Rogers Band Directors
Mr. Ferman is in his 19th year of being a music educator and in his 10th 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 was born in 2016 and is currently navigating elementary school in the dual language program.. He loves playing piano and making music like his parents.
Connor Neugent is a native Texan and grew up in Mansfield, TX having played French Horn in his father’s band at T.A. Howard
Middle School. His senior year he had the privilege of performing with the Summit High School Wind Symphony at the 2017 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago where he was also was a featured performer on the T.A. Howard Band’s Midwest concert.
After high school, Mr. Neugent pursued a degree in Music Education at Oklahoma State University where he graduated this past May 2022. While at OSU he was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band and Principal Horn of the Symphonic Band. As a student of Lanette Compton, Mr. Neugent has performed in the Mid-South Horn Symposium, a masterclass with the Canadian Brass as well as numerous horn choirs. Mr. Neugent was also a two-year member of the award winning Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Connor has been an active leadership clinician in the North Texas area since the summer of 2020 as well as being a visual technician for Anna HS and Rock Hill HS. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, TMEA and TBA.
In his free time he enjoys all things Disney and spending time with his cats Emma and Isaac. Mr. Neugent is incredibly excited be home in Texas and start his teaching career as a 3rd generation band director at Rogers MS!
Ms. Kathryn “Katie” Reeves has been teaching for 10 years, and this will be her 6th 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.
Caleb Hinz, born and raised in the DFW metroplex, is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas. He has a Bachelors of Music in Musical Performance with a specialization in the percussive arts. During his time at UNT, he had the opportunity to study under some of the most well-known percussion educators in the country, as well as become versed in a wide range of percussion instruments and musical styles. He has also performed with the Dallas Brass Band, and the Dallas Metropolitan Winds.
Mr. Hinz began his career at John Horn high school, where he taught private lessons for over a year during his time as an undergrad at UNT. He has also worked as a percussion technician for Frisco Centennial High School, Central High School, and most recently he was the battery Instructor for Nimitz high school in Irving ISD.
Mr. Hinz attributes much of his musical ability to the teachings of John Bingaman, the percussion director who trained him as student at Byron Nelson High School. Byron Nelson's band program is also where he met his wife Kaylee, a second grade teacher in Northwest ISD. When he isn't practicing, teaching, or composing, he can almost certainly be found with her.