Shelton returns to roots as new BISD Assistant Band Director

GINA DUVALL Special to the Bulletin
New Brownwood Assistant Band Director Jake Shelton is pictured during a performance at Howard Payne University.

The 2014-15 school year is approaching and brings with it new challenges, new students and even a new Assistant Band Director.

Jake Shelton, a 2013 Howard Payne University graduate, will be joining the staff at BISD as Assistant Band Director and Head Middle School Band Director.

Originally from Carmel, Calif., Shelton moved here as a child and attended Brownwood High School, graduating in 2009. He developed his love for music under the tutelage of Director Richard Graham, playing the tuba in both marching and concert bands.

This led to his further education at Howard Payne University, where he excelled, both academically and musically. Shelton was on the Dean’s List at HPU and was also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity. During this time, he also performed with the Bayou Brass Quintet and had the opportunity to tour Italy and Austria with the music faculty of HPU.

Shelton did his student teaching at Brownwood High School, where he became acquainted with David and Lesley Lambert, the current Band Director and Assistant Band Director. He impressed them with his work ethic and enthusiasm; assisting with clinics, competitions and concerts. “We are excited to have him. He did a wonderful job as a student teacher and we confidently look forward to working with him to make the Brownwood band the best it can possibly be,” Lesley Lambert said.

After graduation, Shelton served as Middle School Band Director in Anson. He is rightfully proud of the program. Out of their 57 band members, 23 went to all-district and 24 received Level I awards in solo competition.

Shelton has continued to perform with the Abilene Community Band, and enjoys a broad variety of music, from classical chamber to Texas-style Dixieland Jazz. He also enjoys outdoors activities, naming hunting, camping and rock climbing as special interests.

“I’m young, but I’m really experienced and I’m excited to be back,” Shelton said.