President-Elect Candidate: Joe Muñoz
Present Position: Director of Bands, Pearland HS (2013–Present).
Previous Position: Director of Bands, Clear Lake HS (2003–2013); Director of Bands, Oak Ridge HS (1999–2003); Assistant Director of Bands, The Woodlands HS (1993–1999).
Education: Bachelor of Music, University of Houston (1993).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Band Vice-President (2016–Present); Region 17 Band Chair (2005–Present); Region 19 Band Chair (2003–2005); Area F Wind and Percussion Audition Chair (2009–2016); Area F Honor Band Chair (2009–2011, odd years).
Other Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Resolutions Committee member, TMEA Clinic Presider, TMEA Agenda Committee.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Honorary Member Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Service Sorority.
Honors/Accomplishments: 2014 National Wind Band Honors National Winner (Pearland HS Wind Ensemble); 2014 UIL State Marching Band Contest; 2012 TMEA 5A Honor Band Finalist; 2012 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra (Clear Lake Orchestra); 2010 TMEA 5A Honor Band State Qualifier; 2009 Midwest Clinic performing ensemble (Clear Lake Wind Ensemble); 2008 TMEA Honor Band State Qualifier; 2003 TMEA 4A Honor Band State Qualifier; 2003 BOA National Concert Band Festival invited performer; 2003 National Band Association Citation of Excellence; 2001 TMEA 4A Honor Band State Qualifier; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; active adjudicator and clinician.
Personal Information: Happily married to D’Juana for 25 years. Together we have three children: Alexandra, Jared, and Lindsey. All of our children have been or are active in public school band programs.
Statement: I am honored and humbled to be nominated for the office of TMEA President-Elect. Through service on the Executive Board and previous service to the association, I have seen the positive effect TMEA has on its members, teachers, and students. As Band Division Vice-President, I have seen that this organization is a vital part of the legislative direction and visibility of music education and the fine arts in our state. My service on the Executive Board has also shown me the unique contributions that each division brings to make TMEA a model association for others to emulate.
Divisional collaboration and an open forum of discussion are essential qualities that I will continue to foster on the Executive Board. Input and feedback from the Region leadership are also important ways to gather information from the membership. I will continue to seek input from local membership and Region leadership on any divisional or association need or area of focus. I will also look for new ways to address our members’ needs and continue the Executive Board’s work to provide a clinic/convention that provides for new and creative techniques to be applied to the music classrooms across our state.
I am grateful for all our association has provided me as a teacher and am passionate about the mission of TMEA. Seeing fellow teachers and students having positive interactions through TMEA activities has been the most rewarding part of my years of service to our association. With your support, I look forward to continuing to serve our students, parents, and membership. Thank you for your consideration as you select the next TMEA President-Elect.
Candidates for Band Vice-President: John Carroll and Shane Goforth
Present Position: Associate Director of Bands, Permian HS (1995–present); Adjunct teacher at Odessa College.
Previous Positions: Middle School Band Director and High School Assistant Band Director at each of the following: Dalhart (1986–1995); La Feria (1983–1986); Quanah (1981–1983); Stephenville (1979–1981); Dumas (1977–1979).
Education: Master of Arts, West Texas A&M University (1991). Bachelor of Music Education, Abilene Christian University (1977).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 6 Band Chair (2012–present); Region 6 President (2002–2004); Stage Manager for Clinic/Convention (2007); All-State Band Organizer (2003–2006); All-State Band/Orchestra Audition Judge (1996–present); Percussion Audition Panel Chair (several years); All-State Percussion Organizer (15 years); Convention Clinic Presider (2014, 2015, 2016); Honor Band Area Listening Center Chair (2017).
Other Offices and Positions Held: Several Phi Beta Mu committees’ membership; Full-time WTAMU Band Camp faculty member since 1989; Member of the UIL Music Advisory Committee.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, TMAA .
Honors/Accomplishments: Consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards; Percussion Ensemble performance at the Music for All National Percussion Festival (2011); Teacher of multiple All-State students (1993–2015); Several jazz band awards; Multiple drum line contest championships and caption awards; National Winner—National Percussion Ensemble Mark of Excellence (2011); Commended Winner-National Percussion Ensemble Mark of Excellence (2017); Who’s Who Among American Teachers; clinician at TBA Convention/Clinic; West Texas Auxiliary Championships; Recipient of the Marcia Zoffuto Hero Award (2015—awarded annually to one outstanding secondary fine arts director in Region 6); Outstanding Master Teacher of the Year, Permian HS, 2017.
Personal Information: I consider myself a happy person who enjoys his family, friends, and job. I share my trials and joys with someone who just happens to share my last name (Beth Carrell, though spelled one letter differently). I consider myself fortunate to be from a Godly home with two most loving parents, and two wonderful siblings. Besides my job, I enjoy movies, reading, dining out, and traveling. I would not trade my career as a Texas band director for any other job in the world.
Statement: I am extremely honored to be a nominee for the position of TMEA State Band Vice-President. I thank those who have nominated me on the Region level and who have encouraged me in this process.
I have served my profession and TMEA for many years. There is no doubt in my mind that the Band Division of TMEA, along with UIL, has created a culture for Texas to have the high level of bands that we presently have. I am indebted to all the TMEA Band Vice-Presidents and to countless others for paving the way for where we are today.
I have spent almost half my career in smaller schools (3A, 4A, and 5A), and the rest in a 6A school. I am quite cognizant of the different aspects of different sized schools, and am convinced that Texas band students from all school sizes are deserving of the best experience in band that they can possibly obtain. Additionally, I have taught beginner students on every wind and percussion instrument, and I definitely appreciate the concept of teaching in the grassroots of our honorable profession.
If elected, I will eagerly accept the role of State Band Vice-President with the knowledge that it takes an inordinate amount of work and organizational abilities. I will always have an open ear to my colleagues with their TMEA concerns; I will continue the tradition of seeking out awe-inspiring educators for our annual convention to better us as teachers and to give our All-State students a life-changing experience; I will work to continue to strengthen our inner workings of TMEA. I offer all of this to you, and I offer the fact that I truly love being able to call myself a Texas band director. I seek election because I eagerly look forward to being able to give back to the profession and the association that have given me so much since I started teaching. I hope I can earn your support. Thank you for your consideration of me in the upcoming State Band Vice-President election.
Present Position: Director of Bands, North Shore Senior High (2005–present).
Previous Position: 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).
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, Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Fraternity.
Honors/Accomplishments: 2017 Midwest Clinic selected performing ensemble; 2017 Midwest Clinician; 2016 UIL State Marching Band Finalist; 2016 UIL Area F Marching Band Champion; 2016 National Wind Band Honors Commended Winner; 2015 TMEA Area F Honor Band Qualifier; 2014, 2010, 2008 UIL State Marching Band Championships Qualifier; 2005 ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series/1st place Concert (Holliday HS); 2003 UIL State Marching Band Championship/7th place (Holliday HS); 2016–2017 North Shore Senior HS and Galena Park ISD Teacher of the Year; 2004 Holliday HS Eagle Award/Outstanding Teacher; 1996 Little Elm ISD Rookie Teacher of the Year; 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 23 years. Together we have three children: Opal (20), Cassidy (18), and Henry (14). All of our children are musicians and have been or are currently 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 that 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 22 years of teaching in 2A, 3A, 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 10 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 that 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.