High School Directors
Cliff Croomes joined the team as Director of Bands at Georgetown High School on 2011. His responsibilities include direction of the Georgetown Wind Symphony and the Georgetown Eagle Marching Band. A percussion specialist, Mr. Croomes is a native of Houston, Texas.
Mr. Croomes received his academic training at the University of Texas at Austin in Music Education. He is in his eleventh year as a Texas music educator, with previous teaching opportunities served at Westview Middle School/Pflugerville High School (TX) from 2001-2003, Bastrop High School (TX) in 2003-04, and Douglas MacArthur High School from 2004-2011.
Mr. Croomes’ concert ensembles have received superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sightreading contests and have earned distinction as “Best in Class” at two regional concert festivals. Under Mr. Croomes’ leadership, in 2004 the Bastrop Percussion Theater earned the AA TCGC State Championship. He has had the pleasure of serving on the faculty of the University of Texas Longhorn Music Camp since 2001. Mr. Croomes is also an alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL.
Mr. Croomes is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Bandmasters Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He was selected as 5 Star Teacher of the Year in 2009. Mr. Croomes is an endorsed Educator/Artist with Innovative Percussion and is also an active clinician and adjudicator for marching and concert bands throughout the state of Texas.
Mr. Croomes primary personal and professional influences have included his parents, William and Elaine, Jerry Junkin, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Paula Crider, Fred Richardson, Greg Goodman, Brian Sedatole, John Hinojosa, George Frock, Tony Edwards, Dr. Thomas Burritt, Jeff Helmer, Jeff Fiedler, Bret Khun, Eric Johnson, Mike McIntosh, Van Henry, John Goforth, Don Haynes, Ferd Vollmar, Mark Chambers, Kerry Taylor, Dick Clardy and JD Janda.
Amanda Stevenson is the Associate Band Director at Georgetown High School. Throughout her career she has instructed various students in music ranging from beginners to collegiate members. Her instructional experience extends throughout Texas including Texas State University, Winston Churchill High School, Bowie High School, Harlingen High School, and Corbett Middle School. Mrs. Stevenson is in her sixth year of teaching with the Georgetown High School music program as Director of Jazz Studies, Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, assistance with the Eagle Marching Band and instructor of Instrumental Ensembles.
Amanda has a strong affiliation with Drum Corps International (DCI). She has served on the brass staff for the Phantom Regiment and has been on visual staff with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Though her primary instrument is Saxophone, Mrs. Stevenson played Euphonium with Capital Regiment and started her corps career on Baritone with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Through these experiences, she has worked with many top educators throughout the country.
Mrs. Stevenson received her Bachelor Degree in All-Level Music Education from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2007. She studied Wind Conducting with John Stansberry, Howard Hudiburg and Dr. Rod Schueller. Mrs. Stevenson served as the Visual and Field Coordinator for the Bobcat Band while attending Texas State. In 2006 the Bobcat Marching Band was selected for presentation at a video session at the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan in March of 2007.
Mrs. Stevenson is an active clinician, performer and adjudicator in the United States. She is also a contributor to the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band Handbook as writer of marching fundamentals. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Amanda currently is the Region 26 Jazz Coordinator and lives in Austin, Texas where she continues to educate and instruct students of all levels.
This will be Jed Leach’s third 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 twelvth 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