. He is an active adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician and has presented clinics at the Midwest, TMEA and TBA conventions.
A native of Frisco, Texas, Mr. Goforth started his musical career under the direction of Dr. Daryl Trent and studied saxophone with Brad Leali. He continued his education earning an Associate of Music in Jazz Saxophone at Weatherford College, a Bachelor of Music with honors from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music in Conducting from Sam Houston State University.
Shane married the love of his life, Lawren in 1994 and together they have six children and one awesome grandson. In his spare time Shane enjoys reading, golf, playing guitar and spending time with his family.
14122 Wadebridge Way
Houston, TX 77015
Bus: (713) 516-7158
Jennifer Martin currently serves as the Orchestra/Mariachi Specialist for Fort Worth ISD. She has also served as Head Orchestra Director at Boles Junior High in Arlington ISD and as Director of Orchestras for Midway ISD in Waco, TX. She began her musical studies as a part of her public school orchestra program in the 5th grade. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2003.
Orchestras under Mrs. Martin’s direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards and Best in Class awards at festivals across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They have also ranked among the top ten orchestras in the state in the TMEA State Honor Orchestra contest at the HS and JH/MS levels. She is in frequent demand as a clinician and judge for orchestras around the state.
Mrs. Martin was honored as an AWARE Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2022 and was the winner of the Smile Doctors Arlington Rockstar Teacher award in 2021. She holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Fine Arts Administrators, and Mu Omicron.
Mrs. Martin also stays active as a performer in the viola section of the Waco Symphony Orchestra, where she has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Renee Fleming, Art Garfunkel, and Lyle Lovett. When she is not teaching or performing, she and her husband Jimmy can be found around the metroplex with their daughter Haley playing cello and soccer and their son Joe playing violin and rock climbing.
4207 Crossgate Ct.
Arlington, TX 76016
Joshua McGuire, Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair
Joshua McGuire is the Head Choir Director at Rock Hill High School in the Prosper Independent School District. Previous to Rock Hill High School, he was the head director at Sachse High School for fifteen years in the Garland Independent School District. During his tenure at Sachse High School, choirs performed for the Music Educators National Conference, served as demonstration choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, were honored with Performance of Distinction recognition at the American Classic Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in San Antonio and North Texas, and were consistently awarded Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sight Reading.
Mr. McGuire has been honored to serve the directors and students of Texas in various roles within the Texas Music Educators Association as a Region Vocal Chair, All-State Choir section leader, All-State Choir organizer, TMEA Convention Vocal Division Clinic & Convention Coordinator, and Area Vocal Chair.
Originally from Illinois, he has taught middle school and high school in the Chicago area and holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University. He holds memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
16061 Coit Rd
Frisco, TX 75035
(429) 219-2300 x 81201
Christopher Giles is a K-5 music specialist at Mireles Elementary in San Antonio, TX and an adjunct professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. Mr. Giles also holds his principal certification from Lamar University.
He completed Orff-Schulwerk certification and two Master’s classes at Trinity University. He has also been awarded campus Educator of Year, received his district’s Stellar Success Award and Above and Beyond Educator award in music education, and has a Grammy nomination.
His ensembles have been invited to perform for district initiatives and his Orff Ensemble was an invited performing group for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Conference. He is a past president of Central Texas Orff, served as the Region 29 Elementary Division Chair of TMEA, and is a National Board Trustee for the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Christopher is an advocate for music education and believes that every child deserves a high quality elementary music education experience.
12260 Rockwall Mill
San Antonio, TX 78254
Matthew McInturf is Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Director of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas, the University of Houston, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Anshel Brusilow, Eddie Green, and Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Prior to his tenure at SHSU, Dr. McInturf taught at Florida International University and at J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.
Active in TMEA since 1979, Dr. McInturf has held Region offices in both the College and Band Divisions. He has conducted bands at the TMEA convention eight times, including a performance with the SHSU Wind Ensemble at the 100th Anniversary meeting in 2020.
Dr. McInturf is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Southwestern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He is active in the College Music Society, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American Bandmasters Association. In 2017 he was honored as the Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Sam Houston State Univ
17 Hornsilver Place
The Woodlands, TX 77381