Staff

Daniel Galloway

Director of Bands

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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.

Lauren Batchelor

Assistant Band Director

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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.

Michael Metz

Percussion Instructor

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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

Music Arranger

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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

Visual Designer

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Brad 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 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 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’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

Percussion Arranger

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Ellis Hampton was 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 served 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