Director of Bands
Daniel Galloway has taught for 26 years in Texas public schools. He is currently the Director of Bands at Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX. He previously taught at Mayde Creek Junior High for 5 years earning the school’s first sweepstakes award for its band program and also taught in Galena Park ISD and Aldine ISD. This is Daniel’s 18th year at Clements and his 13th year as Director of Bands. He earned his Bachelors of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University studying with Dr. Kevin Sedatole.
The Clements Band has been recognized as one of the premier band programs in Texas in both the concert and marching idioms. The Clements Band has been a consistent UIL 6A State Marching Participant since 1998 and recently earned the Honor of being a National Winner in the National Wind-Band Honors Competition. The Clements Band has performed as the Directors Choice Honor Ensemble at the Southeastern United States Band Clinic/Conference in Troy, Alabama. The Clements Bands consistently win Best in Class awards and place over 70 students in the TMEA Region 13 All Region Bands. Most recent the Clements Band was named 7th place Texas State Honor Band Finalist in the 2014 Class 5A TMEA State Honor Band Contest, 11th in the 2016 Class 6A TMEA State Honor Band Contest and 9th in the 2018 Class 6A TMEA State Honor Band Contest. Recently the Clements band placed as a finalist at the prestigious Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional. Daniel is also a co-conductor of the Clements Symphony Orchestra which recently performed at the Mid-West Band Clinic.
The Clements Symphonic Band was recently invited to perform this winter at the 2019 Midwest in Chicago under Daniel’s direction.
Daniel instructed the 2010-2011 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass instructor for the mellophone section and high brass and recently instructed the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, 17, 18 and 19 Santa Clara Vanguard Brass and 2019 Vanguard Cadets. He was on visual staff with Spirit from JSU from 2006-2009, judged for DCI from 2004-2005, and is currently a brass consultant for the 2020 Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Daniel is currently member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Color Guard and Percussion Association where he judges Ensemble and Visual. Daniel also held the position of Vice President of Marching Band Judge Education for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association for 5 years in addition to judging for BOA, OBA, New York Field Band and Western bands Association in California.
Daniel has 2 children, Ashley 26 and a graduate of Texas State University with a Business degree and lives in Denver, Colorado. Kaitlyn 22 is a Senior Oboe Music Major at Stephen F. Austin State University. His wife , Jackie of 27 years is a Deaf Education teacher in Cy-Fair ISD and both of his children were in the Langham Creek Band Program as section leaders and drum major.
Assistant Band Director
Ms. Lauren Batchelor is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During her time at the University of Texas, she studied clarinet under Professor Jonathan Gunn. She performed in the nationally recognized Wind Ensemble under Professor Jerry Junkin. She also spent four years in the Longhorn Band where she served as section leader for the last two. It was in the Longhorn Band that she performed on the national stage in football games across the country and even on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
She was on the Visual Staff for the Westwood High School Marching Band in Round Rock, TX in the fall of 2019. She also served as a camp counselor for Longhorn Music Camp for two summers.
Ms. Batchelor attended Magnolia High School in Magnolia, TX. During her high school years, she made the TMEA All-State band for three years in a row. She was also a member of the Houston Youth Symphony.
Color Guard Director
Meredith Owen began her colorguard career at Ridgeland High School (Ridgeland, Mississippi) in 2009 where she instantly found her passion for the marching arts. Dancing in studios since 1997, this was the perfect fit. After high school, Meredith continued to train with Conversion Winterguard (Jackson, MS) from their inaugural season in 2015-2018, where she served as captain for 3 seasons as well as The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016.
Educationally, Meredith has had the opportunity to work with the Petal High School Colorguard since 2015 in conjunction with being a choreographer and visual technician for the marching band and the Scholastic World Finalist, Petal Indoor Percussion Theatre. Since 2017, she has also worked with Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, taking on the role of Caption Head in 2019. While she was not working with these two groups, Meredith also served as a freelance judge, choreographer, clinician, and designer across Mississippi and Louisiana.
Meredith is a recent alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi where she holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a minor in History. She is so excited about this new journey at Jordan High School and cannot wait to get started!
Ethan Ahmad is a passionate performer and educator who has been fortunate enough to enjoy a wide diversity of experience throughout his career as a percussionist. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studied with the LA Phil’s James Babor and Joseph Pereira, and he earned his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied primarily with the Metropolitan Opera’s Greg Zuber. While in New York, he also studied with the NY Phil’s Dan Druckman and Markus Rhoten, as well as the incomparable frame drum master, Glen Velez.
His summer studies began in high school as a member of the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps snare line and have been a huge part of his growth musically. As an undergraduate, Ethan returned to Texas twice: once for the Round Top Music Festival, and again for the Texas Music Festival’s 25th anniversary season. As a graduate student, his luck continued, as he was awarded fellowships for the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th anniversary and the Music Academy of the West’s 70th anniversary. Solo competition credits include being selected as the winner of the 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition and as a finalist in the 2015 Modern Snare Drum Competition, then hosted in Atlanta.
While a student in Los Angeles, Ethan was appointed to the role of Principal Percussionist for both the American Youth Symphony and the Y.M.F. Debut Orchestra, and was also awarded the positions of Principal Timpanist with Debut and Assistant Principal Timpanist with AYS – all in a day. Through his involvement with these outstanding groups, he was lucky enough to perform with industry giants like John Williams, Danny Elfman, David Newman, and Steve Vai. Other highlights of his time there include performing at the Biltmore Hotel with Glenn Frey of the Eagles and in Disney Hall with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Since finishing with school, Ethan has performed with the Houston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the New World Symphony. When he’s not preparing for professional auditions, he enjoys teaching students privately as well as returning to his roots via getting back into the marching scene: as a regular percussion consultant, he helped both Seven Lakes High School and Churchill Fulshear High School reach the UIL State Marching Contest in their respective classifications for the first time in 2018. Recently, he teamed up with Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, Danny Jones, to launch the YouTube channel Percussive Productions.
Michael Metz is a percussionist with a diverse range of skills. From symphonic to jazz to marching percussion, Michael has a wide breadth of musical experience and knowledge. He currently lives in Houston, TX and is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Before coming to Rice, he received a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Michael has performed at music festivals across the US including the Aspen Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival. In 2020, he was an Orchestra of the Americas fellow, although the Panamá tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Houston, Mr. Metz maintains a busy schedule teaching privately as well as in schools. While at Rice University, he was a Brown Fellow for the Young Children’s Division and taught music classes to children ages 4-10 each Saturday. Michael is now a core member (and Education Director) of the up-and-coming Monarch Chamber Players, where he can be seen performing a multitude of instruments and styles. In the symphonic realm, Michael has been a contracted member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, and has performed with groups such as the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony.
John Meehan is extremely excited to continue working with Mr. Daniel Galloway at Jordan High School, and being a part of the incredible marching band design team with Brad Huneycutt and Ellis Hampton.
John is the Brass Arranger and Co-Caption Head for the 19-time Drum Corps International Champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. Within the Blue Devils organization, John also serves as the lead Arranger and brass advisor for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps programs since 1999. First joining the brass staff of The Blue Devils in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 13 D.C.I. World Class Championships, 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards, and 5 D.C.I. Open Class Championships with the ‘B’ Corps.
John has been composing, arranging, and educating marching bands and drum corps since 1990. Current clients include Lowndes High School (GA), Allen High School (TX), American Fork High School (UT), Marshall High School (MN), James E. Taylor High School (TX), Amador Valley High School (CA), the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (England), the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (Casper, Wyoming), and the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (Japan). Through the years, John’s clients have won numerous State and Bands of America Regional title, have been finalists at the Bands of American Grand National Championships, and have been featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Tournament of Roses Parade.
John was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2016, the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2019, and the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2019.
Some of John’s “non-pageantry” writing includes composing music for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, scoring a scene for the short film “Fleur”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces.
John is a world renowned clinician on brass pedagogy, ensemble technique, and performance excellence, presenting various types of clinics in Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Japan, and throughout the United States of America.
Notable career achievements include lead designer for both the System Blue and King marching brass instrument series, development and production for the Sample Logic and System Blue sound libraries (including Fanfare and V.E.T.), being a nationally recognized adjudicator for marching band circuits such as Bands of America, and has performed on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University” as a percussionist.
John lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs.
Brad Huneycutt is very excited to be a member of this amazing design team for the inaugural year of the Jordan High School Band & Guard.
Mr. Huneycutt is an active music arranger, drill writer, educational clinician, and program designer to marching ensembles across the country. With over sixteen years of instructional experience in music education, he served as a high school band director in Texas.
Mr. Huneycutt received his academic training with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Texas Christian University (TCU). He has had teaching opportunities served at TCU, Prosper High School, William B. Travis High School, and Lake Highlands High School.
Mr. Huneycutt is an adjudicator for the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games and was a member of the DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition, he is an active clinician and adjudicator for indoor and outdoor performing ensembles, including Music for All and Bands of America.
Mr. Huneycutt’s concert ensembles have received superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight-reading contests, and have earned distinction as "Best in Class" at various regional concert festivals. Mr. Huneycutt’s marching ensembles have earned trips to the UIL State Marching Contest and have been consistent Bands of America Regional and Grand National finalists.
Ellis Hampton is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Associate Director of Bands at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. In addition to coordinating all percussion education for the cluster, he serves as the Director of the Marching band and Winter Drum Line. Ellis earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas under Mark Ford and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky under James B. Campbell.
Ellis is an active figure in the marching activity as an arranger, composer, clinician and adjudicator across the country. Most recently he served as Percussion Caption Head/Arranger for the Boston Crusaders, 2011-2016 and previously worked with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment, UNT Indoor, University of Kentucky and Metro Alliance Indoor Percussion.
Ellis is an endorsee of Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Evans Drum Head
Steven Vogel is a Houston based trombonist who is in high demand as both a performer and educator. Noted for his versatility of style and energy in performance, he has performed in solo and chamber music capacities throughout the United States in the past several years.
A Texas native, Steven completed his undergraduate education in Trombone Performance with Dr. Martin McCain at Texas State University and received his Master of Music degree from the University of Texas while studying with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Steven currently holds the positions of Adjunct Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Texas Lutheran University, Applied Low Brass Instructor at Lone Star College – University Park, and has also served on the faculty of the prestigious Luzerne Music Center. Steven has enjoyed working for The Boston University Tanglewood Institute in previous years, continues to teach a highly competitive private low brass studio in the greater Houston area, and is highly sought after as a guest clinician and masterclass instructor.
As a performer, Steven currently serves as the Principal Trombone of The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Second Trombone of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a substitute trombonist with the Round Rock Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Houston Sinfonietta, and other orchestras throughout the state. He is a regular performer and soloist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, a core member of both the Texas Brass Ensemble and the Hill Country Brass Quintet, and frequently performs as a freelance player throughout the country. Steven has been a finalist for the ITF Larry Weihe Trombone Competition, as well as the winner of the 2017 Big 12 Trombone Conference Tenor Trombone Competition, and is currently an Edwards Instrument Company Performing Artist.
When not teaching or performing, Steven enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his family. An avid outdoorsmen, he enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and going for long walks with his dog, Tucker.