Director of Bands
Gerardo Loya, grew up in Muleshoe, TX. He graduated high school in 1998, and attended Angelo State University. He was assigned to student teach at Midland Lee High School in Midland, TX, and upon graduation from ASU took a teaching position in Monahans, TX. Monahans is a small West Texas town that is centered around the school district. He would spend the next eleven years in Monahans teaching band.
His tenure in Monahans was spent building upon an established and thriving program. He lent a hand in maintaining student success and managed to acquire consistent UIL sweepstakes awards with both the junior high and high school bands. He led two marching bands including the only UIL competitive junior high marching band in the state of Texas.
While in Monahans, Gerardo had countless students qualify consistently for the all-region band, all-area band, and especially the Texas all-state band. His Monahans bands never missed qualifying for the UIL State Marching Band competition. His bands have not only earned notoriety in marching, but also in concert as well. They were finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Band competition multiple times. He has traveled the country from Florida to California with hundreds of students.
After his eleven years in Monahans, Gerardo eventually found himself in Ferris, TX. He became the head junior high school band director and hit the ground running. In his first year as director, the band had more students qualify for the all-region band than ever before. They also received their first UIL Sweepstakes Award in school history. Eventually, he was selected as the Ferris Junior High Teacher of the Year, and the Ferris ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. After completing his time in Ferris, Gerardo found the opportunity to teach in Castleberry ISD. He found great success in both marching, concert and sight reading, and helped to lead the band in 2018 to an eleventh place finish at the state UIL marching contest.
Gerardo completed his Masters in Administration from Lamar University in the spring of 2018. Having done so well, Kaufman ISD was happy to have him come in as Associate Director of Bands where he has led both junior high and
high school bands to consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards. They have qualified, and made UIL Area finals every year since. He is very excited to take the reigns as Director of Bands for Kaufman ISD, and cannot
wait to see what the future brings.
Band Director at O.P. Norman Junior High
Ashley Cox currently serves as the Head Band Director at O.P. Norman Junior High in Kaufman ISD.
Mrs. Cox grew up in Mesquite, Texas where she discovered her love of music and playing the tenor trombone. Ashley attended Mesquite High School where she was elected Band Sweetheart and served as Drum Major for the Mighty Maroon Band. She was a TMEA Texas All-State Band member and was awarded the TMEA Texas Merit Music Scholarship in 2002. Ashley graduated with honors in 2003 and went on to study Trombone Performance with John Kitzman at Southern Methodist University, but did not finish her degree at this time. During her fourteen-year break from school, she had a successful career in management, got married, had two children, and became a stay-at-home mom.
In 2017, Mrs. Cox decided to return to school to finish her degree. She began studying Music Education at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. During her time at Eastfield, Ashley had the privilege of studying trombone with Keith Meek and performed with multiple ensembles including the Texas A&M University-Commerce Trombone Choir, Eastfield Jazz Ensemble, the Forney Community Band, and the University of Texas at Dallas Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and University Orchestra. She also achieved the high distinction of being on the Eastfield College President’s Honor Roll and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
In 2019, Mrs. Cox transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce to continue her studies in Music Education. During her time at Commerce, she had the privilege of studying trombone with Jimmy Clark, former principal trombone of the Dallas Winds and Dallas Opera Orchestra. She performed in the Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and The Pride Marching Band. She was voted “Most Outstanding Band Member” and “Band Mom” by her peers in The Pride Marching Band. She has also been named a President’s Scholar by the University.
Mrs. Cox graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She currently resides in Forney, Texas and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is honored and excited to be joining the Lion Band family!