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FAX Number: 903-669-0119

Mailing Address:
North Lamar High School

Att: Band
3130 N Main St.
Paris, Texas 75460


 

Randy Jones

Randy Jones – Director

Office Phone 903.737.2003 ext 1026

Middle School

1st period – Beginning Trumpet

2nd period – Honor Band

3rd period – Symphonic Band

High School

4th period – Brass Ensemble

5th period – Woodwind Esnemble

6th period – Symphonic Band

7th period – Advisory

8th period – Concert Band

9th period – Planning

Randy Jones is a 1978 graduate of Lewisville High School, where he was a student of Rex White.  He is in his 30th year of teaching in the North Lamar Independent School District and has served as the Director of Bands for the North Lamar school district for the past 29 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard Payne University and a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M-Commerce).   Under his direction, the North Lamar bands have consistently earned superior ratings at UIL Marching Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and have been named “Best in Class” at numerous contests throughout the United States.  The North Lamar Band placed 9th in 2009, and 5th in 2013 and 2nd in 2011 and 2015 in the UIL State Marching Contest and was named the TMEA 3A State Honor Band for 2011.

Mr. Jones currently serves as TMEA Region IV Band Chairman.  His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American School Band Directors’ Association and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Mr. Jones considers his greatest asset to be his family. He and his wife Caryn have been married for 35 years and have four children, Christopher, Brittany, Danielle and an adopted daughter from Kuwait, Hannah Walker.  Mr. Jones and his wife attend First Baptist Church of Paris, where he is director of the church orchestra.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith – Associate Director

Office Phone 903.737.2003 ext 1027

Middle School

1st period – Beginning Low Brass

2nd period – Honor Band

3rd period – Symphonic Band

High School

4th period – Brass Ensemble

5th period – Woodwind Esnemble

6th period – Symphonic Band

7th period – Advisory

8th period – Concert Band

9th period – Planning

Jason R. Smith is a 1992 graduate of North Lamar High School in Paris, Texas.  He attended college at Oklahoma City University, graduating in 1996 suma cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education.  In July 2010, Mr. Smith completed his Master’s of Education Degree from East Central University.

Mr. Smith performed his student teaching at Moore H.S. in Moore, OK, and his first teaching position was with Norman Public Schools.  He left Norman for Eufaula Public Schools in 1998. He taught for two years at Eufaula, Oklahoma and was recognized as outstanding Jazz Educator at the University of Tulsa Jazz Festival 1999, and earned superior ratings in Sight-Reading with the 6th-7th grade band. After two years in Eufaula, Mr. Smith left to join McAlester Public Schools.  At McAlester, he earned ten consecutive years of superior ratings in concert and sight-reading with his 8th grade band, was OMEA Honor Band in 2008; he was also the marching band coordinator / visual designer with ten consecutive years of superior ratings from OSSAA and finalist at OBA State Championships, as well as many other awards at regional marching contest.  Composing/arranging have been a big part of Mr. Smith’s musical life, and has written/arranged over 100 pieces for the various ensembles. 

At North Lamar, he has been designing the marching shows for the North Lamar Marching Band who placed 2nd in class 3A UIL State Marching Contest in 2010, 5th in 2012, and 2nd in 2014 and has earned several best in class awards at regional marching band contest.  The North Lamar Concert Band also earned UIL Sweepstakes every year under his direction since 2010.

Jason Smith has taught with the University of Arkansas Summer Music camps for 9 years, and has done three tours of Europe as a conductor for the Oklahoma Music Ambassadors, four tours of Europe as a conductor for the Lone Star Ambassadors Music and has performed in musical theater orchestras across Singapore and Malaysia.   He belongs to the Texas Music Educators Association, National Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, National Federation of High Schools Association, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, International Trombone Association, Texas Golf Association and the United States Golf Association.

In his free time, he serves as a rules official for the Texas Golf Association, United States Golf Association, America Junior Golf Association, NCAA, and tournament committee and treasurer for the Men’s Golf Association at Paris Golf & Country Club and follows his wife across the country in her avid pursuit of competitive archery.  He would like to thank his wife, Donna, for all of her love and support.   

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Ryan Sheffield - Percussion Director

Office Phone 903-737-2003 x 1031

Schedule:

1st Period - Conference

2nd Period - Stone MS Honor Band

3rd Period - Stone MS Symphonic Band

4th Period - Beginner Percussion Class

Lunch

5th Period – Brass Class

6th Period - NLHS Symphonic Band

7th Period – Advisory

8th Period – NLHS Concert Band

9th Period – NLHS Percussion Class

 

Ryan Sheffield graduated from Canyon High School in 2016 in Canyon, Texas.  He then attended West Texas A&M University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2021. During his time at WTAMU, Mr. Sheffield also served as a part-time percussion technician and lesson teacher. His first position was at Caprock High School in Amarillo, Texas in fall 2016, where he worked as an instructor and arranger for the front ensemble. In 2017, he began his role as a percussion tech at Canyon High School in Canyon, Texas, where he stayed until December 2020. In that position, he also arranged marching percussion and sound design, managed all aspects of marching audio systems, and taught private percussion lessons. The following semester, he student taught at Ryan High School and Myers Middle School in Denton, Texas. Additionally, Mr. Sheffield performed on tour with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018 as a member of the front ensemble.

 

Mr. Sheffield has served on the North Lamar band staff since 2021 as the percussion director for the North Lamar High School and Frank Stone Middle School. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.

 

Mr. Sheffield has enjoyed the fruits of a highly-supportive family his entire life. His parents, a long-time band director and an accomplished piano teacher/color guard instructor, live in the metroplex and have mentored him to grow as a musician and a teacher. His younger sister is majoring in policy studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. In his free time, Mr. Sheffield enjoys playing music, composing, and playing video games with his friends. He has no pets, but he vicariously appreciates his parents’ miniature dachsund, Harvey.

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North Lamar High School
3130 N Main
Paris, Texas 75460
Phone: 903-737-2011