Mrs. Taylor Heaton – Flute
Taylor Heaton graduated from TCU with a B.A. in Flute Performance. During her time at TCU she served as the principal flutist in the TCU Wind Symphony. She has also performed with the Flutissimo! flute choir and earned an Honors Award as a soloist at the 2019 Texas Flute Festival. She teaches regular masterclasses across the metroplex and specializes in building self confidence through positive thinking and self-awareness. This is her tenth year of teaching.
Taylor lives in Fort Worth with her two kids, Molly (6) and Cooper (3), her husband Scott and their two crazy cats, Zoe and Beltre (Go Rangers!). She spends her free time baking and searching for the best tacos in Texas.
Mrs. Kaitlin Jones – Flute
Mrs. Arianne Lovelace – Bassoon
Prior to moving to the Fort Worth area in May of 2017, Arianne Lovelace was the Lecturer of Bassoon at Texas A&M University Kingsville. Ms. Lovelace taught applied bassoon to majors and non majors as well as a section of the woodwind methods course at TAMUK.
Ms. Lovelace, an Ohio native, moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2009 to pursue a career teaching private lessons and master classes on bassoon and oboe. In addition to her position at TAMUK, Ms. Lovelace has had a very successful studio of private students in and around the San Antonio area. She is a sought after performer and educator and has worked with some of the best publis school music programs in the state of Texas
Ms. Lovelace has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Kingsville Symphony orchestras. Ms. Lovelace has performed in concerts, clinics, and conventions throughout the United States and abroad.
Ms. Lovelace is excited to continue her private teaching in the Northwest Independent School district at Wilson MS. She is also a skilled reed maker and is able to provide for purchase high quality, professional reeds to her students. Each reed is customized to the individual student for the best response and sound production.
Ms. Lovelace earned her Bachelors of Music degree in bassoon performance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2005. She received her Masters of Music in bassoon performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 2008. Ms. Lovelace held the esteemed Associate Instructor position in the bassoon studio while completing her studies at Indiana University. Her primary teachers have been John Heard, Arthur Weisberg, Bill Ludwig, and Charles Ullery.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Mrs. 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.
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
Dr. Matt Rush – Percussion
Dr. Matthew Rush is a percussionist and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He is in his first year as Percussion Specialist at the V.R. Eaton High School cluster in Northwest ISD, where he will assist Percussion Director Matt Moore and teach applied lessons. Prior to accepting this new position Dr. Rush served as Associate Band Director and Percussion Coordinator at Garland High School in Garland, TX. He also was the Director of Percussion at Naaman Forest High School from 2008 – 2014, where he coordinated all aspects of percussion education at the high school and middle school levels.
Dr. Rush completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance, with a related area of Music Theory, at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in August of 2018. While at UNL he studied percussion with Dr. Dave Hall and had the opportunity to perform in the Percussion Ensemble, Graduate Percussion Group, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and take part in the premier performance of the Nebraska Steel, UNL’s first steel band. The UNL Percussion Ensemble had the opportunity to perform at PASIC in 2016 as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition, and it performed across the country in Florida, Chicago, and Texas. Dr. Rush holds a Master of Music in Percussion from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rush currently resides in Fort Worth, TX where he lives with his five-octave Malletech Imperial Grand Marimba and beautiful Majestic Walnut Prophonic Concert Snare Drum. He is excited to be teaching in NISD and to explore a new area of the Lone Star state!
Mr. 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.