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Band Directors

Kelly Brunson 2015-Current
Charles Williams 2007-2015
Cindy Kates 2006-2007
Wendel Tilford 2005-2006
Charles Williams 1990-2005
Tom Carstarphen 1989-1990
Tom Stroud 1984-1989
Mr. Sharp 1983-1984
Ken Koehler 1982-1983
Danny Potter 1980-1982
Larry Russell
Mr. Steckler Fall 1979
Jesse Puente 1978-1979
Mike Spencer 1977-1978
Tom Knoflicek 1973-1977
Nancy Clayton 1972-1973
David Plumber Spring 1972
Charles Williams 1970-1972
Asst. Derrell Osborn 1969-1970
Darrell Evans 1969-1970
Eric Brewster 1967-1969
James Brannon 1965-1969
Robert W. Taylor 1959-1965
Cone Clark 1956-1959

Our Philosophy
The Hitchcock Band Program is an organization of students and staff who pride themselves on excellence - excellence in our personal performance, our section's performance, our band's performance, and in the way we represent ourselves and our school. Excellence is a choice people make, just as mediocrity is a choice. Excellence is not a gift you're born with, but something you strive for out of the conviction that being as good as you can be is what life is all about. We know that the road to excellence is not always going to be an easy one, but if we work together, then excellence is an attainable goal. We will have pride in ourselves and others, we will always perform as winners and we will work together to be truly excellent in everything that we do. Excellent bands differ not in what they do, but how they do it.

Our History
The Hitchcock High School Band, also known as the The Pride of Bulldog Land and The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band, began in the mid-1950s at William H. Stewart High School.  The band program at Hitchcock Independent School District’s African–American School, Lorraine Crosby High School, began around the same time under the direction of Mrs. Izola Collins, a graduate of Prairie View A&M and Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois.  The Band Booster Club formed in 1955 with the goal of establishing the school band program.  On August 4, 1956, Mr. Cone Clark of Dickinson, a graduate of the University of Houston, was hired as band director and music instructor.  The Band Booster sponsored a variety show in the high school gym on August 17 to offset the initial $2000 purchase of some of the larger band instruments.  By October of 1956, an additional $3000 goal was set to acquire band uniforms.  Fundraisers for the uniforms included bake sales, chili suppers, Mexican dinners, meatball suppers, a minstrel show, tickets sold at concerts and donations.

The 1956-57 Bulldog Barks yearbook pictured both a high school and grade school band. The 1957-58 yearbook shows the band, drum major and twirlers in full uniform; featuring drum major Patsy Word and twirlers Patricia Crabtree, Becky Pyle, and Elizabeth Riser. On February 26, 1958, Hitchcock ISD awarded a contract to Scheffe Construction of Houston to construct a band hall on the eastern part of the William H. Stewart High School campus, north of the football field.  Early band performances included the 1958 FFA Livestock Show parade in Crosby, Texas, as well as local concerts and football games.