Rogers Band Directors

Joshua Ferman

Mr. Ferman is in his 17th year of being a music educator and in his 8th year as a band director in Prosper. Mr. Ferman’s concert bands have consistently received sweepstakes awards at UIL. His middle school jazz bands have been successful at jazz contests even winning the middle school division at the TCU Jazz Festival. Prior to band directing, Mr. Ferman was a highly sought after private saxophone teacher in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. His students have won many accolades over the years including 11 Texas All-State band members (including 1st chair Alto Sax 4A and 1st Chair Tenor Sax 5A), Concerto Contest Winners and participants, and members of exclusive youth ensembles. His students have gone on to study music at several elite universities around the country.

Mr. Ferman received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University studying saxophone with Dr. Brian Utley, Mr. Todd Genztel and Dr. John Goodall. While at the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music, Mr. Ferman earned a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance. At UNT he studied classical saxophone with Dr. Eric Nestler and jazz saxophone Mr. Isaac Lamar. Mr. Ferman is an active Saxophonist and Clinician who has performed with groups such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, The Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, Carrollton Wind Symphony, The San Angelo Symphony, Dallas Pops, Russ Martin Show Band and Ben Folds.

Mr. Ferman is an active member of the Texas Music Educators association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He has also been a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Mr. Ferman met his wonderful wife, Amy, at SFA in the music program. Amy played clarinet through college and though she doesn’t play as much she used to, she shares her love of music and education with Mr. Ferman. Their son Jonah was born February 24th, 2016.

Sapphire Tenerelli

Mrs. Tenerelli is in her seventh year teaching coming from Frisco ISD and is so excited to start this school year with the Rogers Band program.

Mrs. Tenerelli is a native of Plano, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance where her professor not only provided trumpet lessons, but also helped her earn her Private Pilot’s license. She earned the award for Highest Ranked Graduate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and after receiving her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Tenerelli returned to Texas Tech to complete her Master’s degree in Music Education.

During her time at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli shared the stage with Phillip Smith, Jens Lindemann, Dick Oatts, Arlington Jones, and Stockton Helbing. Her principal teachers include Professor Will Strieder, Dr. Max Matzen, Dr. Sarah McKoin, and Professor Stephen Jones. While at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli served as the President of the Tech Trumpet Society and trumpet section leader. She was a participating member of the premier jazz and concert ensembles. Mrs. Tenerelli also performed at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association conference in both 2009 and 2013 as well as the College Band Directors National Association 2011 Southwest conference, where she was a participant in the performance of multiple world premieres.

Mrs. Tenerelli plays regularly with the Plano Community Band where she has performed with the Stockton Helbing Trio and Wayne Bergeron at the 2017 TBA conference. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Mrs. Tenerelli and her fellow trumpet-playing husband love to travel, particularly to beaches and southwest Michigan. Outside of teaching, she enjoys performing with ensembles, soccer, learning languages, and flying single engine Cessnas.

Kathryn Reeves

Ms. Kathryn “Katie” Reeves has been teaching for 5 years, and this will be her first year at Rogers Middle School. Prior to working at Rogers, she served as the Head Middle School Band Director and Assistant High School Band Director at Caddo Mills ISD.

She has Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While at Texas A&M-Commerce she was an active participant in the Pride Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Trumpet Studio, and served as the administrative assistant of the Band Department. Miss Reeves was also a member of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming, and has performed with the Sherman and Rockwall Community Bands.

Ms. Reeves is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, and is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi. In her free time, she enjoys decorating, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

Ben Houghton

Ben Houghton is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies. After graduating, Mr. Houghton began his teaching career in Temple ISD where he served as Director of Percussion for 3 years. During his tenure, the percussion program had strong growth and was awarded the second largest grant in district history to vastly expand its electronic percussion equipment. 

 

Most recently, Mr. Houghton was the Director of Percussion for Robinson ISD. There the program had many students successfully participate in the region process, including one All-State percussionist. Mr. Houghton was also a member of the Cadets in 2013 that received the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion.

 

Aside from music, Mr. Houghton enjoys playing basketball, video games, and spending time with his friends and family.

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