T. Jarred Carlton III is the Director of Bands at Ranchview High School. Mr Carlton earned his Masters in Music in Applied Music: Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University and also earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern State University.
Mr. Carlton is a versatile musician and music educator, he has taught Concert Bands, Marching Band and Jazz bands. While these programs were under the direction of Mr. Carlton, many of his bands have received consistent division one ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competition. His marching bands have been finalists in many marching competitions as well as earning consistent division one ratings at the UIL Marching Competitions. Mr. Carlton's jazz Varsity and Junior Varsity ensembles have consistently won at many the Tarleton State Jazz Festival, UTA Jazz Festival, TCU Jazz Festival, TCC/Highlander Jazz Festival and has earned a National Certificate of Merit in the Essentially Ellington National jazz competition.
Prior to his appointment at Ranchview High School Mr. Carlton served at the as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies at Boswell High School. While at Boswell, Mr. Carlton assisted with the Boswell Band of Gold Marching Band and lead the Non-Varsity Band to earn a Sweepstakes Rating at Concert and Sightreading UIL. In his brief time at Boswell, Mr. Carlton lead two jazz bands where they competed at won in the 5A Varsiy and 5A Non-Varsity Category. Before Boswell, Mr. Carlton worked at Lamar High School in Arlington, TX. Mr. Carlton helped the Pride of Lamar Marching band earn their first Division 1 in Marching in 7 years and their first "Sweepstakes" in 8 years. Mr. Carlton was also at the helm of the jazz program where they consistently finished 1st or 2nd in the 6A Division of competitions, as well as earning a National Certificate of Merit in the Essentially Ellington National Jazz Competition.
When Mr. Carlton is not at Ranchview, he enjoys spending time playing video games, traveling or watching sports! Usually Mr. Carlton is spending time with his wife Alyssa and two Huskies, Jax and Ruby. Look for Mr. Carlton across the metroplex as he is a highly sought after clinician and adjudicator.
Beth Cordes was born in Texas and raised in Carrollton. A proud product of Carrollton - Farmers Branch schools, she graduated from Newman Smith High School. Ms. Cordes attended the University of North Texas in Denton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English, and then with a Master of Education.
In addition to being on our leadership team with the Ranchview High School Band program, Ms. Cordes is a faculty educator with Ranchview High School and teaches IB English.
Born in Fort Worth Texas, Addison Pellegrino is a true Texas native that enjoys all things involving music and percussion. He started his musical journey in Burleson Texas while attending Centennial High School. Addison decided to pursue music as a career after having the opportunity to perform with the concert bands, marching band, jazz band, and winter drum line at Centennial.
Addison completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree in percussion studies at Northwestern State University while studying under Oliver Molina and Kenneth Green. During his time at Northwestern he performed in a variety of ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Combos, NSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. His other influential teachers include: Mickey Burmer, Andrew Klein, Quincy Jarmon, Daniel Sharp, Frank Connelly, and James Christian.
In 2014, Addison performed with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble, and in 2016, performed as a member of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps snare line. Following his DCI age out year in 2017, he accepted the Front Ensemble Coordinator position with the Red River Rhythm Indoor Drumline in Bossier City. Aside from the marching arts, Addison can be found performing in the North-Louisiana and Dallas-Fort Worth areas with the British Brass Band of Louisiana, Dallas Brass Band, and a variety of local artists.
In addition to performing, Addison spends much of his time composing, arranging, and teaching at numerous schools across the Dallas-Fort Worth and North-Louisiana areas. He is currently the percussion coordinator at Irving High School in Irving, Texas where he teaches at Irving High School, De Zavala Middle School, and Austin Middle School. Previously, he was the percussion director at Hillsboro High School, Natchitoches Central High School, and the assistant percussion director at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. Addison is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Ivy Simmons just recently joined the Ranchview Band family, starting in the Fall of 2021 as our new Colorguard Director! Ivy is also currently a junior at the University of North Texas.
Ivy first began her love of color guard at the age of 11 and has been involved with color guard ever since. Ivy attended Saginaw High School where she was apart of the Saginaw Color Guard and the Eagle Mountain Independent Winter Guard. Upon graduating from Saginaw High School in 2018, Ivy joined the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps before switching to the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019.
Justin Muller is a Registered Emergency Medical Technician who has a passion for Music and the Marching Arts. Mr. Muller is Trombonist and has been All-Region Trombonist and Bass Trombonist. He has also served as a Section Leader and Low Brass Captain for the Boswell Band of Gold. Mr. Muller is in the process of becoming a Firefighter / Paramedic and enjoys spending time with his dog Zeus.
Hannah Brayfield is a junior at the University of North Texas studying music education. Passionate in her pursuit of musical excellence, Hannah has found great joy within a variety of ensembles including marching with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, marching and teaching the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band, playing trumpet in the North Texas Wind Ensemble, marching WGI indoor percussion and winds at Burleson Centennial High School (her beloved alma mater) and at Orion Winds. In addition, Hannah serves the UNT music education community through her leadership in the North Texas Music Educator's Association, President role in the UNT Jazz Pedagogy Ensemble, and membership in Mu Phi Epsilon. When not making or teaching music of some sort, Hannah loves to spend time volunteering at the animal shelter, reading, or enjoying the company of her friends and family
Kristin Usrey grew up in Burleson, Texas where she participated in the Spartan Regiment Color Guard and Winter Guard for 3 years. Participating in many camps, she fell in love with guard. After graduating high school, she attended Spartan College of Aeronautics where she graduated Valedictorian with a degree in Aviation Technology Management with a focus in Quality Control Management. She then moved off to California, spending a few years working at SpaceX inspecting rockets for potential hazards.
To take her career full circle, she realized a passion for education and made her way to Ranchview High School to teach Honors and IB Mathematics! After reconnecting with her previous band director, Mr. Carlton, she has come to join in the Mighty Wolf Pack Band! Kristin is looking forward to helping support Ashley Tran in continuing to develop a strong color guard program!
Reagan Walsh is a freshman at the University of Texas at Arlington. She will be a part of the Maverick Marching Band and pursue a degree in Music Education. She graduated from Saginaw High School where she served as a drum major for the Spirit of Saginaw Band. She was also a part of the Saginaw Indoor Drumline as cymbal section leader. Reagan plays the clarinet, bass clarinet, cymbals and kazoo. In her free time she enjoys eating bagels, playing with her dog and playing Minecraft.