Directors

Art Ruangtip - Director of Bands

SARuangt@garlandisd.net​

Originally from Tennessee, Art graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. His marching band experience includes being a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Brass Staff with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently works as a professional trombonist throughout the metroplex.

Rene Lira - Associate Band Director

ralira@garlandisd.net

Bio coming soon

Chris McHenry - Associate Band Director

cmmchenr@garlandisd.net

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.

Jordan Ferguson-Percussion Instructor

jfergpercussion@gmail.com

Jordan Ferguson is a drummer and percussion specialist who lives in the North Texas area. He recently graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied business, in addition to participating in various performance ensembles and music classes. Jordan has competed in many classic solo competitions across the United States. He was a finalist in the 2014 Percussion Arts Society International Percussion Competition. In 2012 he competed in the Southern California International Marimba Competition, where he ranked third in the school division. During the summer of 2014, he traveled and performed in Italy with the Synergy Percussion Ensemble and the Texas International Wind Symphony.

Jordan is currently on staff as a percussion specialist for Rowlett High School, where he helps with the drum line and percussion ensemble, in addition to teaching private lessons. In the past he has worked with schools in Forney ISD, Wylie ISD, Rockwall ISD, and Mesquite ISD, teaching a variety of drum lessons and classes. In addition to teaching, Jordan owns and operates a startup technology company, Omnis Management, LLC, which specializes in developing an online music teaching management application for music lesson and studio teachers.

Ricardo Trejo - Guard Director

Mr. Trejo is the Director of Color Guard here at Rowlett High School. Oversees the Color Guard in the fall and Winter Guard in the spring semester. Before Rowlett High School, Mr. Trejo taught at College Station High School for four years as a technician and then served as acting principal. He has also attended numerous schools, including Bryan High School, A&M Consolidated High School, Rudder High School, and most recently Little Elm High School. Mr. Trejo's color guard journey began at Bryan High School, where he served on the varsity team for 3 years. Upon graduating from high school he had the privilege of participating in the DCI World Championship for 4 years. Trejo had the privilege of touring with Crossman Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and later Santa Clara Vanguard (2016-2018) winning a George Zingali award (2017), a silver medal (2017) and a gold medal (2018) . Mr. Trejo's indoor experience includes the Houston-based Spirit Independent, and later with the WGI CGT Dallas world finalist last season (2019). Mr. Trejo began his education at Bryan High School, where he graduated in 2015. He later attended Texas A&M University for 2 years for a degree in Nutrition and Health. Mr. Trejo plans to return to school and earn his degree in the near future. He is very excited to see what his Rowlett High School experience will bring him.

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