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Spencer Garretson serves as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion for East View High School in the Georgetown Independent School District. Mr. Garretson coordinates all aspects of percussion at East View HS, Tippit MS, and he also teaches beginning percussion at Forbes Middle School. Prior to joining the East View band staff, Mr. Garretson was an Assistant Band Director at Burnet Middle School in Austin Independent School District where he served as conductor of the Burnet MS Concert Band and percussion specialist for the entire band program. Mr. Garretson also taught private lessons in Round Rock ISD, Leander ISD, and Lake Travis ISD for seven years before his tenure at Burnet MS. In addition, he taught beginning percussion classes at Stiles Middle School in Leander ISD and directed the front ensemble at Round Rock High School. While at Round Rock HS, Mr. Garretson was a vital part of the marching band’s most successful competition season in the 100 years of the school’s existence placing fouth at the 2013 BOA Grand Nationals competition and earning the highest ever Grand Nationals percussion score.
Mr. Garretson attended Round Rock High School and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Garretson toured with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps serving as front ensemble captain both years. The Boston Crusaders front ensemble also finished as the first place percussion ensemble in the 2009 DCI Individual and Ensemble competition. While at the University of Texas, he performed with the UT Percussion Group, Steel Band, Wind Symphony (under the direction of Dr. Rob Carnochan), Symphony Orchestra, and Opera. Mr. Garretson also had the opportunity to perform with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin at the 2010 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
In the summer when school is out of session, Mr. Garretson loves travelling to new places and also serves as assistant director of Ratamacamp Percussion camps that take place in every major city in Texas.
I work with percussionists in grades 6-12 at the Forbes, Tippit, and East View campuses. Due to the complexity of my schedule working on three campuses on a daily basis, email is almost always the fastest way to reach me. Please be patient with my response in non-emergency situations. Never hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern about your child's percussion education!Fall Schedule8:25 - 9:14 TMS Beginning Percussion9:20-10:14 TMS Symphonic Band Percussion10:20-10:50 TMS Advisory Class10:56-11:45 TMS Honors Band Percussion11:51-12:41 FMS Beginning Percussion11:50-1:20 EVHS Symphonic Band(A days)/Instrumental Ensemble (B Days)2:40-4:10 EVHS Wind Ensemble (A days)/Instrumental Ensemble (B days)Before school (7:30-8:20):Tuesday: TMS Honor Band percussion sectionalThursday: TMS Symphonic Band percussion sectionalAfter school:M-Th (4:30-6:30): EVHS Marching BandFridays: EVHS football gamesSpring Schedule8:30 - 9:19 TMS Beginning Percussion9:25-10:14 TMS Symphonic Band Percussion10:20-10:50 TMS Advisory Class10:56-11:45 TMS Honors Band Percussion11:51-12:41 FMS Beginning Percussion11:50-1:20 EVHS Symphonic Band(A days)/Instrumental Ensemble (B Days)2:40-4:10 EVHS Wind Ensemble (A days)/Instrumental Ensemble (B days)Before school (7:30-8:20):Tuesday: TMS Honor Band percussion sectionalThursday: TMS Symphonic Band percussion sectionalAfter school (4:30-6:30)Monday: EVHS Indoor Drumline Battery PercussionTuesday: EVHS Indoor Drumline Front EnsembleWednesday: EVHS Indoor DrumlineFriday: EVHS Indoor Drumline