Michelle Black is the Director of Bands at Pearson Middle School. Her teaching responsibilities include directing Symphonic Band, assisting Concert Band, and teaching the beginning Flute, Double Reed, Clarinet, and Saxophone classes.
Mrs. Black is currently in her 12th year of teaching and 1st year at Pearson Middle School. The past two years, Mrs. Black was the Director of Bands at Vivian Field Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. She is so excited to be returning to Frisco ISD where she where she taught for eight years as the Assistant Band Director at Wester Middle School and Centennial High School. Bands under her direction have consistently earned successful ratings at UIL and festival competitions. Mrs. Black studied Music Education at Baylor University with an emphasis in bassoon. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon.
While not at school, Mrs. Black enjoys exercising, reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Daisy. She and her husband, Paul (a teacher at Trent Middle School) live in McKinney.
Morgan Jenson is the Assistant Director of Bands at Pearson Middle School. His teaching responsibilities include directing Concert Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba classes.
Prior to his appointment at Pearson, Mr. Jenson taught at Webb Middle School in Garland ISD and at Bozman Intermediate School in Conroe ISD. While at both schools, bands under Mr. Jenson’s direction had many competitive successes, including earning Sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. Mr. Jenson also spent the 2016-2018 summers on tour with the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps where he assisted teaching the visual program.
Mr. Jenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While there, he studied tuba with Don Little and Jesse Orth and was a member of the Concert Band under Dr. Nicholas Williams, the North Texas Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and the Green Brigade, of which he was the tuba section leader. It was also while in college that Mr. Jenson spent two summers performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
When not teaching band, Mr. Jenson enjoys spending time with his wife, Crystal, and their three dogs, eating Chick-Fil-A, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. He is very excited to be working with the wonderful students at Pearson Middle School this year!
Scott Baldwin is the Percussion Coordinator at Reedy High School, Pearson Middle School, and Pioneer Heritage Middle School. He received a BM and MAT in Music Education from the University of Louisville, and a MM in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida. Mr. Baldwin marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps ('98), and Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps ('95-'97).
Prior to his appointment in Frisco ISD, Mr. Baldwin served as the Percussion Coordinator of the Hebron Cluster from 2002-2015. He coordinated all activities percussion related from grades 6-12 including the marching percussion through the concert percussion ensembles. The group has performed with various artists such as Gregg Bissonette, Steve Smith, Lalo Davila, Tommy Igoe, Will Kennedy and Dave Samuels.
In 2010, the Hebron Marching Band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Shield Award recognizing “Marching Bands of World Class Excellence”. The Hebron Marching Band was also the silver medalist at both the 2012 and 2014 UIL State Marching Contest, won BOA Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014 along with multiple caption awards for Outstanding Music and General Effect. In 2010, the Hebron Wind Symphony was invited to perform at BOTH the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2010 and as the TMEA State Honor Band! In 2012, they received the Sudler Flag for "significant high standards of excellence in concert activities."
He is an active clinician, adjudicator and performer throughout the country. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. Mr. Baldwin is an educational endorser for Pro Mark Sticks/Mallets, Evans Drumheads, Pearl Drums/Adams Percussion and Sabian Cymbals. He resides in The Colony with his wife Sarah and their two wonderful children, Rebecca and Elijah.
Patrick Overturf is the Assistant Percussion Director of Reedy High School, Pearson Middle School, and Pioneer Heritage Middle School.
Mr. Overturf is a percussionist, educator, and composer based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since arriving in Dallas in 2017 Patrick has maintained a busy performing and teaching career. His students in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Richardson ISD, Melissa ISD, and Highland Park ISD have had great success in TMEA and ATSSB All-State and Solo & Ensemble contests.
As a jazz vibraphonist he has performed with John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, Wayne Wallace, Corey Christiansen, Steve Houghton, and many more. Patrick has also led his own groups dedicated to performing his music as well as repertory ensembles performing the music of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson. In addition to his work as a jazz vibraphonist, Patrick has also performed in a variety of symphonic and chamber settings as a classical percussionist.
Prior to relocating to Dallas, Patrick obtained a Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While at Indiana University he studied with Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, and Michael Spiro. He also obtained a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Capital University where he studied with Bob Breithaupt, Eric Paton, Nathan Anders, Benjamin Ramirez, and Ryan Kilgore.
In his spare time Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Carole, and their two cats, Maestro and Oscar. He is also an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Cubs.
Gavin Smith is the Director of Bands at Reedy High School. Mr. Smith grew up in south Texas in a suburb of Corpus Christi. After high school, he completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech he had the opportunity to perform as lead trumpet with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Smith's first teaching position was in Holliday ISD as the Assistant Director of Bands, focusing on the beginning brass, percussion, 7th grade band, Symphonic Band (the second ensemble), and the marching band. He completed his Masters in Music Education and Conducting from Kansas State University, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant focusing on marching band, pep band, concert ensembles, and multiple courses.
After completing his Masters, he moved to Nashville, TN to work at Vanderbilt University for eight years. During his tenure he was charged with the marching band, pep band, multiple concert ensembles, and overseeing the music education degree program for undergraduate and master level students. Mr. Smith completed his second year at Illinois State University where he has been in charge of overseeing the entire band program. During this time, the band program traveled and performed across the Midwest and Ireland, where the marching band traveled and performed across the country during St. Patrick’s week.
He is married to his wife, Melanie, and they have a two-year-old daughter, Emerson, and a dog, Brinny.
Bryn Roberts is the Assistant Band Director at Reedy High School. Prior to Reedy, Ms. Speer was an Assistant Band Director and the Color Guard Director at Westlake High School in Austin for seven years. Before going to Westlake, Mrs. Roberts taught for three years in Brenham ISD.
During Mrs. Roberts time at Westlake, the Westlake marching band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest four times, making finals three of those times. They have also made the finals at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional four times. In 2012, they won the Sudler Shield recognizing outstanding marching bands. The Westlake Wind Ensemble was selected to play at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2013. In addition, all four Westlake concert bands have received Sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest for the past six years, and all four bands performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and 2013.
Mrs. Roberts graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music. During her time at Texas Tech, she served as principal flautist of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Color Guard Captain of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Mrs. Roberts also performed with the Texas Tech Flute Choir and the Symphony Orchestra, and she was the winner of the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition in 2003. In 2014, Mrs. Roberts received a Master of Music Education, also from Texas Tech.
Mrs. Roberts' professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Tau Beta Sigma. She is married to Justin Roberts, a software engineer, and they live in Frisco.