DIRECTORS & STAFF
Director of Bands
Robert Beavers is currently in his fourth year with Clear Brook high school and is excited to be starting his first year serving the Brook Band program as the Head Director. His responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, assisting the Concert Band and Symphonic bands, directing the Jazz Ensemble and running marching band. Along with his school duties, Robert has spent his summers teaching on visual team of the five-time DCI world Champion Santa Clara Vanguard, helping develop a progressive, high-level movement program since 2010.
Robert was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and graduated from W.H. Taft high school, playing bass trombone in the Taft Raider Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. He started his undergrad at UT Arlington and finished his B.A. in Music Education at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. While at Moores School he played bass trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.
His DCI performance experiences include playing baritone for Revolution Drum and Bugle corps from San Antonio, TX (2001, 2002) and seven-time DCI World Champion The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL (2002-2006), acting as Horn Sgt. in 2006.
Robert’s summer teaching experiences include a season on visual staff with The Cavaliers (2009), and spent 12 years on the visual staff with the 2018 DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2021).
Associate Band Director
Dusty Norris has served as the Percussion Director at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood Texas since the fall of 2007. During his time at Clear Brook, the percussion program has won numerous awards including six TCGC Championships, four WGI World Championship silver medals, and the 2018 WGI World Championship gold medal. In 2017, Clear Brook drumlines production of “The Descent” was awarded WGI’s Open Class “Fan Favorite” award. In 2016, Mr. Norris earned the honor of being the first percussionist inducted into the Texas Color Guard Circuit “Hall of Fame”.
Prior to his appointment at Clear Brook, Mr. Norris taught in the Pearland, Alvin, and Fort end Independent School Districts. Mr. Norris has also been a clinician for the Tyler Junior College Apache Punch Drumline since 2001. Mr. Norris has helped develop the summer technique program at TJC as well as consulted throughout the school years during both their fall and winter drumline seasons.
Originally from Indianapolis Indiana, Mr. Norris holds a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Akron, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Eastern Illinois University. While pursuing his music degrees, Mr. Norris was a member of the 1996 Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp and served as the director of the University of Akron Marching Zips Drumline.
Mr. Norris resides in Houston Texas with his wife Terri, and two sons Andrew and Ryan.
Mr. Norris is proudly endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Promark Drumsticks and Mallets, and Remo Drumheads.
Assistant Band Director
Mr. Norman has completed his 14th year of teaching band and his first year at Clear Brook High School. The first eleven years of his career was spent as the Head Band Director at Alvin Junior High. During his time there, the Alvin JH Band grew tremendously in both size and prestige. Mr. Norman began his career at Alvin JH in the fall of 2009 with a program of 120 students, comprised of two performing bands (only one of which went to contests/festivals) and a beginner class of approximately 60 sixth grade students. During Mr. Norman’s time at Alvin JH, the program more than doubled in size to 250+ students, grew to three performing bands, and boasted beginner classes that were regularly around 100 students; a massive program for a school that size. Approximately 25-30% of the entire school population was enrolled in the band program. In 2012, Alvin JH's premier ensemble-the Symphonic Band-won the school's first sweepstakes in its 45 year history, and continued earning sweepstakes awards at UIL regularly after that year. Under Mr. Norman's direction, the Symphonic Band also won multiple national awards from the Foundation for Music Education and was a state finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition in the summer of 2017 - widely regarded as the most difficult and prestigious competitions for school bands in the United States.
For the past two years, Mr. Norman has served as the assistant Band Director at Clear Creek Intermediate. There he helped the Symphonic Band earn only their second sweepstakes award at UIL in school history, and continued to grow the band program at CCI - increasing retention to over 90% of enrolled band students.
Mr. Norman graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Houston in May of 2009 and earned his Master of Arts in Band Studies at Sam Houston State University with a 4.0 in the summer of 2021. At the University of Houston, he participated in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, the Cougar Brass Basketball Band, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds, as well as occasionally performing with the Aura Contemporary Ensemble and the Moores School Men's Chorus. He has studied and received mentorship from Mr. Denis Kidwell, Ms. Tye Ann Payne, Mr. John Benzer, Ms. Bethann Adams, Mr. David Bertman, Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Brian Gibbs, Ms. Darla McBryde, as well as many other leading music educators in the state of Texas.
Mr. Norman grew up in the small town of Boerne, Texas, located just outside of San Antonio on Interstate 10, where he attended Boerne schools from Kindergarten through graduation in twelfth grade. While a member of the Boerne Band, he participated in the Concert and Marching bands as a tuba player, and in the Jazz Band as a pianist. He also performed in the Hill Country Youth Orchestra, conducted by the late Jay Dunahoo, former Executive Director of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. In 2004, Mr. Norman earned a spot in the Texas All-State Band on Tuba, conducted by the late Frank Wickes of LSU.
Mr. Norman regularly serves as clinician and adjudicator in the gulf coast region of Texas. He presents workshops on pedagogy and program culture, and enjoys mentoring young/new teachers. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, and serves as the Region 17 President, and also enjoys membership in the Texas Music Adjudicators Association as a provisional member, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a fraternity of men in music.
Mr. Norman leaves in League City, TX with his nephew (who he adopted), his mother, his tabby cat Felix, and his yellow lab Clementine. In his spare time (when he has any) he enjoys traveling and reading. He is also the Choir Director at League City United Methodist Church and has his own small practice as a Finance Coach - trained through Dave Ramsey's Financial Coach Master Training program, where he also leads Financial Peace University.
Mr. Norman is passionate about teaching young people the art of music. His students have gone on to be All State Musicians, College Music Majors and strong advocates for the arts in the community. He cannot wait to teach your child as well!
Color Guard Director
Fernando Rodriguez began his color guard career as a member of the North Shore High School Color Guard in Houston, Texas, from 2008 – 2011. In 2011, he continued to pursue his love for color guard as a member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps as a captain in 2013. After those short 3 years, he then went on to march with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps for their 2014 season. Apart from drum corps, Fernando also performed during the winter guard season with Cypress Independent in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2015, he decided to begin to share his love for the activity as an educator for several high school, independent, and drum corps color guard programs throughout the country. Also in 2015, he became, and is currently, the color guard director at Clear Brook High School where he is a three time Texas Color Guard Circuit State Champion, a UIL State Marching contest qualifier, and a BOA Regional finalist. During the winter seasons of 2015 - 2019, Fernando also served on the staff for his alma mater and 8 time world class WGI finalist, Cypress Independent. Fernando has served in the roles as the flag technician for the Phantom Regiment in 2018-2019, and most recently as the Color Guard Caption Head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2021.
Fernando hopes to assist today’s performers in the refinement of their craft through true love and passion for the color guard activity.
Bob Chreste, Consultant
Don Click, Program Coordinator
Molly Favret, Graphic Designer
Bryan Harmsen, Music Arranger
Matt Hartwell, Drill Writer
Taha Ahmed, Instructor
Chelsea Arenas, Choreographer
Justin Arenas, Choreographer
Don Click, Instructor
Keoni Cunningham, Instructor
Eli Garza, Instructor
Thomas Ku, Instructor
Tom McGillen, Audio/Electronics Consultant
Pavisha Sargunan, Instructor
Erik Yates, Instructor
Color Guard Staff
Trace Brown, Instructor
Stephanie Chavez, Choreographer
Ryan Page, Choreographer
Julissa Sanchez, Instructor
Ryan Agard, Clinician
Michael Kasinger, Clinician
Tom Bennett, Clinician
Denis Kidwell, Clinician
Lauren Drislane, Choreographer
Doug Parmer, Clear Lake Intermediate
Christopher Davis, Clear Lake Intermediate
Jane Maloy, Westbrook Intermediate
Martin Andrada, Westbrook Intermediate
Andie Troutman, Brookside Intermediate
Jennifer Rogers, Brookside Intermediate