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Meet the Band Directors

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 -  Band Director
Dr. Jeremy L. Dowden received his Bachelors in Music Education from Northwestern State University in 2008.  He then was accepted to the University of Kansas to complete his Masters (2011) and Doctorate (2018) in Trombone Performance.  Starting in 2009, he won and sat for seven years at Second Trombone in the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Jeremy won Principal Trombone in the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China; the city in which the iPhone is manufactured.
In 2014, he started his teaching career in Kansas being the only music teacher K-12 in charge of elementary music, band, choir, and head middle school track coach.  After two years in Kansas, he moved to Texas to be the middle school head director at Malakoff.  In 2017, Dr. Dowden moved back to his home town of Kaufman.  Jeremy was born in Detroit, MI and moved to Kaufman in 1st grade.  After graduating in 2004, he studied and performed around the world hoping to one day bring back that expertise to his home town. He still performs occasionally with Longview Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

Nicholas Alberts  -  Percussion Instructor
William Vaughan - Head Junior High Band Director
Danna Vaughan - Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Instructor