Private Lessons

To enroll your student in Private Lessons for the 2021-22 School Year, please fill out the form below. Click the link to be redirected to a Google form. Once the form is submitted, we will pass the information along to the appropriate instructor on our lesson staff who will then contact you to set up a lesson time, either before school, during class, or after school.

Private Lesson Form

Meet our Lesson Staff!

FLUTE
Mary Reyes Sanchez is the resident applied flute instructor for the Keller and Richardson Independent School Districts. She earned both a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at New Mexico State University. While at NMSU she was on the faculty as a Graduate Flute Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor for woodwind techniques, and held an assistantship with the Las Cruces Symphony.

In addition to her flute studios, Mrs. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator in Solo and Ensemble Festivals and as a clinician on flute in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. From 2009-2010 she was acting president of the Texas Flute Society and previously held the position of Vice-President. Her performing credits include principal flutist with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera, and as a member of the Las Cruces Symphony. She has also worked with legendary sound engineer and Grammy Award winner Phil York completing works for composer C. Edward Salter under the Eagle Tiger Record Label.

Mrs. Sanchez has taught privately for the past eighteen plus years. Her students have consistently received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, recognition at auditions in the middle/high school and university level and have been selected to the Texas All-State and New Mexico All-State bands. Mrs. Reyes Sanchez maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the DFW metroplex.

OBOE
Catherine Wardle is a private lesson teacher and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and can often be seen playing both the oboe and english horn with them. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a masters degree in oboe performance. While at UNT she had the privilege of playing and recording with the UNT Wind Symphony and the UNT Symphonic Band. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Hardin-Simmons University. While there she was awarded the Presser Scholarship and named the first female drum major of The World Famous Cowboy Band.

Her primary teachers include James Ryon and Susetta Rockett. She also is the head of oboe for the Bocal Majority Store in Richardson, Texas. She currently resides in Denton with her husband Caleb, son Alexander, and their two cats, Albus and Minnie.

BASSOON
Dr. Jorge Cruz

CLARINET
Jenna McCall is a clarinetist and educator in the North Texas area. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas. In addition, she holds a Master of Music from the University of North Texas and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia.

Mrs. McCall has been teaching clarinet in the DFW area since 2013. She was also a general music teacher in Ennis ISD for two years prior to beginning the DMA program. Also, she was a Woodwind Methods Teaching Fellow at UNT, where she taught music education students how to play and teach woodwind instruments.

As a performer, Mrs. McCall has been invited to present at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest Conference, National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and the College Music Society Southern Chapter Regional Conference. She has also performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony and was clarinet section leader for the 2019-2020 school year.

When not playing clarinet, Mrs. McCall enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. She currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Wesley, who is an Assistant Band Director at Castleberry High School. They have four fabulous felines: Rhapsody, Kyrie, Libby, and Artie.

SAXOPHONE
José Barrientos is a Texas native and has a Master degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Tse. Prior to moving to the Midwest he completed his undergraduate studies in music education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacadoches, Texas where he was a student of Dr. Nathan Nabb and was also a finalist in the Concerto/Aria Competition in 2012. As an active classical saxophonist, Mr. Barrientos has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Southeastern Europe. In the summer of 2013 he was selected to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as a guest artist with the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Youth Orchestra. 

Mr. Barrientos currently holds a private saxophone studio consisting of over 80 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and is also director of the Texas Youth Saxophone Ensemble. Not long after taking over the saxophone studio in the Timber Creek Falcon cluster in the Fall of 2018, the TCHS Saxophone Ensemble performed at the 2019 Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in San Antonio and went on to be invited to performa at the prestigious 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

FRENCH HORN
Emily Houston

TRUMPET
Oscar Ban is a freelance composer, arranger, and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Previously, Mr. Ban worked as the Associated Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Bands at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, as well as working with a variety of different Indiana high school programs including Avon High School, Carmel High School, and Center Grove High School. He has also served as a high brass instructor at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently a high brass instructor for the Blue Knights and Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Ban marched with the Carolina Crown corps from 2015-2017, and marching for four years in the Indiana University Marching Hundred.

As a composer and arranger, Mr. Ban began serving as the Carolina Crown Small Ensemble Arranger in 2016 and 2017, and now arranges for marching band, indoor winds, and completes many original commissions for concert and chamber ensembles. His publications through the RWS Music Company have reached the J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice List. He is a graduate of Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana and recieved his Bachelors of Music Education with an Instrumental Band and Trumpet focus from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

TROMBONE
Grant Futch is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Originally from Baldwyn, MS, Grant began playing trombone at the age of eleven. As a soloist, Grant has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble. Grant was a finalist for the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition (2015), winner of the Mississippi Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2007), and was a member of the Yale Trombone Quartet, winner of the 2017 National Trombone Quartet Competition.

Grant is currently the Principal Trombone of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Louisiana Philharmonic, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Grant holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Yale University. His primary teachers include Steve Menard, Scott Hartman, Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Dr. Jonathan Whitaker, and Dr. Ben McIlwain.

EUPHONIUM
TBA

TUBA
Brett Copeland is a multi-faceted musician who is actively performing, composing, and teaching low brass and electronic composition. He is new to the DFW area and has maintained a freelance performance career in upstate New York over the past few years where he played tuba with Symphoria (Syracuse, NY) and was a substitute musician for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also acted as Principal Tuba with the Venice Symphony (FL), the South Shore Symphony Orchestra (FL), and the Ash Lawn Opera (VA). Brett is a founding member and tubist for Flower City Brass, a brass quintet established at the Eastman School of Music in 2016, who recently spent the summer performing at the Aspen Music Festival in 2021. Brett earned a DMA in Tuba Performance and Literature with a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music (’20) where he was a Teaching Assistant for both the Tuba Studio and the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS).

PERCUSSION
Al Dunn is starting this tenth year as a lesson teacher in the Falcon Fury Band Cluster. The Timber Creek Drumline is a Bands of America and WGI Regional champion. His teaching responsibilities at Timberview Middle School include  7th and 8th grade percussion private lessons, and at Timber Creek High School they include writing/instructing the front ensemble and electronics/amplification. He also works with the winter drumline and percussion ensemble in the spring semesters.

Mr. Dunn has been an educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 25 years and has worked with groups in the Lewisville and Keller ISDs. During that time he has had the honor of conducting groups at the Percussive Arts Society ‘Call for Tapes’, Bands of American Percussion Festival, and the Leigh Howard Stevens high school marimba seminar. His Drum Corps International experience includes marching with the Phantom Regiment and Blue Devils. He has also written and/or taught for Phantom Regiment, Glassmen, Crossmen and other groups across the US and Canada. He is currently an adjudicator with DCI and the Western Band Association. Mr. Dunn is an active member of the PAS, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is an endorser of Innovative Percussion.