Travis Treadwell – Director of Bands

Travis Treadwell serves as the Director of Bands at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. His teaching responsibilities include the Wind Ensemble, co-teaching the marching, symphonic and concert band, along with leading the Jazz band and assisting the feeder middle school band programs.

Mr. Treadwell is a native of Lubbock, Texas, where he attended Frenship High School and was a three-time All-State tenor trombonist.
Mr. Treadwell earned his degree in Music Education at Texas Tech University, where he studied trombone under Mr. James Decker, was a member of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sarah McKoin. While completing his degree, Mr. Treadwell served as a student teacher at Hebron High School in Lewisville ISD. Mr. Treadwell is also a past president of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alpha Omicron Chapter.
Mr. Treadwell’s has spent the last three years serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Mckinney Boyd High School in McKinney. He also served five years in Fort Worth ISD at Paschal HS.

Mr. Treadwell’s hobbies include all things outdoors including fishing and camping. He mostly enjoys spending quality time with his wife Elizabeth and two dogs Ryder and Harli. Mr. Teadwell’s wife Elizabeth is a band director at Cobb Middle School in Frisco ISD.

You can reach Mr. Treadwell at treadwellt@friscoisd.org

Ms. Rachel Hoiby – Assistant Director of Bands

Rachel Hoiby is the Assistant Director of Bands at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. Her teaching responsibilities include the Symphonic Band, co-teaching the marching and concert band, along with assisting the Wind Ensemble and feeder middle school band programs.

Ms. Hoiby is originally from Denton, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education where she studied conducting under Mr. Scott Atchison and Mr. George Boulden and was a flute student of Mr. Gordon Cole and Dr. Julie Hobbs. Ms. Hoiby previously served as an assistant band director at Frisco High School.

Ms. Hoiby was a two year Drum Major for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band. She was also a member of the UK Wind Ensemble for 4 years and in 2013, performed at the Collegiate Band Directors’ National Association in North Carolina.

Since 2010, Ms. Hoiby has been working with Music for All and Bands of America as a member of the SWAG Team. She is also on staff at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. Ms. Hoiby is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Tau Beta Sigma.

You can email Ms. Hoiby at: hoibyr@friscoisd.org

Mr. Josh Jennings – Percussion Director

Josh Jennings serves as Director of Percussion for Independence High School and all feeder middle schools. His duties include instructing the IHS Drumline and percussion ensembles, teaching beginning percussionists, and assisting with all wind band percussive needs.

Before teaching at IHS, Mr. Jennings served as Percussion Director for MacArthur HS in Irving ISD and Vandeventer MS in Frisco ISD where he also assisted with the coordination of the Liberty HS Percussion program. Prior to his work in Frisco, Mr. Jennings worked as a private lesson instructor and percussion assistant at several schools in the D/FW Metroplex; most notably Newman Smith HS in Carrollton and Marcus HS in Flower Mound. For a number of years, Mr. Jennings was a consultant for the drumline and Brazilian ensembles at the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the past decade, several of Mr. Jennings’ students have gone on to make the Texas UIL All-State Band, major in music at the top institutions in the US, perform in Drum Corps International, and have become professional music educators and performers of their own.

Mr. Jennings also presents various educational clinics and has served as a guest percussion artist at schools and universities around the world. He has worked at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, the University of North Texas, Western State College in Colorado, Tennessee Tech University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In 2012, Mr. Jennings started a program integrating music and percussion in order to assist special needs children in Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Jennings has also served as a clinician and an adjudicator for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thailand Drumline contests in Bangkok as well as others here in the US. He has also performed as a guest artist for the 60th and 61st Midwest Band and Orchestra Conferences in Chicago, IL. In addition, Mr. Jennings has appeared at numerous events at the Texas Music Educators Association Conventions and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

When he’s not teaching, Mr. Jennings can be found performing every kind of music imaginable either locally or internationally. For example, Mr. Jennings was a percussion coordinator and performer for the NHL Dallas Stars 2006-2007 season. He served as the international manager for the American percussion group, FOUNDRY, featured at the 2012 International Drum Festival in Taiwan. In October 2012, Mr. Jennings played with the Dallas-based Percussion group, D’Drum, when they performed with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. The piece is entitled, “Gamelan D’Drum,” written by former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. For six seasons, Mr. Jennings marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and received numerous accolades in the world of DCI and marching percussion. Among those, the most notable was being awarded first place in both the PASIC and DCI Individual Keyboard competitions with the latter being featured in the 25th Anniversary Issue of Modern Drummer magazine.

Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree of Music Performance from the University of North Texas. Mr. Jennings is an endorser for Cadeson drums, Contemporânea Brazilian instruments, and Pro-Mark sticks and sounds.

You can email Mr. Jennings at: jenningsj@friscoisd.org

Ms. Angela Stoltz – Color Guard Director

Angela Stoltz serves the Independence Band as the Color Guard Director. She is originally from Frisco, TX and graduated from Centennial High School in 2012. Shortly after graduating, she returned to Centennial and served as the Assistant Color Guard Director at CHS from Fall 2012 to Spring 2017.

She has performed competitively in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. Ms. Stoltz marched with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of LaCrosse, WI in 2014 and 2015. Her other performance experience includes Cypress Independent World 2015 and Color Guard Theater Dallas 2016, both organizations were WGI World Championships Finalists.

Ms. Stoltz currently serves on the Color Guard instructional staff at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and goes on tour with the organization over the summer, this will be her second year on staff for the organization. She also serves on the instructional staff for the World Class group CGT Dallas and was just recently named as Co-Director for the organization’s new sister group, CGT Denton, which will compete in Independent A class for the first time this winter season.

Ms. Stoltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of North Texas. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and traveling!

You can email Ms. Stoltz at: stoltza@friscoisd.org