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December, 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




John Mireles

John Mireles

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John Carroll

John Carroll

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A Breath of Fresh Air for Bands in a Small, Rural Community

Clinic Synopsis:

Rebuilding is hard. When coming into a new program, we approach it with the knowledge that there will be hard times ahead; however, what do we do when the challenges encountered are greater than challenges we envisioned? Mireles and Carroll will discuss what they have learned from the rebuilding process of rural, small-school band programs.

John Mireles - Biographical Information

John Mireles is in his fourteenth year of teaching and is the director of bands for the Brady Independent School District. Over the past two years, Brady bands have been successful at UIL and have seen a large increase in program numbers.  Prior to his arrival in Brady, John was an assistant band director in the Roma ISD. Members of the Roma High School Trombone Studio excelled in region, area, and state auditions. In Roma, he assisted with 6 UIL State Marching Band Contest appearances, with the 2020 2C Honor Band (Roma Middle School), with a participant at the 2016 Midwest Clinic (Roma Middle School), and with an appearance at Carnegie Hall (Roma High School).   Mr. Mireles is a 2004 graduate of Brady High School. In 2008, he received his Bachelor of Music degree (cum laude) from West Texas A&M University, where he was a trombone student of Dr. Joseph Cox and a conducting student of Mr. Don Lefevre. While in Canyon, he also studied with Mr. Robert Gillespie, former Principal Trombonist of the New York Metropolitan Opera. John also holds a Master of Music – Trombone Performance degree from Texas Tech University, where he studied with Mr. James T. Decker. As a classical and orchestral trombonist, John’s performing ensemble credits include the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Opera, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Roswell Symphony Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic. 

John Carroll - Biographical Information

John Carroll retired in May, 2023 from the Monahans Independent School District, after a successful career in Texas band directing, in both small school and large school environments.  Bands under his direction were consistent University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sweepstakes award winners and won several festival awards. Prior to his tenure in Monahans, he served as Associate Band Director at Permian High School for 27 years, where he served as the director of the Concert Band 1, the jazz ensemble, and as the percussion specialist. During his tenure at Permian, ensembles under his direction were consistent award winners. Carroll was the recipient of the Marcia Zoffuto Hero Award (named after the famed band director, who herself grew up at Permian High School) and the 2017 Permian HS Outstanding Master Teacher of the Year Award. He received the Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award in 2018. For the school year 2021-2022, he was selected as a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year. He served as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 6 Band Chair, as well as Area A/B Honor Band Listening Center Chair, clinician, and member of several TMEA and Phi Beta Mu committees. He also served as the All-State Band Organizer and Percussion Organizer on numerous occasions. From 2018-2020, Carroll was the State Band Vice-President for TMEA. He served as TMEA President from February 2021-February 2022. Currently, Carroll is serving as a consultant/clinician with several small schools in the western part of Texas. A graduate of Abilene Christian University and West Texas A & M University, Carroll is also a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.