Chris Meredith is in his thirteenth year at Shadow Ridge and eleventh as Director of Bands. His responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Jazz Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning brass classes.
Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2010-2018). The Shadow Ridge Band were official performers at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2012 and 2018. Honor Winds has been a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests multiple occasions and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Cup in 2017.
Meredith is an alum of the University of North Texas College of Music and Southern Methodist University. As an active trombonist, Meredith performed twice at the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland as a Finalist in both the ITA Solo and Quartet Competitions, has performed as principal bass trombonists of multiple groups including San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, North East Orchestra and at the Pierre Montuex School. Meredith has also been a multiple recipient of the Lewisville Education Foundation’s “Foundation Award”, honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Member Award, and was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Shadow Ridge Middle School.
Mr. Meredith is an active adjudicator, guest clinician and lecturer, and is honored to have professional affiliations with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Phi Beta Mu.. Current projects include the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Alicia DeSoto, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca. Meredith resides in Highland Village, Texas with his wife Dr. Kimberly Meredith and their daughter, Charlotte.
Alicia DeSoto has worked with the Shadow Ridge Middle School band since 2009. Her responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, assisting Honor Winds, and teaching the beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone classes.
A Native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Mrs. DeSoto graduated from Newtown High School. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree with Magna Cum Laude and Distinguished Honors from the Honors College at the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, she served as the Assistant to the Director for the Green Brigade Marching Band. She was also Vice President for the North Texas Student Music Educators and was invited to join the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. In 2009 she was named the UNT Outstanding Undergraduate Music Education Student.
Mrs. DeSoto earned her Master of Music in Music Education degree in 2016 from Southern Methodist University. Current projects include the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Chris Meredith, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca. Mrs. DeSoto lives in Lantana, Texas with her husband David and son, Casey.
Mr. Meredith and Mrs. DeSoto are also co-authors of Rhythm Rockers and Musical Mastery