Mark Poole, originally from Mesquite, Texas, is in his fourth year at Lone Star High School. The Lone Star High School Band has had great success at the local, state, and national level. The Lone Star Wind Symphony was a TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2019, placing 6th overall in the entire State. The LSHS Marching band returned to the State Marching Contest in 2019 as a finalist. The marching band has been a finalist at every local competition, 2nd place at the Little Elm Classic on the Lake (2018, 2019) and was awarded Grand Champion at the Denton Golden Triangle contest in 2018. All 3 band concert bands are sweepstakes award winners, and the Wind Symphony was recognized as a National Windband Honor Recipient of the Mark of Excellence in 2019. 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 made 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.
Mr. Tim Hickman is entering his 14th year of Music Education in Texas as the newly appointed Assistant Band Director of Lone Star High School. Prior to Lone Star High School, Mr. Hickman was employed as the Graduate Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University – Commerce from 2017-2019, under the privileged instruction of Mr. Phillip Clements and Mr. Alan Goodwin. During his time at TAMUC, Mr. Hickman assisted with “The Pride Marching Band”, which has been featured in exhibition for many UIL local and state events. Most recently, “The Pride” performed in exhibition at the Bands of America Regional Contest in San Antonio. Mr. Hickman also assisted with three concert ensembles, even helping to prepare the Wind Ensemble for its performance at the 2018 TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio.
Prior to his appointment as Graduate Teaching Assistant at TAMUC, Mr. Hickman was the Director of Bands at Kermit High School in Kermit, Texas for seven years and, previously, the Director of Bands at Crockett Junior High in Odessa, Texas for four years. His bands received numerous sweepstakes awards and enjoyed great success at both the region and state levels.
Music has been an integral part of Mr. Hickman’s life. Originally from Mesquite, Texas, Mr. Hickman graduated from North Mesquite High School, where he was Drum Major for two years. He attended Texas A&M University – Commerce, emphasizing in saxophone and graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. As an undergraduate, he performed as the Principle Saxophonist of the Symphonic Band and Lead Alto in the Jazz Ensemble. He was under the direction of fine instructors such as Roy Allen and Todd Goranson. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mr. Hickman taught private saxophone lessons in the DFW area and served as Marching Technician for the Richardson High School Band. Mr. Hickman completed his master’s degree in music education this May.
In addition to his teaching, Mr. Hickman has performed professionally with groups such as The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Odessa/Midland Symphony Orchestra, Odessa College Concert Band, Odessa College Jazz Band and the Magic Time Machine Funk Band out of Austin. Mr. Hickman also serves as a clinician/adjudicator in Texas. Mr. Hickman is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Hickman is happily married with his wife, Katherine Hickman, with whom he has spent the past 18 years having her be a supportive role in his music career. She is a Police Communications Officer of 8 years. Together, they are the proud parents of their daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Jonathan.
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.
Emilio began his marching career in the quadline at Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009. He went on to march Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 for their founding year. Emilio aged out in 2011 with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Emilio is currently an active performer and educator with Innovative Percussion
Wade has been a performer with many groups, most notably the Sacramento Mandarins and the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter percussion. He has worked with many ensembles, most notably the Santa Clara Vanguard, Sacramento Mandarins, Granite Bay Emerald Brigade, and Sacramento State University.
Before making his way to Texas, Wade was the Percussion Caption Head for the Marching Band and Winter Percussion at CSU Sacramento and Granite Bay HS for many years and Is an active audio engineer within the marching arts community.
Justin Madrid is the colorguard director at Lone Star High School. Originally from Odessa, TX Mr. Madrid currently resides in Dallas, TX. Madrid has been teaching, designing, and choreographing for marching band and winter guard programs throughout the state for the past 8 years which include Odessa High School, Denver City High School, Midland Lee High school, and many more schools in West Texas. More currently, he has been an instructor and choreographer at Melissa High School for three years. In these three years, Melissa has made finals at the WGI Tulsa and San Antonio regionals, and was a National A silver medalist. They also performed in finals at Alamodome in San Antonio, TX for the UIL State Marching Contest 2 times. Madrid has traveled to Costa Rica to design for Banda Municipal de Zarcero Winterguard for the 2020 season. He is currently one of the co-founders of Girasol Winterguard in Costa Rica, the first independent group open to the entire country. Most currently, Madrid was a director of Lakeview Centennial High School, with the guard earning many awards during this time. As a performer, Madrid was a WGI silver medalist in 2018 with CGT Denton, and is a 3-time world class finalist with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Madrid is more than excited to grow the Colorguard program at Lone Star High School!