Kelly Wykoff – Band Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kelly Wykoff is in her 9th year of teaching in Frisco ISD. She directs the marching band, conducts the Wind Symphony and Concert Band, and directs the Jazz Ensemble. Before she came to Lebanon Trail, she served as Associate Director at Centennial High School. During her tenure at Centennial, Ms. Wykoff’s non-varsity and sub non-varsity bands achieved Sweepstakes ratings every year, and the marching band performed in the State Finals twice, placing 3rd in 2011 and 8th in 2015.
Originally from San Antonio, Ms. Wykoff graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a concentration in trumpet from Texas Tech University. During her time at Texas Tech, she performed with the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and Court Jesters basketball band. In the summer of 2007, she performed with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
Ms. Wykoff is also an active drill writer, adjudicator and clinician in the North Texas area. She resides in Plano with her husband Mark, and their two cats, Murphy and Marbles.
Matthew Schaul – Assistant Director – email@example.com
Matthew Schaul is proud to serve as the Associate Director of Bands at Lebanon Trail High School. His duties include conducting the Symphonic Band, as well as instructing the wind section and leading the visual fundamentals program for the Trail Blazer Marching Band.
Prior to his appointment at Lebanon Trail High School, Mr. Schaul served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX. At both Lebanon Trail and Richardson, Mr. Schaul’s bands earned consistent Superior ratings at the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest, Director’s Choice Festival, and South Coast Music Festival. Prior to his appointment in Richardson, Mr. Schaul student taught in Birdville ISD at Haltom High School with Greg Hull and North Oaks Middle School with Tony Smith.
Mr. Schaul holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Texas Christian University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his time at TCU, he served as Drum Major of the Horned Frog Marching Band for two years and conducted at the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Mr. Schaul performed in the TCU Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby Francis, the TCU Symphonic Band under Brian Youngblood, and the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under Richard Murrow. Mr. Schaul is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Music Education at Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Schaul performed with the 2010 and 2011 Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver, CO, serving as the tuba section leader during the 2011 season. He also performed with the 2015 Blue Devils International Corps as a member of the tuba section. This ensemble, composed of 97 recent performers of the 17-time world champion Blue Devils and over eight other world class corps, traveled and performed throughout several countries in Europe, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Switzerland. The culmination of this tour was a two-week residence at the Basel Tattoo, the second-largest tattoo festival in the world.
Mr. Schaul has served on the staff of the TCU Music & Leadership Experience Summer Band Camp for the past five years. For the past three years, he served on the camp instructional staff as one of the leadership directors, all of whom were former TCU Drum Majors.
Mr. Schaul’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Dr. Rob Parks – Percussion Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rob Parks is the Director of Percussion Studies at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Parks also teaches the percussion students in the Lebanon Trail Cluster at Fowler Middle School and Clark Middle School. Dr. Parks serves as the conductor and director of the Fowler Percussion Ensemble, which recently performed a Showcase Concert at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in San Antonio, TX. In addition, Dr. Parks assisted the percussion section of the Liberty High School Full Orchestra in preparation for their performance at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Prior to his appointment at Lebanon Trail, Dr. Parks served as Director of Percussion at Liberty High School in Frisco and Newman Smith High School in the Carrollton, Texas. During his time at Smith, the Newman Smith Trojan Marching Band qualified for the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2009 (6th Place) and 2011 (14th Place). Dr. Parks’ students have successfully auditioned for placement in the prestigious TMEA All State Bands, TMEA Region 24 All-Region Bands and Jazz Bands and have also performed with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. In addition, his students have performed with drum corps such as The Cavaliers, Blue Knights, Crossmen, Madison Scouts and Southwind. Students from his studio have been accepted into the music programs at the University of Kentucky, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington and Northwestern University.
Dr. Parks has previously been on the percussion faculty at the Bands of America/Music For All Summer Symposium, served on the faculty of Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, and has taught and arranged for high schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and abroad in Japan. He is also a founding member of the UK Percussion Quartet, which performed throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, including a performance at the first annual Bands of America National Percussion Ensemble Festival. During the summer of 1999 he was a member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and has served as a percussion consultant for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.
Dr. Parks served as a contributing composer for a multiple percussion book entitled “Multitudes” edited by Dr. Andrew Bliss, published by Innovative Percussion, as well as contributing composer and assistant editor for a collection of rudimental solos in the compilation entitled “The Blue Book,” published by Tapspace Publications.
Dr. Rob Parks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University where he studied percussion with David Steinquest. In addition, he earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, both from the University of Kentucky, under the direction of Professor James Campbell. Dr. Parks is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks & Mallets and Evans Drum Heads. He is married to Belinda, a music teacher at Borchardt Elementary in Frisco ISD and they have three daughters, Arianna, Adelyn, and Ava.
Arjuna Contreras – Assistant Percussion Director – email@example.com
Mr. Arjuna Contreras is often noted for the energy, soul, and excitement he brings to music, both as a performer and an educator.
Mr. Contreras’ performing experience is vast. He possesses the ability to sound equally at home in a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, Country, R&B, Pop, Latin, Rock, and even Polka! Arjuna currently performs with the popular Texas country artists, Eleven Hundred Springs and Matt Hillyer. In recent years, he toured nationally with Grammy Award-winners Donna Summer, Brave Combo, and Howard Scott (original lead singer and guitarist for the funk band, WAR). In addition to his touring work, Arjuna serves as the house drummer for the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Mr. Contreras serves as the Percussion Specialist for the Lebanon Trail High School Cluster, which includes Clark and Fowler Middle Schools. The Fowler Middle School percussionists were the International Percussion Ensemble Competition Middle School winner for 2015. Under the guidance of Mr. Contreras and Percussion Director, Dr. Rob Parks, the students presented a Showcase Concert at PASIC ’15 in San Antonio, TX, which was met with rave reviews. Previous to his work in Frisco ISD, Arjuna taught at Colleyville Heritage High School and its surrounding middle schools from 1996 until 2015. Over the years, Mr. Contreras’ students have received top honors at drum line competitions, solo and ensemble contests, and band competitions. Many of his students have gone on to study music in college and become professional musicians. Beyond his teaching in schools, Arjuna is a highly sought-after clinician and guest artist.
Mr. Contreras’ drumming can be heard on Eleven Hundred Springs’ most recent recordings, Midway and Eight the Hard Way, along with Matt Hillyer’s recent release, If These Old Bones Could Talk. He can also be seen performing with the bands in their frequent appearances on The Texas Music Scene Television Show, and on tour throughout Texas and beyond. Additionally, Arjuna appears on the song, Belgium Polka, off of RCA/Jive Recording Artists, Bowling for Soup’s recent album, Sorry for Partyin’, as well as on Brave Combo’s album, The Exotic Rocking Life.
Mr. Contreras’ professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147. He endorses Remo Drumheads and Vic Firth Drumsticks, Brushes, and Mallets.