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December, 21, 2023
09:45 AM - 10:30 AM




Middle School Concert Band


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Jarred Dodd

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Rushing Middle School opened in 2020 and serves more than 1500 students in Prosper ISD of Prosper, Texas. The Rushing Band program serves over 375 students in Beginner Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band 2, Concert Band 1, and Symphonic Winds. The beginner band classes are set up for homogenous learning on the instrument with the intent to help students foster a love for their instrument and to focus on tone development and music reading. Our advanced bands focus improving their skills by attending weekly sectionals before or after school while many students also pursue private lessons offered on campus. Rushing Middle School offers a variety of organizations and clubs that students participate in like Art, Band, Choir, Dance, Orchestra, Theater, NJHS, Student Council, Hope Squad, Athletics, Yearbook, and more. Many students in the band program participate in multiple other school activities and accel in both. The Rushing Band program has experienced superior ratings in state and local competition since it’s opening. The students of the Symphonic Winds are excited for the opportunity to represent our community by performing at the 77th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Rushing Middle School Symphonic Winds

Conductor's Bio

Jarred Dodd began teaching in 2012 and is the head band director at Rushing Middle School in Prosper, Tx. Ensembles under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings at state and local competition and have helped to develop a number of Texas All State musicians. His duties at Rushing include teaching beginner trumpet, horn, and tuba classes, leading the Symphonic Winds and assisting with Concert Band 2, Concert Band 1, and the Jazz Band. Mr. Dodd is an active member and presenter at Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Dodd grew up in Sulphur Springs, TX and attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. At Texas Tech, he studied with Dr. Sarah McKoin and Dr. Keith Dye while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at Tech, Mr. Dodd was in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, The Goin’ Band, Court Jesters, and was an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Upon graduating, he was hired as assistant band director at Frenship Middle School under June Bearden. He made the move to Midlothian, TX to work with Terry Maxwell at Frank Seale Middle School and assumed the head director position in 2016. While teaching at FSMS, Mr. Dodd met his wife, Alison who is the dance teacher at Rushing Middle School. Together, they have an adventurous son, Spencer, and will welcome their daughter in the summer of 2023. Mr. Dodd is a life-long learner and most recently completed his Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of Texas Arlington in April of 2023. He is inspired by countless mentors and colleagues throughout this profession every day.

Additional Directors

Nicki Neugent

Kaitlyn Norwood

Shane Snyder