Lonnie Ferrell of Sherman was hired as the new band director for Orangefield I.S.D. at Monday’s school board meeting. Ferrell will fill the position left by retiring Arnold “T-Lew” Van Metre, who served the district for 18 years; first as assistant band director and the last 15 years as head band director. 

Ferrell was previously employed by Huntsville I.S.D., West Sabine I.S.D., and currently by Pottsboro I.S.D., where his marching band received Sweepstakes and competed at the Area marching contest for the first time in school history. 

A release from the school said he was grateful for the opportunity to work with Orangefield students, and desires to make a positive impact on the district’s music program.