Kelly Wykoff – Director of Bands – wykoffk@friscoisd.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.

 

Mathew Schaul 2015Matthew Schaul – Associate Director of Bands – schaulm@friscoisd.org

Mr. Matthew Schaul is proud to serve as the Associate Director of Bands at Lebanon Trail High School. His duties include conducting the Symphonic Winds and Concert 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 18-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 six years. For the past four 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.

 

Alex Castro – Associate Director of Bands – castror@friscoisd.org

Mr. Alex Castro is new to Frisco ISD and will be serving as Associate Director of Bands at Lebanon Trail High School. He is in his 3rd year of teaching. Prior to coming to FISD, Mr. Castro served in a similar role at Downing Middle School and Arbor Creek Middle School in Lewisville ISD.

Originally from Commerce, TX, he graduated Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While at Commerce, Mr. Castro had the opportunity to perform in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, and multiple chamber ensembles. He was a featured soloist with the TAMU-C Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, hosted in San Antonio. He has also performed, through TAMU-C, in New Orleans and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Mr. Castro completed his student teaching at Lake Highlands High School, under the guidance of Jeff Bradford and Matt Newton. He then graduated with honors from Texas Christian University in the spring of 2016, earning his Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance. While at TCU he performed with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Trombone Choir, the last of which performed at the 2014 International Trombone Festival hosted at the Eastman School of Music.

An active freelancer and educator in the DFW area, Mr. Castro performs frequently with the Dallas Opera, Longview Symphony, and the Dallas Winds, whom he joined at the 2015 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention in San Jose, CA. Additionally, he is a member of BLAST OF BRASS, a chamber brass group which hosts a yearly camp at Texas A&M University-Commerce, hailing guests artists such as Brian Bowman, Pat Sheridan, Jeff Nelsen, and many top international brass musicians.

In his free time, Mr. Castro enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, and playing trombone.

 

Rob ParksDr. Rob Parks – Percussion Director – parksr@friscoisd.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.

 

Valerie Wharton – Assistant Percussion Director – whartonv@friscoisd.org

Ms. Valerie Wharton was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, studying percussion with Ben Wahlund during her high school years, and she moved to Texas in 2011 when she began her studies in music education. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth as a pupil of Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Jeffery Hodge, Joseph Carter, Dave Hall, and Andrew Eldridge.

As a performer, Valerie has played in several high-profile situations at both the national and international level, including a showcase concert at PASIC, tours with the Crossmen and the Santa Clara Vanguard, a winter drumline season with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and a concert with the International Festival of Winds and Percussion at the Sydney Opera House. At TCU, she participated in the award-winning percussion ensemble, wind band, symphony orchestra, steel band, and marching band.

As an educator, Valerie has taught all education levels at numerous schools. She has worked with the percussionists of Boswell High School, Richland High School, Keller High School, North Mesquite High School, Berkner High School, Southwest High School, Brazoswood High School,  Eaton High School, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Lauren Potter – Guard Director – potterla@friscoisd.org