Alan Lang is currently teaching his thirteenth year at Lamar High School. He became a Lamar fine arts staff member in the fall of 2005 after teaching at Lindsay High School in Oklahoma for four years. Mr. Lang is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. During his college years, he was a member of the 1998 Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps where he studied with professional trumpeter Peter Bond of the NYC Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Alan also performed in the jazz band, symphonic bands, marching band, and choir while attending OU. Mr. Alan Lang has worked as a Drum Corps International instructor (Pioneer 2003-2006, Revolution 2008-2011) as visual caption head.
In the fall of 2012, Mr. Lang took over as director of bands at Lamar. He is currently the director of the Wind Symphony, The Pride of Lamar Marching Band, and associate director of the full orchestra. During his tenure at Lamar he has taught International Baccalaureate Music (IB), symphonic band, and concert band. He has been the drill designer for the marching band and wrote the drill for the award winning LHS indoor drumline. Under Mr. Lang’s direction, the jazz band has participated and/or competed in the Essentially Ellington jazz program during the 2005-2015 school years. As a director at Lamar, Mr. Lang has taken the band on trips, including, Crested Butte, Memphis, Orlando, Corpus Christi, Winter Park, South Padre, San Antonio, New York City, and Nashville.
Mr. Lang lives in Dallas with his wife Shaneen and their three cats, Sebastian, Belle and Leeloo.
Matt Bibb, Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Bibb has been involved with music performance and education for over ten years. His experience includes involvement with award winning percussion ensembles, drumlines, and wind ensembles. Mr. Bibb is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While attending TCU, he performed with award winning percussion ensembles and drumlines. In 2006, Mr. Bibb was a member of the PAS Marching Percussion Champion TCU Drumline, and in 2008 performed with the TCU Percussion Ensemble at the PAS Showcase Concert. Mr. Bibb also has several years of experience with drum and bugle corps as a member and instructor. He was a member of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005-2007 and instructor at Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and Forte Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. Mr. Bibb has been fortunate to have studied percussion with many leading educators such as Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Joey Carter, Paul Rennick, Dave Hall, Stuart Spoon, and Tyler Orbison.
Mr. Bibb is currently the Percussion Director for the Lamar High School Band. He is also a 2006 Lamar High School graduate, and he feels very fortunate to receive the opportunity to work with the students of his alma mater. Mr. Bibb currently resides in Fort Worth with his loving wife Mica.
Jarred Carlton, Associate Director of Bands
T. Jarred Carlton is a Classical and Jazz Saxophonist originally from Barstow, California. After moving to Texas, he then graduated from Cleburne High School in Cleburne, Texas. Mr. Carlton received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Performance and Music Theory from Northwestern State University. He then went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy at Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Carlton has taken several groups to the Tarleton State Jazz Festival and Coyote Jazz Festival where they won Best in Class in all areas & Outstanding Overall Band. Additionally, being equally adept in both classical and jazz repertoire, Jarred Carlton has performed recitals, masterclasses and taught privately since 2008 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area where he now resides. Mr. Carlton has lead clinics at the Texas Band Master’s Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance the Texas Jazz Educator’s Association. I am truly blessed / fortunate to be given this opportunity to be at Arlington Lamar with such an outstanding staff and students. I look forward to contributing to Lamar’s continued success and helping us get to the next level.