BCISD Trustees approve hiring new band directors

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Two new band directors will make their home at Burnet CISD this coming school year. On Monday, June 17, the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Nick Stephenson as the Head Band Director for the Burnet High School Band.
Stephenson comes from Panhandle ISD, where he was the Head Director of the sixth-place 2017 UIL State Marching band. Last year, his band finished 12th at the State Marching contest, and was a UIL Sweepstakes Band for the past two years.

Stephenson's knowledge and experience will bring him to Burnet to replace former head Band Director Jason Jones, who accepted a position at San Angelo ISD as the Band Director for the 6A Central High School.

“The Esprit de Corps is known across the state as a lighthouse band program, and during our interview and selection process, it was clear that Nick had the professional background, knowledge, and student focus to build on the excellence of our current band program,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett in a press release issued after the meeting.

Stephenson comes to town with his wife, Mikayla, and their four children who will be attending school at Burnet CISD. Mikayla will teach music at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Thanks to the increase in funding after the passing of HB 3, Burnet CISD had the opportunity to bring on a second Assistant Band Director at BHS, the position to be filled by Ian Young, who comes from Ropes ISD.

The Board also approved Allen Adrus as the BMS Head Band Director. Andrus has already been a part of the District as BMS Assistant Band Director for the past three years.

“Allen's strong relationships with parents and students along with his commitment to excellence made him the natural choice to lead the Burnet Middle School Band,” McBurnett said in the release.

Brad Jones, of McCowan Middle School in Desoto ISD, was also approved as the new BMS Assistant Band Director.

“These recent hires demonstrate continued commitment to the band program,” McBurnett said.

The District will also see new material additions to its band halls.

“In addition to adding staff, the District is purchasing a wrapped semi-trailer to transport band instruments and equipment for the 2019-2020 marching season,” McBurnett said. “In the past three years the District has allocated $53,000 in funding above the band's base budget for new instruments, and in 2016-2017 the District spent $77,000 outside of the band's base budget on new uniforms.

“Burnet CISD is committed to excelling in all extracurricular offerings, including the Esprit de Corps, so that our students can compete at the highest level and build experiences that shape their futures,” McBurnett added.

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