Executive Board

Brian Coatney, 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

John Carroll, President-Elect

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

Joe Muñoz, Past-President

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

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

Michael Stringer, Vice-President and Orchestra Division Chair

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

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

Paul Sikes, Vice-President and College Division Chair

Paul Sikes is Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Music Education at Texas Wesleyan University. He coordinates and teaches in the music education program and is responsible for directing the University Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Strings. In addition to his music education and ensemble classes, Sikes also teaches conducting, orchestration and applied trombone. Prior to Texas Wesleyan, he was the Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University. 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