Duncanville ISD Band Director Profiles
David Brandon - Director of Duncanville Bands
Duncanville High School
B.F.A. Stephen F. Austin State University
M.M.E. University of Southern Mississippi
Mr. Brandon is currently serving as the TMEA Region 20 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.
David Brandon has taught in the Duncanville ISD since 1996. He is the Director of Bands for the Duncanville Independent School District where he oversees the instrumental program for the district and conducts the Wind Ensemble as well as the DHS Marching Band. 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. Under his direction, the DHS Marching Band has performed in four UIL State Marching Band Finals and earned Bronze Medals in 2006 and 2010.
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.
George Townsend - Assistant DirectorDuncanville High SchoolB.M.E. Texas Christian University
George Townsend is in his fifteenth year as a director at Duncanville High School where he conducts the Honors Band, and assists with Concert, Symphonic Band and The Wind Ensemble. Mr. Townsend has an integral role with the DHS Marching Band that has culminated in Grand Champions at numerous contests and one gold, three bronze medal finishes at the 5A-6A Texas State Marching Contest. The Duncanville Marching Band has advanced to the 5A-6A Texas State Marching contest every year since 1988. Bands under Mr. Townsend's direction have been consistent sweepstakes winners and the DHS Symphonic Band has been named 'Best in Class' at the DC and South Coast Music festivals.
Mr. Townsend is a graduate of Texas Christian University and student taught in Birdville ISD at Richland High School and North Ridge Middle with Bill Watson and Cindy Lansford. He is formerly an All-State clarinet student of professor Gary Whitman, a four-year member of the TCU Wind Ensemble, drum major of the TCU Marching Band 1996-1997, TCU Marching Band Staff 1999-2000 and drum major of the DCI finalist Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 1995 & 1996. He is a former staff member for the Texas A&M Commerce and UTA drum major and leadership camps.
Prior to his appointment at Duncanville, Mr. Townsend was the Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Hill High School. During his tenure at Cedar Hill, the concert bands and marching band consistently excelled earning sweepstakes each year, 'Best in Class' and finalist at several competitions. Mr. Townsend is an active concert and marching band clinician and most recently served on the Texas UIL PML State Committee. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Master's Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.Mr. Townsend resides in Dallas with his son and wife, Amber.
Mark Teal - Assistant DirectorDuncanville High SchoolB.M.E. University of North TexasMark Teal is currently an Assistant Director of Bands at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas where he conducts the Symphonic Band and writes/arranges for the DHS Marching Band front ensemble. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas where he gained a Bachelor Degree in Music Education. While at North Texas, Mark performed with the Wind Symphony, Classical Percussion Ensemble, Pop Ensemble, Steel Band, and the 2000 world-champion UNT Indoor Drumline.
Charles Moon - Assistant DirectorDuncanville High SchoolB.M.E. UT-San AntonioM.M - Texas State UniversityChuck Moon is currently in his 23rd year of teaching band in Texas! He graduated from Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas where he was a TMEA All-State percussionist. Mr. Moon taught for 12 years in South Texas. He then moved to the DFW Metroplex was the Associate Director of Bands at Denton High School. In 2006, Mr. Moon was named the Director of Bands for Ranchview High School in Valley Ranch, Texas. In 2012, he became the Director of Bands at Sachse High School.
Mr. Moon’s ensembles received consistent 1st division, superior ratings, at UIL Marching, Solo and Ensemble, and Concert and Sight-Reading Contests. His bands have attended the UIL Area Marching Contest on 7 occasions. His middle school band program, consisting of over 500 students, was awarded UIL Sweepstakes awards and was named outstanding CC Band at numerous band festivals around the State of Texas. The Jordan Middle School Wind Ensemble was also the region runner-up for TMEA Honor Band. In 2010, The Ranchview Band was awarded 1st Runner Up at the Final State Level Hearing for TMEA 3A Honor Band.
Mr. Moon received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. In 2004, he received a Master’s of Music – Instrumental Conducting degree from Texas State University. Mr. Moon is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Tim Biles - Assistant Director
Duncanville High School
B.M.E University of North Texas
Timothy Biles is the Director of Percussion for the Duncanville Independent School District as well as an Assistant Band Director at Duncanville High School. His responsibilities include teaching the beginner and intermediate percussion classes, 6th-12th grade percussion ensembles, and directing the Duncanville High School drumline. He is also the drumline arranger for the marching band. Prior to his job at DISD, Mr. Biles taught private lessons, percussion ensembles, and drumlines for many school districts in the DFW area, with a number of extraordinary instructors such as Evan Blackard, Michael Lemish, Michael Huestis, Zach Scheer, Darrin Hicks, Doug Bush, and Ben Maughmer.
As a graduate of the University of North Texas, Mr. Biles was involved with the UNT Percussion ensemble, 2 O' clock Steel Band, Concert band, Symphonic band, the Indoor Drumline, and the Green Brigade Marching Band. He was the tenor line/ drumline section leader of the marching band in 2011 and 2012, and led the UNT Quad Ensemble to first place with their self-composed small ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, “Pasic” in 2013.
Since 2010, Mr. Biles has been heavily involved in Drum Corps International, with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in the summer of 2010, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2014. The Santa Clara percussion section gave a performance at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, “Pasic”. He was the tenor line section leader and outstanding percussion member in the summer of 2014, with the group winning the Fred Sanford High Percussion award that year. Mr. Biles is currently on percussion staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard.
Mr. Biles resides in Lewisville with his wife, Alissa.
Russell Porter - Head Band DirectorByrd Middle School
Allyson Whitsitt - Assistant Band DirectorByrd Middle School
Mrs. Allyson Whitsitt is currently in her second year teaching band. She is currently an Assistant Band Director at Byrd Middle School. Mrs. Whitsitt attended Sam Houston State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. While there, she studied clarinet under Dr. Patricia Card and Dr. Dmitry Perevertailenko. She performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and was a drum major of the Bearkat Marching Band.
Mrs. Whitsitt resides in Mansfield, TX with her husband Michael. Michael holds a degree in music education, and is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Allyson Whitsitt’s professional affiliations include: Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Music Educations Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Lorna Quintanar - Assistant Band DirectorByrd Middle SchoolMs. Quintanar is in her first year as Assistant Band Director at Byrd Middle School. Previously, Ms. Quintanar taught in Garland ISD for two years as an Elementary Music Specialist at Stephens Elementary School, Dorsey Elementary School, and Freeman Elementary School. Her 4th and 5th grade combined choirs performed for the last two years at the City of Garland’s Annual Christmas on the Square Event, and the Freeman Hawk Choir earned a First Division rating at the Hawaiian Falls Choir Contest in May 2016.
Ms. Quintanar 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.
Ms. Quintanar 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, Ms. Quintanar made the Texas All-State Concert Band, and performed at the 2008 TMEA Convention. Ms. Quintanar 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. Ms. Quintanar is happy to be returning to her hometown of Duncanville, Texas.
Luzviminda Pascasio - Head Band DirectorKennemer Middle SchoolMs. Luzviminda S. Pascasio is in her fourteenth year of teaching. She is currently the Head Band Director at Kennemer Middle School and teaches beginners at Daniel Intermediate School in Duncanville ISD. Prior to joining the Duncanville band program, Ms. Pascasio taught seven years at Argyle Middle School as the Head Band Director and the AISD Color Guard Coordinator. She was blessed to be an assistant director of the UIL 3A State Champion Marching Band earning the distinction in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Under the direction of Lucy Pascasio, her middle school bands have consistently earned Superior ratings at UIL Concert/Sightreading Contest and many festivals along with being state finalists for the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series.Before Argyle ISD, Ms. Pascasio taught three years at Lindale High School where her bands also received Superior ratings at UIL and she was privileged to be actively involved in the Wind Ensemble’s TMEA 3A State Honor Band journey and performance in 2006-2007. Before moving to East Texas, she began her career at Crosby Middle School where she spent three years as an assistant director.
Ms. Pascasio is a 2001 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree. At SFASU, she studied with influential teachers such as Fred J. Allen and Brian A. Britt. Ms. Pascasio discovered her passion for music at Haltom High School where she graduated in 1996.
Ms. Pascasio is an active clinician and adjudicator. During the summers, she works at the Stephen F. Austin State University Band Camps as a sectional teacher and Military Drum Major Instructor. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association of Military Marching Bands, Tau Beta Sigma, and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Kenneth Thompson - Assistant Band DirectorKennemer Middle SchoolKenneth Thompson is a director at Kennemer Middle School. Mr. Thompson is in his 9th year of teaching band in the Duncanville ISD. Mr. Thompson directs the Kennemer Symphonic II Band and assists with both the Symphonic I and Symphonic III Band. He also teaches beginner woodwind classes at Hardin Intermediate and works with the Duncanville High School Marching Band.
Mr. Thompson spent two years marching baritone with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, Kentucky in 2003-2004. Mr. Thompson joined Southwind’s visual staff from 2005-2006 and the brass staff in 2007. Mr. Thompson spent two years as the visual caption head for Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from Memphis, Tennessee in 2008-2009 and two years with Forte Drum and Bugle Corps from Grand Prairie, Texas in 2010-2011.
Mr. Thompson graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he was the drum major of the Pride Marching Band and performed as the principal saxophonist in the Wind Ensemble under Dr. Brad Kent and Symphonic Band under Dr. Jeff Gershman. He also performed in the Texas A&M University-Commerce Jazz Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Thompson studied saxophone under Mr. Roy Allen and Dr. Todd Goranson.Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.Kennemer Middle School
Ethan Henshaw - Assistant Band Director
Ethan Henshaw is in his second year as an assistant director at Kennemer Middle School. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic III band, teaching various beginner classes at Daniel Intermediate and Hardin Intermediate, and assisting with the Kennemer Symphonic I and II 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, Brass Band, Concert 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.
Michelle Hanegan - Head Band Director
Reed Middle SchoolMichelle Hanegan is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She has taught for the Texas Public School System since 2003 and for Duncanville ISD since 2005. Ms. Hanegan attended The University of Texas in Austin, TX prior to Tech University. While at UT, her band director was Dr. Paula Crider and she studied trombone with Mr. Donald Knaub. Upon the retirement of Mr. Knaub, Ms. Hanegan transferred to Texas Tech University and studied trombone with Mr. Don Lucas and her band directors there were Dr. James Sudduth and Mr. Keith Bearden. Ms. Hanegan has also been fortunate enough to briefly study with Denis Wick, London Symphony; Ian Bousfield, Vienna Philharmonic; and Joseph Alessi, New York Philharmonic.
During Ms. Hanegan’s time at Texas Tech University she actively performed in many ensembles. Most notably, the Texas Tech Trombone Choir under the direction of Mr. Don Lucas. Numerous recognitions of the ensemble during that time include First Prize in the International Trombone Association Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition, performances at TMEA, and studio recordings for Warwick Music Publishing while in England. Ms. Hanegan was also a member of the Texas Tech University Goin’ Band from Raiderland Marching Band when they were presented with the Sudler Trophy.
Currently, Ms. Hanegan teaches band at Reed Middle School and Hardin Intermediate School whose bands have had great successes at Sandy Lake, Beach Within Reach, and UIL Concert and Sight Reading. As the director of the Reed Symphonic II Band, they received Superior Ratings at UIL and Beach Within Reach. Also under her direction, the Reed Symphonic II Band was Runner- Up to Best in Class at Beach Within Reach the two years in a row prior to her being assigned to teach the Reed Symphonic I Band. As the director of the Reed Symphonic I Band, they have received Superior Ratings at UIL as well as Superior Ratings at Beach Within Reach.
In the fall, Ms. Hanegan also assists with the Duncanville High School Marching Band and High Hats. She also performs in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area and most recently has performed with the CVC Family Music Theater under the direction of Dr. Sam Germany and is a regular member of the Mansfield Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. William Owens. Her professional affiliations include the International Trombone Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Pedro Maldonado - Assistant Band DirectorReed Middle SchoolPedro Maldonado is in his third year of teaching at Duncanville ISD. He is the director of the Symphonic II Band at Reed Middle School and one of the directors at both Hardin and Daniel Intermediates. In the fall, Mr. Maldonado also assists with the Duncanville High School Marching Band & High Hats.
Formerly a student at Duncanville, Maldonado was also in the Reed band under the direction of Mrs. Tammy Fedynich, Mr. Richard Williams and Mr. Brent Luna. In high school he was a part of both the 2002 Marching State Champion Band, and the 2004 TMEA Honor Band, both under the direction of Dr. Tom Shine & Brian Merrill. His student teaching was completed at Duncanville in 2010 during Dr. Shine’s final semester before retiring.
Mr. Maldonado received his Bachelor of Music Education from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. He was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, a soloist with the Yellow Jacket Marching Band for four years, and toured internationally with the group Winds of Triumph.
Currently, he maintains an active performing schedule, playing with various groups at different venues in the DFW area. In his spare time Mr. Maldonado enjoys anything having to do with Jazz, watching independent films and documentaries, playing video games, sleeping, and having a winning smile.
Mr. Maldonado resides in Duncanville with his wife Rachel and their dog Estes.