Joshua Hawks is excited to join the Kennedale ISD Band family as Head Director at Kennedale Junior High. Mr. Hawks will be teaching the Honors Band, Concert Band, beginner woodwinds, and beginner low brass. Prior to teaching at Kennedale, he served as Head Director at Wills Point Junior High and Assistant Director at Wills Point High School, a perennial State Marching Contest Finalist. Mr. Hawks’ Junior High bands have consistently earned 1st Division ratings at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contests.
In addition to classroom teaching, Mr. Hawks was the Vice President of Bocal Majority double reed camps. He has presented double reed seminars for music educators at The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and International Double Reed Society. As a freelance oboist, he has appeared with the Mesquite Symphony, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, and Lyric Stage.
Mr. Hawks is a graduate of Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas where he was Drum Major of “that Wylie Band”. In 2007, he graduated from Texas A&M University at Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While at TAMU-C, Mr. Hawks served as the Principal Oboist of the Wind Ensemble. He was also a member of the Drumline (Cymbal Line), Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and was Colorguard Director of the TAMU-C Pride Marching Band. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, ATSSB, TBA and TMEA.
Gilberto Diaz III
Gilberto Diaz III is blessed to begin his career as the Assistant Band Director at Kennedale Junior High in Kennedale, TX. Mr. Diaz’s responsibilities will include directing and teaching the Junior High Symphonic Band, various beginner brass classes, and assisting with the marching band at Kennedale High School.
Mr. Diaz received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce graduating Summa Cum Laude in May of 2020. During his time at Commerce, he studied Horn under Michael Morrow and performed with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Brass Choir, serving as Principal Horn for multiple ensembles. As a student leader, he was appointed as a mellophone section leader and drum major in the Pride Marching Band during their Bands of America exhibition performances in San Antonio and Indianapolis. In his senior year, Mr. Diaz student taught in Highland Park ISD under Reagan Brumley and Lara Whitehouse.
As a Horn player, he served as a private lessons instructor in the East Texas Region. Moreover, he worked as a marching band technician for schools in Central Texas, East Texas, and the Dallas Metroplex. Mr. Diaz also worked as a brass instrument repairman at The Band Room in Harker Heights, Texas. To speak on music achieving one’s dreams, he was able to fulfill one as he marched with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as a mellophone member for the 2019 season.
Mr. Diaz is a native of Zamboanga City, Philippines, and grew up in the town of Copperas Cove, Texas. Mr. Diaz is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Capital Area Orff Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Moreover, he is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society; and the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
2020-21 is Mr. Okay’s 29th year of teaching and 19th year as Director of Bands for KISD. The Wildcat Band has placed in the top 4A bands of the state during Mr. Oktay’s tenure. The Wildcat Marching Band has been a Texas State Marching Band Championships Qualifier seven times, a three time Finalist, with a highest finish of fifth place in 2014 and 2018. The band is a four time TMEA Honor Band State Qualifier ranking sixth in 2014. The Wildcat Band has won the UIL Sweepstakes Award eleven of the last twelve years. The Wildcat Band is a two time winner of the statewide concert band contest sponsored by the ATTSB, the Outstanding Performance Series Award. The KHS Wind Ensemble has been named a “National Winner” of the Mark of Excellence Award Competition sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education. Mr. Oktay holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Oktay and his wife, Cherie reside in Arlington. The Oktays have two adult sons, Jordan and Ryan. When not at the band
hall or with his family, Mr. Oktay can be found in the woods, either fishing or hunting.
Josie Inman is beginning her fifth year as Assistant Band Director at Kennedale High School.
While at Kennedale, Mrs. Inman’s band has consistently received 1st Division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. She currently conducts the Symphonic Band at the high school and teaches beginner flute, oboe, baritone, and tuba.
Before coming to Kennedale, Mrs. Inman spent three years as the Head Director at New Diana Middle School and Assistant Director to New Diana High School. While at New Diana she directed the 7th Grade Band and taught beginner woodwinds and percussion as well as assisted with the high school band. Since teaching she has had appearances at the UIL State Marching Contest and conducted the New Diana High School Band at their 3A State Honor Band Concert.
She is a 2009 graduate of Wills Point High School in Wills Point, Texas. In 2013 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. While at SFA, she was a member of the Wind Symphony, Orchestra of the Pines, Lumberjack Marching Band, Flute Choir, and Steel Drum Band.
Mrs. Inman is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, ATSSB, TBA, and TMEA. She has been married to her husband, Michael, since June 2015. He is the Youth Minister at First Baptist Church Grand Prairie, where they currently live. They both enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, the Texas Rangers, and hanging out with their church family and community.
In the Fall of 2019, Tyler Broadhurst will be starting his 2nd year as Assistant Band Director at Kennedale High School / Percussion Coordinator for KISD.
Tyler was raised in central Arkansas, and graduated from Bryant High School in 2010.He began his college career at the University of Arkansas and later transferred toHenderson State University, where he graduated in May of 2015 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Mr. Broadhurst was a member of HSU’s “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, where he served as Drumline Section Leader for two seasons. During his time at HSU, Tyler was also the Vice President For the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education, as well as Principal Percussionist in the HSU Wind Symphony. Mr. Broadhurst has studied percussion with: Rick Dimond, Chalon Ragsdale, Nick Ryan, Dallas Tucker, and Doug DeMorrow.
Outside of Henderson State, Tyler also participated in Drum Corps International from 2012-2013. His DCI experience includes marching snare drum for the 2012 Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps under the direction of Michael Hoffman, and for the 2013 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps under the direction of Paul Rennick.
During his full-time teaching within the Redwater ISD and the Mineola ISD, Mr. Broadhurst coordinated the percussion programs across every campus and directed Junior High Bands. The Bands that he has directed have a history of superior ratings in UIL, and his percussion sections have been presented numerous awards at the Lone Star Classic, All-Region, NTCA Championships, and UIL Solo & Ensemble.
Tyler enjoys biking and working out in his free time. He attends church regularly, and is always looking forward to the next big nerd culture movie/convention. Mr. Broadhurst is an extremely excited to become a part of the Kennedale Band Family. Go Wildcats!