Head Director- Warren Middle School
Mr. Cody Russell is the Head Director at Warren Middle School and has been since 2013. He believes in the value of a well-rounded education and aims to teach LIFE through MUSIC.
Mr. Russell is a 1996 honor graduate of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas. Upon graduation from High School, Mr. Russell attended Texas Tech University graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music in Secondary Music Education. During his studies at TTU, Mr. Russell was the Drum Major of the University’s Goin’ Band from Raiderland, performed with the University Horn Ensemble under the direction of Professor Anthony Britton as well as with the Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor Keith Bearden. Mr. Russell was also a regular performer on Bass Guitar with University Jazz and Court Jester bands.
In addition to his performance experience with Texas Tech University, Mr. Russell has performed professionally on Horn with the Plainview Symphony, the New Mexico Community Symphony, and the Lubbock Christian University Theatre Orchestra. Mr. Russell continues to perform on Bass Guitar with area bands and church praise teams.
From 2000-2013, Mr. Russell served the Region 16 Lubbock area as a valued and respected Band Director. He has held positions as Associate Band Director at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, TX, Head Director at Cavazos Middle School in Lubbock, TX and most recently as the Head High School Director in Plains, TX where his bands received numerous Superior Ratings on the Concert Stage as well as the Marching Field. His Plains Concert Band competed on the State level in the Outstanding Performance Series competition. Mr. Russell also serves the State of Texas as an active UIL Concert Band Judge.
Mr. Russell is a member of: Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.
Mr. Russell lives in Forney with his wife Dee and their two children, Ellie and Cason.
Assistant Director- Warren Middle School
Mr. Wes Hughes is the Assistant Director at Warren Middle School. Mr. Hughes is a long time resident of Forney Tx. After graduating from Forney High School in 2009 Mr. Hughes graduated with distinction from the University of North Texas in 2014, where he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education.
While attending UNT, Mr. Hughes was a principal clarinet player in the UNT Concert Band, Section Leader in the UNT Concert Choir, and was involved in over 2 dozen various musical ensembles.
Mr. Hughes’ responsibilities includes the beginning flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon classes, as well as instructing the Symphonic Band. Prior to joining Warren Middle School, Mr. Hughes student taught with the Poteet High School band and has taught at many schools in the DFW area; both as a marching tech and ATSSB All-Region masterclass teacher. He also performs regularly with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the Forney Community Band. During his time at Warren the Symphonic Band has received numerous first division awards.
Mr. Hughes is a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and the International Clarinet Association.
Mr. Hughes lives in Forney with his wife Jessica and their son Owen.
Band Director – Rhea Intermediate School
Melissa Behne is the new Director of Bands at Rhea Intermediate School.
Melissa was born and raised in Phenix City, Alabama. She graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2005 with degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. She also graduated in December of 2009 from Texas A&M University-Commerce with the Master of Music Education degree.
She taught high school and middle school band in Mesquite ISD for 14 years prior to coming to Forney ISD. Melissa is thrilled to teach band at Rhea Intermediate School. Her husband Donny Behne teaches choir in Rockwall ISD and they have a son named Caleb who is the joy of their lives.