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.
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 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. Jeremy Isley - Assistant Director/Percussion Coordinator
Bio coming soon.
Mr. Lucas Meade - Assistant Director/Brass Specialist
Bio coming soon.
Mr. Ben Cook - Assistant Director/Woodwind Specialist
Bio coming soon.
Mrs. June Bearden - Director of Bands, Frenship Middle School
Mrs. June Bearden is starting her 27th year of teaching and is beginning her 18th year as Director of Bands at Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, Texas. Mrs. Bearden 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 an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers. Mrs. Bearden directs the middle school band each summer at the Texas Tech Summer Band/Orchestra Camp. She has served as Region XVI Middle School Band Coordinator and several TMEA committees for several 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, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, Tau Beta Sigma life member, Kappa Kappa Psi honorary member, Mu Phi Epsilon life member.
Mrs. Bearden is married to Keith Bearden and they enjoy sharing life with family & friends in Lubbock, Texas. Her hobbies and interests include travel, outdoor activities, cats, photography/scrapbooking and she enjoys 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. Alex Kang - Assistant Director, Heritage Middle School
Mr. Kang is in his second year of teaching as the Associate Director of Bands at Heritage Middle School in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University, studying percussion under Mr. Alan Shinn and Dr. Lisa Rogers.
During his time at Texas Tech, Mr. Kang performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble I, Celtic Ensemble, and the Texas Tech Steel Band Apocolypso Now. He also marched in the Goin' Band from Raiderland, playing snare drum and tenors. Mr. Kang also currently performs with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in the percussion section.
Mr. Kang holds memberships in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Percussive Arts Society.