Director of Bands
Ken Johnson is in his 21st year at Carroll ISD, and 22th year as a teacher in the state of Texas. As Carroll ISD Director of Bands, his duties include supervising the district's band programs. Mr. Johnson 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
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
JON MAYNARD received his Bachelors Degree of Music Education from the University of North Texas. During his time at UNT, he studied under notable professors such as Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Ed Soph. In 2013 and 2015, Jon took part in leading the UNT quad ensemble to become PASIC champions.
Mr. Maynard has been an active member of several independent performing arts organizations since he was in high school. His performing career started in 2011, marching Forte Drum and Bugle Corps with Tyler Orbison as caption head. He then went on to march Santa Clara Vanguard for four years (2013 – 2016), serving as the quad section leader for his last two years. The SCV percussion section won the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion twice (2014, 2016), with Paul Rennick as the caption head.
During the winter months, Jon was the quad section leader for Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (2013 – 2017). Under the direction of Tyler Orbison, VIP won the gold medal in 2016.
Since the start of his collegiate career, Mr. Maynard has been teaching throughout the DFW area. Beginning in 2013, he was fortunate to work with Tyler Orbison and Stuart Spoon at Boswell High School, leading both the indoor and outdoor groups to success. Jon was also a private lesson teacher for several schools, including Boswell High School, Creekview Middle School, Burleson High School, and Lake Worth High School. Most recently, Jon was on the percussion staff at Colleyville Heritage High School.
Assistant Band Director
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.
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.