Director of Bands
Ken Johnson is in his 18th year at Carroll I.S.D, and 19th year as a teacher in the state of Texas. As Carroll ISD Director of Bands, his duties include supervising the district's band programs. At the Carroll High Schools, Mr. Johnson oversees the Dragon Marching Band, and serves as conductor for both the Wind Symphony and the Concert Band.
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.
Under Mr. Johnson’s direction since 2010, the Dragon Marching Band has earned all first divisions at U.I.L. marching competition, advanced to Area Competition every year eligible, and has been four-time finalists at the Golden Triangle Classic - earning “Best in Class” in the large band classification in 2010, and earning the title “Grand Champions” in 2014.
In 2015, the Dragon Marching Band made a return to the Bands of America scene, by competing at the U.T. Arlington regional, and it also competed at the U.S. Bands “Music in Motion” competition in Denton, receiving a third place finish in Finals, and second place finish in class.
Mr. Johnson’s concert ensembles have earned Superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sightreading contests and have earned the distinction “Best in Class” at music festivals in Colorado, Florida, and Corpus Christi. The Carroll Wind Ensemble was named back-to-back “Best in Class” ensemble at the South Coast Music Festival in 2012 and 2013.
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.
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 two times (2010 and 2014), where they were twice given the award for Outstanding Brass. 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 (Percussion)
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.
GROUP PHOTO OF THE DRAGON BAND'S DIRECTORIAL STAFF ca. 2015 and 2016.
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FROM LEFT: David Lown (Director of Jazz Bands); Jay Bach (Director of Bands); Daphne Adkison (Colorguard Director); Meagann Ginger (Colorguard Instructor); Ken Johnson (Marching Band Director); David Walker (Asst. Band Director)
Photo: Bryan Harston