Director of Bands
James Barnes is the Director of Bands at Timber Creek High School. Prior to his appointment to Timber Creek, he served as the Director of Bands at Blythewood High School in South Carolina and most recently, Collierville High School in Tennessee.
After moving around quite a bit as a child, Mr. Barnes attended the University of South Carolina to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Under his direction, the bands at Blythewood and Collierville received consistent superior ratings in Concert Band, Marching Band and Solo and Ensemble. In 2017, The Blythewood Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the South Carolina Music Educator’s Conference. This ensemble was also selected to be a featured ensemble at the University of South Carolina Honor Band Clinic. During his tenure at Collierville, the band program experience tremendous growth both in excellence and enrollment. His passion for every student gaining a great experience led to the implementation of a chamber music program. This allowed every student in the band to participate in a chamber music ensemble.
Mr. Barnes has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence for his contribution to Music Education twice and is a member of the National Association for Music Educators. James has served on the executive board for the Palmetto Concert Band from Columbia, SC. This ensemble has performed at the Midwest International Orchestra and Band Clinic in 1999, 2008 again in 2016.
James is delighted to be moving to Keller, TX with his girlfriend Lacey Stern and their two cats JJ and Cowboy. They are thrilled to be joining Keller ISD and the Falcon Team!
Assistant Band Director
Daniel Malacon, born and raised in Katy, TX, is in his second year at Timber Creek High School. Mr. Malacon holds a bachelor’s degree in music educator from Baylor University with an emphasis in clarinet studies. Shortly after graduating, he returned to Baylor to complete his Master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting under the guidance of Dr. Eric Wilson.
While at Baylor, Mr. Malacon focused heavily on performing. As a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, he has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Conference, as well in local campus concerts. Additionally, he was assistant-principal clarinet in the Waco Symphony Orchestra for the 2012-2013 season. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Malacon was a finalist for the International Clarinet Association’s Solo Orchestral Excerpts Competition in Assisi, Italy. There, he was awarded 2nd place out of the six finalists from around the world. While clarinet is his main horn, Mr. Malacon is proficient on saxophone and bass clarinet. Some of his favorite music is for bass clarinet and electronics.
Mr. Malacon has always been a fan of the marching arts. His teaching experience includes serving as the woodwind technician for the Claudia Taylor Johnson band in San Antonio, TX, and a visual staff intern with the Blue Stars Drum Corps during the summers.
When Mr. Malacon is not at work, he likes to participate in Autocross events and enjoys spending time with his dog, Maestro.
Assistant Band Director
Connor Barnette joined the Timber Creek High School Band Staff in the summer of 2019. Mr. Barnette’s responsibilities include the direction of the Symphonic Band, team teaching with the Marching and Concert Bands, and support of band students across the Timber Creek cluster. Prior to his appointment at Timber Creek High School, Mr. Barnette served as Assistant Director of Bands at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas.
Mr. Barnette graduated with distinction from The University of North Texas, earning his degree in Music Education in 2018. During his time at UNT, he was a member of the Concert Bands, Brass Band, Basketball Band, and staff member of the Green Brigade Marching Band. He also served as a marching/music technician for the Marcus High School Band and the Timber Creek High School Band. He studied Trombone with Mr. Tony Baker, and conducting with Dr. Nicholas Williams and Mr. Denis Fisher.
In the summers of 2012-2016, Mr. Barnette marched lead baritone with Carolina Crown, winning their first World Class championship in 2013. During the summer of 2017, Mr. Barnette marched lead euphonium with the Blue Devils, helping win their 18th World championship.
Mr. Barnette’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in the Keller area with his girlfriend, Katie who serves as an Assistant Band Director in Birdville ISD, and their Boston terrier puppy, Chester. Mr. Barnette is thrilled to be joining the amazing staff at Timber Creek High School and to be a part of the Keller ISD family!
Cluster Percussion Coordinator
Chad Mason has served as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Timbercreek High School in Keller, TX since 2011. Under his leadership, the Timbercreek High School percussion program has achieved high levels of excellence in all areas of percussion. Students in the Timbercreek percussion program have excelled at Region band auditions, various solo and ensemble contests, and drumline contests...
A few of the honors the ensemble have received include the High Percussion Award at the Tournament of Champions in 2013, and second place at the Lonestar Drumline Classic in 2012. Most recently, the drumline received first place at an NTCA indoor drumline contest in 2014.
Mr. Mason is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets. Mr. Mason graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. During his college career, he studied percussion with Dr. Brian West, Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, and Christopher Deane.
His drum corps experience includes marching with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps in 1999, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002. Mr. Mason was also on the percussion staff with the Boston Crusaders in 2004. Mr. Mason lives in Corinth, TX with his wife, Kelly and his two sons, Miles and Brennan.
Lara Rogers is in her third year at Timber Creek High School Band as Color Guard Director. Her purpose is to train students, choreograph productions and coordinate all Color Guard/Winter Guard activities, including Middle School Color Guard programs.
Born and raised in London, England, Mrs Rogers has an entensive Color Guard background. She began Winter Guard at the age of 2 with a local group Thurrock Academy and spent 15 consecutive years there, resulting in numerous British Championship titles from the Winter Guard United Kingdom circuit. In 2012, she joined Mayflower Performing Arts, and spent 2 years there preparing her for the Winter Guard International World Championships in 2013, in which the group advanced to World Class finals.
She began her drum corps performing career with the Black Knights (2008-2011) and moved to The Company Performance Ensemble in 2012 which led to a European Championship. Mrs Rogers went on to being a Color Guard performer of the DCI World Champions Carolina Crown for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Starting a new life in the States shortly after her DCI experience, Mrs Rogers began teaching, choreographing and conducting clinics for many schools in West Texas and Western Arkansas. Outside of school, Mrs Rogers loves to spend time with her husband, Gabriel, two daughters - Madison and Harriet, and her fur baby, Pearl.
Al Dunn is in his eighth year with the TC Falcon Band. His responsibilities include writing/instructing the front ensemble and electronics/amplification. He also works with the indoor percussion which is a WGI PSO finalist.
Mr. Dunn studied percussion performance at LSU and has been an educator in the DFW area since the mid 90's. During that time he's had the honor of conducting groups at the PAS call for tapes, BOA percussion festival, and the Leigh Howard Stevens high school marimba seminar. He also was on staff for the WGI PIO gold medalists Vigilantes Indoor Percussion.
His DCI experience includes marching with the Phantom Regiment and Blue Devils. He has also written and/or taught for the Regiment, Glassmen, Crossmen and other groups across the US and Canada. He is currently an adjudicator with DCI.
Mr. Dunn is a member of PAS, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is an endorser of Innovative Percussion.