Tim GoldenMelissa LewisAlexis MendozaBrian GillKevin HanrahanColin McKelroy
Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Golden is a 25 year veteran teacher. He has taught on every level of education from elementary through college. Mr. Golden was previously the director of bands at East Gaston High School (N.C.) and Prestonwood Christian Academy. He spent four years teaching saxophone, jazz band and music theory on the collegiate level serving at Davidson College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Catawba County Community College. Prior to coming to Lone Star, Mr. Golden was a band director at Frisco High School. Mr. Golden has also worked as a marching band drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. Mr. Golden is an active performer who has played with many big bands, jazz combos, orchestras, saxophone quartets, show pit orchestras and more. Locally, he played with the Prestonwood Baptist Orchestra and Prestonwood North praise band for 10 years. Under Mr. Golden’s direction, the Lone Star High School Band has received UIL Sweepstakes every year, consistently made finals at marching band contest and placed a large number of students in all-region, area and state bands. The Lone Star High School Wind Symphony was a State Finalist in the Texas Honor Band contest in 2012 and 2014. Mr. Golden received his Masters of Music with a band director concentration (graduate recital on saxophone) and Bachelors of Music Education (Cum Laude) with a minor in military science from Appalachian State University (Hayes School of Music) in Boone, North Carolina. An Army ROTC scholarship recipient, Mr. Golden also spent 4 years serving as a Lieutenant in the NC Army National Guard. Mr. Golden has been married to his wife, Michele, for 25 years this year. Michele is a senior quality control real estate appraiser. The Goldens have one son, Nicholas. Mr. Golden loves music, sports and travel. When not at Lone Star he can usually be found on the golf course or cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide and New York Mets. Email Mr. Golden
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
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.
Kevin Hanrahan is an active percussion educator and performer throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL), and a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) where he served as the teaching assistant to Dr. Andrew M. Bliss. In his free time Kevin performs with the Dallas Mavericks and FC Dallas Drum lines, as well as operate his chamber ensemble, Odd River. Actively involved in both DCI and WGI since 2006, Kevin has been a member of: The Phantom Regiment, The Santa Clara Vanguard, NorthCoast Academy, and Pioneer Indoor to name a few. During his membership, Kevin aided in capturing one World Championship (Phantom Regiment 2008), two Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards (Phantom Regiment 2008, 2010), and two WGI Gold Medals (Pioneer Indoor 2007, 2008). He has also been a staff member of Green Thunder Percussion and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, Kevin is the battery coordinator of Vigilanties Indoor Percussion (ViP), from Forth Worth, Texas. Kevin has also had the privilege of performing at professional conferences across the country, such as American Bandmasters Association (ABA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMM Fest), as well as multiple times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Throughout his time as a musician, Kevin has had the privilege of studying with several fantastic teachers and professors including: Kevin Lepper, Dr. Andrew M. Bliss, Dr. Gary Sousa, James Fellenbaum, Paul Rennick, Bret Kuhn, Tyler Orbison, Brian “Chavez” Lowe, Huei Pan, Mike Chiodo, and Frank Manna. For more information about Kevin Hanrahan please visit: www.HanrahanPercussion.com
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.