I am a retired band director and have known some of the staff before my daughter went there.
Jeremy Strickland has continued what Tom Mensch started. Micah Bell is their trumpet teacher and is one of the best (great lead player) and has done their music arrangements this year. Dr. Heather Mensch is the department chair as well as being the trombone teacher. Her trombone studio/choir is amazing and performed at TMEA two years ago. Dr. Eddie Airheart is the woodwind teacher as well as the assistant director. My daughter is in his concert band during the spring (last year fall) and loves it. I wish I knew everyone on their staff because I think they are doing a great job in the lesson studios which transfers to the band success. This junior college band with freshman and sophomores only is better that many 4 year college marching bands around the country.
Last year during the pandemic they had their football season during the spring and so the band switched fall and spring to concert band in the fall and marching in the spring. When snowgedden hit and dorms were without power or water Jeremy and others with the band staff brought food and water to the band kids in the dorms.
As you can read I can't say enough good things about them. They will march at the Area B contest on the 30th in Denton. The wind ensemble will also be performing at TMEA this year. The first junior college band to ever be invited.
As a private lesson teacher I told several students about this program before my daughter went out there. They would say "I want to go to a 4 year school". I would tell them, it doesn't matter where you go the first two years, get your basics/core classes done in smaller and less expensive classes then transfer to a 4 year school. The degree from UT, A&M, Tech, SMU, Baylor only says BS, BA, BME or whatever from that school. Nothing about where you started.