Lake Worth Bullfrog Band Directors
LAKE WORTH HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIRECTORS
LWHS DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Colin Kading
Colin Kading received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He has been the Director of Bands in Lake Worth ISD since 2000. Prior to his time in Lake Worth, Kading was the Associate Director of Bands at Chester W. Nimitz High School in Houston, TX.
Mr. Kading directs the Bullfrog Marching Band, The Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band, and teaches the beginning saxophone class. In addition, Mr. Kading assists with the bands at Lucyle Collins Middle School.
Under his direction at Lake Worth, band enrollment has increased from approximately 80 total students to over 300. The Bullfrog Marching Band and Wind Ensemble have become consistent UIL Sweepstakes recipients as well as receiving numerous awards at regional and state-level invitational competitions.
Mr. Kading’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Association of Texas Small School Bands.
Colin Kading is married to LWHS Teacher Barbara Kading. While not working he enjoys cycling, disc golf, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family.
High School Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director
Mr. Chris Koenig
Mr. Chris Koenig is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent 10 years teaching percussion in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky before moving to Texas in 2015 to teach percussion full-time. He is an active performer and clinician in the DFW area and has enjoyed performing with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Drumline and the Mansfield Symphony and teaching DFW’s top percussion ensemble, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion. Mr. Koenig’s percussion students have found success throughout Texas with multiple All-State performances, Outstanding Soloist Awards, and numerous First Division and Best in Class Percussion awards.
In 2011, Mr. Koenig became the Front Ensemble Coordinator and Arranger for Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble as they came in 11th place in the first year as a PIW in WGI. Mr. Koenig has also written for DCA’s Cincinnati Tradition, DCI Open Class group Blue Saints, and DCI World Class group Cascades. Mr. Koenig taught at Colt Cadets as both bass technician and front ensemble technician, at the Cascades as the Front Ensemble Coordinator, and at Spokane Thunder. In 2012 Mr. Koenig took a break from teaching music and traveled to Suzhou, China, where he spent a year teaching English and traveling around Southeast Asia.
Mr. Koenig was a member of Magic of Orlando in 2006, and Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 – 2008 where he aged out as section leader of the Front Ensemble. In 2009 Mr. Koenig was a member of the WGI World Champion Rhythm X. He received his bachelor’s in music education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2010. In 2015, he graduated from Morehead State University with a master’s degree in Percussion Performance. He has studied with/ learned from many incredible percussionists, including Dr. Brian Mason, Dr. Jason Koontz, Andrew Markworth, Tim Jackson, Tim Fairbanks, Dr. Ryan Kilgore, She-e Wu, Dr. Julie Hill, Andy Narell, Jeff Queen, Nick Angelis, Rob James, Max Mullinix, Craig Loeffler, and Maraca2’s Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable.
Mr. Koenig, his wife Veronica, their son Lucas, and daughter Katherine are proud to be Bullfrogs and are looking forward to many great years in Lake Worth.
Mr. Koenig proudly endorses Mapex & Majestic Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark Sticks and Mallets.
High School Assistant Band Director
Mr. Adrian Villalobos
Adrian Villalobos received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. This is his 5th year teaching and 2nd year as the associate band director at Lake Worth High School. Prior to this, he spent 3 years in both assistant and head director roles at DeSoto West Middle School and Ruby Young Academy in DeSoto ISD.
Mr. Villalobos returns to Lake Worth as a proud Alumnus and assists the Bullfrog Marching Band, The Wind Ensemble, and directs the Symphonic Band. In addition, Mr. Villalobos assists with the bands at Lucyle Collins Middle School and some beginner brass classes.
Mr. Villalobos’ professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Young Band Directors of Texas.
Outside of teaching Band, Mr. Villalobos enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Bella and Nova, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, all things Marvel, and Dungeons and Dragons!
COLLINS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND DIRECTORS
CMS DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Manny Guerrero
Bio coming soon
Middle School Assistant Director
Mrs. Vicky Amador
Vicky Amador received her bachelor's in music education from Texas Christian University, where she was a member of the TCU Wind Ensemble, TCU Symphony Orchestra, and the Horned Frog Marching Band. This will be her first year as the assistant band director at Lucyle Collins Middle School. Previously, Mrs. Amador was an elementary music teacher in Midlothian ISD, and then an assistant band director in Corsicana ISD.
Mrs. Amador teaches the Symphonic Band and Beginning Band classes. She also assists with the other middle school bands and the color guard at Lake Worth High School.
Mrs. Amador’s family includes her husband and their pets, Michael the turtle, and Phoenix the lab/Australian shepherd dog. In her free time, Mrs. Amador enjoys spending time with her family, watching Marvel and anime, playing video games, and crafting.
DIRECTOR OF MARIACHI ESMERALDA
Mr. Nick Salazar
Nicolas Salazar is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University who has been teaching band for 15 years in Lake Worth ISD, after teaching 2 years in Del Rio CISD. Mr. Salazar enjoys playing trumpet in various local bands when he’s not assisting the Bullfrog Marching Band or teaching beginner brass players. Salazar enjoys watching live music, learning various instruments, going to the movies, or just chillin' at home. Mr. Salazar also happens to be a licensed real estate agent for Keller Williams.