High School Directors
Mr. Justin A. Smith
Mr. Smith is currently in his 13th year as a Texas Music Educator. Mr. Smith is a native of Henderson, Texas and received his BM from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in 2003. Mr. Smith was inspired to become a band director by his middle school band director Mr. Tommy Moore. Mr. Smith follows the lead of Mr. Moore by wanting band to be positive force in every students life, and for students to become better people and musicians while being in the GHS Band.
While at Moores, Mr. Smith studied trombone with Michael Warny and music education with Eddie Green and Tom Bennett. Mr. Smith taught at Cypress Springs HS for 11 years, serving as Assistant Director for 5 years, and Director of Bands for 6 years. While at Cypress Springs, the band earned multiple UIL Sweepstakes awards, as well as being named Best in Class for marching and concert contests. Mr. Smith comes to Georgetown from a year as Director of Bands at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas. The KHS Band was a Finalist and Bronze medal winner at the Sam Houston State Marching Festival, and the band earned the UIL Sweepstakes Award, Mr. Smith also assisted the Non-Varsity Concert Band to it’s first Sweepstakes in 9 years.
Mr. Smith is a member of TMEA, TBA, TMAA, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Smith lives in Georgetown with his beautiful wife Jessica, and their pets Charley, Garfield, and Ally.
Brett Poteet serves as Assistant Band Director and Director of Jazz Studies for Georgetown High School. Originally from East Texas, Mr. Poteet joined GISD in 2002 as Head Band director at Tippit Middle School. While in that position his concert ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contests. In 2009, Mr. Poteet transferred to Mitchell Elementary in Georgetown and taught music for 6 years before joining the team at GHS in 2015, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and assists with the Eagle Marching Band.
Mr. Poteet received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1996 and a Master of Education from Texas State in 2008. He has also been active clinician, adjudicator and saxophone private instructor.
Outside of music Mr. Poteet is an avid aviation enthusiast having earned his private pilot’s license in 1992. He also enjoys history and reading. Mr. Poteet is married and has two beautiful daughters.
This will be Jed Leach’s sixth year as the Percussion Director for Georgetown ISD. He oversees all percussion studies from grades 6-12, as well as teaching marching percussion, percussion ensembles, concert percussion, and assists with Jazz band. Mr. Leach received his BM in Music Education from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY under the tutelage of Frank Oddis and Dr. Brian Mason.
While attending Morehead State, Mr. Leach performed throughout the United States, China, and Brazil with the MSU Percussion Ensemble and Symphony Band. His additional performances with the MSU Percussion Ensemble include being featured at the North American Brass Band Association Conference, the KMEA Conference, and a PASIC 2003 new music showcase.
Mr. Leach is also an alumnus of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois. He marched in the tenor line in 2001 and played marimba in the front ensemble in 2002, finishing in the top 6 in DCI both years.
As an educator, Mr. Leach was previously the Percussion Director at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Canton, Michigan. During his time there, the PCMB placed first in the state marching competition and placed 9th in the BOA Grand Nationals competition. Under his direction, the Plymouth-Canton Indoor Drumline placed 6th and 10th places in WGI Scholastic World Finals in 2007 and 2008, as well as winning the MCGC State Indoor Drumline Championships both years. Mr. Leach has also taught with the KMEA State Champion Lafayette High School band in Kentucky as well as other high school programs before teaching in MI.
Mr. Leach is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and is a proud Artist/Educator for Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments.
Rick Scruggs is in his fifteenth year of being the director of the Georgetown High School Colorguard. He began teaching the group in the fall of 1998 until the spring of 2001. He returned to Georgetown in 2004, and has continued directing since. In his time at Georgetown HS, the colorguard has now spawned 2 successful winterguard programs, most recently in 2007 and 2012 (JV team) winning the silver medal at the Texas Colorguard Circuit State Championships, and in 2008 and 2010 winning the bronze medal. In addition, in 2012 the Varsity Winterguard made it into the finals of two Winterguard International Regional Championships.
Mr. Scruggs graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in dance performance and education. He has studied different forms of dance including ballet, hip hop (studying in studios in London and the US), improvisation, and modern/contemporary (various clinics and workshops including ones led by Mia Michaels from the television show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’). In 2001, he joined the Circle Of Friends Dance Company, and performed in a MLK Celebration alongside the Harlem Boys choir. In 2005, Mr. Scruggs became one of the full time dance teachers at Georgetown HS where he teaches both Dance I and II classes.
Mr. Scruggs began his colorguard career as a freshman in high school along with being a member of the percussion section. Proficient in flag, rifle, sabre and dance, he has been involved with the color guard activity for 20 years.
His past performing experience includes the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Nolan World Winterguard, Millennia Open Winterguard, Southwest Texas Bobcat Band, and the Circle of Friends Dance Company. In 1997, during his age-out year with the Cavaliers, he became the Drum Corps International I&E Flag Solo Champion at the DCI World Championships in Orlando, FL. He also won three State Solo and Ensemble titles in the Texas Colorguard Circuit.
His teaching credits include WGI Finalist Millennia Winterguard, The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (where he served as Caption Head), Southwest Texas Bobcat Band, and many high school programs within Texas, including UIL state marching band finalists and WGI regional finalists.
Colorguard Website : www.georgetownisd.org/ghs/scruggsr/colorguard.htm