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Todd Toney - jttoney@garlandisd.net (972-675-3120 ext 61033)
Mr. Toney has been the head band director at North Garland since the fall of 1993.  Prior to that, he taught in Sulphur Springs, at Bussey Middle School in Garland and
South Garland High School. Mr. Toney directs the Honors Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Steel Drum Ensemble.

Mr. Toney grew up in Richardson and attended Richardson High School. A 1983 graduate of Southern Methodist University, he was a saxophone major and was selected as the outstanding music education student his senior year. He is a lifetime member of Texas Parent Teacher's Association and a four time nominee to Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Mr. Toney is currently President of Texas Music Educator's Association Region 3, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Fine Arts Department Head at North Garland High School.  He is married to Deborah Bosworth, an attorney, and has two Golden Retrievers.

 

Todd Payne - stpayne@garlandisd.net (972-675-3120 ext 61032)
Mr. Payne has been an assistant at North Garland High School from 1996 - 2002 and returned to us in 2008. Before coming to NG, Mr. Payne has also taught in Brownwood, Lubbock and most recently spent 5 years teaching in Mesquite.

Mr. Payne grew up in Shreveport and Amarillo, where he attended Amarillo HS. He attended Texas Tech University, where he studied the trumpet, earning his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. He directs the Symphonic Band and teaches Beginner Percussion at Bussey Middle School. Mr. Payne is still active as a performer, playing trumpet with the Frist Baptist Church, Richardson on a regular basis.
His hobbies include golf, the trumpet and supporting his college sports teams.

 

John May - jmay@garlandisd.net (972-675-3120 ext 61034)
Previous to his appointment with North Garland High School, John May taught private percussion lessons in various school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He recently completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in music education at the University of North Texas and is in the final stages of completing that degree. He has taught at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi and served as Director of Bands for Clarksville Independent School District in Clarksville, Texas. Mr. May earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He has performed in many percussion ensembles at UNT, including advanced Steel Band, Afro-Cuban Ensemble and African Ensemble.

Mr. May has published one article, “Swing Style,” in the July 2007 issue of The Instrumentalist, has signed a contract with Teaching Music in regard to an article entitled, “Improving Student Practice: A Look at Quantity and Quality,” and has submitted two additional articles, one to The Instrumentalist and one to Percussive Notes. Moreover, Mr. May has served as a contributing editor and writer for the Texas Chapter of Percussive Arts Society Newsletter.



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