DIRECTORS AND INSTRUCTORS
The Houston Band is an award-winning high school band led by an award-winning group of directors and instructors under the direction of Mr. Matthew Taylor and Mr. John Hagan.
Matt Taylor is the band director at Houston High School. Prior to his arrival at Houston, he served as director of bands at Cordova High School. While at Cordova, the band won many class and division championships. The wind ensemble received superior ratings at concert festival. He has also been a member of the instructional staff at Arlington High School, serving as arranger, visual technician, and music instructor. In addition he has experience teaching middle school band and choir at Woodstock Middle School and Millington Middle School. Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Music Education.
Mr. Taylor studied wind conducting under Dr. Nicholas Holland, Dr. Kraig Williams, and Dr. Sidney McKay. While in college, Mr. Taylor also studied trumpet pedagogy with Dr. David Spencer. He has performed internationally in Marktoberdorf, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. He also served as trumpet section leader for the Mighty Sound of the South. He is an active consultant, clinician, and arranger in the Mid-South Region. He is a member of WTSBOA and NAfME.
He and his beautiful wife, Rachel, are the proud doggy parents of Henry the Boston Terrier and Walt the Beagle.
John Hagan is the Assistant Band Director at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. After studying music education at Youngstown State University in Ohio, Mr. Hagan joined the Navy Band Program as a trombonist in 2002. Upon leaving the Navy, he completed a masters degree in music at the University of Memphis. While there, he served on staff with the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, as well as the director of Jazz Ensemble II. Most recently Mr. Hagan served as the Director of Bands at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.
As a trombonist Mr. Hagan has performed in a variety of settings. As a member of the Navy Band, he was selected to perform at the opening of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Arkansas. Locally he has been a performed and recorded with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and as a member of the local music institution FreeWorld. Mr. Hagan is no stranger to musical theater. In addition to serving as music director for the Poplar Pike Playhouse productions of The Little Mermaid, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sweeney Todd; he has performed in the orchestras for local productions of Urinetown, Anything Goes, Tarzan, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, as well as Desoto Family Theater's award winning production of Les Miserables.