Mr. Allen is in his twenty-eighth year of teaching and in his twenty-third year at Franklin H.S. Mr. Allen, recently named Director of Bands, will be conducting the Wind Symphony, Jazz Band One, and will assist with the Concert Band, Guard and the “Star of the West” Marching Band.
Mr. Allen has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Texas Bandmasters Association. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association where he has served as Region Vice President, Region President, and most recently as Region Band Chairman. Other affiliations include the professional Band Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu, where he served as Area A Representative, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Mr. Allen is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the school year and does numerous leadership and drum major camps during the summer. He and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 24 years and reside in El Paso. She is a successful middle school band director and they have two wonderful children, Lauren and Christopher, who both share a love for music.
Tyler Simon, Associate Director
Mr. Simon is very excited to join the band program at Franklin High School as the assistant band director. Prior to his appointment at Franklin HS, Mr. Simon served as the Associate Director at Clear Creek High School in League City, TX for three years. While at Clear Creek HS, he was the conductor for the concert, symphonic, and jazz bands. He also established the first jazz band program and started the first chapter of Future Music Educators. Under his tenure, the symphonic and concert bands received numerous excellence and superior ratings at the UIL concert and sight reading contest.
Mr. Simon is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he attained degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. While at Texas Tech, he was the Drum Major for the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, studied abroad at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and performed with the Texas Tech Concert band as a soloist.
Mr. Simon is an advocate of the marching arts and music education. He performed with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011 and in 2012, he won a championship with the Blue Devils Drum & and Bugle Corps. Mr. Simon has taught several SaSi drum major camps working with the best and brightest students from schools around Texas on their leadership and conducting skills. He also is one of the founding members of Young Band Directors of Texas, an organization that supports first year band directors. He has presented clinics at the TMEA and TBA conventions on teaching young directors on how to support themselves and avoid burnout. Mr. Simon will serve as the Regional Representative for the Southwest Region of Texas.
Mr. Simon is an active performer, he previously held the title of principal euphonium for the Houston Brass Band, prior to his appointment at Franklin HS.
Mr. Simon is looking forward to living in El Paso with his wife, Lauren, a Franklin HS alumni, and their two dogs, Ella & Finn.
Daniel Reyes, Associate Director
Mr. Reyes is a 2014 UTEP graduate who has worked with the Franklin Band Program since 2010 including the 2016 State-Qualifying Marching Band. In addition, He has served as assistant band director at Crystal City High School Band (Crystal City, Tx) as well as the Percussion Caption head at Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps. His past performing experience includes the UTEP Bands and Orchestras, the El Paso Wind Symphony, as well as 4 seasons of Drum Corps with Revolution (San Antonio, Tx) and the Blue Knights (Denver, Co). Mr. Reyes is excited to be back with the Franklin High School “Star of the West” Music Team!