Donnie Christian, Director of Bands
Mr. Christian is a graduate of the University of Memphis and holds degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance. He has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony and was the principal percussionist with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Christian is a member of PAS (Percussive Arts Society) and has been a presenter at the annual Percussive Arts Convention.
Dennis Beaver, Associate Director of Bands
Dennis Beaver is entering his twenty-seventh year of teaching, the past six of those as Head Band Director for West Memorial Junior High. He has previously held positions as Director of Bands at Calhoun High School (Port Lavaca), Killeen High School and Eastern Hills Middle School in the Killeen ISD. In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Victoria College for Wind Ensemble and Woodwind private instruction. Mr. Beaver received a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas and a Masters of Music in Conducting from Southern Oregon University.
Bands under Mr. Beaver’s direction have received numerous awards in contests around the state of Texas. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Bandmasters Association, The International Double Reed Society and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. As a classical performer, Mr. Beaver currently serves as Principal Bassoonist of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Lake Jackson and Principal Oboist for the St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Orchestra in Katy. Previously, he has been Principal Bassoon in the West Shore Symphony (Muskegon, MI) and Contrabassoonist in the Lansing (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the 1990 All-American College Orchestraat Walt Disney World playing almost all of the woodwind instruments. Equally adept as a jazz performer, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme’, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Della Reese, Eric Marienthal, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, John Fedchock and many others.
Mr. Beaver lives in Katy with his wife, Sarah, twin sons Jack and Ryan (2020 graduates of Katy HS), and youngest son Adam (current Junior member of the Katy Tiger Band).
Maria Singer, Assistant Director & Percussion Director
Maria Singer is a music educator that specializes in percussion. Ms. Singer is an alumna of Texas State University where she received her degree in Music Education. While at Texas State, she worked and performed with multiple groups including: The Texas State Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Orquesta del Rio, and various percussion ensemble. Maria has also performed with Texas State Indoor Percussion and Teatro Indoor Percussion from Austin, TX.
Since 2014, she has worked as a Percussion counselor and Latin instructor for the Texas State University Percussion Camp for the past 4 years.
When Maria isn’t teaching or performing, she is playing with both her cats, Chloe and Boss.
Alexandria Cook, Color Guard Director/English IV teacher
Alexandria Cook has been a color guard instructor for 5 years while completing her English degree from Sam Houston State University, while at SHSU she minored in secondary education and creative writing. She was a member the is Spirit Independent Class A Winter Guard of Houston, Texas during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. During those 5 years, by working several jobs, school and participating in color guard she has learned how to work hard and how to have fun at the same time. Ms. Cook is looking forward of being a member of the MCHS family as an English IV teacher and the Color Guard director and is very excited to show all of her students what she loves to do; the art of story telling through literature and through the performing arts.