Welcome to our New Band Directors
Kara Wallace - Band Director
Commerce High School
Jason Wallace - Band Director
Commerce Middle School
Kara Wallace Bio
Kara Wallace began her teaching career in 2004 at Rockwall ISD. In 2005, she became the Director of Bands at the Herman Utley Freshman Center. From 2006 to 2016, she was the Associate Band Director at Rockwall High School. While working in Rockwall ISD, she was able to work alongside and learn from master teachers; such as, Mike McGill, John Mays, Steve Sauerwein and Alycia Bingaman. Mrs. Wallace had the privilege to conduct the Rockwall Community Band in 2009, as well as perform with them in previous seasons. Mrs. Wallace served 4 years as the Jazz Chair for Region 3, from 2012-2016. From 2016 to 2018, Mrs. Wallace had the opportunity to team teach in Forney ISD at North Forney High School with Michael Kilgore, Jim Gist, Kristin May and Megan Garza. Currently, Kara Wallace is the Director of Bands at Commerce High School in Commerce, Texas. Where she enjoys educating her students, teaching her bands, engaging with the community, and creating the love of music for her students. Commerce High School ensembles include, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Cats, Color Guard and the Roaring Tiger Marching Band. Mrs. Wallace has been a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for many groups, including Garland ISD, Dallas ISD, Northwest ISD, many Association of Texas Small School Bands and Texas Private School Association.
Kara Wallace is a proud member of the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Winds, America’s Premier Wind Band. She is an active member on the Education Committee. She assists with the Dallas Winds Summer Band Camp for Dallas ISD, the Windband Festival at the Meyerson and the Dallas Honors Band for Dallas ISD students.
Mrs. Wallace received her Bachelors of Music Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce in 2004. Mrs. Wallace is affiliated with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Mrs. Wallace lives in Union Valley, Texas with her family, husband Jason Wallace and daughter Grace. Jason Wallace is the Director of Bands at Commerce Middle School in Commerce ISD. Jason Wallace is a professional tuba player in the DFW area, and sits as Principal Tuba in ensembles such as the Dallas Wind and the Lewisville Symphony Orchestra.