Director of Bands
Kim Cooley has been teaching for over 20 years, and is the Director of Bands at Creek Valley Middle School. Her responsibilities include: directing Honor Winds, assisting the Symphonic and Jazz Bands, and teaching beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone classes. Under the direction of Mrs. Cooley, the Honor Winds has been awarded Superior ratings at UIL, Peak Festivals, and the Dallas Winds Festival. The Honor Winds was also awarded Best In Class and Most Outstanding Middle School Band at Peak Festivals and was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Contests. Recently, the Creek Valley Honor Winds were selected to perform at the 70th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was a graduate assistant and conductor of the University Wind Ensemble at West Texas A&M, under Dr. Gary Garner, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degree. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Assistant Band Director
As the Assistant Band Director at Creek Valley Middle School, Mr. Lott's responsibilities include directing Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, assisting with the Honor Winds, and teaching beginning trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba classes. Prior to coming to Creek Valley, Mr. Lott was a graduate assistant and conductor of the University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony, under Dr. Brad Genevro. Mr. Lott also assisted with the UTEP Marching Band, Symphony Band, and Concert Band as well as all choral activities. He received his Bachelor’s in Music degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where he studied with Dr. Matthew McInturf and Dr. Peggy DeMers. A native Texan, Mr. Lott has pursued all his educational endeavors within the state and will continue to remain a proud Texas Music Educator for the duration of his career. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators' Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma, and Kappa Kappa
Ben Koch joined the Hebron team in 2022 as Director
of Percussion at the High School and its cluster Middle Schools
in Carrollton, TX. In this role, he oversees all percussion
activities in grades 6-12 including Beginning Percussion at
3 campuses, 7th/8th grade Percussion Classes, High School
Concert Percussion, and Marching Band. Before this position,
he served as the Percussion Director for the Weiss High
School cluster in Pflugerville, TX, and as Assistant Percussion
Director for the Hebron cluster in 2020.
Mr. Koch holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from
the University of North Texas. As a student, he participated
in many of the University’s flagship ensembles and taught
the Green Brigade Marching Band drumline. While at UNT,
he worked with various percussion programs in the DFW
metroplex including Marcus High School and Prosper High
Mr. Koch has been involved in the Drum Corps International
activity for several years. He performed with Genesis Drum
and Bugle Corps (2015-2016) and Santa Clara Vanguard
(2017-2019), contributing to three consecutive Fred Sanford
Awards for Best Percussion Performance; winning a Gold,
Silver, and Bronze medal, and served as section leader for his
age-out year at SCV. Since aging out, he has worked with Music
City Drum and Bugle Corps (2020-2022) as a battery tech.
His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators
Association and the Percussive Arts Society.