Jason Finnels is entering his 11th year of teaching and his second year as the Director of Bands at Ronald Thornton Middle School! Prior to opening Thornton Middle School in 2018, Mr. Finnels was the Director of Bands at Watauga Middle School in Birdville ISD from 2014-2018. Mr. Finnels has also taught in Mesquite ISD and Crosby ISD.
While under his direction, bands have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, including the Thornton Middle School Band in its inaugural year. The Watauga Middle School Band was a two-time finalist at the annual Beach Within Reach contest in addition to being recognized as a two-time Commended Winner in the National Wind Band Mark of Excellence Competition.
Mr. Finnels is 2009 Cum Laude Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and 2018 Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Finnels is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He is also an active adjudicator, clinician and consultant.
In his free time, Mr. Finnels enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family! He is also a HUGE Reba McEntire fan-definitely her #1 Fan!