Directors

Trevor Kay

Director of Bands

972.563.4430  ext. 7230 

trevor.kay@terrellisd.org

Trevor Kay currently serves as the Director of Bands for Terrell ISD.  Mr. Kay's responsibilities include team-teaching at THS and FMS, teaching the Tiger Marching Band, and serving as the director of the THS Wind Ensemble.  Concert and marching ensembles under Mr. Kay's direction have consistently earned Superior ratings at UIL Contests and festivals.

Mr. Kay joins TISD from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, where he served as the Director of Bands at Newman Smith High School from 2013 - 2019, and as the Associate Director for two years prior to that.  While at Newman Smith, Mr. Kay served as the Fine Arts Department Chair, director of the Wind Symphony, and was the primary director of the NSHS Trojan Marching Band.  Under his direction in 2013, the Trojan Marching Band made it’s third consecutive appearance at the UIL Texas State Marching Band Contest.  Prior to coming to Newman Smith, Mr. Kay held similar positions at Burleson Centennial HS and Elgin HS.

Mr. Kay holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.  While at Texas Tech, Mr. Kay studied horn with Christopher M. Smith and was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sarah McKoin.  In addition, Mr. Kay performed with the Court Jesters Basketball Band and the award-winning “Goin’ Band from Raiderland“.  In 2005, Mr. Kay was a performing member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, Wisconsin, where he marched mellophone.

 

Mr. Kay is an active judge throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and his professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.  He currently resides in Garland, TX with his wife Ashley, who is also a band director.

Nathan Ascano

Assistant Band Director/Colorguard Director

972.563.4430  ext. 7284

nathan.ascano@terrellisd.org

Nathan Ascaño joined the Tiger Family in the fall of 2018, and has been in charge of beginner clarinets,  beginner double reeds, assisting with bands at both Terrell High School and Furlough Middle School, and all aspects of the Terrell Colorguard program.  Mr. Ascaño grew up in Wichita Falls, TX where he graduated from Rider HS, and continued in Music Education at Midwestern State University, also in Wichita Falls, TX.  While working on his degree Ascaño was active in WGI and DCI performing with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado (2007-2008); Black Gold Winterguard from DFW, TX (2005, 2010, & 2019); and MSU Winterguard from Wichita Falls, TX (2004, 2006, & 2008).

 

He started his professional teaching career in 2010 with Crystal City ISD teaching colorguard and 6th grade beginner band.  Ascaño taught band/ colorguard in Crystal City for 5 years, meanwhile designing Winterguard shows for other local schools (Eagle Pass HS and Carrizo Springs HS) and serving as an equipment judge for Texas Educational Colorguard Association.  In the fall of 2015, Mr. Ascaño began working at Wills Point ISD as Colorguard Director and Assistant Band Director.  During his time at Wills Point the colorguard became a NTCA National A medalists (2016) as well as WGI Dallas Regional  Scholastic A Finalist (2017). Mr. Ascaño also was the director of the WPJH 7th grade band (CC NV). 

 

In 2018, Mr. Ascaño started two teams within TISD; the Middle School team (Terrell Cadets) and the High School team (Terrell Varsity) performed alongside the Terrell HS Marching Band for the Annual Terrell Christmas Parade, as well as competed in the NTCA Winterguard Circuit.  The Terrell Cadets were named the 2019 NTCA Cadet Novice Silver Medalists, and the Terrell Varsity Winterguard program was promoted from Novice Class to Regional AA.  For the 2020 season Terrell fielded three competitive colorguard teams.  The FMS JV (NTCA Cadet Novice Bronze Medalist), FMS Varsity (NTCA Cadet Regional A Class Champion), and Terrell HS (promoted from Regional AA to Scholastic A). 

Garrett Tucker

Director of Percussion Studies

garrett.tucker@terrellisd.org

972.563.4430  ext. 7282

Garrett Tucker joins TISD as the new Director of Percussion Studies.  Prior to his appointment with TISD, Mr. Tucker taught as the percussion paraprofessional for the Centennial High School cluster in Frisco, TX.  Mr. Tucker has also taught at Richardson ISD, Crandall ISD, Garland ISD, and Wylie ISD.

 

As a performer Mr. Tucker competed in the Drum Corps International World Championships with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014.  He is also associated with the Sherman Symphony, DAAYO, and has performed as an artist for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

 

Mr. Tucker received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas where he was able to perform with the UNT Symphony Orchestra, Two O' Clock Steel Band, UNT Percussion Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and served as principal percussionist for the UNT Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Tucker enjoys binge watching TV shows, eating Tex-Mex, and playing music in his spare time.

Sarah Pichardo

Dance/Colorguard Paraprofessional

sarah.pichardo@terrellisd.org

Sarah Pichardo was born and raised in El Paso, TX where she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Multidisciplinary studies in 2017.

 

Ms. Pichardo’s colorguard career began in middle at Walter E. Clarke and continued at Americas High School where she and her team were numerous Bands of America finalists and Winter Guard International regional and championship finalists.  After high school, Ms.Pichardo went on to perform with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Denver, Colorado from 2011-2015 and served as color guard captain in 2014 and 2015.  She also participated in numerous independent winter guards including FeniX Independent from Arizona State University in 2014 and Americas Independent from 2015-2017.

 

Along with performing, Ms. Pichardo started teaching right out of high school at Walter E. Clarke Middle School.  After two years, she then went on to teach Franklin High School from 2013-2018 where she was first a technician then moved up into the director position.  The program saw great success both locally and nationally under her direction.  In 2018, Ms. Pichardo moved to Dallas/Fort Worth area and served as director at J.J. Pearce High School through 2019.  Most recently, she was a technician and choreographer at Wylie East High School and Flower Mound High School.

Ms. Pichardo is extremely excited to be at Terrell and looking forward to a wonderful year.

Go Tigers!

Middle School Directors

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Cody Morrow

Head Band Director

972.563.2347 ext. 6317

cody.morrow@terrellisd.org

Mr. Cody Morrow is beginning his first year as the Head Band Director at Furlough Middle School.  Mr. Morrow graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015, where he performed in various ensembles including the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, basketball Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Lab 1, and multiple chamber ensembles.

 

After graduating, Mr. Morrow worked as the Band Director at the Institute of Diverse Education in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he taught all levels of band in 6th - 12th grade.  In 2016, Mr. Morrow joined the band staff at Ocean Springs School District.  His teaching responsibilities included teaching beginning trumpets and horns, the Ocean Springs Middle School Jazz Hounds, The Ocean Springs Middle School Concert Band, and team taught the Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, high school Marching Band, and high school Jazz Band.  Mr. Morrow also maintained a trumpet private lesson studio during his time at Ocean Springs.

 

Mr. Morrow currently lives in Plano, TX with his wonderful wife Kristina, who is an elementary music teacher, and their cat, Flitwick.

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Alana Sewell 

Assistant Band Director

972.563.2347 ext. 6318

alana.sewell@terrellisd.org

Alana Sewell began serving the Tiger Family in 2018 as an Associate Band Director.  Her responsibilities include teaching the beginner flutes, beginner saxophones, and bands at Furlough Middle School. She also assists with the Terrell High School marching band and has team-taught the THS Wind Ensemble, beginner double reeds, beginner clarinets, and beginner euphoniums/tubas. 

 

Ms. Sewell grew up in Forney, TX where she attended Forney High School.  She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016.  While studying at UT Arlington, she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Maverick Flute Choir, MavBrass, and served as drum major of the Maverick Marching Band for three years.  After graduating from UT Arlington, Ms. Sewell's first job was the Assistant Band Director at Gunn Junior High in Arlington, TX.  At Gunn, she was responsible for assisting with the varsity ensemble and teaching classes for beginner flute, double reeds, clarinet, saxophone, and low brass. 

 

Ms. Sewell is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi.  Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Young Band Directors of Texas.  Ms. Sewell currently lives in Forney, TX with her dog, Koji.