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.
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 joins TISD as the new Director of Percussion Studies.
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.
Middle School Directors
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.
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).