David DeSoto - Head Director



This is Mr. DeSoto's 11th year as the head director of the DeLay Middle School Band. During that time he has grown the program from 86 students to over 350 students. Mr. DeSoto was Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year.

He was previously an assistant director at Berkner High School and Plano West Senior High School.  He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University.

His wife, Alicia DeSoto, is now the assistant band director at Lewisville High School. Their three-year-old son is named Casey.

Joe Janes - Associate Director



Mr. Janes is in his 8th year as associate director of DeLay Middle School.

Mr. Janes is originally from Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Lawrence University. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 10 years where he taught middle school and high school band. Mr. Janes was also very active in the local music scene playing with everything from small jazz groups to salsa bands. While in New Mexico, Mr. Janes had the amazing opportunity to study with world renown musician Eddie Daniels.

Mr. Janes moved to Texas in 2003 and taught for two years in Frisco and then took a few years off of teaching and earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Mr. Janes has taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and then as a head director at Gunn Junior High in Arlington.  

Mr. Janes lives in Denton, TX with his wife, daughter, and dog.