Meet the Band Directors
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.