Ms. Katie Binkley is joining the Birdville High School Cluster staff as the Director of Bands at Richland Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to her arrival in Birdville ISD, she taught for three years as an Assistant Director at Fossil Hill Middle School in Keller ISD. During her tenure in Keller, she led the Sub Non-Varsity Band to their first sweepstakes award at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest in over nine years, as well as several first division ratings at contests and festivals in the DFW area. She assisted and team taught daily with the Varsity and Non Varsity Bands who earned consistent Sweepstakes awards, and several Best In Class trophies.
Ms. Binkley holds her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas- Arlington in Arlington, Texas. While at UTA, she was a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Flute Choir, Jazz Combo, and served as Drum Major of the UTA Maverick Marching Band. Between rehearsals, studying and practice time, Ms. Binkley also volunteered her time to serving the band programs at UTA as a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Honorary Band Sorority. Ms. Binkley was recently accepted into the Meadows School of the Arts, Masters of Music Education program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Outside of her career in Public Education, Ms. Binkley is currently serving as an Army Bands Person in the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard. She serves as the Principal Flautist and performs often in the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Jazz Band and Woodwind Quintet, The Lone Star Five.
Ms. Binkley would like to credit her success to her friends and mentors, Darlene Janeski, Beau Henderson, Jeffrey Lightsey, Larry Schnitzer, and John Zastoupil.
Karl Krause is in his Fourth year as Assistant Band Director at Richland Middle School. He received his Bachelors degree at Texas Tech University, a Performers Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, and a Masters of Music at University of North Texas. Before becoming a band director Mr. Krause taught private lessons full time in the McKinney, Allen, and Plano school districts and served as a musician with the US Navy Pacific Fleet Band stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Navy Band New Orleans stationed at Naval Air Station JRB New Orleans.
While at North Texas Karl performed and recorded with the internationally acclaimed UNT Wind Symphony and can be heard on numerous GIA Publications, "Wind Works" and "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" recordings.
Mr. Krause is a also an active freelance trombone player having performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Imperial Brass, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and is trombonist with the Jam Wow's, one of DFW's premier Top 40 Variety Bands. He has also performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Orchestra and Royal Hawaiian Band.
In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife, weiner dog, and numerous other animals!
James Figueredo is the Percussion Director for the Birdville High School band in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mr. Figueredo oversees all aspects of the percussion programs for Birdville HS, Richland MS, and Smithfield MS.
Before coming to Birdville ISD, Mr. Figueredo served as the Percussion Director for the Fowler Middle School band in Frisco ISD, as well as the Assistant Percussion Director at Liberty High School. During his tenure with the Fowler band, he conducted the Fowler MS Percussion Ensemble, which won the Percussive Arts Society International Convention’s 2015 Junior High Percussion Ensemble Competition. He also taught private lessons to the percussionists at Vandeventer Middle School.
Prior to teaching in Frisco, Mr. Figueredo also taught in Lewisville ISD for the highly acclaimed Marcus High School band from 2010 to 2013. He assisted on the field for two of the Marcus band’s 5A UIL State Marching Championships, the PASIC “Call For Tapes” showcase concert in 2011, and the 2012 PASIC Marching Festival Championship. He also taught private lessons and clinics for Lewisville ISD, Richardson ISD and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.
Mr. Figueredo earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he performed with the Indoor Drumline, winning the PASIC Marching Festival Championship in 2008. He also performed with various UNT ensembles such as the Latin Jazz Lab Band, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Gamelan, Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and the Green Brigade Marching Band. His teachers included Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Jose Aponte, Christopher Deane, Mike Drake, and Ed Smith.
Mr. Figueredo has been no stranger to the marching music and arts. From 2009 to 2010, he was an original member of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Drumline. In addition, he performed with the 2008 DCI World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and earned the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. He also performed with the 2007 Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.
Mr. Figueredo is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association and is an endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. He is happily married to his wife, Noel Figueredo, who is the AVID Coordinator for Lewisville High School Harmon in the Lewisville Independent School District.