District Director Election 2023

District V has two candidates for District Director (2023-2025 term). A link to the ballot will be sent to directors in District V on March 1, 2023.

In all other districts, there was only one nomination. Those names have been submitted to the board and accepted by acclamation.

All new terms will begin during the May 2023 board meeting.

Picture of Jordy StanleyJordy M. Stanley

Mr. Jordy Stanley is the choral director at W. W. Lewis Middle School in Sulphur, LA. Entering his eighth year of teaching, Mr. Stanley has experience teaching both elementary and secondary music levels. In 2015, he graduated with honors from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA with a Bachelor of Music Education in Voice, Grades K-12. With one more summer semester of studying abroad in London, Mr. Stanley will graduate this year with a Master’s of Choral Music Education from the Florida State University. Mr. Stanley currently directs three experience-leveled treble choirs, one tenor-bass choir, and a show choir at W. W. Lewis Middle school. His choirs perform in school programs/concerts, for community events, and out of state competitions. Mr. Stanley’s choirs have received sweepstakes ratings every year at regional assessment. Students from his choirs have been accepted into the ACDA National and Southern Region Honor Choirs, LA-ACDA All-State choirs, and the District V Honor Choirs. Mr. Stanley believes that music education is not simply just singing notes and rhythms on a page but changing lives through music for a better tomorrow!

Currently, Mr. Stanley is the Chancel Choir Director at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Mr. Stanley serves as a board member for the Louisiana Choral Foundation and is the Middle School Honor Choir Chairperson for District V. He was named the Vocal Music Educator for District V in 2020. Mr. Stanley’s professional affiliations include Louisiana Music Educators Association, American Choral Director’s Association, District V Vocal Music Teacher’s Organization, Phi Mu Alpha – Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Picture of Aaron TheallAaron Theall

Aaron Theall is currently the Director of Bands at DeRidder High School. Aaron is in his 11th year of teaching, all of which he has taught both the DeRidder High School and DeRidder Junior High School bands. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing in various musical ensembles on various instruments; Aaron plays french horn in the Lake Charles Community Band, tenor horn in the Calcasieu British Brass Band, baritone saxophone in the Southwest Jazz Ensemble, and rings hand bells and plays french horn in the orchestra at First Baptist Church in DeRidder, Louisiana.

Aaron is a 2012 graduate of Louisiana State University where he received a Bachelor of Music Education in instrumental music. In 2012, while attending LSU, he was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In 2022, he was named a Top Professional in the Marquis Who’s Who Publication as a Top Educator. He was also recognized in 2013 as a recipient for the Louisiana Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Young Music Teacher Award. He is the recipient of the 2022-2023 District V Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s Dr. Norman E Smith Band Director of the Year Award.

Aaron has served as an honor band clinician, both concert and marching band judge, and LMEA conference presenter. He served as the Vice President for the District V Band and Orchestra Directors Association from

2014-2019. In 2014, he joined the instructional staff of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps where he became the Assistant Corps Director for 2015-2018. He served as the Corps director from 2019-2021 and as the executive director for 2022. He is a member of District V Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Louisiana Bandmasters Association, Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and Phi Beta Mu.