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John C. Mize - Head Band Director

JOHN C. MIZE developed his early music skills in the churches and public schools of South Louisiana, near New Orleans. Having received his formal training at The University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Mize studied composition with James Burke, Charles Reynolds and James Hanna. He studied with Bill Brent as part of his graduate studies at the University of Northwestern Louisiana in Natchitoches.

Mr. Mize has taught in the public schools in Louisiana and Texas for the past 27 years. He has been in his current position as Director of Bands here at Kaufman ISD for the past eight years. Mr. Mize’s ensembles have traveled and performed throughout the United States and in several countries abroad to wide acclaim.

As a composer/clinician/arranger and adjudicator Mr. Mize is active in instrumental music education. Numerous arrangements and published compositions are credited to his name. He is very active as a professional and church musician as well as having conducted many concert bands, marching bands, leadership and drum major clinics over the years.

Mr. Mize is a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Bandmasters Association, and was named twice to the Who’s Who Among American Educators as well as Teacher of the Decade by Kaufman County residents for the 1990’s.


Jeremy Dowden - Head Junior High Band Director


Jimmy Polk - High School Assistant Director


Danielle Roberts - Junior High Assistant Band Director, KHS Color Guard Director


Nicholas Alberts  -  Percussion Instructor


Don Harrell - Assistant Band Director, Brass Specialist, Retired

DON HARRELL teaches trumpet at Kaufman I.S.D. He has been playing trumpet for 51 years. His first trumpet teacher was Tim Jones in Hamlin, Texas. Mr. Harrell graduated from Baylor University where he was the trumpet section leader of the Golden Wave Band and chosen as the Outstanding Senior Bandsman. He taught at Mansfield I.S.D. from 1972 to 1985, Eustace I.S.D. from 1985 to 1991, and Kemp I.S.D. from 1991 to 2004 where he retired in 2004. Mr. Harrell has been teaching part-time in Kaufman since 2004.

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