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  • Many quality band directors often lack the tools to elevate their programs above the average middle school band. We live only year to year and lack a long-term plan. Staffing, scheduling, facilities, instrumentation, fundamental exercises, literature choices, planning of rehearsals, etc. all factor into your goals. You must grow your program in numbers and tangible successes to advocate openly for more of what you need to help you achieve your long-term goals. Play the long game.
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  • Nathaniel Neugent is Director of Bands at T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD. His duties at Howard include conducting the Honor Band, assisting with the Symphonic and Concert Band. Under his direction, the Howard Honor Band has been a five-time CCC State Honor Band finalist placing in the top seven each time with their highest placement as First Runner-Up in 2017-2018. They have been awarded the Mark of Excellence National Wind Bands Honors eight years. Mr. Neugent has continued the long tradition of UIL Sweepstakes Awards with the T.A. Howard Honor and Symphonic Bands earning First Division ratings ten years in?a row. In addition, the T.A. Howard Concert Band is one of just a few Sub Non-Varsity middle school bands state-wide to receive multiple Sweepstakes trophies. This past year, the Howard Honor Band received their most prestigious honor to date, being invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest International Clinic. Mr. Neugent previously served as Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX. While there, his bands consistently earned superior ratings in UIL competition and the Mustang Marching Band advanced to the AAAAA State Marching Contest twice, in 2002 and 2004. They were also Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalists. Mr. Neugent began his career in Lewisville ISD as the assistant director at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, where he benefited from the mentorship?of Clay Paul and Dick Clardy. Mr. Neugent is a native Texan, having begun his musical training under Joe Gunn at Harwood Junior High and his father, Tom Neugent at Trinity High School in the HEB school district. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in music education from the University of North Texas. He also taught trombone lessons and served as a marching tech for the L.D. Bell Band under the mentorship of his future in-laws Joseph & Catherine Grzybowski.