The Frenship Band Program is made up of passionate, dedicated, and talented teachers who work towards a common goal - to achieve excellence. We strive to perform music of the highest quality at the highest level and afford our students opportunities to grow as musicians and as individuals. It takes a village to realize these goals and make all of this happen! Listed below is the high school staff.
Mr. Tom SoRelle
Director of Bands/Director of Instrumental Music
Mr. SoRelle is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University. He resides in Lubbock with his wife Kathy.
Mr. SoRelle has 51 years of 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. His bands have been consistent Sweepstakes winners in Texas UIL competitions and have been finalists for TMEA state Honor Band and the Texas State Marching Contest. Mr. SoRelle served as Band Chair for TMEA Region 17 from 1988 - 1995. He served as Vice-President and Texas State Band Chair for TMEA in 1995-1997 and President of TMEA in 1997-1999. In August of 2000, by Band World Magazine and the Sousa Foundation, Mr. SoRelle was inducted into membership of the Bandworld Legion of Honor. He is presently serving as President of Region 16 and Area A Auditions Chair for TMEA.
Mr. SoRelle is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, an Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity.
Mr. Scott Carter
Associate Director of Bands/Marching Coordinator
Mr. Carter is a native of San Saba, Texas, and graduated from San Saba High School. There, 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 and trumpet with Will Strieder. He was a member of the University Concert Band, the University Singers, and 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.
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 holds memberships in the 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.
During his time off, Mr. Carter 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.
Mr. Aaron Perez
Percussion Coordinator/Jazz Band Director
Mr. Perez graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2018 with a degree in Music Education, emphasizing in Percussion. In his time at Tech, Mr. Perez played snare drum in the Texas Tech Drum Line, Zeta Iota Tau for 3 years with serving as the RT in 2015. Additionally, Mr. Perez was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensembles I & II, Steel Band, and played drum set in both Jazz Combo I & II, and Jazz I & II big bands in his time at the university.
Outside of teaching, Mr. Perez performs on drum set and timpani in the orchestra at Lakeridge United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings. Additionally, he enjoys working as a studio percussionist on the side writing and recording content for a solo artist out of Decatur, Texas.
Mr. Hunter Stockton
Assistant Director/Brass Specialist
Mr. Stockton was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University, where he also studied Tenor Trombone under Professor James Decker. During his time at TTU, he performed with many of TTU’s premiere ensembles. These ensembles include the Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 2, Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and the Texas Tech Trombone Choir.
Alongside his many experiences at Texas Tech, he has also been heavily involved in the Drum Corps activity for quite some time. He marched 2 seasons as a baritone player with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and has taught as a low brass specialist with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps for the last 2 years.
Mr. Stockton is absolutely thrilled to be a part of not only the FHS band staff, but the greater Frenship community as well.
Mr. Jose Gonzalez
Assistant Director/Woodwind Specialist
Mr. Gonzalez is from the west Texas town of San Angelo, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University where he studied clarinet with Dr. David Shea. During his time at Texas Tech, Mr. Gonzalez was part of the Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, the Texas Tech Undergraduate Woodwind Quintet, the Texas Tech Clarinet Choir, the Lakeridge UMC Orchestra and its subsequent Chamber Series, as well as many other small and large ensembles.
Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and is an alumnus of the national music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.
When he is not working, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Jazmin, and their two cats.
Ms. Amanda Knight
Ms. Knight is the newest member of the Frenship Band Staff, joining the team in October of 2019. She is a graduate of Frenship High School and is also a graduate of the Frenship Tiger Band program where she was a member of the color guard as well as the twirling line and drum line. In addition to serving on the band staff, Ms. Knight is one of two secretaries in the South Office at Frenship High School.
Ms. Knight has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University. She is also the Color Guard Director for the Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland, a position she's held since 2010. While at Texas Tech, she was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland Color Guard as well as a member of Tau Beta Sigma, the service sorority for the Goin' Band from Raiderland.
Ms. Knight is the proud mother of a beautiful 8-year old daughter, Lily Katherine. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country, but most specifically to her two favorite places, Branson, Missouri and Orlando, Florida.
Mrs. Diane Morris
Fine Arts Administrative Assistant
Bio coming soon.