Executive Board Candidates
Below are candidates for terms beginning 2022.
Election will follow the First General Session. Review the President-Elect Voting Procedure.
Present Position: Associate Director of Bands, University of Houston (2019–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Bands, Oak Ridge HS (2013–2019); Director of Bands and Music Coordinator, New Braunfels ISD (2009–2013); Director of Bands, Judson HS (2000–2009); Director of Bands, Wood MS (1992–2000); Director of Bands, Evans JH, Lubbock (1991–1992); Assistant Director of Bands, Monterey HS, Lubbock (1987–1991).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Tech University (1987), Master of Music Performance–Conducting, Texas Tech University (1992).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Vice President and Band Division Chair (2019–present), Region 9 President (2016–2019); Region 9 Secretary (2014–2016); Region 12 Vice President (2008–2013); All-State Audition Seating Chair (2014–2016); TMEA State Honor Band adjudicator (2019, 2016, 2014, 2010); TMEA Area Audition Chair (2009–2013); Clinic/Convention presider (2011–2019).
Other Offices and Positions Held: UIL PML Committee (2019–present); Phi Beta Mu Area Representative; Serving on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Music Education; UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation organizer for Regions 9 and 12; UIL Marching Contest organizer for Regions 9 and 12.
Professional Affiliations: Texas Music Educators Association, American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Honors and Accomplishments: UIL State Marching Band Qualifier (2018); TMEA 6A State Honor Band 2nd runner-up (2017); Mark of Excellence National Award Recipient (2017); National Youth Concert in Carnegie Hall (2008, 2013); TMEA 3C Honor Band Finalist (1997); Teacher of the Year (1992).
Personal Information: I enjoy being Aunt Dana to my nieces, Zoe and Delilah. My other interests include traveling and learning to cook like the chefs on the Food Network.
Statement: It is with great respect and humility that I accept the nomination for the office of TMEA President-Elect. I am fortunate to be in my 35th year of teaching and I am grateful to have served as the TMEA Band Division Vice-President for the past two years. I love being a Texas music educator and acknowledge the legacy of our great teachers. It continues to be my goal to honor the mission and ideals of the Texas Music Educators Association.
I believe strongly in collaboration. The open forum-discussions among the leadership and divisional membership are keys to our success as a professional organization. This has been tested and proven for many years, but none have been more impactful than in the past two years.
As Vice-President of the Band Division, I assisted in developing a plan of action allowing us to navigate through the pandemic. We developed Connections events for all divisions to give members a means to gain ideas, get direction, and find support in shared challenges. I worked with the other Board members to create the virtual All-State audition process that provided our students with an avenue to participate in this important musical and life experience. With a collaborative template, the band and orchestra divisions developed an Invited Ensemble process to select outstanding ensembles to showcase at the convention and honor outstanding teaching.
I had to think outside the box to create a virtual convention experience that reflected the ideals and mission of TMEA as well as provide our members with informational and inspiring content. Through the valuable guidance of our DEIA committee, we implemented a more intentional and thoughtful process for selecting clinicians, clinics, and repertoire.
Moving forward, I will continue to find new opportunities to celebrate teachers and students from all over the state, and from all divisions. I will continue to review our policies and procedures to ensure that everything we do has transparency and equity, creating better experiences for everyone. And I will continue to support the role of TMEA in its legislative influence and advocacy for all our music programs.
It is through service I have grown to deeply understand the positive effect and incredible impact TMEA has on our students, programs, and the membership. For these reasons, I want to continue to serve, and I respectfully ask for your support as the next President-Elect of the Texas Music Educators Association.
Election at the Band Division Business Meeting, Thursday, February 10, 5:15 p.m., in Stars at Night Ballroom 1.
Only eligible TMEA member types (Active, Retired, Life) who are present during the meeting can vote. Register to attend the convention.
Present Position: Director of Bands, North Shore Senior High (2005–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Bands, Holliday HS (2003–2005); Director of Bands, Aubrey HS (1998–2003); Assistant Band Director, Little Elm HS (1996–1998).
Education: Bachelor of Music, University of North Texas (1996); Master of Music in conducting, Sam Houston State University (2020).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 33 Band Chair (2016–present); Region 19 Band Chair (2007–2016).
Other Offices and Positions Held: UIL Music Advisory Committee, TMEA clinician, TMEA clinic presider.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, TMAA, ATSSB, TJEA, Phi Beta Mu.
Honors and Accomplishments: UIL State Marching Band Championships qualifier (2018, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2008); Midwest Clinic Featured Performing Ensemble (2017); Midwest Clinician (2017); UIL State Marching Band Finalist (2016); UIL Area F Marching Band Champion (2016); National Wind Band Honors Commended Winner (2016); TMEA Area F Honor Band Qualifier (2015, 2017); Invited and presented clinics at the TMEA, TBA, and Midwest Conventions; ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series–1st Place Concert (Holliday HS, 2005); UIL State Marching Band Championship–7th Place (Holliday HS, 2003); North Shore Senior HS and Galena Park ISD Teacher of the Year (2016–2017); Holliday HS Eagle Award/Outstanding Teacher (2004); Little Elm ISD Rookie Teacher of the Year (1996); Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; Active adjudicator and clinician.
Personal Information: Happily married to Lawren, a former math teacher and current registrar at North Shore Senior High, for 27 years. Together we have six children; Opal, Cassidy, Annisa, Morgan, Megan, and Henry. All our children are musicians and were actively involved in public school band and choir programs.
Statement: I am honored and humbled to be nominated for the office of TMEA Band Division Vice-President. I should first thank the many people who have mentored, guided, and assisted me in the years that I have been privileged to serve TMEA as a member and an officer. It was those master educators who taught me to honor the past of our organization while caring for the present and looking to the future; band, orchestra, and choir directors from schools large and small, elementary to college, who have built and maintained the incredible organization we call our own. It would be my goal to honor their service by continuing the legacy of outstanding leadership that has made our organization the greatest of its kind.
In my 25 years of teaching in 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A schools, from northwest to southeast Texas, I have had an incredible set of experiences and opportunities that have provided me with a unique and holistic view of the Band Division and its needs. If given the opportunity, I would work tirelessly to represent both you and your students when working with the TMEA Executive Board and local leadership as we continue to lead the charge for music and fine arts education in Texas schools. I will solicit and listen to the voices of all members and seek to use that perspective, along with my 15 years of service as Region Band Chair, to guide the Band Division on our journey of continued excellence, always operating with the understanding that together we can and will find solutions to any challenges we might face.
TMEA has played an incredibly important role in making me a continually better teacher and professional. I very much look forward to the opportunity to serve and give back to the organization that has given me so much. Thank you for your consideration as you vote for the next TMEA Band Division Vice-President.
Present Position: Band Director, Gilmer HS, Gilmer ISD (2000–present).
Previous Positions: Band Director, Gilmer JH, Gilmer ISD (1990–2000); Assistant Band Director, Nacogdoches HS, Nacogdoches ISD (1989–1990).
Education: Associate of Fine Arts, Kilgore College (1986); Bachelor of Music Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1989).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: While not TMEA, I have held the following Association of Texas Small School Band offices: President, Region 4 Coordinator (twice), State Chair Audition Coordinator, State Board of Directors, Executive Board of Directors.
Other Offices and Positions Held: NAMMB President Elect; Gilmer Yamboree Board of Directors.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, ATSSB, PBM, TMAA, NAMMB.
Honors and Accomplishments: Gilmer HS Teacher of the Year (2007); Gilmer JH Teacher of the Year (1996); UIL State Military Marching Contest Bronze Medal Winner (2020, 2021); TMEA Honor Band Area advancement; ATSSB OPS Area advancement; Consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winner.
Personal Information: My wife Lynn and I have been married 18 years and have five children together and three grandchildren. My staff at Gilmer are truly my best friends and “the family that I pick,” so those relationships are obviously very important to me. We try to create a family atmosphere within our band programs to give our kids a sense of belonging and a truly safe place to grow and express themselves. I also serve as the Worship Pastor at The Church at West Mountain (2001–present) and volunteer in the community when time permits.
Statement: In the summer of 2019, I was honored to be invited to participate in the Summer Dialogue sponsored by TMEA. During those two days, I was truly humbled to be at the table with such a diverse and knowledgeable group of music educators from across the state, sharing ideas and information. The camaraderie and genuine fellowship those individuals displayed amongst each other as we discussed the future of music education in the state of Texas was truly amazing to me. Having served basically my entire career in the Gilmer community, it was refreshing to see colleagues reach out to each other outside of their area and be genuinely concerned with the struggles of others. As I was driving home from that meeting in Austin, I decided that I, too, still had more to give and could serve in other areas and would look for ways to make that happen.
As I have taught for most of my career in one school district, I have also served for most of my career in one area: the Association of Texas Small School Bands. From Region Coordinator all the way to President, I have enjoyed being a member of that organization from its inception. Kenneth Griffin will always be one of my heroes and I continue to be humbled by his work ethic and passion in which he serves the directors and students of ATSSB. He is truly the guiding light of that organization.
My desire is to continue to serve all music educators in the state of Texas with emphasis in the band area. As I have been in contact with many music teachers across the state in the last several years, I have become aware of an increasing desire to help those in need, especially the teachers just starting out. I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the Young Band Directors of Texas this last year and it was so refreshing talking with those new directors and listening to the excitement in their voices. I think as we get older, we lose some of that excitement with the daily struggles of the real world. My desire is to encourage those who have been teaching for awhile and struggling with motivation as well as to find ways to motivate the younger teachers to look past the daily frustrations and keep on going.
I am humbled and honored to be counted among the others in the running for TMEA Band Division Vice-President and continue to look forward to finding ways to serve teachers and students in this wonderful state.
Present Position: Coordinator of Fine Arts, Coppell ISD (2020–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Bands, Coppell HS, Coppell ISD (2016–2021); Director of Bands, Wakeland HS, Frisco ISD (2006–2016); Director of Bands, Lakeview Centennial HS, Garland ISD (2003–2006).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Loyola University–New Orleans (1999).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Area B Band Chair (2016–present); All-State Music Distribution Coordinator (2013–present); Honor Band Rules Committee Member (2019–2020); Region 24 Band Chair (2012–2016); Agenda Committee Member (2015); All-State Band Organizer (2012, 2013); Region 24 Assistant Band Chair (2009–2012); Region 3 Jazz Chair (2004–2006).
Other Offices and Positions Held: Marching Band Vice-President, Texas Music Adjudicators Association (2020-present); UIL Marching Band Rules Advisory Committee (2020–present); DCI Adjudicator (2017–present); UIL Ad Hoc Marching Band Study Committee Member (2017–2020).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, TMAA, TMAC, Phi Beta Mu.
Honors/Accomplishments: Midwest Clinic Invited Presenter (2021); TBA Invited Presenter (2019, 2021); TMEA Invited Clinician (2020, 2021); TMEA State Honor Band Finalist (five times between 2009 and 2019); UIL State Marching Band Contest Finalist (seven times between 2009 and 2020); UIL Sponsor Excellence Award (2008).
Personal Information: My wife Lori and I have been happily married for 22 years. She is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Gabriel Catholic Community. Our older son Gerry (tuba) is an alum of the University of North Texas. Our younger son Benjamin (bassoon) is a freshman at Wakeland HS. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, trail running, reading, podcasts on philosophy and aesthetics, and playing with our two dogs.
Statement: I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by my colleagues to serve as the next State Band Chair. TMEA has played a vital role in my professional growth and has positively impacted the lives of my student-performers in innumerable ways. I welcome the opportunity to continue to work in service of the Band Division in this role.
As we emerge from what will undoubtedly be remembered as the most-challenging years of our teaching careers, we are also finding moments to pause and reflect on the processes we hold dear—both inside our band programs as well as those provided by TMEA. Engaging in respectful dialogues on these issues is what continues to make TMEA the envy of similar organizations across our nation—the ability to host intentional and candid discussions about the growth and development of band programs across Texas from a student-centered perspective.
I was fortunate to experience these values in action when, in 2019, I approached John Carroll about forming a committee of successful directors representing all classifications to study and refine the Honor Band process. In working with John as well as members of the TMEA staff, our panel was met with sincerity and enthusiasm. We crafted the newly adopted competition paradigm in an effort to provide a fair and balanced contest experience from Region to Area to State, and we discussed a pathway to allow more groups to be featured at future TMEA conventions. We are hopeful and excited to see the process launch this spring and summer.
TMEA has given so much to me as a music educator, by supporting my programs and offering high-quality experiences for my student-performers. Since the earliest days of my teaching career, volunteering to serve TMEA at the Region, Area, and State levels has been an important part of my life as a band director. I was blessed to have this modeled for me by the men and women who served as my mentors in the profession. This legacy of service is at the heart of the Band Division, and it is vital for us to pass this on to the next generation of band directors in Texas.
I hope that my record shows a willingness to guide the Band Division with compassion, seeking first to understand before being understood, and always focusing on the experiences of our teachers and student-performers first and foremost. It is my sincerest hope that, through my words and actions, I have earned your vote to become the next State Band Chair.
Election at the College Division Business Meeting, Thursday, February 10, 5:15 p.m., in CC 220. (The number of Region nominations required to list candidates for office was not met.)
Only eligible TMEA member types (Active, Retired, Life) who are present during the meeting can vote. Register to attend the convention.