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David Puckett

Director of Bands / Keller Middle School / Keller ISD

Before coming to Keller Middle School in the fall of 2021, David Puckett opened both South Keller Intermediate and Indian Springs Middle School in 2001. Puckett began teaching as a Texas music educator in 1997 and has taught at both the middle and high school levels. He teaches beginner brass classes, as well as team-teaches performance bands, jazz band and percussion ensembles with his colleagues.

Under his direction, the Indian Springs Wind Ensemble was named the recipient of the 2013 John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup, and in 2014 was a feature performance group at The Midwest Clinic. The ISMS band program made it to the state level of the Honor Band process three times and won the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition, allowing them the honor to perform at the 2016 TMEA convention as the CCC Honor Band. In 2016 Music for All selected their group to travel to Indianapolis to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in March 2017.

Choice Music’s Mark of Excellence has recognized Indian Springs fourteen times in the National Wind Band Honors contest, once in the Citation of Excellence and once in National Jazz Honors. Mr. Puckett’s bands receive consistent Superior ratings at Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests as well as many Best in Class or outstanding bands of the day recognition at local festivals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Students from Mr. Puckett’s program consistently have the high individual representation at District and Region level honor bands and Superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests.

Mr. Puckett is a member of: Phi Beta Mu – Alpha Chapter, an International Bandmasters fraternity where he serves on the public relations committee; the Texas Music Educators Association; the Texas Bandmasters Association and enjoys regular visits to The Midwest Clinic. Mr. Puckett served as chairman of the Texas Band UIL PML Music Selection Committee, has served in several offices at the TMEA region level, and currently serves as lead teacher of the seven Keller ISD middle school band programs.

Mr. Puckett was a national finalist in Music and Arts National Educator of the year, is a PTA Honorary Lifetime member for service to the school, and has been Indian Springs Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.

He thoroughly enjoys spending time outside of his own band hall as a band consultant, clinician, conductor, adjudicator, mentor and trombone performer. He has presented clinics at Texas Music Educators Association convention, Texas Bandmasters Association convention, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Sam Houston University, and many independent school districts in Texas. Mr. Puckett was honored to be the 2019 Georgia Music Educators All-State MS Honor band conductor and looks forward to his upcoming musical engagements in and out of state!

Mr. Puckett graduated with his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and now resides in Keller, Texas with his loving wife Becky, beautiful daughter Rachel and surrounded by millions of fibers of joy from his two golden retrievers and calico cat.

Trevor Ousey

Director of Bands / Killian Middle School / Lewisville ISD

Trevor Ousey is the Director of Bands at Killian Middle School in Lewisville, Texas. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music where he received a bachelor’s in music education with instrumental emphasis and a double minor in Business and Conducting.

Prior to his arrival at Killian Middle School in 2021, Mr. Ousey taught at Cain Middle School in Rockwall ISD were he also served as the Fine Arts Department Chair. Bands under his direction received multiple UIL sweepstakes awards. The Honors Band was named a Commended Winner in the 2020 and 2021 National Windband Honors contest. Additionally, the Cain Band placed 50 students in the TMEA All-Region Honor Band

Mr. Ousey began his teaching career in 2012 in south Texas, first as the director of bands at Morales Junior High School in Uvalde, Texas, and then as the assistant band director at Devine High School in Devine, Texas.

Beyond teaching, Mr. Ousey is also an active performer on the local and national stage. He has performed with the Plano Community Band, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and also served as a clarinet section member and an executive board member of the Heart of Texas Concert Band in San Antonio.

Mr. Ousey also continues to be an active volunteer and site staff member with Music for All and Bands of America, assisting in logistics and event flow for several marching band regionals, grand national championships, and national concert band festivals. In addition to local and state conventions, his other professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, and the International Clarinet Association. He was also nominated for the 2018 Life Changer of the Year award sponsored by the National Life Group and is a Conn-Selmer VIP.

Mr. Ousey lives in Dallas with his girlfriend, Loren, his Australian shepherd, Archer, and two cats, Thomas and Ellie.

Thank You!

This clinic includes ideas, suggestions, pictures, and content from some amazing friends and colleagues. We thank you for your help!

 

Jenna Lenhard | Killian Middle School

Loren Taylor | Highland Park Middle School

Killian Middle School & LISD Administrative Teams

Hebron Band and Middle School Cluster Team

Preston Prior | Cain Middle School

Rockwall-Heath, Hebron, and Keller High Schools

Keller Middle School & KISD Administrative Teams

Keller High School and Middle School Cluster Team

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Make sure to go check out our respective band program social media accounts for ideas all year long on how we interact digitally!

 

Killian Middle School Band

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