Mrs. Lisa Merriman-Hill

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Mrs. Lisa Merriman-Hill

Lisa Merriman-Hill is the Director of Bands at James Tippit Middle School. In this role, she directs the Tippit Middle School Honors Band and teaches beginning woodwinds.In addition, Mrs. Hill assists with Symphonic Band.  She is beginning her 23rd year of teaching in the public school systems and has been a part of Georgetown ISD for 16 years. She started her career in Georgetown ISD in 1994 at Georgetown Jr. High (now known as Tippit Middle School) but she has also taught at Benold Middle School and Village Elementary School. In 2014, Mrs. Hill was awarded Teacher of the Year by her colleagues.  Her passion is for her students and she is always excited when they pursue music in high school or in higher venues.  

Mrs.Hill is a native of Santa Fe, Texas and graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1983. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Houston, where she studied privately with Mr. Jeffrey Lerner and was principal clarinetist in the U of H Wind Ensemble, under the direction of her favorite mentor, Mr. Eddie Green. 

She is married to Clayton Hill and has two grown step-children, Ryan who is a teacher at Copell Middle School East, Brittany who is a nurse at  Christus Santa Rosa in New Braunfels, a 17 year old daughter and her border collie Angel.  Her daughter Reagan is currently a senior at East View High School and is a flute player in the East View Patriots Band as well as the East View High School varsity theatre class. In her free time, Mrs. Hill enjoys reading, shopping, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is also very involved in church and is part of the Worship Team at Calvary Chapel of Georgetown.

Her professional affiliations include: the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Educators Association.

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Ms. Rachel  Butler

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Ms. Rachel Butler

Mr. Spencer Garretson

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Mr. Spencer Garretson

Spencer Garretson serves as Associate Director of Bands and Percussion director for East View High School in the Georgetown Independent School District. Mr. Garretson coordinates all aspects of percussion at East View HS and 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 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 schools existence, placing 4th at the2013 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 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 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

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  • Spencer Garretson
  • garretsons@georgetownisd.org
  • 512-943-5000 x8140
Last Modified on September 14, 2017