Paula Tagalos – Assistant Director
Originally from Florida, Mrs. Tagalos was a five-time member of the Florida All-State Band, as well as the Florida All-State Collegiate Band, where she had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Michael Haithcock, Jerry Junkin, and Frank Ticheli. She has performed at the Midwest Clinic, and was invited to participate in the Daytona International Music Festival where she was tutored by multiple members of the London Symphony Orchestra and performed alongside them.
She has played with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and other ensembles in the DFW area, and has been fortunate enough to perform for the American Horn Quartet and Barry Tuckwell, as well as under the baton of Lowell Graham, Paula Crider, Bill Conti, Ray Cramer, Dennis Fisher, and Eugene Corporon.
Her playing can be heard on the UNT Symphonic Band album “A Few Notes Between Friends”, as well as the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Barcelona Clarinet Players upcoming collaboration album, “Viva El Clarinete”.
She has written for and been published by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and the International Horn Society.
Joshua Weisbrod-Torres – Assistant Director
B.M. Texas State Univeristy
M.M.Ed. Texas State Univeristy
Joshua Weisbrod-Torres is beginning his fifth year of teaching and his first year in Duncanville ISD, where he will be teaching at Reed Middle School. He received his Bachelors degree in Music Studies with All-Level Teacher Certification and his Masters Degree in Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis both from Texas State University. During his undergrad, Joshua performed at the 2011 TMEA conference and the 2011 National CBDNA conference in Seattle, Washington with the Texas State Wind Ensemble. Joshua is included in Recordings of Texas State’s top band The Music of Charles L. Booker, Jr., Vol. 4: Radiant Blues, Fanfare, and LIVE! He has been featured as a soloist in ensembles around the Central Texas area including the Cinematic Symphony, Heights Concert Band, and the Texas State Wind Symphony. His chamber music ensembles have won fellowships to attend the University of Nebraska CMI. He also performed at the International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the Navy Band, won a classical group Downbeat, and judged the Calefax Composers’ Competition. As a soloist, Joshua has won the classical soloist Downbeat and received honorable mention in many other competitions.
His teaching experiences include graduate teaching assistant at Texas State University where he taught the undergraduate woodwind pedagogue classes, Red Oak High School where he taught the third band and beginner woodwind classes, elementary music in Killeen Independent School District, private lesson and masterclass teaching. He also has experience as an instrument repair technician. Joshua was raised in Killeen, Texas and attended C.E. Ellison High School. He had the pleasure of learning saxophone under Dr. Todd Oxford and clarinet from Mr. Steve Girko during his time at Texas State and had the chance to perform master classes with Chien-Kwan Lin and David Maslanka. Joshua’s Texas State ensemble experiences include award winning Phoenix Saxophone Quartet, Mezcolanza Reed Quintet, Wind Symphony/Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Orchestra. In the past he has been involved heavily with community ensembles like the Heights Concert Bandand the Cinematic Symphony. Joshua is enthusiastic and honored to be a part of the Duncanville team.
Michelle Hanegan – Head Director
B.M.Ed. Texas Tech University
Michelle Hanegan is the Director of Bands at Reed Middle School in Duncanville ISD where she has taught since 2005. She also teaches beginner brass classes at the intermediate level and assists the Duncanville High School Marching Band.
Under her direction, the Reed Middle School Symphonic 1 Band has received consecutive Division 1 Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading, was 2nd runner up in the Texas Music Educators Association CC Area Honor Band Competition in 2017 and 2019, and was recognized by the Foundation for Music Education as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Competition in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Individually, students in the Reed Middle School Band consistently receive many of the highest chairs in the TMEA Region 20 Middle School All- Region Band and Division I Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest. Reed Band students continuing their music education in the Duncanville High School Band have a long history of earning placement in the TMEA All- State Bands, receiving college music scholarships, and majoring in music education and/ or music performance.
Ms. Hanegan is a trombonist in the Mansfield Wind Symphony in Mansfield, Texas under the direction of Mr. Brian Merrill. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in Music from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where she studied trombone with Mr. Don Lucas.
Her professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.