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.
Director of Bands, Wind Ensemble & Concert Band
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 and Concert Band.
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).
Howard Desselle IV received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. During his time at NSU he was as a member of the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Drumline and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Ken Green, the Natchitoches/Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and the Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Bill Brent.
Upon finishing his Master’s Degree Desselle began teaching full-time as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Percussion at Lafayette High School in Lafayette, LA. While at LHS Mr. Desselle was fortunate to work with Scotty Walker and Ronnie Gleason as they led the band multiple Louisiana Grand Champion awards at the Louisiana State Marching Festival, and in 2011 was awarded Class AAA Grand Champion and 11th place overall in Finals competition at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also during his tenure at Lafayette the Wind Ensemble had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Mr. Desselle was awarded Lafayette Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Nominee.
Mr. Desselle later attended the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media where he had the privilege of studying with Tom Knight (former drummer for TLC) and earned a degree in Drumset Performance . While in Atlanta Mr. Desselle continued working with local marching band programs, taught private lessons and played drumset professionally in a variety of rock, blues, jazz and funk bands.
Mr. Desselle continued as a professional drumset player in New Orleans, Louisiana playing jazz, blues, funk, country, and rock music.
As a professional performer Mr. Desselle has been a regular member of the percussion section with several symphony orchestras including the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, LA and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, LA. Mr. Desselle has played drumset and percussion with all types of bands throughout the Southeastern US playing in everything from rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues, brass bands, and musicals. Mr. Desselle is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
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
Associate Director of Bands
Dustin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. As a clarinet performer he was able to study under Dr. Carol Jessup and Mrs. Deborah Fabian who is currently the concertmaster for the Dallas Wind Symphony. Dustin was also under the direction of Dr. Douglas Stotter while in the Wind Ensemble as well as Dr. Cliff Evans in the Symphony Orchestra during this time. During his years in the UT Arlington Maverick Marching Band Dustin served as Drum Major under the direction of Mr. Matthew Luttrell. Notable performances during this time include performing at the Cowboy's Stadium in 2009, performing at the Winspear Opera House in 2011, and performing at the 2012 TMEA with the UT Arlington Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Nguyen will be entering his 4th year of teaching in public schools. Prior to his time in MISD, Mr. Nguyen was an assistant director at Nimitz High School in Aldine ISD as well as the Elementary Strings teacher at Berry, Goodman and Thornton Elementary in Arlington ISD.
Mr. Nguyen is a member of Texas Music Education Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the International Clarinet Association, the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, an alumni of Tau Beta Sigma, and had the opportunity to march trumpet at Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Nguyen currently resides in Arlington, TX with his wife Caitlyn and 3 cats; Dante, Benny and Lady.
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
Associate Director of Bands, Symphonic Band
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.
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.
Associate Director of Bands, Percussion Cluster Coordinator, Jazz Band
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.
Mr Gibson's responsibilities at West Mesquite High School include co-directing the Symphonic band and the “Burnt Orange Band” Marching Band and conducting the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Gibson also oversees and coordinates all percussion activities within the West Mesquite cluster.
As an active performer in the Natchitoches LA and 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 (formerly Dallas' Original 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.