Andy Easton was named Director of Bands at Tomball Memorial High School in January of 2011. He conducts the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, The Roarin’ Blue Band (TMHS Marching Band), TMHS Pit Orchestra, and co-conducts the Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Fine Arts Department Chairman. Prior to his appointment at TMHS, Mr. Easton taught at Tomball High School and Waller High School. He is a graduate of Katy High School where he performed under the baton of Bob Bryant. Mr. Easton holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, he studied trumpet with Will Strieder and music education with Keith Bearden, and served as President of the Goin’ Band From Raiderland.
Mr. Easton is an active performer, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. He is currently Principal Trumpet and Substitute Conductor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Chancel Orchestra and Choir. He has also performed as a member of the NFL Houston Texans Bull Pen Pep Band, the Houston Symphonic Band, and the Cypress Philharmonic. During the summer, Mr. Easton also enjoys hosting student leadership seminars and teaching drum major camps.
Bands under Mr. Easton’s direction have earned several UIL Sweepstakes awards as well as many Best in Class and Outstanding Performance and Caption Awards. In their short history, The TMHS Wind Symphony has advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest and The Roarin’ Blue Band has competed at the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest every year in which they have been eligible for advancement.
Mr. Easton has been a staff member with Voyageurs International Star of Texas Musical Ambassadors since its inception in 2008 and has traveled to Europe with this organization four times. He is honored to be the conductor of the 2017 Star of Texas Concert Band.
Mr. Easton’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Fellowship of Christian Musicians, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity.
Mr. Easton resides in Tomball, TX with his wife Kim, an Art Teacher in Tomball ISD. They are blessed with two musical daughters, Arden (oboe) and Kenna (percussion).
Dustin Brown joined the Roarin’ Blue Band at the end of its inaugural year and joined the organization full time during the 2012 – 2013 year. He conducts the Symphonic Band and, beginning in fall 2016, Concert Band 1. He also assists with all other facets of the band program, including the Jazz Ensemble and Full Orchestra. During his time at Tomball Memorial, the Symphonic Band has earned Sweepstakes ratings since its inaugural UIL Concert & Sight Reading contest in spring 2013.
Among his administrative duties for the Roarin' Blue Band, Dustin coordinates the private lesson program, all facets of solo and ensemble contest, and is responsible for coordinating the annual Parent Registration Night in June.
Dustin's previous teaching experience includes a year with Lindale Junior High in Lindale, Texas, three years with Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas, and two years as the head director at El Campo Middle School in El Campo, Texas. His groups have consistently earned sweepstakes ratings at both the high school and junior high levels.
He is also the sponsor for the TMHS Chapter of the Texas Future Music Educators. This group is designed to help band, choir, and orchestra students explore the many facets of music education. Since the group was founded in 2014, they have observed elementary music classes at Canyon Pointe Elementary, performed in the TFME Student Recital, participated in conducting and beginner instrument testing workshops, and traveled to San Antonio to participate in the Texas Music Educators Association annual Clinic and Convention held in conjunction with the All-State Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras.
Dustin holds a bachelor degree in music from Stephen F. Austin State University and several graduate hours from the University of Texas at Arlington. While in college, Dustin performed in many ensembles including marching band, jazz band, concert band, pit orchestra, full orchestra, pep band, saxophone quartet, and woodwind quintet. He has also performed on all of the woodwind instruments, taking applied lessons on each, presenting a Senior Recital on saxophone, and a second Senior Recital featuring each of the woodwinds. He counts two performances at Carnegie Hall as a member of the National Wind Ensemble under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds as one of the many highlights of his musical endeavors. He also performed twice as a member of the National Intercollegiate Band, sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority, respectively. He was fortunate enough to perform on bassoon and saxophone with each of these groups. He also had the honor of being the first person from Huntington High School to be named to the ATSSB All-State Band in 1997.
When not at school, Dustin enjoys spending time with his dog, Jack, who frequently appears in the band hall by way of humorous anecdotes and the intermittent social media post. He also enjoys CrossFit, working out as often as the rehearsal schedule allows. Dustin has also performed as a member of the Houston Symphonic Band and the Houston Symphonic Saxes, and has also been a member of the Cypress Philharmonic on bassoon and contrabassoon.
Dustin is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and is an Honorary Member of the National and Southwest District Chapters of Tau Beta Sigma.
Tabatha Cooper comes to Tomball Memorial this year from our feeder schools Willow Wood Junior High, Northpointe Intermediate, and Oakcrest Intermediate. During those two years, she was apart of the team that opened Oakcrest in 2015, and the Willow Wood Concert Band received UIL Sweepstakes ratings each year as well as won Best in Class at Festival at the Falls in 2016. Prior to teaching in Tomball ISD, Ms. Cooper taught at Twin Creeks Middle School in Spring ISD where she started the award-winning Jazz Band in 2014-2015. Their first year they won Best in Class participating in the Splashtown Contest at Spring High School.
Before moving to Houston, Ms. Cooper graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. In 2006, she performed under the direction of David Starnes with the Kennesaw Mountain Wind Symphony that was invited to The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008 and 2009, Ms. Cooper toured and performed with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps where they won the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble Award for the best hornline in the country. Lastly, in 2009 she also performed with the Kennesaw Mountain High School Winter Guard under the direction of Adam Sage.
After moving to Houston, Ms. Cooper received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Houston. During her time at UH, she performed in many ensembles under the direction of David Bertman, Marion West, Noe Marmolejo, and Franz Krager. Her primary instrument is trombone and studied under Brad White (associate principal and second trombone of the Houston Symphony) as well as Brian Kauk (Affiliate Artist in Trombone). Also, she studied conducting in a masters level conducting class led by Franz Krager (director of orchestral studies). Ms. Cooper participated in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Moore's School of Music Symphony Orchestra and won principal trombonist of the UH Wind Ensemble.
Ms. Cooper has been a visual technician/coordinator for many schools around the Houston area such as Northshore High School, Seven Lakes High School, Spring High School, and The Woodlands High School. Lastly, Ms. Cooper has taught private trombone lessons and masterclasses at many schools around the Houston area while studying at UH.
This year Ms. Cooper's teaching responsibilities at TMHS include directing the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, visual and body components of the Roarin' Blue Marching Band, as well as assisting the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. In the afternoons she will travel to Oakcrest Intermediate to teach beginner french horn, low brass, and trumpet.
Ms. Cooper's professional affiliations include Texas Bandmaster's Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Lastly, Ms. Cooper's priority outside of school is her precious dog, Halli.
Chris King is in his sixth year at Tomball Memorial and twelfth year in Tomball ISD. He has been teaching percussion for 21 years in Texas public schools. His duties include teaching all percussionists at Tomball Memorial HS, Willow Wood Jr. High, Northpointe Intermediate, and Oakcrest Intermediate. Besides being the Percussion specialist, he assists with all other facets of the band program for the TMHS cluster.
Chris's previous teaching experience includes 4 years with the A&M Consolidated HS cluster in College Station, TX, 6 years as the head band director for Waller Jr. High in Waller, TX, and 6 years as percussion specialist for Tomball High School.
He holds a bachelor degree in music from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in education from Lamar University. While at SHSU Chris performed in many ensembles including marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, full orchestra, and percussion ensemble.
Chris has had the privilege to perform with many professional groups and artists including the Sky Ryders Drum & Bugle Corps, the NFL Texans Bull Pen Pep Band, Shania Twain, and Keith Urban to name a few. He was also on the staff with Percussion One, a non-profit percussion ensemble in the Houston area, for 8 years.
Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for Monarch Arts Education acting as treasurer. Monarch Independent is an indoor percussion group that competes locally in the TCGC circuit and nationally at WGI every year. Monarch was the 4th place Open finalist at the WGI World Championships in 2016.
Chris is married to Christine who is also a band director. She teaches at Kleb Intermediate in Klein ISD. They have 3 kids Ellie age 14, Zakary age 10, and Micah age 8. They also have 4 cats Angel, Avery, Thor, and Turbo.
Chris is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion Inc. and is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.
Brittany Shepherd began her marching career at Valley View High School, in her home town of Moreno Valley CA. Her passion for the activity was ignited as she moved on to perform with many notable organizations such as Pacific Crest, Boston Crusaders, Blue Knights, Blue Devils and Corona Winter Guard.
In the spring of 2013 Brittany graduated from California State University Northridge with Honors, receiving her B.A. in Multimedia and Productions. Brittany strives to spread her love for color guards and has done so with many notable groups throughout Southern California including Hart high, Buena High, Diamond Bar and Newbury Park. Brittany was also a technician with the Blue Stars drum and bugle corp, DCI finalist during the 2010-2015 seasons.
Currently Brittany serves as the color guard caption head for Cypress Ranch HS as well as Tomball Memorial HS.
We wouldn't be the program we are today without our hard working feeder program.
Thank you Jim Shaw, Edgar Jaime, & Dawn Melton.