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Directors

Art Ruangtip - Director of Bands

SARuangt@garlandisd.net​

Art Ruangtip is the Director of Bands at Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas. Previously he was the Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas for three years where he directed the Marching Band, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. In addition he served as an Associate Band Director for eight years at Sachse High School and held a similar position at Plano West Senior High School for four years from 2001 - 2004. Marching and Concert Bands under his direction have consistently received First Divisions at UIL. His jazz bands have gained high acclaim in numerous jazz festivals in Texas and has been an active jazz clinician throughout DFW. While at Sachse High School, Art also served as the Region 3 Jazz Chair for four years.

 

Originally from Tennessee, Art is a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in 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 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and on the Brass Staff with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently freelances as a professional trombonist throughout the metroplex.

Javier Rivera - Associate Band Director

Jlrive@garlandisd.net

Javier Rivera is the associate director of bands at Rowlett High School. His duties include directing the Honors Band, Concert band and Jazz 2 Ensemble. He also assists with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and marching band.

 

Prior to Rowlett High School Mr. Rivera was the 2nd assistant band director at Garland High School. While there he directed the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Instrumental Studies 1 and assisted with the fundamentals of the Mighty Owl Marching Band. His career started Spring 2014 at Garland. He took the Symphonic Band to UIL and they received their first UIL Sweepstakes in history, breaking a 26-year-old record.

Mr. Rivera’s education includes graduating from Plano East Senior High in 2009 where he performed under the direction of John Brennan, Jana Harvey, and Evelio Villarreal. He went onto Collin College where he studied under Dr. Aaron Rader and Travis Smith. Transferring to Sam Houston State University he finished his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2013 while performing under the baton of Dr. Brian Gibbs and studying euphonium with Dr. Henry Howey and music education with Dr. Matthew McInturf.

 

Mr. Rivera is a current member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and an annual attendee of ‘The Art of Teaching Music’ enriched by SMU’s Young Educators Seminars and Sam Houston State’s Center for Music Education.

Chris McHenry - Associate Band Director

cmmchenr@garlandisd.net

Mr. McHenry has been an associate band director and director of percussion at Rowlett High School since 2014. He currently directs the Marching Band, Drumline, Symphonic Band, and all Concert Percussion Ensembles.

 

While at Rowlett, Mr. McHenry has directed the Rowlett Symphonic Band winning numerous awards including first division ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competition. He also directs the Rowlett percussion program where he teaches the RHS drumline, front ensemble, concert percussion, and numerous concert percussion ensembles. Mr. McHenry is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Before Joining the Rowlett High School Staff, Mr. McHenry spent 14 years as a Band Director and Percussion Teacher for the 3-time 4A State Champion Canton High School Band. 

Jordan Ferguson-Percussion Instructor

jfergpercussion@gmail.com

Jordan Ferguson is a drum and percussion specialist living in the North Texas area. He is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied business, along with participating in several performing ensembles and music classes. Jordan has competed in many classical solo competitions across the United States. He was the runner up for the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention Collegiate Solo Keyboard Competition. In 2012 he competed in the Southern California International Marimba Competition, where he placed third in the scholastic 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 assists with the drumline and percussion ensemble, as well as teaching private lessons. In the past he has worked with schools in Forney ISD, Wylie ISD, Rockwall ISD, and Mesquite ISD, teaching a range of percussion classes and lessons. In addition to teaching, Jordan owns and operates a startup tech company, Omnis Management, LLC, that specializes in the development of an online music teaching management app for lesson teachers and music studios.

Ricardo Trejo - Guard Director

Mr. Trejo is the Color Guard Director here at Rowlett High School. He oversees the Color Guard in the fall and the Winter Guard in the Spring semester.

 

Prior to Rowlett High School, Mr. Trejo taught at College Station High School for four years as a technician and later served as interim head director. He has also assisted at 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 performed on the varsity team for 3 years. Upon graduating high school he was privileged to participate in DCI World Championships for 4 years.  Mr. Trejo was privileged to spin with Crossman Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and later Santa Clara Vanguard (2016-2018) earning a George Zingali award (2017), silver medal (2017) and a gold medal (2018). Mr. Trejo’s indoor experience includes Spirit Independent, based out of Houston, and later with WGI World Finalist CGT Dallas this past 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 to pursue a degree in Nutrition and Health. Mr. Trejo plans to return to school and earn his degree in the upcoming future. He is very excited to see what his experience at Rowlett High School will bring him.

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