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Director of Bands

972.563.4430  ext. 7230 

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Jayden Bernal

Assistant Band Director

972.563.4430  ext. 7284

Jayden Bernal is thrilled to begin his teaching career at Terrell ISD and currently serves as an Assistant Band Director for Terrell High School. Mr. Bernal’s responsibilities include team-teaching at THS and FMS, assisting with the Tiger Marching Band, and serving as the director of the THS Symphonic Band. 


Prior to THS, Mr. Bernal completed his Student Teaching in Frisco ISD. He has served as Marching Technician with the Wakeland High School Band in Frisco, TX and Tivy High School Band in Kerrville, TX. He has also served a SASI Drum Major camp counselor and has assisted a clinician for the TMEA 6A All-State Clarinet rehearsals. 


Mr. Bernal holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of North Texas. While at UNT, Mr. Bernal studied clarinet with Deborah Fabian, Dallas Wind Symphony Concertmaster. He was a member of the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Andrew Trachsel and Dennis Fisher. He was also a member of the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams - and participated in recording a professional album entitled Fiestas. In addition, Mr. Bernal performed with the 400+ member Green Brigade Marching Band - “The Best Band in the Land”, assuming leadership roles such Section Leader and served as Drum Major for the 2019-2020 Season. At the Green Brigade, Mr. Bernal worked with directors Dr. Daniel Cook and Dr. Nicholas Williams. Aside from large ensembles at UNT, Mr. Bernal has performed with Chamber Quintets, Opera Orchestra, and other smaller recitals.


Mr. Bernal’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Rockwall, TX. Mr. Bernal is a huge band nerd and loves to listen and attend concerts whenever possible! In his free time, Mr. Bernal enjoys running, traveling, hiking, eating amazing food, and wind band conducting! 

Mr. Bernal is thrilled to be a member of the Terrell community and looks forward to working alongside the wonderful parents, teachers, administration, staff and most importantly, students that make up this respected band program.

Landon Adams

Director of Percussion Studies

972.563.4430  ext. 7282

Landon Adams joins TISD as the new Director of Percussion Studies.

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Sarah Pichardo

Dance/Colorguard Paraprofessional

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

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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Nathan Ascano

Assistant Band Director

972.563.4430  ext. 6318

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).