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Lake Highlands High School Directors

 

Aaron Singleton

Director of Bands and Lake Highlands Area Fine Arts Coordinator

aaron.singleton@risd.org

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

claire.pittman@risd.org

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 co-conducting the Wind Ensemble, directing the Concert Band, assisting with Symphonic Band, teaching the Wildcat Marching Band, conducting the Pit Orchestra in the annual LHHS musical, assisting with beginning and junior high band classes, and guiding beginner band curriculum.
 

Before joining the LHHS staff, Ms. Pittman was the Associate Band Director at Killian Middle School in the Hebron HS feeder pattern, 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 her time 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 is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Tau Beta Sigma. She is also an active adjudicator and clinician in the DFW Area. 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 rescue group, Tzu Zoo Rescue.

 

Jeremy Noyes

Percussion Director

jeremy.noyes@risd.org

Please welcome Mr. Jeremy Noyes to the LHHS Band Staff. Mr. Noyes will serve as the Percussion Director for LHHS, FMJH, LHJH, and all of the elementary schools in the Lake Highlands Learning Community.
Mr. Noyes served as the percussion director at Wylie High School from 2017 to 2023. His responsibilities included percussion instruction for the high school as well as all percussion activities for 6th through 8th grade in the Wylie HS cluster. Wylie High School has previously been a 6A Marching State Finalist, 6A Honor Band Finalist, BOA Regional Finalist, and has been recognized for many percussion caption awards.
Before his appointment at Wylie HS, Mr. Noyes was the percussion specialist for JJ Pearce High School (2006-2007), Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist at Newman Smith High School (2016-2017), and Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist at Allen High School (2007-2016). Percussion sections under his direction have previously won the Lone Star Drumline Competition and have been recognized for numerous Outstanding Percussion caption awards.
Jeremy Noyes holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While attending UNT, Mr. Noyes participated and performed in the concert band, classical percussion ensemble, steel band and the indoor drumline. He also performed as a member of the Green Brigade Marching Band and later joined the MB staff in 2002. During his time in college, Mr. Noyes was on the Lewisville ISD private lesson staff and taught at Lewisville High School and Hebron High School.
Growing up in Texas, Mr. Noyes has been very active in Drum Corps, including being a member of the Glassmen, Carolina Crown, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been a member and section leader of the UNT Drumline that won the PASIC Drumline Championship in 2000 and 2002. He was a staff member for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2010. While on staff, Regiment was awarded three DCI high percussion trophies.
Jeremy Noyes is an endorser of Innovative Percussion and Dynasty USA. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educator’s Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He is also an active percussion clinician and adjudicator in the DFW area.

 

Amanda Harrison

Guard Director

amanda.harrison@risd.org

Amanda Harrison is currently twenty-nine years old and resides with her husband in Oak Cliff, Texas. Her color guard journey started at Flower Mound High School. During her junior year of high school in 2008, she marched with The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp, and was the youngest member of the corp. Regiment went on to win the DCI World Class Championships that year. The following year she went on to march with Crossmen in and then ending her DCI career with The Santa Clara Vanguard from 2010-2012. After high school and finishing her DCI career she began teaching color guard around the DFW area. She was the Assistant Director at Highland Park High School and helped lead them to placing second place in 5A UIL Final State Competition and NTCA grand champions.

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