Director of Bands
Previously in Austin ISD, Mr. Waters was the Director of Bands at Akins High School and Assistant Director at Paredes Middle School where he developed the 6th grade beginning band and middle school concert bands.
Mr. Waters comes our way from El Paso TX, where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso and earned his bachelors degree in Music Education. Mr. Waters’s first teaching appointment was Ranchland Middle School. In 1995, Mr. Waters became an associate band director for Bel Air High School in El Paso. Mr. Waters became the Head Band Director for Bel Air in 1996 and lead Bel Air to its first ever UIL State 5A Marching contests in 2004 and 2006; and its first UIL Sweepstakes in 22 years.
Mr. Waters has been a Presenter at Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and is an active concert band adjudicator. His marching bands have been BOA Southern Region Finalist and Grand Champions at the TOB and ZIA marching festivals. His Wind Ensemble has been a 9-time 5A UIL Sweepstakes recipient, and Mr. Waters’s jazz program grew from one jazz band to five full performing jazz ensembles. While in college, Mr. Waters performed with UTEP’s top wind ensembles, and traveled Europe with UTEP’s top Jazz Band.
Assistant Band Director
Matthew Garrison is a Texas native having graduated from Cedar Park High School. He attended Texas Tech University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was granted early admittance to the graduate music education program. Mr. Garrison spent three summers with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps marching trumpet for two summers (2009, 2012) and mellophone for one (2010).
Mr. Garrison has been on staff with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps for three years, having served two years as the Visual Caption Head and one as Assistant Director. He has also worked as a Marching Technician for Frenship High School, Clinician for Elgin High School, and Student Teacher for Anderson High School.
Mr. Garrison is excited to be a part of the Crockett Cougar Band and looks forward to a great season!