Director of Bands
GARY BARNARD began serving as Director of Bands at McKinney North High School in June of 2019. Prior to joining McKinney ISD, he spent time in Carroll ISD, Denton ISD, and Birdville ISD.
His ensembles have consistently experienced competitive success on stage and in stadiums, and are active in TMEA, UIL, Bands of America, Music for All, WGI, US Bands, the Foundation for Music Education, the Tournament of Roses, as well as other local, regional, and national events.
He is a graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Barnard is involved with Drum Corps International and performed with the Colts and Phantom Regiment. He served as a brass instructor for the Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, and currently is working with the Troopers.
Mr. Barnard fell in love with music as a tuba and guitar player in high school and college. He believes band should be a safe place for all students to perform and compete while becoming lifelong music lovers and good citizens!
He is married to Daphne Barnard, who is the Managing Director of Chelsea Hall, a learning center in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. Together they enjoy traveling, the outdoors, eating, NHL hockey, and tending to their house full of rescued animals!