Band Director Profiles

David Brandon - Director of Bands, Duncanville ISD
B.F.A. Stephen F. Austin State University
M.M.Ed. University of Southern Mississippi

David Brandon has taught in the Duncanville ISD since 1996. He is the Director of Bands for the Duncanville

David Brandon

Independent School District where he oversees the instrumental program for the district and conducts the DHS Wind Ensemble. Prior to this, he taught in the Spring ISD for seven years before coming to Duncanville as the head director at Byrd Middle School for nine years.

The 1998 Byrd Symphonic I Band was the 1st Runner Up in the CCC Honor Band Division and in 2004 was named the Texas CCC Honor Band and performed at the Texas Music Educators 2005 convention. The DHS Wind Ensemble placed 3rd in the 2019 TMEA 6A Honor Band competition.  Under his direction, the DHS Marching Band performed in five UIL State Marching Band Finals and earned Bronze Medals in 2006 and 2010.

Mr. Brandon is currently serving as the TMEA Region 20 and Area D Band Division Chairman. He is a member of The Texas Bandmasters Association, The Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmaster's Fraternity. 

Mr. Brandon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Master of Music Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.


Mark Teal - Assistant Director, Duncanville High School - Director of the Marching Band
B.M.Ed. North Texas University

Mark Teal currently serves as an Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Marching Band at Duncanville High School as a part of the Duncanville Independent School District in Duncanville, Texas.  Prior to his position in Duncanville, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Clark High School in Plano, Texas.

Mark’s duties during the school year include teaching and conducting the Honors Band and assisting with the other four bands at Duncanville High School. Mr. Teal also serves as director of the Duncanville Marching Band.  The Duncanville High School Marching Band has been the UIL State 5A Champion in 1986, 1990, and 2002.  DHS is the only 6A band in Texas to advance to the State Contest every year since 1988. Mr. Teal’s concert bands at Duncanville have also exclusively received superior ratings and won best in class at multiple festivals and contests. Mark has been involved in the Duncanville Wind Ensembles 2005 appearance at the Midwest Convention and Clinic and the 2008 5A TMEA Honor Band Concert (Duncanville HS) and CCC TMEA Honor Band Concert (Byrd MS). Duncanville High School Band holds both the Sudler Flag and Shield for excellence.

In 2002, Mark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, Mark performed with the Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporan where he performed at TMEA, ABA and can be heard on numerous recordings produced by Klavier Records and GIA.  Mr. Teal also performed in the Graduate Classical Percussion Ensemble directed by Mark Ford, Pop Ensemble directed by Paul Rennick, and the 2000 PAS Champion UNT Indoor Drumline led by Paul Rennick.  At the 2000 PAS Convention in Dallas, Mark was named the College Keyboard World Champion.

Mark spent four years, 1996, 1998-2000 as a member of the front ensemble with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been a staff member with Carolina Crown (2001, 2004), the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2005-2010) and the Santa Clara Vanguard (2011) serving as a front ensemble technician. During those years, Phantom Regiment won three Fred Sanford Top Percussion awards (2006, 2008, and 2010) and the DCI World Championship in 2008. Since 2015, Mark has served as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International.

Mark Teal is an active arranger, adjudicator and clinician where he has written for many top bands throughout the country, regularly judging solo, ensembles and band contests and has presented clinics at the Western Band Association Convention, the Percussive Arts Society Convention and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.

Mark has professional memberships with TMEA, TBA, PAS, and Phi Mu Alpha.​

Jack Zellar - Assistant Director, Duncanville High School

B.M.Ed Sam Houston State University

Jack Zellar is in his fourth year of teaching. He is an Assistant Band Director at Duncanville High School where he teaches the Symphonic Band and assists with the marching band. He spent his first year as an Assistant Band Director at William H. Byrd Middle School as well as teacher of beginner woodwinds at Daniel Intermediate School.

Prior to this Mr. Zellar attended Sam Houston State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in music education. During his time at SHSU he was a member of the symphonic band and wind ensemble as a saxophonist. Mr. Zellar was also a four year member of the Bearkat Marching Band serving as student assistant under Dr. Brian Gibbs. Mr. Zellar is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

When Mr. Zellar isn't working he enjoys running, bike riding, and kayaking and in general loves to be outdoors. Mr. Zellar resides happily in Dallas, Tx with his wonderful girlfriend Meghan and two dogs Sandy and Beaux.

Paula Tagalos - Assistant Director, Duncanville High School

B.M. Florida Southern College
M.M. University of North Texas

Paula Tagalos

Paula Tagalos is in her seventh year teaching. She has experience in the ATSSB, charter school, TMEA, and collegiate settings where she has experienced everything from being a second middle school assistant, to middle and high school head director, to university professor, to her current position as an assistant at Duncanville High School.

Growing up outside of Texas, Mrs. Tagalos was a five-time member of the Florida All-State Band, as well as the Florida All-State Collegiate Band. She has performed at the Midwest Clinic and Daytona International Music Festival alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, performed under the baton of noted conductors Lowell Graham, Paula Crider, Bill Conti, Ray Cramer, Dennis Fisher, and Eugene Corporon, and has been fortunate enough to perform for the American Horn Quartet and Barry Tuckwell.

She has performed with multiple orchestras in Florida, as well as the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Her playing can be heard on multiple albums, such a A Few Notes Between Friends and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra album, One for All.

Mrs. Tagalos has written for and been published by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and the International Horn Society.

When she isn’t with the DHS Band, Mrs. Tagalos loves spending time with her husband Ethan Henshaw (a director at Kennemer Middle School and STEAM Academy) and their 2 dogs and 2 cats, playing with the Mansfield Wind Symphony, gardening, reading, and cooking.

 

Dylan Ryan - Assistant Director, Director of Percussion

B.M.Ed. Texas Christian University

Dylan Ryan is in his second year in Duncanville ISD where he serves as the Director of Percussion for grades 6-12. 

Mr. Ryan attended Texas Christian University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music education. During his time at TCU he was a member of the TCU Drumline, Percussion Orchestra, Steel Drum Band and the Wind Symphony. Mr. Ryan has also traveled the country performing with Drum Corps International. He was in the front ensemble for The Academy, Troopers, and The Santa Clara Vanguard where he won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Outside of band and percussion, Mr. Ryan enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with his wife, Victoria.

Lorna Crowley- Head Director, Byrd Middle School
B.M.Ed. University of North Texas

Lorna Crowley

Mrs. Crowley is in her first year as Head Band Director at Byrd Middle School after serving five years as Assistant  Director. Previously, Mrs. Crowley taught in Garland ISD for two years as an Elementary Music Specialist at Stephens Elementary School, Dorsey Elementary School, and Freeman Elementary School. 

Mrs. Crowley attended the University of North Texas, where she studied bassoon under Kathleen Reynolds. While at UNT, she performed with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, and the Green Brigade Marching Band. She was also a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, performing with the front ensemble in 2011 and 2012. The SCV percussion section was featured in a clinic at the 2011 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and a clinic at the 2012 PASIC Convention.

Mrs. Crowley graduated from Duncanville High School in 2009.  While she was a student in DISD, she was in the Byrd Symphonic I Band from 2003-2005, and performed as a member of the 2004 Texas CCC Honor Band. In high school, she spent a year in the 9th Grade Band before performing with the Wind Ensemble for the remainder of her time at DHS. She was also a member of the 2008 Texas AAAAA Honor Band when the Duncanville Wind Ensemble won the title. In her junior year, Mrs. Crowley made the Texas All-State Concert Band, and performed at the 2008 TMEA Convention. Mrs. Crowley marched in the Duncanville Marching Band all four years of high school, serving as one of the band’s drum majors her senior year. She was named “Outstanding Senior Girl” before graduating.

Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Crowley lives in Grand Prairie with her husband and rescue dog, Rusty.


Megan Foster Villanueva - Assistant Director, Byrd Middle School
B.M.Ed. Stephen F. Austin State University

Megan Foster

Megan Foster is entering her first year as an assistant director at Byrd Middle School. She teaches beginner brass classes at Daniel Intermediate, is in charge of the Symphonic II ensemble at Byrd, and assists with the Symphonic I and Symphonic III bands. She also assists with the high school marching band.

Ms. Foster attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in music education. During her time at SFA she was a member of the Lumberjack Marching Band Mellophones, Trumpet Squad Leader, Orchestra Principal Horn, Roarin’ Buzzsaws Basketball Pepband Trumpet and a hornist in the Wind Ensemble. She studied Horn under Dr. Charles Gavin.

Ms. Foster graduated from Duncanville High School in 2016.  While she was a student in DISD, she was in the Byrd Symphonic I Band from 2010-2012. In high school, she spent a year in the 9th Grade Band before performing with the Wind Ensemble for the remainder of her time at DHS. Ms. Foster marched in the Duncanville Marching Band all four years of high school, serving as one of the band’s drum majors her senior year. She was voted Vice-President and Band Sweetheart.

Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda. 

Aaron Mincey- Assistant Director, Byrd Middle School
B.M.Ed. Texas Christian University

Aaron Mincey

Aaron Mincey is entering his first year as an Assistant Band Director at Byrd Middle School. He will also teach beginning percussion classes at the intermediate level and assist with the Duncanville High School Band, as an Assistant Percussion Director.

Mr. Mincey attended TCU in Fort Worth, TX, where he studied under Dr. Brian West. While at TCU he performed in the Percussion Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Steel Band, and the TCU Drumline. He was also a front ensemble member of both the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle in 2019. The SCV percussion section was featured in a clinic at the 2019 PASIC convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Mincey is an active freelance musician and will occasionally perform at neighborhood venues in Austin, TX under the percussion duo, KitchenSync Percussion. When he is not teaching or performing, he enjoys being outdoors, visiting friends and family, and catching up on the latest Netflix series.

He is thrilled to being his first year as a band director in the city of champions!

Ethan Henshaw - Head Director, Kennemer Middle School

B.M.Ed. & B.M. University of North Texas
M.M. University of North Texas

Ethan Henshaw

Ethan Henshaw is in his first year as Head Band Director at Kennemer Middle School after serving six years as the assistant director.  His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic I band, teaching various beginner classes at Daniel Intermediate, and assisting with the Kennemer Symphonic II and III bands.  He is a native of Falls Church, Virginia.

Mr. Henshaw attended the University of North Texas and received Bachelor’s degrees in both music education and performance, as well as a Master’s degree in music performance.  He studied euphonium with Dr. Brian Bowman and performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the Green Brigade Marching Band.  He can be heard as a soloist on multiple recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band.

As a soloist, Mr. Henshaw was the winner of the 2009 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition in the student euphonium division and was a semi-finalist in the artist division in 2010.  He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

When he isn’t teaching, Mr. Henshaw enjoys traveling with his wife, Paula, a band director at Reed Middle School, and spoiling their two dogs and two cats.


Cesar Montelongo - Assistant Director, Kennemer
B.M.Ed. Stephen F. Austin State University

Cesar Montelongo

Cesar Montelongo is entering his fourth year as an assistant director at Kennemer Middle School. He teaches beginner woodwind classes at Daniel Intermediate, is in charge of the Symphonic III ensemble at Kennemer, assists with the Symphonic I and Symphonic II bands, and assist with the high school marching band. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Mr. Montelongo was a student teacher in Birdville Independent School District at Haltom High School and Watauga Middle School, where he was mentored by Donnie Hull and Jason Finnels.

Growing up in Arlington, TX, Mr. Montelongo was principal clarinetist of his high school’s top ensemble, held the principal clarinet chair during the Arlington Youth Symphony’s inaugural year, and performed with the Mansfield Wind Symphony under published composer William Owens. While at SFA, Mr. Montelongo performed as principal clarinetist of the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Fred J. Allen, was drum major of The Lumberjack Marching Band under Dr. David Campo and Dr. Tamey Anglley, performed in the Orchestra of the Pines, and won a concerto competition allowing him to perform as a guest soloist with the Orchestra of the Pines. Mr. Montelongo has performed all over Texas as well as New York. In the summer, Mr. Montelongo assists in teaching the drum major camp held at SFA.

Sarah Chang - Assistant Director, Kennemer
B.M.Ed. Texas A&M Commerce

M.M. University of Texas Arlington

Sarah Chang

Ms. Sarah Chang comes to Duncanville ISD in her sixth year of teaching band and first year at the middle school level as the assistant band director at Kennemer Middle School. Ms. Chang will be teaching the Kennemer Symphonic III band, assist the Symphonic II and Symphonic I band, serve all flute students of Duncanville ISD, and will be assisting with the Duncanville High School Colorguard Program. Ms. Chang previously taught in Birdville ISD as the assistant band director at Birdville High School where she directed the Concert Band and the Colorguard Program.

Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, Ms. Chang began her studies as a music education major at The University of Texas Pan-American (now named University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) before transferring to Texas A&M University Commerce to complete her Bachelor’s in Music Education. Soon after, Ms. Chang began her Master’s in Flute Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington. In her Master’s studies, Ms. Chang has performed with various ensembles at nationally recognized conventions and events. Performances include the University of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony at the College Band Director’s National Association Convention in Boulder, CO; University of Texas Arlington Flute Studio performance at the National Flute Association convention; alto flute soloist with the University of Texas Arlington Flute studio featuring Eve Beglarian’s, “Not to Be Sad in This World” for alto flute and electronics. Professors during her studies include Dr. Malcolm Coleman, Mrs. Jocelyn Goranson, Dr. Julee Kim Walker, and Dr. Terri Sanchez.

Ms. Chang has years of experience performing and teaching cologuard throughout her music studies. She has marched the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 as a colorguard member as well as various Winterguard organizations such as CGT Dallas. Programs she has worked for include North Mesquite, Legacy Christian Academy, Mansfield, Allen, Edinburg Economedes, and Birdville. In her previous place of work, Ms. Chang has received various awards with the Birdville High School Winterguard including Scholastic A silver medal with the Varsity Winterguard in 2018 and Regional A bronze medal in 2021.

Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator’s Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and North Texas Colorguard Association.

When she’s not working, Ms. Chang enjoys spending her time with her three cats Leena, Luna, and Remus, giving her two Blue Heelers Tucker and Terra time to play with their dog park friends, exercising every so often, trying new foods and restaurants, and watching documentaries with her boyfriend, James, in Euless, Tx.

Michelle Hanegan - Head Director, Reed Middle School
B.M.Ed. Texas Tech University

Michelle Hanegan is the Director of Bands at Reed Middle School in Duncanville ISD where she has taught since 2005. She also teaches beginner brass classes at the intermediate level and assists the Duncanville High School Marching Band.

Under her direction, the Reed Middle School Symphonic I Band has received consecutive Division I Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading, advanced to the state area level of the Texas Music Educators Association CC Honor Band Competition in 2017 and 2019, and was recognized by the Foundation for Music Education as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Contest in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Individually, students in the Reed Middle School Band consistently receive many of the highest chairs in the TMEA Region 20 Middle School All- Region Band and Division I Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest. Reed Band students continuing their music education in the Duncanville High School Band have a long history of earning placement in the TMEA All- State Bands, receiving college music scholarships, and majoring in music education and/ or music performance.

Ms. Hanegan is a trombonist in the Mansfield Wind Symphony in Mansfield, Texas under the direction of Mr. Brian Merrill. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in Music from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where she studied trombone with Mr. Don Lucas.

Her professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Hannah Lansdell - Assistant Director, Reed Middle School
B.M. Ed. University of North Texas

Hannah Lansdell

Mrs. Lansdell is beginning her second year of teaching as a Texas Music Educator and her first year here at Duncanville ISD. Mrs. Lansdell is originally from Red Oak, Texas, where she was the principal bassoonist of her high school’s Wind Ensemble. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

While attending UNT’s College of Music, Mrs. Lansdell studied bassoon with Professor Kathleen Reynolds and Dr. Jorge Cruz, and voice with Dr. Samantha Wood. She participated in UNT’s Wind Ensemble as well as Women’s Chorus. She studied music education with Dr. Donna Emmanuel, Dr. Darhyl Ramsey, Dr. Henry Warren, and Dr. Sean Powell. Mrs. Lansdell also had the pleasure in being an instructor for the College of Music’s beginner band program, “Start Up the Band,” where she taught soon-to-be 6th graders instrument technique and care the summer before entering middle school.

Mrs. Lansdell teaching experiences include being the Associate Director at Georgetown High School where she taught the second and third band as well as a music theory course. She also has experience in private lessons and masterclass teaching.

Julian Luke - Assistant Director, Reed Middle School
B.M. Ed.