Director of Bands
Brandon Downs has been Director of Bands at Rockwall High School since July of 2016. In his time at Rockwall, the marching band has received all first division ratings, qualified as a finalist at the prestigious Duncanville Marching Invitational, and qualified for the UIL State Marching Band Contest. Rockwall’s concert bands have also flourished during Mr. Downs’s time at RHS. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have each earned superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest in 2017 and 2018, earning the sweepstakes award, with Concert Band receiving superior ratings on stage in 2018. Rockwall High School’s Jazz I, under the direction of Mr. Jarrod Beard, was named the Invited Jazz Band for the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention.
Prior to joining the staff at Rockwall High School, Downs was Director of Bands at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. During the year Mr. Downs spent at Turner, the Lion Band earned their first sweepstakes award since 2012. Before going to R.L. Turner, Mr. Downs spent the first 11 years of his career in Mesquite ISD with the last 9 of those being as the associate director at North Mesquite High School, where he helped to grow the program from 120 students to over 325 students.
Mr. Downs is a native of Paris, TX and an alumnus of Paris High School. He graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2004. While at Texas A&M Commerce, Mr. Downs had the privilege of studying Horn with Michael Morrow of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Dallas Winds, and conducting with Dr. Bradley Kent, Director of UIL Music.
Mr. Downs is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Ms. Carol Meadows
Associate Director of Bands
Carol Meadows is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at school, Mrs. Meadows studied oboe under Dr. Charles Veazey, was a member of the University’s Concert Band Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Nick Williams, and participated in the Green Brigade Marching Band with the color guard for three years, spending two of those years as an officer in the guard. Mrs. Meadows received her Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University in May of 2016.
Outside of school, Ms. Meadows performed in the North Texas Color Guard Association and Winter Guard International Circuits with Insignia Open 2004, Insignia World 2005 – 2006, and Black Gold Open 2007. She has also worked with many color guards in the area over the last few years, some of which include Liberty High School in Frisco, Berkner High School in Richardson, J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, and Little Elm High School in Little Elm. Ms. Meadows was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard from 2005–2007 and was the flag captain in 2007.
Ms. Meadows taught in Mesquite ISD from 2009-2012 at North Mesquite High School. She conducted the Concert Band and taught the Color Guard at North Mesquite, as well as starting beginners on Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Flute and French Horn at McDonald Middle School. She taught in Birdville ISD from 2012-2016 at Birdville High School where she directed the Concert Band and Color Guard.
Ms. Meadows graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX where she was very involved in the marching and concert bands. She participated in the A Cappella Choir, Bell System Show Choir, color guard, and winter guard in leadership positions as well as being a member of the National Honors Society.
Ms. Meadows is currently a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Texas Music Educators Association. In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, traveling, relaxing with her cats, Marco and Mason, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mr. Chris Clark
Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Chris Clark is an Associate Director of Bands at Rockwall High School. Mr. Clark previously taught band in Plano ISD as Head Band Director at Hendrick Middle School. Prior to his time in Plano, Mr. Clark was Asst. Band Director in Mesquite ISD at Mesquite High School.
Chris Clark is a graduate from both Baylor University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and DePaul University where he received his Master’s in Jazz Pedagogy. While at school, Mr. Clark studied trumpet with Barry Hopper and Wiff Rudd, as well as studied jazz composition with Alex Parker and Tom Matta.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Clark is an active composer, arranger, and performer. With his publishing company, C3 Compositions, Mr. Clark has written several pieces for jazz ensemble, wind band, and orchestra. His works have been performed nation-wide and featured twice at TMEA as well as the Midwest Band Convention. In addition to writing, Mr. Clark composes for and directs the C3 Big Band, which is a 18-piece professional Jazz Ensemble in the Dallas area. Under his direction, the band has recorded two full-length albums, “Personifications” and “Straight Eighths.” Mr. Clark also performs regularly on trumpet in both the jazz and classical arenas in the DFW area.
Mr. Clark, his wife, Christiana, and their two children Abby and Noah enjoy traveling and being with their friends and family when not chauffeuring their kids around to rehearsals and events.
Mr. Russell Lancaster
Director of Percussion
Russell Lancaster is the Percussion Coordinator for the Rockwall High School feeder pattern in Rockwall, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music from Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he studied percussion extensively with Mr. Kenneth Green and obtained his teaching certification through the direction and guidance of Dr. Greg Handel and Dr. Sharon Joy.
While at Northwestern State University, Mr. Lancaster served as a Graduate Assistant of Percussion in 2013 and 2014. During his tenure, he instructed and arranged music for the Spirit of Northwestern Drumline and Front Ensemble, assisted with major/minor percussion lessons, and conducted the NSU Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Band. He was also one of the founding members of the NSU Percussion Society, and he coordinated the establishment of an elementary percussion program for the Northwestern State University Elementary Lab School.
Mr. Lancaster was involved with numerous performing ensembles at Northwestern State University. He marched four years with the nationally recognized Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Jeff Mathews, Mr. Kevin Richardson, Mr. Steve McKeithen, and Mr. Bill Brent. He was also actively involved with the NSU Wind Symphony, NSU Percussion Ensemble, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Combo, and the NSU Jazz Orchestra.
Through Mr. Lancaster’s participation with the NSU Percussion Studio and Jazz Orchestra, he had the opportunity to learn from renowned percussionists and musicians such as Bret Kuhn, Thom Hannum, John Lane, Mark Reilly, John Brennan, Johnny Lee Lane, Brett Dietz, Ed Smith, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker, Mike Vax, Steve Fisher, Johnny Vidacovich, and Zoro.
Mr. Lancaster is currently in his seventh year of working with the Rockwall High School Band and Percussion Studio. During his time at Rockwall High School, he has cultivated the percussion program into one of the most competitive studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has placed numerous students into TMEA All-Region Bands, All-State Bands, and has had several students obtain 1st division ratings in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contests. Mr. Lancaster is an active clinician and adjudicator for various schools in the DFW area, a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for Music Education, and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion.
Mr. Ricardo Trejo
Color Guard Director
Mr. Ricardo Trejo will be in the director chair for both the colorguard and winterguard ensembles.
Prior to Rockwall High School, Mr. Trejo taught at Rowlett High School for two years as the head guard director, and College Station High School for four years as a guard technician and later served as interim colorguard head director. He has also assisted at numerous schools including Bryan High School, A&M Consolidated High School, Rudder High School, Sachse High School, Little Elm High School and most recently, Whitesboro High School.
Mr. Trejo's colorguard 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 and CGT Denton.
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 Rockwall High School will bring him.
The Rockwall Independent School District lessons program exists as a means for all band students to better their musical skills by working with a professional musician who specializes in a specific musical instrument field. The skills necessary to excel as a musician can only be attained with considerate work beyond the classroom. Private lessons guide students along this path of mastering their instrument.
Dr. Mehrdad Gholami
Dr. Leslie Simmons
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Dr. Kristen L. Goguen
Trombone, Low Brass
Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Dr. Ken Drobnak