Richard Thomas is the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Belton ISD. Prior to coming to Belton, Mr. Thomas taught for 18 years as a band director in the Red Oak, Keller, Arlington, Birdville, and Klein ISD's, with his last band directing tenure of 8 years as the Director of Bands for Red Oak High School. He also served as the Music Pastor for the First Baptist Church of Ft. Worth for 3 years where he directed the adult choir, praise team/band, and orchestra. Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Baylor University, and his Master's Degree in Educational Administration (with Principal's Certification) from Lamar University. During Mr. Thomas' years as a band director, his high school and middle school bands received consistent Sweepstakes and Superior ratings at all UIL contests, and were also recognized at numerous band festivals as “Best in Class” and “Overall Grand Champion.” He has served as an adjudicator at UIL Concert/Sightreading contests in several Regions around the state of Texas, at a number of music festivals in Texas and Colorado, and at marching contests in Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He has also been camp clinician/conductor for summer band camps at Baylor University and Sam Houston State University. As a performer, Mr. Thomas performed on Horn with the Texas Wind Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, Symphony North of Houston, and the Houston Symphonic Band, and he also served for two seasons as the Music Director/Conductor of The Northeast Orchestra. His Music Theatre experience includes serving as the music director/conductor for some 20+ high school and church productions in his career, including "Grease", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Wizard of Oz", "Singin' in the Rain", and "Beauty and the Beast". He also was the lead director for a Red Oak HS production of "Little Shop of Horrors", where his lighting design was nominated for a "Best Lighting Design" with the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. Mr. Thomas' professional memberships and involvements include TMEA, TMAC, TMAA, TETA, TTAC, TDEA, and TAEA.