Assistant Director of Bands
Lacy Brown has been an Assistant Director at West Mesquite High School since 2008. Her primary responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band and team-teaching the marching band and other ensembles. Ms. Brown also assists with the Advanced and Intermediate bands and teaches beginning brass at A.C. New Middle School.
During her membership in the Whitesboro High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Pat Autry, Ms. Brown was a member of the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band for four years. She was also selected as an “Outstanding Performer” three times at the Texas U.I.L. State Solo & Ensemble Competition. In 2002, she graduated Valedictorian from Whitesboro High School. Beginning her collegiate studies, Ms. Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2005. During her student teaching at Argyle High School, Ms. Brown was fortunate to work with Ms. Cindy Mikel, Mr. Chris Burke, and Mr. MichaelLemish as they led the Argyle marching band to win the 2A State Marching Competition.
Continuing her education, she was awarded a Graduate Brass Assistantship at Texas Christian University and was principal euphonium in the Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mr. Bobby Francis. In 2008, she graduated with a Masters of Music in Instrumental Performance (Euphonium).
Among her collegiate accomplishments, Ms. Brown was a finalist at Regional International Tuba/Euphonium Conference competitions, as well as a semi-finalist in the International Leonard Falcone Euphonium and Tuba Competition in 2007.
Ms. Brown has studied euphonium with Mr. David Graves, Dr. Brian Meixner, Mr. Ed Jones, and Mr. Richard Murrow. Ms. Brown’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
Assistant Director of Bands
Michael Gibson received his academic training at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, LA. As a performer at NSU Michael played both Bass Clarinet and Saxophone in the Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Bill Brent. He was also on the the Spirit Of Northwestern Demon Drumline under the direction of Mr. Ken Green, the Spirit of Northwestern marching band under the direction of Dr. Jeff Mathews, the NSU Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Galindo Rodriguez, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and other various chamber ensembles.
Michael Gibson joined the West Mesquite band program in July of 2010. Prior to his time in MISD Mr. Gibson served as assistant director of bands at Creekview High School, Dan F. Long and Blalack Middle Schools (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD) and assistant director at both Garland High School and Austin Academy for Excellence in Garland ISD. Bands under Mr. Gibson's direction and assistance have earned superior ratings at University Interscholastic League Marching, Concert, and Sight Reading Contests.
As an active performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mr. Gibson has had the opportunity to perform with many well respected musical groups such as Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, The Crosswinds Jazz Band, Metro-Praise Orchestra, Metropolitan Winds, Celebration Jazz Band, Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra where he can be heard on their 2006 CD Kenton Portraits- A Loving Salute released by Tantra Productions.
Mr. Gibson is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Andrew Ward received his bachelor’s of music from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, he studied under noted Yamaha artists Max Matzen and Andy Stetson as well as Chuck Seipp, former member of the Pershing’s own. Andrew has played with the East Texas Symphony as well as the Mesquite Symphony. He is currently studying with Bert Truax, a previous member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is also classically trained in piano. He works full time as a firefighter in Mesquite and lives in Fate, Texas, with his wife, daughter and two dogs
Trevor Duke has participated in Color Guard since his freshman year at Mansfield High School. In those 8 years, he has won the opportunity to perform with several world-class ensembles, including the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (14’ and 15’), and the Black Gold Independent Winterguard (14’,15’,16’17’, and present). Currently, he teaches Color Guard for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps, Mineral Wells High School, and West Mesquite High School.
Trevor is currently attending Texas Woman’s University and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. He lives in Bedford, TX with three dogs: Annie, Blue, and Kamaui.
Allison Adams Rojas is a recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce where she is pursuing her master’s degree in flute performance. Allison held the position of principal flutist in SFA’s Wind Ensemble for two years, and performed as a member with them at their 2014 Texas Music Educator’s Association concert performance. She was also a member of the Orchestra of the Pines and has performed in concerts with the Longview Symphonic Orchestra. As a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, she is a member of the Wind Ensemble and will travel to TMEA with them in February of 2018 to perform. Allison is a former student of Dr. Christina Guenther and a current student of Dr. Julee Kim Walker
West Mesquite High School Band
Keinjahrhae McCarthy is a Senior Music Major at Texas A&M Commerce from Mesquite, Texas. He is currently performing in the TAMUC Wind Ensemble and the TAMUC Saxophone Quartet. His greatest musical influences are Paul Rogers, Kyle Stec, and Dr. Chris Beaty. With the Wind Ensemble at TAMUC. Ken has performed in the Premiere of Michael Daugherty's "Of War and Peace". Ken is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
Aaron is a graduate teaching assistant for Texas A&M University - Commerce from Greenville, Texas. He has studied music since second grade and has received his greatest musical influences from Sandra Cartwright and Dr. Mary Alice Druhan. He has performed as principal clarinetist with the TAMUC Wind Ensemble for several years and enjoyed many memorable performances including those at Carnegie Hall, TMEA and a wonderful tour of beautiful Germany and Austria. Occasionally subbing for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Aaron is very active in the DFW metroplex, having taught privately for seven years and studied with/performed for world-renown artists such as Steve Cohen (Northwestern University), Mark Nuccio (NY Philharmonic, Houston Symphony), and Corrado Giuffredi (international solo/orchestral artist). Aaron currently lives in Commerce, Texas as he pursues his Masters degree in clarinet performance with Dr. Druhan. He aims to one day perform with a military band before embarking on earning a DMA in clarinet performance and pedagogy and seeking work in higher education.
Director of Bands
Scott Patricia received his undergraduate and graduate school education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. During his time there he served at a member of the University’s Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Paul Hageman, serving as principal trombone for two years. In addition, he was the low brass section leader of “The Pride of South Texas” Javelina Marching Band. He was also a member of the TAMUK Jazz Band I, the Texas A&M- Kingsville Trombone Choir and various other ensembles. Other teachers include, Mr. Bryce Taylor and Dr. Greg Sanders. Notable performances while at TAMUK were the 1993 TMEA Convention with the TAMUK Symphonic Band and the 1993 NBA All-Star Game with the Javelina Marching Band.
Mr. Patricia in beginning his twentieth year in music education. He joined the West Mesquite Band program in July of 2014 as Director of Bands. Prior to his time at West Mesquite he was the Associate Director of Bands at Mesquite High School, also in the Mesquite Independent School District. During his tenure there the Mesquite HS Wind Ensemble (2nd band) received its first ever Sweepstakes Award from the University Interscholastic League in the history of the school’s band program. In addition, he served as Director of Bands at Leon Taylor Junior High in the Ingleside ISD and as an Assistant Band Director at Dayton High School in the Dayton ISD.
Bands under Mr. Patricia’s direction have received superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Marching, Concert and Sightreading contests, as well as other state and local festivals. Mr. Patricia’s responsibilities at West Mesquite High School are to oversee and direct all aspects of the “Burnt Orange Band” program and coordinate the West Mesquite High School Band Cluster. In addition, he conducts the West Mesquite HS Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Patricia is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Mr. Patricia presently lives in Forney, Texas with his wife Leia, son; Austin (16), daughter; Maggie (13), and step-son; Alexander (11).
Assistant Director of Bands
Percussion Cluster Director
Dan Dudney serves as the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director for the West Mesquite cluster. Having joined the team in 2018, he oversees all percussion curricula and activities for the high school and its area middle schools. Mr. Dudney received his undergraduate degree in Music Education/Percussion from Abilene Christian University and holds a Masters of Music from Texas Tech University.
Prior to his time at West Mesquite, Mr. Dudney served as the Percussion Director at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. In this role, he oversaw the percussion program, which consisted of the drumline, indoor percussion, and various percussion ensembles, as well as the jazz program, which consisted of a jazz ensemble and several smaller combos. Under Mr. Dudney's direction, the Bellaire percussion studio enjoyed competitive success on many levels, earning several student placements in district/region honor bands, multiple first divisions at region/state Solo & Ensemble Contest, and consistent high ratings at Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) percussion events. He has worked with several percussion programs across the state, and, while student teaching at Abilene High School, he helped lead the percussion section to its 1st place caption award in Percussion Performance at the West Texas Tournament of Bands.
Mr. Dudney has also thrived in his own performance career, having earned a wide array of accolades/recognitions and serving several leadership roles for various ensembles. He holds the 2012 title of the Individual Solo Competition in the collegiate marching snare drum division at Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with his original composition entitled, "…What?". Having performed in regional, national, and global settings, Mr. Dudney is eager to continue his professional performance career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He also holds memberships in several professional organizations such as Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Mr. Dudney is excited to be working with everyone at West Mesquite! Go Wranglers!