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Meet the Band Directors

Mario Morales

Mario Morales 

 Director of Bands
 
Mario Morales, originally from Temple, Texas, is in his first year at Kaufman High School as Director of Bands. Prior to Kaufman he was the director of bands at Castleberry high school. While at Castleberry, the Castleberry band had great success at the local and state level. The marching band was very competitive making appearances at the Texas State Marching Contest 2 consecutive times. (2016, 2018) The Wind ensemble was awarded consistent Sweepstakes every year under his direction.  
 
Prior to his appointment at Castleberry high school, Mr. Morales was the Associate director of bands at 6A Hastings High school (Alief ISD) in southwest Houston area. He conducted the non-varsity and sub non varsity concert bands, assisted with the top band and co-taught the marching band. While at Hastings, under his direction the Hastings symphonic non varsity band earn sweepstakes every year.
 
Mr. Morales has over 8 years of experience as a private low brass music instructor. He has had numerous students make the All -region and Texas All-State Bands. In 2012-2013 school year, a freshman from his studio placed first chair euphonium in the All-state 4A symphonic band. Mr. Morales taught privately throughout the DFW area which includes Aledo, Ft. Worth, Waxahachie, Ennis, Arlington, Desoto, Forney ISD. He is also in demand as a low brass clinician/ master class teacher and solo/ensemble adjudicator.
 
Mr. Morales is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a Bachelor’s of music with emphasis in music education and will be starting his Master degree in Administration through Lamar University.
In his spare time, Mr. Morales enjoys spending time with his family, Cindy, Sonny and Claire. He also enjoys reading, arranging music   and is a barbecue aficionado.
 
Mr. Morales is a member of: Texas Music educator Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and International tuba/euphonium association.
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Nicholas Alberts

Band Director
John Mize

John Mize

Band Director

John 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.

Mrs. Vaughan

Danna Vaughan

Assistant Band Director and Color Guard
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WILLIAM VAUGHAN

William Vaughan

Band Director 
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