Directors & Staff

Jack Green

 

Jack Green is in his 22nd year at Westwood and is currently the Director of Bands. His duties include the coordination of over one thousand band students involved in the Westwood Area Band Cluster, including both Canyon Vista Middle School and Grisham Middle School. He is department chair of the Westwood Fine Arts Department, home of the RRISD Fine Arts Academy. His teaching responsibilities include the overall coordination of the Westwood Band Program, directing the Westwood Wind Ensemble and assisting with the Westwood Symphony Full Orchestra. Mr. Green received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas in 1983. He returned to UT and received his Master’s Degree in Music in 1992 where he was a teaching assistant under Professor Jerry Junkin, Director of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. He was also a teaching assistant with the University of Texas Longhorn Band. Mr. Green’s professional affiliations include the TMEA and the Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Green is a member of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmasters’ Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha.

Thomas Turpin

 

Thomas Turpin is currently his fifth year as Assistant Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Austin, TX. Prior to his appointment in Austin, Mr. Turpin served as the Assistant Director of Bands at John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he coordinated the marching band program and co-conducted all four concert ensembles, as well as the Jazz Ensemble. His responsibilities at Westwood include coordinating all aspects of the Westwood Warrior Marching Band. Mr. Turpin also conducts the Concert Band One and co-conducts the Concert Symphony Orchestra. Both ensembles have consistently earned UIL "Sweepstakes" ratings in his tenure at Westwood. Mr. Turpin is proud to be a native of Alabama having grown up and attended Athens High School and The University of Alabama for his secondary education. While at the University of Alabama, Mr. Turpin earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education. During his time at Alabama, he served as Section Leader, Drum Major, and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the "Million Dollar Band." Mr. Turpin was also a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004 and 2005. Since moving to Austin, Mr. Turpin has performed regularly as a Horn player with the Cedar Park Winds, a community band comprised of band directors and private lesson instructors. Professional affiliations include TMEA, the Texas Bandmasters' Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Brittany Dacy is a Westwood High School class of 2004 graduate, and she returned to the home of the Warriors as Assistant Band Director in the fall of 2015. Her responsibilities include assisting with the marching band, as well as conducting the Symphonic Band and co-conducting the Concert Band and the Concert Orchestra. Before joining the team at WHS, Mrs. Dacy was an Assistant Band Director at Rouse High School for six years, where she conducted the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and assisted with the marching band. Mrs. Dacy received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. During her time at UT, she performed with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and University Orchestra. Mrs. Dacy is a French horn player and a former member of the UT LongHORN Choir and Longhorn Band. She especially enjoyed her time with the Longhorn Band during the 2005 National Championship Season. Mrs. Dacy is currently pursuing her Master's in Band Conducting through the American Band College summer program from Sam Houston State University. Mrs. Dacy has continued her love of French horn by teaching private lessons and performing around Texas in the Austin Symphonic Band, Classics N' Jazz Brass Quintet, and Symphony of the Hills. Mrs. Dacy has been a coordinator for the Longhorn Music Camp at UT Austin every summer since 2011, and an LMC camp counselor from 2005-2010. Professional affiliations include TMEA, Texas Bandmasters' Association, Tau Beta Sigma, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Sarah Santa Cruz

Sarah Santa Cruz is currently in her 5th year of teaching and is in her 4th year as the Percussion Specialist at Westwood High School. Her responsibilities include teaching percussionists in the marching band, concert band, full orchestra, and percussion ensemble setting. In addition, she teaches private lessons at Cedar Ridge High School in RRISD. Before teaching at WHS, she was an assistant band director at Cypress Ridge High School and Dean Middle School in Houston, Texas, and has worked as a percussion technician and private lesson teacher at many different schools, including Spring High School and Dekaney High School. Ms. Santa Cruz, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Music. During her time at UNT, she played in the marching band, concert band, South Indian Ensemble, Gamelan, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and Classical Percussion Ensemble and studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Mike Drake, Jose Aponte, Ed Smith and Poovalur Sriji. She was also a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps snare line. Professional affiliations include TMEA and Percussive Arts Society, and she holds an educational endorsement from Vic Firth, Inc.

Chris Josey has joined the Warrior Band as our Colorguard Director. Most recently he has served as music and visual coordinator and director of the color guard/winter guard programs for the eight-time state class champion Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment. He was a member of the University of Central Florida Marching Knights, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.  He also was principal bassoon in the University of Florida Wind Symphony. Mr. Josey has served as a music and visual clinician for several marching and symphonic programs throughout Florida and Georgia.  He has worked for the Music 'n Motion summer auxiliary camp as drum major clinician and the All-star Music Festival as an event staff coordinator. Chris was a member of the 2002 DCI open class champion and world class finalist, Magic of Orlando. He also was a member of WGI world class finalist, Northeast Independent winter guard in 2006 & 2007. He currently serves as the director of River City Indepenent Winter Guard and Buchholz high school guard.