Frenship ISD is a 4A school district located four miles from Lubbock on the sprawling South Plains of Texas. The Frenship ISD Band Program is comprised of over 600 of the finest musicians in Texas. Our program is spread over three 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 continue to build on the traditions that have been established in the past and will develop new ones throughout each school year.
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 six appearances at the UIL 4A 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.
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 and his wife, Tammy, have one son, Daniel, and one daughter, Nicole, and reside in Lubbock, Texas.
Ms. Amanda Fonner - Assistant Director/Woodwind Specialist
Bio coming soon.
Mr. Jeremy Isley - Assistant Director/Percussion Coordinator
Bio coming soon.
Mrs. June Bearden - Director of Bands, Frenship Middle School
Mrs. June Bearden is starting her 24th year of teaching and is beginning her 15th 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. Jarred Dodd - Assistant Director, Frenship Middle School
Mr. Jarred Dodd is in his first year of teaching as the Assistant Director at Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, with emphasis on trumpet.
At Texas Tech Mr. Dodd was awarded many opportunities to play with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, and was a member of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and the Court Jesters. Dodd has studied trumpet with Ms. Kelley Fletcher of Garland ISD and Mr. Conrad Bauschka of Texas A&M Commerce. Before attending Texas Tech, Mr. Dodd was a member of the Sulphur Springs High School band, where he made the All-State bands of 2005 and 2006.
His professional memberships include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. When not at school, Mr. Dodd is a Texas Rangers fanatic, hardly missing a game. He enjoys hanging out with his sister, Katie and his dog, Leroy. It has also been rumored that he is regularly spotted at Chic-fil-a or driving around town in his Camaro.
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. Geoff Bissett - Assistant Director, Heritage Middle School
Mr. Geoff Bissett is beginning his 724th year at Frenship High School. His experience has taken him across the globe as a teacher, instructor, and performer. He is a former member of the Air Force Band. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Masters degree from Texas Tech University.
Mr. David Speer - Director of Bands, Terra Vista Middle School
Mr. Speer is beginning his 7th year at Frenship. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Mr. Speer graduated from Westwood High School. He then attended the University of Texas. Mr. Speer's teaching career has included Cedar Park HS and Vista Ridge HS (both Leander ISD), and Frenship.
Mr. Speer maintains memberships in the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Conference, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Bodyworks Gym. He attempts to attend annual meetings for each.
He and his wife, Tamara, have one son, Jackson. They also have two pets: Isis the black cat, and Hera, a black lab mix.
Mr. Jameson Ash - Assistant Director, Terra Vista Middle School
Bio coming soon.