STAFF

 


Larry Doran - Director of Bands

Mr. Larry Doran has been the Director of Bands for Midlothian High School for Twenty-two years. In addition to his teaching duties, he is an active freelance percussionist in the metropolitan Dallas/Ft. Worth area. A native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Doran attended Penn State University where he graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He then continued his education at the University of Michigan where he received a Master's in Percussion Performance in 1991.

Mr. Doran has performed with the Ft. Worth Symphony, Ft. Worth Opera and Ft. Worth /Dallas Ballet. He has also performed and recorded with the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 1991, he toured the United States and Spain as a member of Percunits A2 percussion ensemble. He was visiting professor of percussion at the Encuentros de Percussion in Xixona, Alicante, Spain that same year.

Mr. Doran directs the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz band and assists with the Honor Band at MHS. He is the administrator of the instrumental music department. He has maintained a busy summer schedule teaching at various band camps in the United States including: Yamaha Sounds of Summer camps in Texas and Iowa and the International Music Camp in North Dakota. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Doran was Associate Director of Bands at North Mesquite High School for four years.

His marching and concert bands have received recognition in state and national festivals including the National Wind Band Honors “New Music Division,” a featured performance at the 60th National MENC Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in April of 2006, and a featured ensemble at the 30th annual Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington in November of 2008. Featured performance at the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic at Troy University in Alabama in 2010 and a featured performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2014.   The Midlothian band program recieved the Sudler Flag of Honor for Concert Bands from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2015.  In 2017, the Wind Ensemble was selected as a national winner from the Foundation for Music Education. The Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble had qualified for the semi-finals in the Texas State Honor Band competition three times and the finals twice. In addition to to performing, teaching and clinic presentations, he is an active adjudicator with Heritage Festivals.

Mr. Doran was one of two winners chosen for the National Band Association's International Conducting Symposium in April 2006. Colonel Furiously Crux, director of La Panda dell'Esercito (The Italian Army Band) served as resident conductor/lecturer/host for the symposium held in Rome, Florence, and Milan. He is the president of the local chapter of ATPE-The Association of Texas Professional Educators. His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, TMEA, Texas Bandmaster's Association, Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Local 72-147 American Federation of Musicians and Phi Mu Alpha. He in an elected member to Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Beta Mu.

Mr. Doran is an artist/clinician for Yamaha Corp. and Sabian cymbals. He and his wife Sherry and eighteen year-old daughter Sophia live in Ovilla, Texas.


Alex Badour - Assistant Director of Bands

A native of the DFW metroplex, Mr. Alex Badour is entering his third year as an Associate Director of Bands for Midlothian High School. Mr. Badour recently finished a Master’s degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Arkansas. While there, he served as a Graduate Assistant and worked with all aspects of the university band program, while studying under W. Dale Warren, Dr. Christopher Knighten, and Benjamin Chamberlain.


Previously, Mr. Badour received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University in 2010. While at SHSU, Mr. Badour studied tuba under Bob Daniel, and performed with the university Wind ensemble and Symphonic Band. Mr. Badour spent four years marching in the Bearkat Marching Band, serving as drum major his senior year, and an associate drill writer for the BMB for two years. He also worked with the marching bands of The Woodlands and The Woodlands College Park HS during his time in Huntsville, TX.

Mr. Badour spent four summers marching in the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as a Co-Horn Sargent in 2007. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and as honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.


Christopher Kichline - Color Guard Director

 
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Christopher Kichline currently serves as the Director of Colorguards at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. During his tenure as a designer, choreographer, and instructor Kichline has proven himself time and time again. Under his instruction, Kichline has taken numerous groups to local, state, and national finals competitions. Some highlights from his career include, Ars Nova  A & Open Winter guard (Winter Guard International Finalists 2004-2008), White Gold Winter guard (Winter Guard International Bronze Medalist 2011), and Little Elm High School (Winter Guard International Bronze Medalist 2014). In addition, Kichline was a pivotal part of Wakeland High School’s (2006-2012) UIL state finalist appearance in 2009 & 2011. In addition, Kichline formerly served as the Vice President for the North Texas Colorguard Association (3 terms 2012-2014) and Member-At-Large (2 terms 2010-2011) During his time on the board Kichline helped foster the physical & educational growth of the circuit. 

In his free time, Kichline enjoys playing softball and has qualified to play in the Adult Softball World Series 2 times. 

Kichline currently resides in Dallas, Texas.   


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Born and raised in Denton, TX, Daniel Hawkins completed his Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion Studies at the University of North Texas in 2008.  While there, Mr. Hawkins performed as a member of the 2005 UNT PASIC Drumline, UNT Marching Band, UNT Percussion Ensemble, UNT 2:00 Steel Band and was section leader of the Symphonic Band Percussion under Dennis Fischer.  In 2008, Mr. Hawkins received the Outstanding Undergraduate Percussionist Award and performed with the UNT Graduate Percussion Ensemble on their tour to Paris, France.  While at UNT, Mr. Hawkins was a member of the Carolina Crown Front Ensemble for the 2003 and 2004 seasons under Jeff Queen.  In 2003, the Carolina Crown Front Ensemble placed 1st in the Ensemble Division of the DCI I&E competition.  In 2005, Mr. Hawkins was a member of the Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble under Paul and Sandi Rennick.  In 2006, he was named section leader of the PR Front Ensemble, and that year the Phantom Regiment was awarded the first Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance trophy in its 50 year history.  In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Hawkins was a Front Ensemble technician for the Phantom Regiment as they secured their first solo DCI title and another Fred Sanford trophy.  In 2008, Mr. Hawkins wrote and performed the winning PASIC Collegiate Marimba Solo at PASIC in Austin, TX.  In 2010, he completed his Master of Music Performance degree in Percussion Studies from the University of Kentucky under Dr. James Campbell.  While at the University of Kentucky, Mr. Hawkins performed as a member of the UK Orchestra on their trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  He also performed with the UK African Ensemble, UK Graduate Percussion Ensemble, UK 2nd Jazz Band, and UK Steel Band.  In 2010, Mr. Hawkins worked as an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist for Robinson ISD in Robinson, TX as he worked towards a Master of Education degree at Baylor University in Waco, TX.  He completed his degree in 2012, and moved to Atlanta, TX to take a position as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist for Atlanta ISD.  From 2013 to 2017 he directed the High School Concert Band at UIL Contest, receiving Sweepstakes awards 2 of his four years directing and took the Atlanta Drumline to three separate contests yearly.  Mr. Hawkins’ middle school students secured the top two chairs of the region band percussion section every year, and he coached two All State Percussionists in the four years he was there.  Mr. Hawkins traveled to San Antonio with the Atlanta High School Marching Band for their 5th and 6th consecutive trips to the State Marching Contest in 2014 and 2016 respectively  In 2013, he married Christy Samansky Hawkins, an Intellectual Property Attorney for Haltom and Doan in Texarkana, TX.  Together, they now live in Dallas, TX, where Mrs. Hawkins specializes in Cybersecurity Law and Mr. Hawkins serves as Percussion Director for Midlothian High School in Midlothian TX. The Midlothian High School Drumline recently won the NTCA Percussion Scholastic Concert A Championship at Burleson Centennial High School for the 2018 Winter Season.