Director of Bands
Gary Barnard
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!


Assistant Director
Eric Perry
Eric Perry is a graduate of the University of Texas - Arlington where he earned a Bachelor of Music.

As a trumpet player, Mr. Perry was actively involved with many performing ensembles at UT Arlington and continues to play professionally.

Eric marched four years with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps beginning in 2013. He became the head drum major of the corps in 2014 and remained at the post for three years. He is a Jim Jones Leadership Winner, which recognizes top Drum Majors in Drum Corps International. He currently teaches the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Eric student taught at Coppell High School and Coppell Middle School - North. He spent a semester as an interim band director at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park and then moved to Houston to teach at Clear Brook High School.

Mr. Perry is beyond excited to continue his teaching career at McKinney North and looks forward to getting to know the students, parents and faculty.


Percussion Director
Michael Reed
Michael Reed has been the Director of Percussion Studies at McKinney North High School since June of 2013. In addition to his responsibilities at MNHS, he also teaches beginning percussion classes and helps coordinate percussion education at both Cockrill Middle School and Scott Johnson Middle School.

Prior to joining the McKinney ISD, Michael was fortunate to work alongside many gifted educators in the Richardson Independent School District (Berkner High School) and the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Langham Creek High School). He credits much of his success to the guidance provided by his teachers: Brian Callahan, Scott McAdow, Dr. Brian A. West, Bobby Francis, and Dr. Jeff Emge. Additionally, he has been able to work alongside and br counseled by exceptional colleagues and mentors such as Michael Brashear, Pete Tolhuizen, Bob Johnson, Scott Ward, Lynne Jackson, and Frank Troyka.

Mr. Reed is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the Lone Star Percussion Ensemble. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Reed is supported by his loving wife Kristyn, and their children, Bethany and Nathanael (for whom no list of adjectives is capable of describing).


Guard Instructor
Erica King
Erica King is excited to join the McKinney North High School Band as the Colorguard Director. Ms. King has previously served McKinney ISD as a Colorguard Technician for McKinney High School.

Her prior teaching experience also includes Frisco High School, Boswell High School, Lovejoy High School, and most recently, Carroll High School. She also assisted with Latitude Independent, and Black Gold Open.

Ms. King fell in love with the Colorguard activity when she joined the Frisco High School Colorguard in High School. There she found her passion for being on a team and performing. She learned the value of hard work, and the importance of pushing past her limits. As she went into the world of teaching, her most important goal has been to pass that along to her students!

After graduating, Ms. King continued to perform with some of the top independent performance ensembles in the area. Her first experience was with CGT and Black Gold World.

Ms. King is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she minored in Criminal Justice and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is excited to continue her education and obtain her Master’s.

Outside of Colorguard, Ms. King enjoys traveling, photography, and watching as many documentaries as possible!