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Bachelor of Music Education Henderson State University

Mr. Brandon Brewer

Brandon Brewer graduated from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  Mr. Brewer has taught twenty-eight years in Arkansas and Texas public schools, twenty of those in his current position, Director of Fine Arts and Director of Bands for the Princeton Independent School District in Princeton, Texas.  Mr. Brewer’s bands have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards recipients. The Princeton High School Band, under Mr. Brewer’s direction, was first runner-up for the 3A State Honor Band in 2002 and has placed in the top ten at the last eight 3A/4A UIL State Marching Contest Finals, placing as high as 3rd in 2010, 2014, and 2016.  Mr. Brewer has served as clinician and adjudicator across Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, and Tennessee.

Mr. Brewer is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).  He is a Past-President of the Association of Texas Small School Band and served as the ATSSB Area North Coordinator, as well as the ATSSB Region 24 Coordinator for 17 years.  Mr. Brewer chaired the committee to create the first ATSSB All-State Jazz Ensemble in 2004.  Mr. Brewer was selected as the Princeton High School and Princeton ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007.

Mr. Brewer and his wife, Lia, have two beautiful children, Robby and Sarah, two cats, Lucy and Hazel, and dog, Coal.

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Bachelor of Music Education Henderson State University

Mr. Matt Kennan

Matt Kennan has taught sixteen years.  Six years here in Princeton.

Mr. Kennan graduated from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  Mr. Kennan has taught fifteen years in Arkansas and Texas public schools, five of those in his current position as assistant band director in Princeton ISD.

Prior to teaching in Princeton, Mr. Kennan taught in Magnolia, Arkansas at Magnolia Junior High and in Redwater, TX at Redwater Middle School.

Mr. Kennan teaches high school band and assists with Southard and Clark middle school bands.  He also teaches trombone, baritone, and tuba beginning band.

Mr. Kennan resides with his two cats, Elsa and Chappie.

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Mr. Michael McGehee

Mike McGehee has been in the colorguard activity since 1995. He began his colorguard experience with Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps and then at Henderson State University. He also marched with the Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps and Sundowners Winterguard from Madison, WI.

After aging out of drum corps and winterguard he began teaching several schools in Arkansas. Magnolia High School, Sheridan High School and Lake Hamilton High School to name a few. He also taught the Henderson State University Colorguard.

 In 2004 Mike started teaching colorguard/winterguard throughout the state of Texas. Princeton High School, Mineola High School, Farmersville High School, Whitesboro High School, Eastland High School and C.H. Yoe High School to name a few. He helped start the winterguard program at Princeton High School. While he has been involved with the program it has grown from one novice guard to now having four Winterguard groups and winning many medals at NTCA Championships.

Mr. McGehee will be teaching the Guard classes at Southard Middle School and Clark Middle Schools as well overseeing all guard activities at Princeton High School.

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BM - Music Performance - Southeastern Oklahoma State University MM - Music Performance - Texas A&M University-Commerce

Mr. Alan Gray

Mr. Gray is currently in his 15th year of teaching and 6th year as Percussion Director at Princeton ISD in 2021. Prior to moving to Princeton, Mr. Gray was the Percussion Director at Whitesboro ISD for 9 years.

Mr. Gray teaches beginner percussion percussion classes and concert bands at Southard Middle School, teaches high school percussion and assists with marching and concert bands at Princeton High School and Lovelady High School.

Mr. Gray is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, TX, where he received a master's degree in Music Performance. Mr. Gray worked as a graduate assistant while at TAMU-C, assisting with the Pride Marching Band Percussion Section, Concert Percussion Ensembles, and teaching several private lessons. He also performed with the TAMU-C Percussion Ensemble at the 2006 PASIC Showcase Concert featuring "New and Unknown Works of Minoru Miki" and later recorded a CD of the same name with the TAMU-C Percussion Ensemble.

Mr. Gray is a 2006 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK, where he received a bachelor's degree in Music Performance. He performed with the marching band, concert band, jazz band, and percussion ensembles. Mr. Gray was an active member of he band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, serving several different officer positions, including President for two years.

Mr. Gray resides in Princeton with his wife, Christina; cats, Lola, Eleanor, and Rosie; and bird, CC.

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BM - Music Education - Texas Tech University MM - Music Performance - Ithaca College

Mr. Ben Cordell

Ben Cordell is in his third year of classroom teaching in the state of Texas. Before working in Princeton ISD, he completed his student teaching at McKinney North High School, Cockrill Middle School and Scott Johnson Middle School in McKinney ISD. He also worked as a private lesson instructor in Allen and McKinney ISDs.

Mr. Cordell assists with the percussion section of the marching and concert bands at Princeton and Lovelady High Schools, as well as leading the beginning percussion and assisting with the concert bands at Clark Middle School.

Mr. Cordell graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance. While there, he performed as a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Steel Band, “Apocalypso Now.” During his time at Texas Tech, he also spent two summers marching in the front ensemble of the World Class Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Cordell recently completed a master’s degree in music performance from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY under the instruction of renowned marimbist, composer, and educator Gordon Stout. During his time in Ithaca, Mr. Cordell performed with the percussion ensemble and steel band at the college in addition to several ensembles in the community including the Running to Places theater company and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.