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About the Frenship Band

Frenship ISD is a 6A school district incorporating Wolfforth and 1/3 of the city of Lubbock on the sprawling South Plains of Texas. The Frenship ISD Band Program is comprised of over 900 of the finest musicians in Texas. Our program is spread over four campuses and incorporates grades 6 through 12. Our unique team-teaching concepts allow us to coordinate our efforts as we strive to promote the outstanding band program within our schools. 

We believe that every individual in our program is very important to our success; therefore, we challenge every student and parent to strive for the highest level of involvement. Our success is possible through the spirit of cooperation, dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work.

Meet the Frenship Band Staff

Mr. Tom SoRelle - Director of Instrumental Music, Frenship ISD

Tom SoRelle is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University and now resides in Lubbock with his wife Kathy and granddaughter Leah.  He has 42 years experience teaching music and band in the public schools of Texas.   He previously taught band and elementary music for Littlefield, Springlake-Earth and Texas City public schools.  He is presently Head Band Director and Director of Instrumental Music for the Frenship ISD in Wolfforth, Texas.  His bands have been consistent Sweepstakes winners in Texas UIL competitions and have been finalists in TMEA state Honor Band competitions as well as the Texas State Marching Contest.  Mr. SoRelle is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was honored in August of 2000 by Band World Magazine and the Sousa Foundation by induction into membership of the Bandworld Legion of Honor.

Mr. SoRelle served as Band Chair for TMEA Region 17 from 1988 to 1995.  He served as Vice-President and Texas State Band Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association in 1995-1997, and then President of TMEA in 1997-1999.  He is presently serving as President of Region 16 and Area A Auditions Chair for TMEA.

Mr. Scott Carter - Associate Director of Bands/Marching Coordinator

Scott M. Carter serves as Associate Director of Bands at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas.  During his tenure, bands under the direction of Mr. Carter have received numerous UIL Sweepstakes Awards including eight appearances at the UIL 4A & 6A State Marching Championships.  Mr. Carter continues to believe in the success of students by following a simple notion:  by helping to make better people, better musicians will emerge.

Mr. Carter is a native of San Saba, Texas, and graduated from San Saba High School, where he was named 1st chair trumpet of the Texas All-State Band. His Bachelor of Music degree was earned from Texas Tech University in 1999. While attending Texas Tech, Mr. Carter studied conducting with Keith Bearden (Professor Emeritus), Gary Lewis (now at the University of Colorado at Boulder) and trumpet with Will Strieder.  He was a member of the University Concert Band, the University Singers, and the Court Jesters. He proudly served for two years as Drum Major of the nationally famous "Goin' Band from Raiderland", which in 1999, received the Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Trophy.

Mr. Carter holds memberships in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, and is an alumnus of the national band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.  He currently serves as Band Division Chairman for TMEA Region 16.

In the summer, Mr. Carter has served as an instructor at the Texas Tech University Band/Orchestra Camp, loves traveling, photography, and spending time with his family.  He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University.  He and his wife, Tammy, have one son, Daniel, and one daughter, Nicole, and reside in Lubbock, Texas.

 Mr. Ben Cook - Assistant Director/Woodwind Specialist

Mr. Cook's position is Assistant Band Director at Frenship High School.  He directs the Concert Band and assists the Frenship Tiger Marching Band and all other performing ensembles.  He also assists with the three middle school band classes.  Mr. Cook will be entering his second year of teaching at Frenship High School.


 Mr. Louie Pereira - Assistant Director/Percussion Specialist/Jazz Director

Mr. Pereira is a musician and educator based in West Texas. He graduated in 2011 from Harlingen High School, moving onto Texas State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2015. During his time there, he was a member of the Wind Symphony, a featured ensemble at both TMEA and CBDNA, the Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble, the Bobcat Marching Band, the Latin Ensemble Salsa Del Rio, and other various percussion ensembles and jazz combos.  Mr. Pereira accumulated multiple years of DCI/WGI experience. He has studied with Texas State University Professor Bobby Lopez, as well as the world renowned Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, Wayne Salzmann II, the Jazz Drum-Set Professor at the University of Texas, and the Grammy Award-Winning Drum-Set Professor at the University of Southern California, Peter Erskine. 

Mr. Pereira is currently the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator/Jazz Director at Frenship High School and maintains membership with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and the Percussive Arts Association.

 Ms. Katie Fehr - Assistant Director/Woodwind Specialist

Ms. Fehr's current position is Assistant Band Director at Frenship High School.  She works with the Freshmen Band, the Frenship Tiger Marching Band, and assists with all other major performing ensembles in the band program.  She will begin her first year teaching this fall!

Ms. Fehr is a Lubbock native and attended Coronado High School.  She received her Bachelor in Music with Teacher Certification from Texas Tech University.  Her specialization is clarinet. 

During Ms. Fehr's collegiate years, she worked with Red Raider Orientation, Red Raider Camp, and served as a Raider Ready peer mentor.  She also worked as a recruiter for the Margaret & J.T. Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.  Ms. Fehr was active in the community working with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra as a Teaching Artist and serving as a drill instructor and sectional coach for local middle schools and high schools. She has experience judging various regional and area music competitions and festivals. 

Ms. Fehr was a member of Texas Tech's Goin' Band from Raiderland and was on the leadership team for four consecutive seasons.  As an ensemble member, she performed with Texas Tech's Symphonic Band at the College Band Director's National Association (CBDNA) March 2016.  She also performed with Texas Tech's Clarinet Choir at the Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA) February 2015.  Ms. Fehr is an alumni of Tau Beta Sigma, a music service sorority founded at Texas Tech.

Ms. Fehr holds membership with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, and Lubbock Educators Association.


Mrs. June Bearden - Director of Bands, Frenship Middle School

Mrs. June Bearden is starting her 29th year of teaching and her 21st year as Director of Bands at Frenship MS in Wolfforth, Texas.  She graduated from Wichita Falls High School, followed by Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education with primary study on French Horn.

Her bands have been consistent festival and University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award winners.  She enjoys serving as clinician and judge across the state. Mrs. Bearden was selected as Teacher of the Year at Atkins Junior High School in Lubbock and awarded and Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.  Mrs. Bearden served as a director of a camp band at the Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp for 30 years as well as the Texas Tech Middle School Academy.  She has served as Region XVI Middle School Band Coordinator and on several TMEA committees over the years.  Her teaching career has included the Texas school districts of Monahans, Plainview, Lubbock and Frenship.
Mrs. Bearden's professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu & the Board of Directors, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International current Texas Chapter president, Mu Phi Epsilon and honorary memberships in Tau Beta Sigma Kappa Kappa Psi.
Mrs. Bearden is married to Keith Bearden and they enjoy time in Lubbock with family & friends, church events and her cats. She also enjoys travel, outdoor activities, photography/scrapbooking and driving her 1966 Ford Mustang.

 Mr. Donovan Ashcraft - Assistant Director, Frenship Middle School

In 2009 Donovan Ashcraft graduated from Frenship High School and then went on to West Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Music Education with emphasis in Trombone.  While at WT he was in the Trombone Choir studying under Dr. Rai Morales, Brass Choir, Symphonic Band, and Four Across Trombone Quartet. In 2010 Donovan had the opportunity to perform in Washington D.C. for the Eastern Trombone Workshop with the WTAMU Trombone Choir.

Upon graduating from West Texas A&M University Donovan student taught at Foster High School where he helped assist the band to the UIL State Marching Band Contest. After student teaching he took the Head Director position at Vega High School where he led them to their first award winning season since 1985. In his second year of teaching Donovan moved back to his home town, Lubbock, Texas where he was the Head Director at Ropes I.S.D. and led the Eagle Marching Band to its first ever State Title in Class 1A.

Donovan is married to Brittany Ashcraft, who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Interior Design at Texas Tech in the Fall. He also has a hyper Husky named Shadow.


 Mr. David Biel - Director of Bands, Heritage Middle School

Mr. Biel is in his 5th year of teaching and his second as the Director of Bands at Heritage Middle School.  He is from South Texas and graduated from Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX in 2003.  He has an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University.

Originally a Bassoon player he also plays the Baritone.  Mr. Biel has enjoyed many experiences competing and performing throughout his musical career.  While at Ronald Reagan High School, he performed at over 15 Regional, State, and National competitions, celebrating many division 1 titles as well as consistently ranking in the Bands of American Finalist bands.  This includes a first place award at the 2001 Bands of America Houston competition and a finalist band at the 2002 Bands of America Grand National Competition in Indianapolis, IN.

While at Texas Tech, Mr. Biel performed in many ensembles across the country including the Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland. He was the President of the largest chapter of a National Honorary Band Service Fraternity in the country, Kappa Kappa Psi. He also served many positions in the band and in Kappa Kappa Psi.

After college, he was the Associate Director at Kingwood Park High School in Houston, TX.  There he worked with many students in concert, marching, and middle school bands.  In 2011, Mr. Biel conducted the Kingwood Park HS Second band and celebrated their first division 1 in the school’s history.

Mr. Biel just celebrated his first year of marriage and in his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and friends.

 Mr. AJ Pisani - Assistant Director, Heritage Middle School

AJ Pisani is in his second year of teaching as the Associate Director of Bands for Heritage Middle School. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Music Composition.

While studying at Texas Tech, Mr. Pisani was a mellophone player in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and a saxophonist in many other ensembles. He also served as a member of the executive board for the TTU chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity.

Mr. Pisani is originally from Houston and attended Kingwood Park High School. 


 Mr. Rafael Gallastegui - Directer of Bands, Terra Vista Middle School

This is Rafael Gallastegui’s second year at Terra Vista Middle School and fourth year teaching. Before Terra Vista, Mr. G has taught at Atkins Middle School, Floydada High School/Junior High, and Spur ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University and Texas Teacher Certification.

After graduating from Allen High School, Mr. G attended Texas Tech University. He studied trombone under the teaching of Mr. James Decker. There he participated in several ensembles including the famous “Goin Band From Raiderland”, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, Matador Singers, concert bands, trombone choirs, and trombone quartets. Mr. G also became an active member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, holding various officer positions, helping run jazz festivals, and keeping maintenance over Hemmle Recital Hall. During his undergraduate work, Mr. G worked with several band programs in West Texas, taught private lessons, and received numerous honors including the Dean’s Honors List.

Rafael Gallastegui is also a dual citizen of both the United States and Mexico. During the summers, he loves to travel and visit family in Mexico. In his free time, Mr. G enjoys watching tv, reading, playing soccer, and playing with his rambunctious Golden Retriever Olivia.

Currently Mr. Gallastegui is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the Lubbock Concert Band, Westwinds Brass Band, Frontier Big Band, and the Hub City Jazz Orchestra.

 Mr. Jeffery Thomas - Assistant Director, Terra Vista Middle School

Mr. Thomas began teaching at Terra Vista Middle School in March of 2016 and this coming year will be second year of teaching. Before coming to Terra Vista, Mr. Thomas was teaching private trumpet lessons and substitute teaching in Cedar Park area.

After graduating from Vista Ridge High School in 2010, Mr. Thomas went on to pursue a Music Education Degree from Texas Tech University. At Texas Tech he played with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Goin Band from Raiderland. He also sang with the Matador Singers, played in the trumpet choir, and worked as a backstage crew manager for Hemmle Recital Hall. While a student he was a member of Collegiate Texas Music Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music Fraternity. In Phi Mu Alpha, Mr. Thomas held many leadership positions and coordinated volunteers for the Texas Tech Jazz Festival. As a student teacher, Mr. Thomas worked with the middle school and high school bands at Idalou ISD and worked as a guest clinician for the Floydada Spirit of the Winds Marching Band.

Currently Mr. Thomas is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Frontier Big Band, Lubbock Concert Band, and Westwinds Brass band.



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