WMS Band Private Lesson Staff

Dr. Dolores August – Flute

Ms. Melissa Bosma – Oboe

Ms. Lauren LaChapelle – Bassoon

Mr. Naz Mendoza – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Mr.  Tanner Deters – Saxophone


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.

Doherty HeadMrs. Janet Doherty – All Brass


Janet Doherty received her BME from West Texas A & M University and has been teaching French Horn as a Private Teacher or Band Director her entire career. She has held a variety of teaching positions ranging from Elementary Music, Art, Orchestra, VH-1 Save the Music (reviving music programs in inner city Indianapolis), and Band Director.

Her 30 year career has also included playing with the Lone Star Brass Quintet, Midland Odessa Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Indiana Wind Symphony and Church Orchestras in several locations.

She studied horn with Charles Nail, Ron Lemon, Ralph Lockwood, and Myron Bloom when attending the Aspen Music Festival. She loves working with students at all levels and sets goals to see how much they can accomplish each year. Her past times include yoga, biking, and travel.

Mr. Darin Northam – Trumpet

12718217_10156862357845201_6325246657972173577_nMrs. 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. Tony Corson – Tuba/Euphonium

Quinlan HeadMr. Matt Quinlan – Percussion


Matt Quinlan has been actively involved in music education for 25 years. His students have gone on to become successful people, music educators, and performers. His workshop, Percussion Gone Global, has been seen by over 18,000 students this last year alone. Matt loves to travel and spread his message of cultural education using percussion instruments. Music is a universal language that brings us all closer together globally and shows how much we share as humans.

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.

Matt has taught at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Mansfield High School and spent eleven years at Flower Mound High School building a nationally recognized program. With his guidance his students earned five Grammy Signature School Gold awards and played at the Midwest Convention and Clinic three times. He led the percussionists to win the Percussive Arts Society Marching Division Championship for the two consecutive years of 2006/2007. The Flower Mound HS drumline was awarded the Fred Sanford award in 2007 for outstanding musical achievment at the PASIC festival in Ohio.

Mr. Quinlan now serves as a clinician, adjudicator, consultant, writer and performer throughout the United States. He is founder of Percussion Gone Global, a service-based percussion company that brings music to seniors and students of all ages. His professional affiliations include: the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Band Masters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Innovative Percussion, and Pi Kappa Psi.