DIRECTORS

T. Jarred Carlton III
Director of Bands
CarltonT@cfbisd.edu
Evan Dabbs
Associate Band Director
dabbse@cfbisd.edu

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
Director of Events, Fundraising and Logistics

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. 

Justin Muller
Marching Tech / Social Media Intern

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
Marching Tech 

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

Evan Dabbs is in his ninth year teaching, and excited to work with Ranchview! Mr. Dabbs has worked with outstanding programs across DFW, teaching band, percussion, steel band, and music theory. He currently directs the Ranchview second band and percussion studio.

Prior to coming to Ranchview, he worked in Ferris ISD, where his band improved UIL ratings and his percussion program started a steel band and received division one ratings at state solo and ensemble. Mr. Dabbs has also worked as a lesson teacher and percussion instructor all over the Dallas area, including students from Melissa, Arlington, Wylie, Mesquite, Plano, Saginaw, and Frisco schools. He has taught at Vines and Clark High Schools in Plano, working in the Plano Sr. High School cluster. There his groups have consistently performed at a high level, both with the drumline and percussion ensembles.

Mr. Dabbs attended Arizona State University for his Master’s Degree, where he taught the ASU Pan Devils Steel Band and undergraduate studio lessons. Evan graduated with his Bachelors in Music Education from Texas Christian University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Dabbs has a consistent performance schedule. He also has written and arranged for band, steel pan, and percussion ensembles.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Dabbs is usually spending time with his wife Jennifer and his pets. Before school, look for him running, riding his bike, swimming laps, or maybe just perfecting his waffle recipe.

Ashley Tran
Guard Director

Ashley Tran graduated from Texas Woman's University with her Bachelor's in Dance Education. She has performed and choreographed numerous works throughout her college career, including the American Collegiate Dance Festival.

 

From 2009-2010, Ms. Tran was a colorguard performer with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and from 2011-2012 she toured with The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (Best Colorguard 2011-2012, Undefeated World Champions 2012). In 2010 and 2011, she participated in WGI World Championships with Ars Nova, earning a silver medal in A class in 2010. In 2016, she performed with The Neighborhood, winning Crowd Favorite and 1st Place at World of Dance Dallas. Her most recent endeavor was making it all the way to Training Camp for Dallas Cowboy's Rhythm and Blue, a co-ed hip-hop team and drumline.

 

Ms. Tran has taught numerous programs, including Flower Mound High School, Duncanville High School, CGT, and Insignia. In 2019 she had the opportunity to join the design staff for Vigilantes Indoor Percussion as the movement choreographer. She looks forward to her future as she continues to work with ViP and now, the Ranchview Marching Band as the Colorguard Director!

Kristin Usrey
Guard Assistant

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
Marching Tech / Social Media Intern

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. 

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