Director of Bands
Finances, Transportation, Communication, Attendance
Solo and Ensemble Contest, Band Boosters Coordination
As Carroll ISD Director of Bands, Mr. Johnson's duties include supervising the district's band programs. He oversees the Dragon Marching Band, and serves as conductor for the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds-Green.
Born in Dallas, Mr. Johnson received his collegiate training at The University of Texas, where his professional influences included Jerry Junkin, Glenn Richter, Paula Crider, Dr. Robert Carnochan, Dr. Mark Belcik, Dr. Scott Hanna, Dr. Mark Spede, George Frock, and Phillip Clements. Under the direction of Mr. Richter and Ms. Crider, Mr. Johnson was a 3-year section leader in the U.T. Drumline, Treasurer in the Alpha Tau chapter of the service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, and President of the Longhorn Band in 1996-1997.
He is married to his college sweetheart Kathryn and they have three children – Ryan, Valerie, and Kayla.
Mr. Johnson has been named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, and is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.
Assistant Band Director
Director of Jazz Bands
Woodwind Coordinator, Music Theory
David Lown is a graduate (M.M., B.M.) of the University of North Texas, where he performed for three years with the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band and directed the Four O’Clock Lab Band. While a member of the One O’Clock, Lown toured Scandinavia and the Southwest U.S., recorded a live album with Kenny Wheeler, and performed with many other artists such as Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Bill Watrous, and Tim Hagans. In 2002, Lown was the winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz competition and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Jazz Studies.
After graduating from UNT, Lown worked actively as a saxophonist in New York City for several years, performing with the Dave Liebman Big Band, Bill Warfield’s New York Fusion Ensemble, and many others. Lown has recorded professionally with many artists and ensembles, including rock group Bowling for Soup (Rock On Honorable Ones; Jive 55531), the Dave Liebman Big Band (Live - As Always; Mama 1039), The Steve Haines Quintet featuring Jimmy Cobb (Stickadiboom; Zoho 200903), and the Stockton Helbing Quartet (Patina; Armored 8040).
Mr. Lown has directed the jazz program at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas since 2008. Under his direction, Carroll Jazz Ensembles have been named national finalists at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition for 2010, 2014, and 2018. In both 2010 and 2014, the Carroll Jazz Orchestra received the Outstanding Brass award. Lown’s top Jazz Ensemble also earned the honor of Texas Invited High School Jazz Ensemble in 2013, and all three of his curricular jazz groups have won numerous first place trophies at local jazz competitions over the past seven years. Lown was named Carroll Senior High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014, and was elected President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association in July of 2015.
Assistant Band Director
Visual & Brass Coordinator, Media, North Texas Giving Day, Charms, Private Lessons, Instrument Inventory & Lockers
PHILIP JONES received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of North Texas. During his time in the Green Brigade Marching Band, he was Head Field Instructor and the Director’s Assistant. Mr. Jones was Historian in Phi Mu Alpha and a member of the Marching Arts Forum. He was also a marching band tech at Flower Mound High School (2013-15) and student taught at Wakeland High School in Frisco.
Mr. Jones marched with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2012 - 2015), serving as mellophone section leader his last year. He was also the Flugelhorn soloist in the 2015 production, “Inferno”. Mr. Jones went on to teach Legends Drum Corps (2016-17) and Guardians Drum Corps (2018-present). Mr. Jones is also currently an Educational Clinician for System Blue, teaching leadership camps throughout the summer.
Previously, Mr. Jones was an Assistant Band Director at Centennial High School in Burleson, TX. There, he started an Indoor Winds program and led them to multiple gold medals in local circuits, and a 5th place finish at WGI World Championships. Mr. Jones was also a part of the marching band’s first UIL Area Finals appearance and the first ever Sweepstakes for the Kerr Middle School’s Sub-Non Varsity Band.
Mr. Jones is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmaster’s Association.
Mr. Jones grew up in Flower Mound, TX, graduating from Marcus High School. He has two younger siblings, Sarah and Joshua, who both play brass instruments as well. He loves to travel and enjoys working out and staying healthy.
Assistant Band Director
JOHN GRANT is a teacher, composer, arranger, and luthier. He received his collegiate training at the University of Utah, the University of North Texas, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mr. Grant has taught the drum line at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Freelancers Indoor Drum Line, American Fork High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Lehi High School, and Elkins High School. Mr. Grant lived and studied in Brazil for 13 years where he created Brazil’s All-Star drum line known as “Tcha Degga Da”.
Mr. Grant performed with the Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps on the bass line and the snare line, and played on the snare line for the DCI world champion, Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Grant has also worked building concert percussion instruments such as Marimbas, Xylophones, Vibraphones, Glockenspiels, sticks, and mallets.
He and his wife live in Fort Worth with their daughter Carol.
Director of Color Guard
JAMES THOMAS is the Director of Color Guard at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. Mr. Thomas also works with high schools in Mesquite ISD as well as Bishop Lynch HS.
Mr. Thomas is a well-known color guard designer and choreographer throughout the United States. He has had the opportunity to design and work with award winning bands from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma. Mr. Thomas was formerly the director of Color Guards at Coppell HS, Northwestern State University, and LD Bell HS. He is also a former drill team director where he was named a Top Ten Drill Team Directors of America Award recipient.
His groups have won many awards and accolades including: WGI World Championship Finalists, WGI Regional Champions, NTCA State Champions, BOA Grand National Finalist, BOA Regional Finalist, UIL State Marching Band Champion, UIL State Marching Band Finalist, and many other numerous awards on a local and national level. He has also had the opportunity to work with several groups on the Drum Corps International Circuit. Mr. Thomas works with Bowl Games of America, where he has choreographed large scale productions for such events as the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and many other large scale productions.
Mr. Thomas is a native of California, where he had the opportunity to perform with some of the top winter guards and drum and bugle corps in the country. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently resides in Carrollton, Texas.
Assistant Percussion Director
Nick McConnaughey is an accomplished educator, arranger, and composer with a passion for percussion pedagogy. Born and raised in the United States, Nick has dedicated his life to music and has become a well-respected figure in the music community.
Over the years, Nick has become a recognized face in the percussive arts, and has shared his knowledge with students and educators alike. He has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the United States and Europe. Nick's compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous ensembles across multiple continents. His works have been praised for their originality, creativity, and technical proficiency. When not writing or teaching, he finds time to pursue his other interests, including checking out new art exhibits and exploring state parks. He is an avid hiker and nature enthusiast, and often incorporates his love of the outdoors into his music.