Director of Bands
Mr. Ludlow is originally from El Paso, Texas and a proud graduate of El Paso High School. While in high school, he was a member of the TMEA All-State Band. After graduation, Mr. Ludlow attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon earning both a bachelor's and master's degree. He was a euphonium student of Joseph Cox and a conducting student of Gary Garner. While at West Texas A&M, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Jazz Band, and an active member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Upon graduation, Mr. Ludlow was Associate Director of Bands at San Jacinto Junior High. He then advanced to Associate Director of Bands at Midland High School. In 2002, he became Director of Bands at Andress High School in El Paso, Texas. Under his direction, the Andress Marching Band consistently earned Superior ratings at various festivals, UIL, and Bands of America Regionals. In 2006, the Andress Marching Band advanced to the Texas State Marching Band Competition. Under Mr. Ludlow's baton, the Wind Ensemble received Superior ratings and was named "Best-in Class" at numerous festivals across the country. In 2005 Mr. Ludlow was named Andress High School Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Ludlow also has extensive experience in the field of Color Guard. He has been the Color Guard Coordinator for programs throughout Texas, including: Amarillo, Canyon, Midland, and El Paso. His Winter Guards have competed in the West Texas Color Guard association circuit as well as WGI Regionals. Mr. Ludlow is active as a clinician and adjudicator for marching & concert bands, color guard, and solo/ensemble competitions. He currently holds the title of Director of Bands at Mansfield High School, where he oversees a thriving 6A band program.
Assistant Director of Bands
David Dunbar is currently in his 27th year of teaching. Mr. Dunbar directs the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble I, and Jazz Ensemble II.
Prior to Mansfield High School, David served as Director of Bands at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Washington, where his duties included conducting the wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, marching band, and basketball band. He also served as coordinator of the Viking Jazz Festival and the Olympic Music Educators Association Regional Concert Sight-reading Contest.
Mr. Dunbar earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, the Masters of Music Education degree from Illinois State University, and the Masters of Instrumental Conducting degree at Illinois State University.
Mr. Dunbar is an active clinician and adjudicator, having worked with ensembles from Washington, Illinois, Texas and New Mexico. As a percussionist he has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Wind Symphony and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Dunbar is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Assocation, Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, and International Trumpet Guild.
Kevin Feldser is the Director of Percussion for schools in the Mansfield High School cluster (Mansfield High School, Brooks Wester Middle School, Rogene Worley Middle School, Asa Low Intermediate School, & Mary Orr Intermediate School). Prior to coming to Mansfield, Kevin taught in Brownsville, Azle, and Palestine. Kevin is an active percussion clinician, having worked with groups from Texas, Arizona, California, and Tennessee.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Music from Northern Arizona University. His teachers have included Lalo Davila, Dr. Andy Smith, Dr. Steven Hemphill, Jeff Lee, Don Click, and Eric Johnson. In college, Kevin was a member of various ensembles: including, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, PASIC Ensemble, Steel Band, Salsa Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the Flagstaff Symphony. Kevin also taught the NAU Drumline while a Graduate Assistant. He was a member of the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (Concord, CA) front ensemble (2002) and the Music City Mystique (Nashville, TN) front ensemble (2001-2003).
Professional affiliations include TMEA and PAS. He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads.
Aaron 'AC' Capers
Aaron ‘AC’ Capers is a local musician who specializes in the Percussive Arts. The son of a bass guitarist (Joseph Capers), and a vocalist (Gayla Capers). He has a background in the marching arts performing with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corp (2008) and taught the Revolution Drum & Bugle Corp from 2009-2011. He also marched WGI with Surround Sound Percussion from 2005-2008. Since departing from the professional marching side of things he taught at a bevy of high schools around the DFW metroplex and performing with the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, Cowboys R&B Drumline, The Cutting Edge Haunted House Performing Groups as a member of Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment, and the FC Dallas Drumline. He also drums in a couple of different local bands Loyal Sally, The Effinays, Further North, King Booty Disco, and the W/ No Name Project, as well as a freelancer for those in need of live drumming and percussion. Teaching kids to do what I currently do is a passion, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach “Life Studies through the Art of Percussion”.
Color Guard Staff
Mr. Troche is a Texas native and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. He went on to perform with many prestigious organizations including: The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, Black Gold Winterguard, Blessed Sacrament Winterguard, CGT Denton Winterguard, and Mirage Performance Ensemble. He has taught a number of high school color guard programs in Massachusetts and Texas as a director, program coordinator, movement consultant, and movement technician. He has also been a choreographer, design consultant, and technician for indoor percussion ensembles. Mr. Troche is very excited to bring his knowledge and talents to the Mansfield High School Color Guard program.