Kimberly J. Tucker is the Director of Bands at Tennyson Middle School in Waco, TX. Her responsibilities include conducting the Honors Band; teaching the beginning flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone classes; and team-teaching the Symphonic Band and Concert Bands with Mr. Bloch and Mr. Lemmons. Prior appointments include Director of Bands at Bussey Middle School in Garland, TX and DeSoto West Junior High School in DeSoto, TX. Mrs. Tucker has encouraged her students to become better music readers, more sensitive players, and mature, respectful young people; she has helped her students achieve top ratings at band contests, receive chairs in the All-Region Band, and superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests; while enhancing band programs through restructuring private lesson programs and reorganizing music libraries. Mrs. Tucker has instructed masterclasses; taught private lessons on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone; adjudicated bands, solos, and ensembles; and commissioned works for wind band and solo flute (including Amber Terrace Dreams (Christopher Tucker), Americans Lost (Christopher Tucker), Animal Krackers (Christopher Tucker), Forbidden "Flute" (Kyle Kindred), Radio Flyer (John Gibson), Cool Beans in Little Mexico (Christopher Tucker) and Ole' Gramps (Mitchell Gilly).
As a performer, she has performed piccolo, flute, Eb soprano clarinet, Bb soprano clarinet, Eb alto clarinet, Bb bass clarinet, and Bb contrabass clarinet for solo recitals, charity events, fundraisers, weddings, choir concerts, various churches, the Arlington Community Band, the Texas Wind Symphony, and the Metropolitan Winds. Mrs. Tucker is currently a performer and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, as well as a member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, MENC (the National Association for Music Education), WBDI (Woman Band Directors International), National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and the International Clarinet Association. She has received various music and academic awards throughout her career including entries in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, and Who's Who in the World.
Kimberly J. Tucker received a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce in August 2007 and a Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX in May 2000. Mrs. Tucker currently lives in Waco, TX with her husband, Christopher and their dog, Bella. You can visit Chris's music composition website at: www.tuckermusicworks.com.
Matthew Bloch is an Assistant Band Director at Tennyson Middle School. He graduated from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2014 and has taught in Waco ISD for three years. His primary instrument is the horn. He has also performed on trumpet, baritone, tuba and alto horn. He also currently performs with the Temple College Band. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band; leading the Jazz Band; teaching the beginning trumpet, horn and trombone classes and team-teaching the Honors Band and Concert Bands with Mrs. Tucker and Mr. Lemmons. Mr. Bloch believes that if a student can be successful in band, they can be successful in anything and achieving musical goals leads to achieving life goals.
Austin Lemmons is an Assistant Director of Bands at Tennyson Middle School in Waco, TX. His responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band; teaching the beginning baritone, tuba and percussion classes; and team-teaching the Honors, Symphonic and Jazz Bands with Mrs. Tucker and Mr. Bloch. Prior to teaching at Tennyson, Mr. Lemmons served as the Percussion Director for Tuscaloosa County High School and its feeder schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a teacher, he has led concert percussion sectionals, directed concert bands, and coached percussion ensembles that have competed successfully at the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Competition. Mr. Lemmons believes in his vocation to help mold students into well-rounded citizens, and views music education as his path toward that goal.
Mr. Lemmons has been an active musician since picking up a pair of drum sticks at the age of eleven, performing in marching percussion sections, wind ensembles, percussion ensembles, steel bands, jazz bands, and orchestras throughout high school and college. During graduate school, Mr. Lemmons developed proficiency with music electronics, and has since been working on ways to creatively incorporate technology into his teaching and performances. He enjoys performing as a section member with regional wind ensembles and orchestras, as well as with his free improv group,