Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez – Flute
Jennifer Rodriguez is Instructor of flute at Tarleton State University and holds the third flute/piccolo position with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Her education includes the Bachelor of Music (2008) and Master of Music (2010) degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and Doctor of Musical Arts (2018) degree from the University of North Texas. Master class coachings include those with Federica Lotti, professor at the Conservatory of Music Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy and Nathalie Joachim of Flutronix. Major teachers include Dr. Melissa Colgin-Abeln and Dr. Mary Karen Clardy.
Dr. Rodriguez has held positions with the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez Orquestra Sinfonica, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Opera Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra at NMSU. She can be heard as a featured soloist with the University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony in recordings of the music of David Holsinger, Roger Cichy, Julie Giroux, and Frank Ticheli as distributed by Mark Custom Records.
As an educator, Dr. Rodriguez has held teaching positions with Clint Independent School district in El Paso, TX and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas. She is also a founding member of the El Paso Flute Club, an organization dedicated to promoting the music excellence of the El Paso flute community and focuses on elementary, middle school, and high school educational outreach. Current private studio work includes students from Northwest ISD and Coppell ISD.
Arianne Lovelace – Oboe/Bassoon
Dr. Vanessa Davis – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Dr. Vanessa Davis currently teaches at Stephen F. Austin State University, Northwest ISD, and Garland ISD. She performs professionally with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and is an active chamber musician. A teacher for over fifteen years, she is passionate about educating students of all ages and levels. Her pedagogy centers on meeting students where they are at and crafting an individualized course of study for each student to achieve success in their school band programs as well as at the district, region, and state levels.
Dr. Davis has performed all over the United States and around the world most recently in Ostend, Belgium and Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2019 she will give solo performances in the Canary Islands, as well as at the International Clarinet Association Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. In March she will be a featured soloist at the Texas Clarinet Colloquium. As a clinician Dr. Davis has given numerous masterclasses and performances around the country and this year will be presenting a lecture on clarinet pedagogy and a recital of unaccompanied music for the clarinet at the Southeastern Louisiana University Clarinet Day and Las Vegas Clarinet Day.
Prior to her work as a college professor and professional musician, she was Director of Music pre-k to 12 at a school Massachusetts. As a former administrator and band director, Dr. Davis understands the importance of the private specialist working in conjunction with the school music program as a team to help students achieve their musical goals and become leaders in their school band programs.
Dr. Davis received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music, a Master of Music Studies: Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation, “A Concept-Based Pedagogy Approach to Selected Unaccompanied Clarinet Repertoire” won the Toulouse Dissertation Award in Fine Arts. She has written articles addressing clarinet performance and pedagogy appearing The Instrumentalist (October 2018), National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal (Winter 2018), and Symposium – Journal of the College Music Society (March 2019) among others. She is currently working on a book.
Dr. Davis is available to teach lessons before, during, and after school and may be reach via email or phone. More information about her pedagogy, performance, and teaching philosophy can be found at vanessadavisclarinet.com. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet – Ms. Laura Kidder
Laura Kidder is a clarinetist and music educator from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In her 13 years as a clarinet and saxophone doubler, she has had experience performing in wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, orchestras, pit orchestras, operas, and various chamber ensembles across the country. Laura recently completed her undergraduate studies from the University of North Texas in December 2018 with degrees in clarinet performance and music education. She currently lives and works in Denton where she teaches private clarinet lessons and masterclasses with Wilson and Adams middle school of Northwest ISD.
Saxophone – Mr. Tanner Deters
Tanner Deters earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2018, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Jazz Performance. He has studied with Mark Dooly, David Lown, and most recently under Brad Leali. As a DFW area high school graduate, he has first hand experience in the various activities that his students participate in, including all-region and solo and ensemble. In addition to teaching private lessons at Wilson Middle School and completing his second degree, he regularly performs in musical groups across Dallas and Fort Worth. Tanner brings over 10 years of saxophone experience to his students, and is passionate about guiding students to find their own musical passion.
Dr. James Sims – Trumpet
Dr. James Sims earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Ray Crisara. He also studied at Baylor University. Dr. Sims has taught at all levels including positions at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tarleton State University, and the University of Texas at Tyler. As a soloist, he has appeared with the East Texas Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, and the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony). He was soloist for the world premier performance of Kenji Bunch’s Double Talk: A Concerto for Marimba and Trumpet and Orchestra. He is currently Principal Trumpet of the East Texas Symphony and the Wichita Falls Symphony. He is Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds. He has played with numerous other orchestras. Dr. Sims performs regularly with Casa Manana Musicals and has performed with the Dallas Summer Musicals. Dr. Sims has been a part of the Bert Truax Trumpet Camp since 2005.
Mrs. Teresa Francis – French Horn
Teresa K. Francis is recently retired from middle school band directing after 28 years of service. Her latest position was as assistant band director in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District where she taught for the past 8 years. Along with band directing she has also taught privately and managed to find time to perform with many groups. She is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
As a performing musician, Mrs. Francis has performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Greater Fort Worth Community Band at the Eisemann Performance Center at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention, served as principal horn with the Texas Lone Star Community Band on tours of Australia, Italy, France and England. She is currently a member of the orchestra at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. She is in demand as a clinician, horn specialist and adjudicator.
Mrs. Francis lives in Colleyville, Texas with her husband Bobby- who serves as Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. They have two daughters, Tamsyn – 20 and Breelyn – 12 years old, both of whom are active in music activities of their own. She also has several four legged, fuzzy members of the family-two cute dachshunds and two very spoiled cats.
Mrs. Marte Kennedy – Trombone
Marte Kennedy is in her twenty fifth year of private lesson instruction. She has been working in the DFW metroplex for 20 years. As a professional trombone instructor, Mrs. Kennedy has been responsible for maintaining an active and growing trombone studio of 6th-12th grade students in private lessons.
Mrs. Kennedy attended the University of Iowa on a full scholarship and received her Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance. She continued her education at Texas Tech University as Teaching Assistant to Don Lucas and completed her Master’s degree in trombone performance in 1998. On invitation by Jan Kagarice, she auditioned for and received a Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas School of Music where she did postgraduate work for 7 years.
She spent 2 seasons as principal trombonist with the American Wind Symphony, and has performed with the Roswell New Mexico Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Albuquerque New Mexico Symphony, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. Twice she was a finalist in concerto competitions at Texas Tech and UNT. She has also been a part of two college trombone ensembles who have won the International Trombone Festival’s choir competitions. In the Spring of 2015, she was recognized by Dr. Dave Begnoche at the TCU Trombone Summit with the “Unsung Hero Award”.
While teaching in the DFW Metroplex, her students have consistently placed in the Region and District Bands and have earned distinction in the State Bands many times. Mrs. Kennedy has been a part of three programs whose bands have been featured ensembles at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic as well as the Texas Music Educators Association convention.
Her Marcus High School trombone quartets have twice competed successfully at the TCU Trombone Summit and won first prize of $1000 in the Courtois Trombone Competition. Last January 2015, she took a select trombone choir to the Big 12 trombone Trombone conference at Texas Tech, where they were featured in a performance based masterclass.
Her teachers include Jon Hansen, George Krem, Max Bonecutter, Joe Alessi, Jay Friedman, Don Lucas, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Vern Kagarice.
Marte Kennedy is happily married to husband Stephen Kennedy and has an amazing 11 year old daughter Haven Anne, who has taught her to play Minecraft!
Mr. Jonathan Watkins – Tuba/Euphonium
Percussion – Mr. Adam Schweitzer
Adam Schweitzer is a Percussion Assistant for the V.R Eaton High School Band Cluster in Northwest ISD. His responsibilities include rehearsing with the various marching and concert percussion ensembles within the cluster, teaching 7th & 8th grade percussion classes at Truett Wilson Middle School and Leo Adams Middle School, and giving private lessons to students in 6th-12th grade.
Adam has earned degrees in percussion performance (B.A., M.M.) from the Glenn Korff School of Music, and a degree in business (B.S.) from the College of Business Administration, all at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at UNL, he studied with Dave Hall, Tony Falcone, Al Rometo, and Director of Bands, Carolyn Barber. He performed with affiliated ensembles such as the Cornhusker Marching Band (snare drum), Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, as well as UNL’s inaugural Graduate Percussion Group, while also serving as principal percussionist of the Wind Ensemble for several years. He has performed at renowned venues such as the Midwest Clinic, CBDNA conference, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA) and Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) conferences.
Percussion – Mr. Matt Quinlan
Matt earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Music Degree from The University of North Texas with Ethnomusicology as his related field. He was a participant in the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and holds a Texas All Level Music Education Certificate. Mr. Quinlan has studied and worked with: Roger Cichy, Eugene Corporan, Joseph Christianson, Ron Fink, Mark Ford, Dr. Barry Larkin, Dr. Jeffrey Prater, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, David Resnick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, and Leigh Howard Stevens.