Election will follow the First General Session. President-Elect Voting Procedure
Present Position: Associate Director of Bands, Permian HS (1995–present).
Previous Positions: Band/Choral Director and Associate HS Band Director, Dalhart ISD (1986–1995); Associate HS Band Director, La Feria ISD (1983–1986); Associate HS/MS Band Director, Quanah ISD (1981–1983); Associate HS Band Director/MS Director, Stephenville ISD (1979–1981); Associate HS Band Director/MS Director, Dumas ISD (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: State Band Chair (present); Region 6 Band Chair (2012–2018); Region 6 President (2002–2004); Stage Manager for Clinic/Convention (2007); All-State Band Organizer (2003–2006); All-State Band/Orchestra Auditions Judge (1996–2018); All-State Percussion Organizer (15 years); Convention Clinic Presider; Band Division Office Worker; Honor Band Area Listening Center Chair (2017); Registration volunteer (2015–2018).
Other Offices and Positions Held: Member of multiple Phi Beta Mu committees; WTAMU Band Camp faculty member; UIL Music Advisory Committee member; Permian HS Department Head.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, TMAA, ATSSB, PAS.
Honors/Accomplishments: Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award; Consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards; Percussion ensemble performance at Music for All National Percussion Festival; Multiple jazz band awards; National Percussion Ensemble Mark of Excellence; Clinician at TBA Convention/Clinic; Master Teacher of the Year, Permian HS.
Personal Information: I am a happy person, blessed to be from a home with parents who supported my music from the beginning and two siblings who enjoyed music during their schooling. I share my trials and joys with someone who happens to share my last name (Beth Carrell, though spelled one letter differently). Besides my job, I enjoy movies, reading, and traveling.
Statement: I am humbled to be a nominee for the position of TMEA President-Elect. I thank those who nominated me at the Region level and who have encouraged me. I respectfully ask for your vote. I seek election because I look forward to being able to continue to give back to the profession that has given me so much. I am grateful to all past and current TMEA members for their legacy of establishing the best fine arts programs in our nation.
I have been a Texas music educator for 42 years. I am a product of the Texas music programs, thoroughly enjoying my beginnings in elementary music classes as a first grader, singing in elementary, secondary, and college choir, playing in secondary and college orchestra, performing in band since fourth grade, and having learned from fine teachers who taught so many great music courses in college. While I have served on the TMEA Executive Board, the Band Division has seen the formation of the Invited Percussion Ensemble and the creation of the 2021 All-State Percussion Ensembles (6A and 5A), has issued invitations to two urban ensembles to present clinics at TMEA, has worked on the ground floor with the Orchestra Division leading the way for the creation of an All-State Mariachi Ensemble, and has conducted much discussion regarding our time-honored Honor Band system.
Music education is thriving in Texas. However, I also know that there are still obstacles in our way. I wish to continue serving you in helping overcome these obstacles and providing great professional development opportunities to all members. That is what TMEA does, and I hope to continue helping with that. I know that even years from now TMEA will still be leading the way for our Texas music educators.
I am a strong advocate for all divisions of TMEA—Band, Vocal, Orchestra, Elementary, and College. I gratefully recognize that our Elementary Division members start our students in their love of music. I also realize the importance of many fine arts performance choices in secondary grades. I highly believe in our College Division members and their work with future educators. My membership on the TMEA Executive Board has made me even more conscious that all Texas music educators are valuable to our goals. If elected, I will be eager to get input from all divisions in TMEA, making certain that all voices are heard. We are not TMEA without vital contribution of all divisions.
I hope you will consider me as you vote for President-Elect and that you will place your trust in me. I would be grateful for your support.
Present Position: Music Specialist, Brazos Bend Elementary, Fort Bend ISD (2015–present).Present Position: Music Specialist, Brazos Bend Elementary, Fort Bend ISD (2015–present).
Previous Positions: Music Specialist, Mary Austin Holley Elementary, Fort Bend ISD (2008–2015); Music Specialist, Winbourne Elementary, East Baton Rouge Parish School System (2007–2008).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Louisiana State University (2007); Orff Certification (2011); Kodály Levels I & II (2019).TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 13 Elementary Chair (2011–2017); Elementary Division Vice-President (2017–2019).Other Offices and Positions Held: Music and Technology Conference of Houston Organizer (2015, 2017), Music and Technology Conference of Houston President (2019).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA.Honors/Accomplishments: TMEA Elementary Invited Performing Ensemble.
Personal Information: I began my music career as a saxophone player. In high school, I had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in ensembles in both a large and a small-school setting. I was a member of a band that competed in regional Bands of America competitions and toured nationally. I was also a member of a band that had just 25 wind players in total. I attended Louisiana State University with the intention of being a high school band director. While enrolled, I was fortunate enough to study under Griffin Campbell, James Byo, and Frank Wickes. Surprisingly, my plans changed when I took my elementary methods class and found my passion. I am fully Orff Certified and I recently completed Kodály Level II training. I plan to complete my Kodály Certification in June 2020. I currently teach PreK–5th grade in Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land.
Statement: I am humbly seeking your vote in the 2020 TMEA President-Elect election. It was my distinct pleasure to have served as TMEA Elementary Vice-President from 2017 to 2019. During my time in office, TMEA awarded over $750,000 in grants to elementary music teachers across the state. Additionally, we moved the Invited Elementary Performing Ensembles to a beautiful, new performance venue during the 2019 Clinic/Convention. As an elementary teacher on the Board, I was eager to learn the inner workings of the All-State audition process. If elected to the Presidency, I am confident that, with the support of the other Board members, the All-State ensembles will continue to grow, evolve, and thrive. The addition of the Small School Choir and the newly formed Sinfonietta, All-State Percussion, and Mariachi ensembles are evidence of TMEA’s evolution and a testament to our mission to provide quality musical experiences to every student in the state.
The Texas Music Educators Association has been an amazing organization for years. There are a lot of things we do well. But, our association in 2019 is not the same as it was just 10 years ago. We are growing and changing. We are becoming more inclusive, responsive, and diverse. I am proud of the work put forth to make sure students from every corner of our state are able to participate, despite differences in culture and funding. I’m also proud of the steps our association has taken to promote diversity among our All-State conductors and convention clinicians. My hope as President is to further conversations about how to be successful in the ever-changing educational environment. I think it’s vitally important to continue the talks concerning rural schools and schools that serve students in low socioeconomic communities. Furthermore, a dialogue regarding the enrollment and retention of students is paramount.The power of TMEA comes from its amazing members. The wealth of knowledge and experience available among our organization is immeasurable. As President, I look forward to learning from, and working with, leaders from each division. It is through collaboration that our association will grow and flourish for another 100 years.I am truly grateful for all TMEA has given me and I hope to continue to give back. I would appreciate your support in voting for me for the 2020 TMEA President-Elect. Thank you for your consideration.
Election at the Band Division Business Meeting, Thursday, February 13, 5:15 p.m., in Stars at Night Ballroom 1.
Present Position: Executive Director of Fine Arts, Wylie ISD (2016–Present).
Previous Positions: Director of Bands, Wylie East HS, Wylie ISD (2007–2016); Director of Bands, Shepton HS, Plano ISD (1999–2007); Assistant Band Director, South Garland HS, Garland ISD (1996–1999); Assistant Band Director, Shackelford JH, Arlington ISD (1993–1996).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Tech University (1991); Master of Music Performance, Texas Christian University (1993).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 24 Jazz Chair, Region 25 Jazz Chair, Region 25 Band Chair.
Other Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Convention Clinician; TMEA Convention Clinic Presider; All-State Section Instructor; TMEA All-State Wind/Percussion Auditions Judge; TMEA All-State Jazz Auditions Judge; TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Finals Judge; Region Band Clinician; Phi Beta Mu Board Member.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, TMAC, TTAC, TMAA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu.
Honors/Accomplishments: Consistent UIL Sweepstakes Award Winner; UIL Marching Area Finalist; TMEA Honor Band Area Participant; Outstanding Performance Series Finalist; Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors National Winner; Best-in-Class–Concert Band and Jazz Festivals; PTA Lifetime Membership Recipient; Music for All National Concert Band Festival Invited Ensemble; Active Clinician, Adjudicator, and Fine Arts Consultant.
Personal Information: I have been married for 27 years to Holly, who is an elementary P.E. teacher. The music world brought us together—we actually met while on tour with our college orchestra at TMEA. We are raising three beautiful girls who are all active musicians. Heather graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in music education and performance and is currently earning a master’s degree in violin performance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Claire is a junior at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the drumline in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. Emma is a senior at Plano Senior High School and plays viola in the orchestra program led by Brian Coatney. Emma just recently advanced to the Pre-Area Round of the TMEA Orchestra Auditions.
Statement: I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for the office of TMEA Band Division Vice-President. This organization has had a profound impact on my life dating back to my first experiences in All-Region and All-State Bands. From a very early age, I envisioned TMEA being a significant part of my life due to the positive experiences I had as a member of those organizations.
My current position as Director of Fine Arts in Wylie ISD affords me a wider K–12 vision to see how music education (band in particular) fits into the scope of an academic fine arts education. I get to witness firsthand how much academic pressure from school accountability is placed upon our school district’s campuses and resources. These pressures have a real impact on our band programs. I want to be an advocate for all our programs at the state level. I will work with the other divisions in TMEA to protect and advocate for our programs in the areas of budget, facilities, staffing, master scheduling, teacher and student recruiting/retention, addition (encroachment) of CTE initiatives, added HS electives at the MS level, GPA/graduation considerations, etc. Ultimately, my goal is to be a facilitator of outstanding teaching among the membership of our organization. I will work tirelessly to remove the obstacles that we face in and out of the classroom. Students have an increasing number of choices regarding how to schedule their classes and manage their free time. It is paramount that we continue to creatively and effectively communicate the benefits of a fine arts education to our students, their families, administrators, and the community.
The level of professional development opportunities offered by TMEA is second to none. I want to acknowledge the meaningful influence that TMEA has had on my personal growth as an educator and as an administrator. Our “MEA” is the best in the nation, and I am eager to serve an organization with such a rich history of success and past leadership. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and your programs.
Present Position: Associate Director of Bands, University of Houston.Present Position: Associate Director of Bands, University of Houston.
Previous Positions: Director of Bands, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe ISD (2013–2019); Director of Bands/Coordinator of Music, New Braunfels ISD (2009–2013); Director of Bands, Judson HS, Judson ISD (2000–2009); Director of Bands at Wood MS, North East ISD (1992–2000); Director of Bands, Evans JH, Lubbock ISD (1990–1992); Assistant Director of Bands, Monterey HS, Lubbock ISD (1987–1990).
Education: Master’s in Music Performance, Texas Tech University; Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Tech University.
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 9 President (2016–2019); Region 9 Secretary (2014–2016); Region 12 Vice-President (2008–2013); TMEA All-State Audition Chair (2016–present); TMEA State Honor Band adjudicator (2019, 2016, 2014, 2010); TMEA Area Audition Chair (2009–2013); Clinic/Convention Presider (2011–present).
Other Offices and Positions Held: UIL Prescribed Music Committee (2019–2021); Phi Beta Mu Area representative; UIL Region Marching Contest organizer, Regions 9 and 12; UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest Organizer, Region 12; Board of Trustees for The Foundation for Music Education (2005–present).Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TBA, TMAA, Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity.
Honors and Accomplishments: UIL State Marching Band Qualifier (2018); TMEA 6A State Honor Band second runner-up (2017); Mark of Excellence National Award Recipient (2017); Mark of Excellence Commended Award Recipient (2016); National Youth Concert in Carnegie Hall (2013, 2008); TMEA 3C Honor Band Finalist (1997).Personal Information: I happily live with my two rescue dogs. I enjoy getting to be Aunt Dana to my two nieces, Zoe and Delilah. My other interests include traveling, learning to cook like the chefs on the Food Network, and doing any activity that takes me outdoors.
Statement: I am humbled to accept the nomination for the office of TMEA Band Division Vice-President. I must first recognize and thank all my mentors, colleagues, and friends who have so greatly impacted my life as a band director. I am in my 33rd year as a music educator, and I love being a Texas band director! I recognize the legacy of the Texas music educators and our rich history over the past 100 years that have brought us to this milestone. It continues to be my goal to honor the mission and ideals of TMEA. I feel a strong responsibility to serve the organization and our membership because of the indelible experiences I have had in being a Texas band director. We are all excited to be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of TMEA. It is now our responsibility as members of the band division to continue being leaders in music education by examining, improving, and supporting the needs of all our students and programs across the state. We must continue to ensure that our programs remain relevant and vital to our school curriculum, and this will happen only if the mission of TMEA evolves with this ever-changing educational climate. It is imperative that we continue the dialogue about the Honor Band process, the All-State audition process, and the All-State performing groups to ensure they are serving the needs of our students, the interests of our programs, and the integrity of our profession. I feel strongly that, through such media as our convention clinics and magazine communication, we must continue to provide educational offerings and training on diversity, teaching practices, programming, and advocacy.
Collaboration and open forum discussion among our leadership and our divisional membership will be the key to our continued success in the band division. I will seek input from our Region leadership to address the needs and concerns from our Band Division membership. It is my goal to represent you, your students, and our Band Division in working hand in hand with the TMEA Executive Board. I am so grateful for everything TMEA has given to me through my mentors, my colleagues, my experiences, and opportunities. It would be my honor to serve TMEA and you as the next Band Division Vice-President. I thank you for your vote and for your support!
Election at the College Division Business Meeting, Thursday, February 13, 5:15 p.m., in CC 304. (The number of Region nominations required to list candidates for office was not met.)