DIRECTORS

HMS BAND DIRECTORS
RUTH ALLEN  AND JOHN SCANLON

Mrs. Allen is in her 28th year of teaching band.  She is in charge of all aspects of the Hornedo MS Band program.  Under her direction her bands are consistent in receiving sweepstakes at UIL Concert/Sightreading contests, Band Festivals and Jazz Festivals.  Her bands have also received "Best in Class" in festivals held in San Antonio, Dallas and California.  Recently the Honor Band placed 3rd at Area for the TMEA  State Honor Band Competition.

Mrs. Allen's main instrument is clarinet.  She received her Bachelor in Music Performance from West Texas State University.  She is a graduate of Riverside High School in El Paso and was a two time Texas All State Clarinetist.  She was a member of the El Paso Wind Symphony where she served as principal clarinetist, has also played with the Amarillo Symphony and teaches clarinet privately. Mrs. Allen is an active judge and clinician in El Paso and throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Mrs. Allen is currently serving as the TMEA Middle School Band Chair for Region 22.  Her professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu and Texas Band Masters Association where she serves on the Spouse's Board.

Mrs. Allen is married to Daniel Allen who is one of the band directors at Franklin HS.  Their son Christopher plays horn and piano.  He is a sophomore at UTEP as a music education major.  Their daughter is in the 8th grade, plays the clarinet  in the Hornedo Honor Band and  is a member of the Hornedo Choir.  She made All Region in both band and choir.


John Scanlon comes to us from the Ysleta Independent School District.  He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a graduate of Clint High School in El Paso Texas.  A twenty seven year veteran in public school education, Mr Scanlon has taught in Ysleta ISD, Clint ISD and Lewisville ISD in Dallas, Texas at every level of music from 3rd grade to High School Band.  Under his direction, his bands have received numerous UIL sweepstakes awards, Division One ratings and have advanced to the Area and State Competitions at the high school level.  Mr Scanlon’s deep affinity for music has him playing his Trombone in a variety of groups to include the Ekletic Big Band, The El Paso Starliners and the Borderless Brass Band.  Throughout his career Mr Scanlon has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis and Dizzy Gillespie. He has also been under the direction of Masters Fredrick Fennell and Colonel John R. Bourgeois of the United States Marine Band. “I love my job and the special people it has brought into my life are paramount. I am truly blessed to do what I do.” 



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