Director of Bands, Director of Jazz StudiesMrs. Denise Kennedy is Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies for the Lake Dallas ISD Band Program. She was Associate Director for the Falcon Band for two years, prior to her appointment as Director of Bands. Mrs. Kennedy is a graduate of Tulsa Edison High School and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.Her teaching experience began with a one year assignment to Elk City Public Schools in western Oklahoma, where she was Associate Band Director and Color Guard Instructor. Following her entry year, she moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma where she was Director of Music for three years at the Grove Dependent School District. She spent the next seven years working for Bixby Public Schools in Bixby, Oklahoma, as Associate Director for the Pride of Bixby High School Band, Director of Bands for Bixby Middle School and Director of Jazz and Woodwind Studies. During that time, Denise saw the high school band grow from 75 members to 120 members, and is now one of the largest 4A band programs in Oklahoma.While at Bixby, the High School band received four state Sweepstakes Awards. The 8th grade band received three Outstanding Achievement Awards, as well as numerous Superior ratings in concert and sight-reading contests. The BHS Jazz Program received three Superior ratings at the State Jazz Ensemble Contest and was awarded second place in class 4A twice. Denise also worked with the BHS Woodwind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Choir each receiving consistent superior ratings. Her private students have consistently achieved membership in All-District and All-State Honor groups.Prior to Lake Dallas, her teaching assignment was for the Mabank ISD Band Program, as Associate Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Studies and Color Guard/Winter Guard Instructor. The Mabank Bands have achieved numerous UIL Superior Ratings in Marching and Concert Band and received two Sweepstakes awards during her tenure. Under her direction, the Mabank Symphonic Band received its first UIL Sweepstakes in the history of the school. Mrs. Kennedy’s Color Guard actively competed in the North Texas Color Guard Association circuit and moved from a Regional A classification to Scholastic 2A while under her direction.Mrs. Kennedy’s professional honors and awards include being elected as Jazz Chairman for the All-OMEA and IAJE/OBA Jazz Ensembles in 2004; being named Teacher of the Year for Bixby Middle School in 2002; being recognized as School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Director’s Who Make a Difference” in 2001; being twice named in Who’s Who Among American Teachers (1999, 2000); being named Grove School Teacher of the Year and a Masonic Teacher of Today in 1997. She is also very active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and private instructor through-out the states of Oklahoma and Texas.Mrs. Kennedy is a member of the (former) International Association of Jazz Educators, Music Educator’s National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association, Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Association, Oklahoma Music Adjudicator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Educator’s Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, North Texas Color Guard Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon. She has also served as chairman for the Eastern District Band Director’s Association in Oklahoma and the ATSSB All-Region Jazz Band for Region 3. As a clarinetist, saxophonist and jazz pianist, Mrs. Kennedy actively performs throughout Oklahoma and Texas. She has performed with jazz greats such as Bill Watrous, Rich Matteson, Lou Fischer, Shelly Berg, Diane Reeves, Paquito d’Rivera, Byron Stripling, Clark Terry, Carl Fontana and Dan Haerle.Mrs. Kennedy is the wife of Scott Kennedy and has three beautiful children: Kaitlyn, Zachary, and Rebecca.
Associate Director of Bands, Director of Percussion
Frankie Burke is the Associate Director of Bands at the high school and Director of Percussion for the Lake Dallas Independent School District. He directs all aspects of the percussion program grades 6-12, including the beginner class, 7th and 8th grade percussion sections at the middle school, the high school marching percussion program, and all high school percussion ensembles. He is also responsible for writing and arranging all percussion music for the fall marching band show. In addition, he assists with the high school Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Burke attended William Mason High School in Cincinnati, OH, where he performed at the BOA National Concert Band Festival, BOA Grand National Semi-Finals, WGI World Championships, OMEA State Convention, and the Midwest Clinic.
Mr. Burke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he performed in numerous groups, including the Classical Percussion Ensemble, 2:00 Advanced Steel Band, Green Brigade Marching Band, Orchestra, Concert Band, Men’s Choir, and the 2008 PASIC Champion UNT Indoor Drumline. He studied composition with Joseph Klein, and percussion with world renowned educators such as Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Paul Rennick, with whom he also studied percussion arranging.
As an educator, Mr. Burke has taught privately and worked with many schools across the DFW Metroplex, including the John Horn cluster in Mesquite ISD, the nationally acclaimed Colleyville Heritage High School, and Cross Timbers Middle School in GCISD. He completed his student teaching in GCISD with JJ Pipitone, Jeff Ausdemore, Jed Weeks, and Asa Burk. Mr. Burke serves as a consultant for the Plano West Senior High Drumline, as well as an Ensemble Director at the UNT Summer Marching Percussion Camp, where he works with different students from around the nation on marching percussion fundamentals.
Mr. Burke’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educator’s Association. He is an avid Detroit Red Wings hockey fan, and loves traveling. He lives in Ponder where he spends his free time with his wonderful and beautiful wife, Katie and their dogs, Lacey and Rex.
Assistant Director of Bands, Brass Specialist
Dallas Bayless is the Assistant Director of Bands for Lake Dallas High School and has more than 20 years of public school teaching experience in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. He conducts the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble 2, in addition to his duties as visual coordinator for the Falcon Marching Band. Mr. Bayless also teaches beginning Trumpet and beginning French Horn at the middle school level.
In addition to being a music educator, Mr. Bayless is also an active composer and arranger specializing in music for concert band, marching band, and drum corps. Dallas’s works have been performed at UIL Concert and Marching contests, on the USBands circuit, and on the Drum Corps International summer circuit. Dallas has served on the design and instructional teams of several drum corps including Lone Star, Genesis, Forte, and Racine Scouts. His musical offerings and services are available at his dallasfbaylessmusic.com website.
Mr. Bayless holds a Master of Music degree with a focus on Music Theory/Composition from Pittsburg State University where he served as a graduate assistant for the band and orchestra programs. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cameron University where he was awarded the McMahon and Presser Scholarships.
Dallas and his wife Jamie have been married for 24 years and are the proud parents of four children, all musicians, and two grandchildren.