Lake Highlands High School Directors

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        Mr. Martinez       Mr. Brumley            Mr. Smit         Mr. Singleton     Ms. Pittman

       Colorguard Director      Director of Bands       Percussion Director     Associate Director     Associate Director

                                         LH Fine Arts Coordinator

Reagan Brumley

Director of Bands and Lake Highlands Fine Arts Coordinator

Reagan Brumley is the Director of Bands at Lake Highlands High School and Fine Arts Coordinator of the Lake Highlands Learning Community in Richardson ISD. In this role, he serves as director of the Wind Ensemble and Wildcat Marching Band, team-teaches all of the high school and junior high ensembles, and administers all fine arts programs in the Lake Highlands learning community.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Brumley served as Director of Performing Arts for Irving ISD. From 2011-2020, Mr. Brumley was the Director of Instrumental Music for Highland Park ISD, where he served as Director of the “Highlander” Marching Band, conducted the Wind Symphony, and guided all aspects of the Highland Park Bands, grades 5-12. During Mr. Brumley’s tenure in this position, the HPHS Band advanced to the Texas State Marching Contest, twice advancing to the State Finals, earning the Silver Medal in 2019. The band advanced to the finals of the Area C Marching Contest at every opportunity. In addition, the band won grand championships and class championships at marching contests around DFW. Under Mr. Brumley’s direction, the Highland Park Wind Symphony twice earned State Honor Band Finalist status, finishing 2nd in the state in class 5A in 2019 and 4th in the state in 2017. The program also demonstrated a strong track record of success in the TMEA All-State process, placing the highest number of students in the All-State Bands of any 5A band program in their area in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Prior to Mr. Brumley’s appointment at Highland Park, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Berkner High School where he was the conductor of Symphonic Band II, led music rehearsals for the Class 6A State Marching Finalist Berkner Marching Band, coordinated the private lesson program, and taught 6th grade band in the cluster. Mr. Brumley also served as part of the teaching team that helped the Berkner Varsity Concert Band finish 2nd place in the state in 2010 and earn an invitation to the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Before his tenure at Berkner, Mr. Brumley also served on the band staffs of Lake Highlands High School and Red Oak High School and Junior High.

Mr. Brumley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2018, Mr. Brumley was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He holds a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Texas-Brownsville. Mr. Brumley is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas. He and his wife, Cayce, reside in Dallas along with their children, Scarlett, Noelle, and Maddox.

 

Aaron Singleton

Associate Director

Mr. Aaron Singleton is one of the Associate Directors at Lake Highlands High School. As a member of the LH staff, Mr. Singleton conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches mixed woodwind and brass beginner classes at elementary campuses and serves as the primary instructor of marching band fundamentals and physical conditioning. He also assists the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band 1 and 2.

A 2012 graduate of L.V. Berkner High School, Mr. Singleton returned home to Richardson ISD in 2016 after completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Mr. Singleton studied saxophone performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. Over the Summer months, Mr. Singleton is a regular leadership clinician at high schools throughout Texas as well as university band & leadership camps. Mr. Singleton owes much of his knowledge of leadership pedagogy to the several teaching opportunities provided by his mentor and former band director Frank Troyka.

As a saxophonist, Mr. Singleton has been invited to perform in Italy at the 2014 & 2015 Cortona Sessions for New Music, and in France at the 2015 World Sax Congress in Strasbourg. In his free time Mr. Singleton enjoys traveling the world, supporting the Chelsea Football Club, practicing various fitness activities, and cooking.

 

Claire Pittman

Associate Director

Ms. Claire Pittman is one of the Associate Directors at Lake Highlands High School. Her music education began in Lake Highlands cluster and she graduated from LHHS in 2010! Her responsibilities include directing Concert Bands, assisting with Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching mixed beginning brass classes at the elementary campuses, and teaching the Wildcat Marching Band.
 

Before joining the LHHS staff, Ms. Pittman was the Associate Band Director at Killian Middle School, where she directed the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, assisted with the Honors Band, and taught all of the beginning brass classes.  Under her direction, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band received consistent “Superior” ratings and success at UIL and local festivals. The Killian Honors Band earned state recognition as the 2018 CC TMEA Honor Band and as a result of that award performed at the TMEA Clinic and Convention in 2019. Additionally, the Killian Honors Band was one of three middle school bands invited to perform at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention.  Before working at Killian, Ms. Pittman spent two years as an Assistant Band Director at New Braunfels High School and Ninth Grade Center where she led the high school’s marching brass program as well as the ninth grade bands.

From the fall of 2017-2022, Ms. Pittman served as a member of the educational staff of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps based in Rosemont, Illinois. The Cavaliers compete in an international circuit called Drum Corps International. Ms. Pittman began her involvement with DCI in 2009 – she spent four summers as a performer, traveling thousands of miles across the United States and performing in nearly 30 shows each summer. Her final two years as a performer were with the Blue Devils, who have not placed lower than 5th place in DCI Finals since 1975.  In the summer of 2015, she spent six weeks touring Europe as a Performing Staff Member with the Blue Devils International Corps and got to perform in the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland!
 

Ms. Pittman graduated from Lake Highlands HS in Richardson ISD and went on to study Music Education at Texas Christian University. While at TCU, she was a member of the Wind Symphony, the Basketball Band, and the TCU Marching Band. Ms. Pittman’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Tau Beta Sigma. When she is not in the Band Hall, she spends her time in the gym, with friends, traveling, or volunteering and fostering dogs for a local Shih Tzu rescue group, Tzu Zoo Rescue.

 
 
 

 

Andrew Smit

Percussion Director

Andrew Smit is the Director of Percussion at Lake Highlands High School. His responsibilities include coordinating the marching percussion program and overseeing and teaching all percussionists in 6th-12th grade, primarily splitting his time between Forest Meadow JH, Lake Highlands JH, and Lake Highlands HS. 
 

Mr. Smit holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. While at IU, he studied with Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, Michael Spiro, and performed with such ensembles as the IU Drumline, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brazilian Ensemble, and the Afro-Cuban ensemble, who performed at the 2011 PASIC in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also performed with competitive ensembles including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL. While in college, Mr. Smit worked with Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, teaching their front ensemble. After graduating college, Mr. Smit moved to Dallas, Texas where he currently resides.
 

As an educator, he has taught privately as well as coordinated the front ensemble at Rowlett High School in Garland, TX and Richardson High School in Richardson, TX.
 

Mr. Smit’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. He is also an educational artist for Innovative Percussion Inc.

 

Daniel Martinez

Colorguard Director

Mr. Martinez has been a colorguard director for over 25 years and is currently the Guard Director at Lake Highlands High School and Highland Park High School.

He was an active performer, instructor and judge with the North Texas Colorguard Association. He has served on the Board of Directors and also served as President of NTCA. Mr. Martinez was inducted into the NTCA Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

Mr. Martinez has been involved with the design and instruction of winterguards since 1992. From 1992-1999 he taught at Springtown High School and led them to be one of the top colorguards in the Ft. Worth area. From 2000-2008, he taught at Crowley High School. During his time at Crowley High School they were a perennial NTCA medalist. From 2009, he has taught at The Colony, Highland Park and Lake Highlands High School. These schools compete at WGI and NTCA events and are award winning programs.
 

Mr. Martinez also was the director of Ars Nova “A” Winterguard (a 6 time WGI Finalist) and was the director of White Gold for 2 years. White gold won the bronze medal in 2011 at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH.