Rene Lira - Director of Bands
Bio coming soon
Madison Argo - Associate Band Director
Madison Argo is currently one of the Band Directors at Rowlett High School in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Argo, a native of Alabama, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University and a Master’s of Performance in Wind Conducting from Ball State University. His primary instrument is the trumpet.
During his time at Auburn, Mr. Argo served as the Head Drum Major of the 380-member Auburn University Marching Band. He was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, where he held roles as Secretary and President. Additionally, Mr. Argo holds memberships in the National Band Association, National Association for Music Educators, Music Teacher's National Association, the Georgia Music Educator’s Association, and the Texas Music Educator’s Association. He also serves on staff for the Macy's Great American Marching Band that performs in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mr. has served as an adjudicator and clinician for various events around the state of Georgia and Alabama. He has also worked as a member of the Auburn University Summer Band Camps staff. Mr. Argo performed five seasons as a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony (Mariette, GA), and as a member has performed at the Midwest Clinic, the College Band Director’s National Association Conference (Southern Division), and at the GMEA In-Service Conference. Mr. Argo presented the session “Strike Up the Stands: Innovative Ideas for Athletic Bands” at the 2019 GMEA In-Service conference
At Ball State University, Mr. Argo served as a graduate assistant with the band department, where he assisted with conducting responsibilities, developing course curriculum, and teaching course materials. He also served in other administrative roles within the band department. Mr. Argo also performed as a member of the Ball State Wind Ensemble.
Chris McHenry - Associate Band Director
Mr. McHenry has been Associate Band Director and Percussion Director at Rowlett High School since 2014. He currently conducts the Marching Band, Drumline, Symphonic Band, and all concert percussion ensembles. In addition, he oversees all of the percussion activities at Coyle Middle School.
Mr. McHenry graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Prior to joining the Rowlett High School staff, he spent 14 years as Associate Band Director and Percussion Director for the 3-time 4A State Champion, Canton High School Band.
Percussion Instructor - Gabriel Ess
Gabriel Ess is an active percussion educator in the DFW area based out of McKinney, TX. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Texas under the instruction of Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Mike Drake, and others. While at University, he was active with the UNT Green Brigade, Indoor Drumline class, and various other percussion and vocal ensembles. He performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2014 as a member of the snareline. He has been an active percussion educator in the DFW area since 2016 teaching primarily in Frisco ISD as both a private lessons and drumline instructor.
Sarah Ferguson - Guard Director
Bio Coming Soon