|Matthew Pearson, Director of Bands|
Matthew Pearson is the Director of Bands of the
“Spirit of Saginaw Band”. He is currently in his 11th year of teaching and was
on the original opening staff of Saginaw High School in 2005. He has taken the
band to 3 consecutive appearances at the Texas State Marching Contest in
conference 4A & 5A, 2007, 2009, & 2010. Under his baton, the Spirit of Saginaw
band has earned 5 consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards.
Mr. Pearson began his teaching career at Lynn Lucas Middle School in Willis, TX. He has also taught in the Groesbeck Independent School District. Mr. Pearson has been with EMS ISD at Saginaw High School since 2005.
Mr. Pearson is a native of Longview, Texas and attended Pine Tree High School. Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance. While at TAMU-Commerce, he studied trombone with Jimmy Clark and conducting with Bobby Francis and Dr. Jeff Emge.
In his spare time, Mr. Pearson is an avid Road Cyclist and competes in races throughout the state. He also enjoys scuba diving and spending time on the beach in Cozumel, Mexico. He has two Golden Retrievers named Baxter and Sydney who are spoiled rotten. Mr. Pearson been married to his wife, Kim, for 9 years. Kim works for the Pier One corporate office in Fort Worth.
Mr. Pearson is a member of: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, International Trombone Association, and Kappa Alpha Order.
|Alyson Holley, Assistant Director|
Alyson M. Holley is the new Assistant Band Director
at Saginaw High School. She has been a private contractor with Eagle
Mountain-Saginaw ISD, teaching private lessons at Highland Middle School,
Prairie Vista Middle School, and Saginaw High School, and assisting with the
"Spirit of Saginaw" Drumline since 2009.
Ms. Holley is originally from Flower Mound, Texas and attended Flower Mound High School. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University ('09) and also with her Master's in Wind Conducting ('12). While at TCU, Alyson performed with the Horned Frog Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Steel Band. She studied conducting from Bobby R. Francis, and percussion with Dr. Brian A. West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Paul Rennick, and Joey Carter.
In her spare time, Ms. Holley enjoys photography and
movie watching. When the weather's nice, she enjoys going out on the boat to
slalom and wakeboard.
|Jason Jerger, Percussion Director|
Jason Jerger has been the Director of Percussion for Saginaw High School, as well as Prairie Vista Middle School and Highland Middle School since 2012. His duties include teaching the High School Varsity and JV Drumlines, instructing the percussion ensembles, teaching the 6th grade beginning percussion classes, and assisting with the high school and middle school concert bands.
Prior to his appointment at Saginaw High School, Mr. Jerger was the Itinerant Director of Percussion for the Mansfield School District for two years. There he traveled to over 6 campuses teaching primarily beginning and 7th and 8th grade percussion.
Mr. Jerger's percussion experience began in his hometown of Seward, Nebraska during middle school and high school. He then attended the University of Nebraska where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Jerger then traveled to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University and complete his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance. Mr. Jerger is blessed to have studied with many fine percussion teachers throughout his career including: Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Brian West, Joey Carter, Dave Hall, Paul Rennick, Leigh Howard Stevens, Tony Falcone, Al Rometo, Nate Campbell, and Jim Krutz.
It was at TCU that Jason met, and was later able to marry, the love of his life Mrs. Kelsey Jerger. Mrs. Jerger teaches music at Academy at West Birdville Elementary in Haltom City. Jason and Kelsey currently make their home in Fort Worth and enjoy cooking, running, and just crashing in front of the TV. They also both still enjoy playing percussion, especially together.
Mr. Jerger is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society.