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.
Anya is a graduate of The Colony High School in The Colony, TX where she joined the winter guard in her freshman year after marching sousaphone in the fall, as well as playing tuba during concert season. After graduating high school, she marched her final season of color guard with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018, and then continued on to college, attending the University of Texas at Dallas. She graduated from UTD in May 2022 with a degree in mathematics and a certification to teach math. Along with being a color guard director duties at the Ranch, she also teaches math! She is excited to see where this journey with the color guard takes her!
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.
Jon Blackburn started his journey into the Winter and Color guard world with twirling batons. Jon is originally from Oklahoma and at 14, became the USTA (United States Twirling Association) Junior Men’s National Champion. He also mastered flag baton, hoop, fire baton, two baton, and three batons, and has won many awards in competitions. At the age of 16 he was certified to be a teacher of all of these skills.
While training on his twirling, he started developing a passion for Winter Guard after working with the Blue Devils one summer and later by chance training with the Cavaliers. Jon later competed as a soloist in competitions winning many awards and was invited to perform at many exhibitions throughout Oklahoma. At 18 he was also invited to train and teach at summer camps and high schools. He also taught privately for solo competitors in baton, sabre, rifle and flags.
Jon’s other passion is dance. He started dancing at the age of 9. and was a student at the Tulsa School of Ballet which was the home ballet company for the Tulsa Ballet Theater. He then joined the Peggy Lanik dance studio to master other genres. He was a two-time male representative for “The Dance Masters of America” organization and competed representing Oklahoma at nationals on Time Square in New York City.
Over the last five years, Jon has been teaching dance and won many choreography awards in Contemporary and Hip Hop at multiple events. Now his focus is on his own children’s journeys down their creative and athletic paths.
Now as the Director for Ranchview’s Winter and Color Guard, Jon brings to this unit the vision of showmanship, entertainment, and production value and along with all of his mastered skills from over the years plans to bring the Ranchview Guard unit to a higher level than it has ever been before!
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.