• Private Lesson Staff
    Below is a list of our CTHS Band private lesson staff.  Students are encouraged to contact these fine teachers for private study.  All CTHS Band Students are encouraged to study privately on their instrument.  We are proud to offer our students a list of teachers that are amongst the finest private music educators in the state!  More information will be posted as soon as it is available.  Sign up for summer lessons now!
    Lisa Book, a free-lance flutist in the DFW area, performs regularly with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and the Northeast Orchestra where she also serves as Assistant Conductor and as Competition Coordinator for the Young Artists' Competition. Other performance ensembles include the Winds of Note Woodwind Quintet, Flutes Unlimited Flute Choir and the Heritage Duo. Presented often as a featured soloist with the Northeast Orchestra, she most recently presented the US Premiere of Tauno Marttinen's "Concerto Espagnol" in February of 2012. Past positions include the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Iowa where she was also a featured flute soloist. 

    Lisa has been a member of the National Flute Association's Professional Flute Choir for 13 years; a position won each year by taped audition, and was featured in 2007 as the alto flute soloist on the premier of Katherine Hoover’s “Concertante Dragon Court”. She has been a featured guest artist at the Iowa Flute Festival and as a Flute Choir Specialist at the Texas Flute Festival. Lisa was awarded “Outstanding Soloist” in the Professional/Graduate Division of the Texas Flute Festival three times, most recently in 2011, and “Honors Soloist” multiple times.  She has also won the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett, Christopher Kruger and, most recently, with Jill Felber.

    An enthusiastic teacher, Lisa maintains a private studio in Fort Worth and teaches for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw District. Additionally, she serves as Music Director for Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield and as Music Director for the Southern Baptist Founders Conference-Southwest.

    Professional affiliations include the DFW Professional Musicians Association (Local 72-147), the National Flute Association, the Texas Flute Society, and the Texas Music Educators Association. Lisa holds a Flute Performance Degree from the University of North Texas. Influential instructors include Dr. George Morey, Judith Mendenhall, Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, and Jan Crisanti  

    Lisa Book, blbook@sbcglobal.net, 817 715-5978 cell    817-656-3383 home

    Jean Bryant,  jbryant09@me.com
    Jean Bryant recently retired from public education after teaching 33 years.  She has taught private lessons in HEB, Allen, Wylie and Garland with many of students being very successful at the region and state level. Prior to teaching in Euless, she taught ten years at Clark Middle School in Princeton, Texas and seven years at Greenville Middle School.  During her tenure at Clark Middle School her band was selected as the 1990 T.M.E.A  State Honor Band for Class C Middle Schools.  In 1994 the Clark Middle School Band was once again selected as 1st runner up for the T.M.E.A. Honor Band for Class C Middle Schools.

    She received her B.M.Ed. and Masters degrees from East Texas State University.  Mrs. Bryant is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Phi Beta Mu and PTA.   She has taught summer band camps at Texas A&M in Commerce, Tyler ISD and Plano ISD. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in Texas.  Past honors include Teacher of the Year, Who’s Who Among Teachers-nine times, Distinguished Music Alumni–ETSU, Outstanding Young Women of America, Notable Women of Texas and Outstanding Senior in Music Education.

    Thomas A. Connely
    Thomas A. Connely earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he majored in trumpet and minored in strings. He taught orchestra and band classes to students from fourth grade through high school in the Moline, Illinois, public schools, and he was an adjunct professor of music at Black Hawk College, where he taught applied trumpet, jazz, classical guitar and Renaissance performance. He was a conducting tutor at the University of Illinois and a trumpet clinician at the university’s summer music camps. 

    An adjunct professor of music at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, Tom is principal trumpet and assistant conductor for the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and section trumpet for the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, he has worked with entertainers including Bobby Vinton, the Osmonds, George Kirby, Della Reese, Art Linkletter, Mahalia Jackson, Peggy Lee, Florence Henderson, the Red Skelton Band and the Les Elgart Band, and he has performed at venues including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Ely Cathedral (Cambridgeshire, England)

    Tom has been music director and conductor for various summer stock theater productions, and he has composed and arranged for the Miss Illinois Pageant, Tarrant County College, the Flutissimo! flute ensemble, and the Northeast Orchestra.

    A real estate investor, Tom has for more than 20 years conducted seminars in motivation, communication, time management and personal finance to audiences nationwide.