Directors

Mark PooleMelissa LewisAlexis MendozaBrian GillColin McKelroyKorry Friend
Mark Poole, originally from Mesquite, Texas, is in his first year at Lone Star High School. Prior to Lone Star he was the director of bands at Forney High School for the past 12 years. Under his tenure, the Forney band had great success at the local, state, and National level. The marching band was very competitive making appearances at the Texas State Marching Contest 5 consecutive times. (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) The band was awarded “Best in Class” at the Mesquite Marching Festival 8 times and numerous Grand Championships at the Mesquite Marching Contest, DeSoto Marching Classic, Mansfield Preview of Champions, and the Frisco Centennial Marching Contest. The Wind Ensemble was awarded consistent Sweepstakes, several “Best in Class” awards, named a 4-time National Windband Honor recipient, 2-time Grand Champion of the Dallas Winds Invitational, advanced to the TMEA Honor band Area contest in 2011. 2013, 2015, and 2017 and named a TMEA State Honor band finalist in 2013 and 2017 (5th overall).

Prior to his appointment at Forney, Mr. Poole was the director of bands at Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas, director of bands for the Jasper Independent School district, and at Southwood High in school in Shreveport, Louisiana. His bands received numerous sweepstakes awards and enjoyed great success at both the region and state levels (Texas and Louisiana). In 2003, the JHS Symphonic band was awarded the OPS (Outstanding Performance Series) award from ATSSB.

Mr. Poole received a degree in music education and saxophone performance from the University of North Texas in Denton. While there, he performed with many top performing organizations in both the classical and jazz idioms, serving as a principal player and section leader in many of those groups. He was under the tutelage of fine instructors such as: Robert Winslow, Dennis Fisher, Tim Ishi, Jim Riggs, and Eric Nestler. While obtaining his undergraduate, Mr. Poole taught private saxophone and clarinet in the D/FW area. After completing his undergraduate, Mr. Poole graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern State University the following year, receiving his Master’s degree in conducting. As a graduate assistant he was director of the Symphony Band, jazz band, basketball pep-band, marching band assistant, and assisted and conducted the Wind Symphony. He also served as a private instructor and arranger for the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Poole has performed professionally with groups such as: Texas Wind Symphony, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Natchitoches Symphony Orchestra, Roy Clark, Ben Vereen, Bill Causey Big Band, Pete Peterson Big Band, Just Friends Big Band, and many other groups in the DFW area. Mr. Poole also serves as a clinician/adjudicator in both Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Poole is a member of TMEA, TBA, and TMAA and is an active arranger for high school marching bands throughout Texas and Louisiana and conducts leadership training for bands throughout the DFW area. Email Mr. Poole
Mrs. Lewis is in her third year here at Lone Star High School. Mrs. Lewis lives in Plano with her husband Cody, who is a board game designer. They have three cats: Isabelle, Oliver and Chloe. Before coming to Frisco, she taught at Keller Middle School in Keller, Texas. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas, where she played clarinet and graduated summa cum laude with honors. While at UNT, she served as the Secretary, Historian, and Vice-President of the North Texas Student Music Educators organization.

Mrs. Lewis is also actively involved in the marching band activity, working at various programs around Texas during college and also serving as the Head Field Technician, Athletic Bands Librarian, and Student Assistant to the Director of the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band. Most recently she served on the visual staff at the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps in Open Class and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps in World Class in 2015.

Following a series of performance related injuries, Mrs. Lewis became interested in music and medicine research. She has won numerous awards for her research on marching band, and her first published work appeared in the Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal in 2013. Her area of research interest lies in maximizing performance and reducing injury in marching band.

Mrs. Lewis is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Performing Arts Medicine Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon. She lives in Addison with her three cats: Isabelle, Oliver and Chloe. Email Mrs. Lewis
Mrs. Mendoza was born in southern California but grew up in Garland/Mesquite, TX. She graduated from North Mesquite High School where she participated in both band (flute) and guard. Alexis attended Texas A&M University in College Station (whoop!) and University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated with bachelor’s degree in Sociology, cum laude, in May of 2007. Guard experience includes:
  • Instruction at South Garland High School (Garland ISD) 2002-2008
  • Instruction at Rowlett High School (Garland ISD) 2008-2014
  • Instruction at Williams High School (Plano ISD) 2009-2011
  • Instruction at McMillen High School (Plano ISD) 2015-present
  • Instruction at Plano East Senior High (Plano ISD) 2014-present
  • Instruction at Lone Star High School (Frisco ISD) 2012-present
  • Performing member of the Ars Nova Winterguard 2005-2006
Alexis is married to husband, Vincent Mendoza, and the two live in Plano with their dog, Nova. Mrs. Mendoza enjoys cooking, running local 5K’s, 10K's & half marathons and loves spending time with family & friends! Email Mrs. Mendoza
Brian Gill is in his first year as Director of Percussion for the Lone Star High School cluster in Frisco, Texas. Prior to Lone Star, Brian was a percussion director in Weatherford, TX and Austin, TX. Brian’s teaching responsibilities include the drum line and percussion ensembles at Lone Star High School as well as percussion education at both Trent and Stafford middle schools.

As a performer, Brian toured as a professional drummer and played drums and percussion extensively on commercial recordings. He also served as engineer/producer for Endurance Studios, which he co-owned. Brian has also performed with the Central Texas Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, Salsa del Rio, and the urban percussion group “The Procrastinators”.

Brian’s percussion groups have enjoyed success in many areas: six consecutive First Divisions at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest for percussion ensemble in addition to many other first divisions, 2008 state champions for the NTCA Drumline circuit, Grand champion/winner of all but one caption at the 2011 South Texas Classic Drumline Invitational (followed that evening by an appearance at the BOA super-regional finals in San Antonio, TX), and 2nd place at the Lewisville Drumline Contest in 2015.

Brian’s marching percussion history included marching with the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Texas Longhorn Band, and both performing, writing drill, and being battery coordinator for the Texas State University Bobcat Drumline for two PASIC contests – 1996, 1998. He also was visual designer for the 2004 Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps Indoor Percussion.

Brian is a member of TMEA and PAS and is an educational endorser for Vic Firth sticks and mallets. He lives in Keller, TX with his wife (the Director of Bands at Grapevine HS) and their wonderful son.
Mr. McKelroy moved from Slidell, Louisiana in the summer of 2006 post Hurricane Katrina. From here he bounced around from multiple Frisco ISD schools. In 2010 Mr. McKelroy was a part of the inaugural Lone Star High School Band. As a high school student he participated in All State and graduated Cum Laude and with National Honor Society recognition.

Mr. McKelroy attended the University of North Texas where he earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education. While at UNT, he participated in the Green Brigade marching band and served as a trumpet section leader his junior year. In addition, Mr. McKelroy also participated in the Wind Ensemble and Brass Band. With the Brass Band he was 1st chair Solo Cornetist, Concert Mast, and got the opportunity to perform and trio alongside Phil Smith, retired principal trumpet player of the New York Philharmonic.

During his tenure at UNT, Mr. McKelroy continued to serve the Lone Star High School band as a marching band technician and trumpet private lessons teacher. This is Mr. McKelroy’s first year of teaching, and he is excited to return home to his Alma Mater and continue to serve the Lone Star High School Band. Email Mr. McKelroy
Korry Friend is an active percussionist, educator, and composer, throughout the United States. As an advocate for new music, Mr. Friend has recently commissioned pieces from composers: Adam Hopper, Anna Meadors, Evan Chapman, Francisco Perez, Ivan Trevino, and Timothy Burgess. His percussion career began during his years in high school performing with numerous community bands and university sponsored wind ensembles in and around Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Friend’s collegiate career has afforded him multiple distinguished performing opportunities such as: PASIC 2015 Showcase Concert with The University of North Carolina–Greensboro Percussion Ensemble; UNCG Wind Ensemble Tour to Europe; The Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference with the MSU Symphony Band; MSU Percussion Ensemble Tour to Tianjin and Beijing, China; KMEA Intercollegiate Orchestra; and the Sacred Winds Ministries. Mr. Friend is also the 2014 winner of Morehead State University’s prestigious Gallaher competition. In his time as a percussion educator he has taught and adjudicated numerous high school bands/competitions in West Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Ohio.

During Mr. Friend’s time in North Carolina, he was a section percussionist of the nationally renowned North Carolina Brass Band. Mr. Friend can be heard on the Sacred Winds Ministries first ever studio album “In Christ Alone.” He has also recently performed John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit with the Nief-Norf Project and Steve Schick at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN.

Mr. Friend is currently serving as the percussion paraprofessional at Lone Star High School in Frisco, TX. He received his Masters of Music Performance (MM 17′) from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro under Dr. Eric Willie, and his Bachelors of Music Education (BME 15′) from Morehead State University under Dr. Brian S. Mason. Mr. Friend also attended Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, China in 2013, where he studied Mandarin Chinese and the history/culture of China. Email Mr. Friend