Andy Easton was named Director of Bands at Tomball Memorial High School in January of 2011. He conducts the Wind Symphony, Concert Band II, Jazz Band Class, The Roarin’ Blue Band (TMHS Marching Band), TMHS Pit Orchestra, and co-conducts the Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Fine Arts Department Chairman. In 2014 and 2018, Mr. Easton was selected as a Tomball Memorial A+ Teacher of the Year. He was also named as a Tomball Memorial High School Most Valuable Teacher in 2019. 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 Assistant 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, many Best in Class and Outstanding Performance and Caption Awards, and the United States Marine Corps Esprit de Corps Award. In their short history, The TMHS Wind Symphony has advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest twice and The Roarin’ Blue Band has competed at the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest three times.
Mr. Easton has been a staff member with Voyageurs International Star of Texas Ambassadors of Music since its inception in 2008 and has traveled to Europe with this organization many times. He was honored to be the conductor of the 2017 and 2019 Star of Texas Concert Bands. In the fall of 2019, he was named the Star of Texas Tour Director.
Mr. Easton has presented professional development sessions in Waller ISD, Tomball ISD, and at the TMEA Clinic and Convention. He is currently the TMEA Region IX Band Division Chairman. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Fellowship of Christian Musicians, Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu.
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 is in his ninth year at Tomball Memorial. He conducts the Symphonic Band, is the lead sponsor for the Texas Future Music Educators chapter, and assists as needed with all other facets of the band program, including the Full Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. During his time at Tomball Memorial, the Symphonic Band has earned Sweepstakes ratings since it's inaugural UIL Concert & Sight Reading contest in the spring of 2013.
Dustin has also taught the Advanced Placement Music Theory class for the last several years. His students have consistently scored above both the Texas and Global averages for the exam.
Dustin's previous educational 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.
He 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, and even marched a few years on mellophone.
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 college years. 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.
When not at school, Dustin spending time with his dog, Bella, who frequently appears in the band hall by way of humorous anecdotes and the intermittent social media post. Dustin also enjoys staying active through a local CrossFit affiliate.
Dustin is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and an Honorary Member of the National and Southwest District Chapters of Tau Beta Sigma.
Roger Marquis, graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, is in his twelfth year as a band director and first year as an Assistant Band Director at Tomball Memorial High School. Prior to coming to Tomball ISD, Mr. Marquis spent the first five years of his career in Magnolia ISD followed by six years in Katy ISD.
Mr. Marquis has been involved in the drum corps activity for over fifteen years and has led the Blue Stars visual program as a Visual Co-Caption Head and Visual Caption Coordinator since the 2016 season. He began as a member of Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps and aged out after multiple seasons with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. As a drum corps instructor, he has had varying responsibilities with Genesis, Blue Stars, Crossmen, Boston Crusaders, and the Troopers.
Mr. Marquis is a founder and current Board Member of Monarch Arts Education where he also served as Visual Coordinator of Monarch Independent Percussion, a perennial Winter Guard International World Class Finalist. Additionally, Mr. Marquis is a consultant, clinician, visual designer, and adjudicator for high school marching band programs across the country.
Mr. Marquis is married to his beautiful wife Emily who is a graduate of Tomball ISD and subsequently the most intelligent person he has ever known. They are blessed with the most adorable baby daughter, Amelia.
Chris King has been the Director of Percussion at Tomball Memorial since 2011. He has been teaching percussion in Texas public schools since 1995. His duties at TMHS include teaching all percussionists in the Tomball Memorial HS cluster and assisting with all other facets of the band program for the TMHS cluster.
Mr. King’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.
Mr. King 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.
Mr. King is a founder and current member of the Board of Directors for Monarch Arts Education acting as financial coordinator. Monarch Independent is a perennial Winter Guard International World Class Finalist.
Mr. King resides in Tomball, TX with his wife Christine, who is also a band director. They have 3 musical children, daughter Ellie, and sons Zakary and Micah, who are all percussionists.
Mr. King 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 Tomball Memorial HS.