Brad McCann

Director of Bands - bmccann@aisd.net

An Arizona native, Mr. McCann holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, both from Northern Arizona University. This is Mr. McCann’s fifth year teaching at Martin. This is his first year as Director of Bands and has spent three years as an assistant director and one as a private lesson teacher. This year, the Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. McCann earned sweepstakes awards at UIL concert and sightreading. In addition, he conducted the Wind Symphony in New York City at Carnegie Hall. Lastly, the Jazz Band placed 3rd overall at the UTA Jazz Festival in February.

Prior to moving to Texas, Mr. McCann was the Director of Bands at Peoria High School in Peoria, Arizona. He led the Wind Symphony to its first sweepstakes award at the ABODA State Concert Festival in over 20 years. He previously served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he taught marching, symphonic, concert, and beginning bands as well as a full string orchestra. Earlier in his musical career, Mr. McCann was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California from 2001 through 2003. His initial interest in music was sparked during his time with the Phoenix Boys Choir touring group at the ages of 9 to 13—an experience that took him all over the world, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the Philippines, and Japan.

Outside of music, Brad races cars on free weekends. He has won numerous national tour and ProSolo events in Texas, California, Arizona, and Arkansas. Most recently, he placed first in class and third overall at the SCCA ProSolo event in Blytheville, AR. He is also a fantastic chef who specializes in the recipes of Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, and Mom. He’s always on the lookout for new, tasty recipes. He lives with his wife, Jessica, in South Grand Prairie where they enjoy their couch time in the green burrito.

Meredith DeMaagd

Associate Director of Bands - mdemaagd@aisd.net

Meredith DeMaagd is the Associate Band Director at Martin High School. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and is currently pursuing her Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. This is Mrs. DeMaagd’s ninth year as a band director and her first year at Martin High School.

Prior to Martin, Mrs. DeMaagd served as Director of Bands at Boles Junior High School in Arlington ISD for two years and Associate Band Director at T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD for six years. Bands under her direction have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards and Best in Class awards at spring band festivals. The Honor Band at T.A. Howard Middle School was a TMEA CCC State Honor Band finalist four times during her tenure as associate director, placing as high as 3rd in 2011. Mrs. DeMaagd has also served as the TMEA Region V middle school band chair.

When not at Martin, Mrs. DeMaagd tries to find time to work on her master’s thesis, runs score tabulation for Winterguard International regionals, and supports her husband, Jeff DeMaagd, and his band at Southwest High School in Fort Worth ISD. They live with their two cats in Burleson.

Joseph Manzo

Associate Director of Bands - jmanzo@aisd.net

Joseph Manzo is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, receiving his Bachelors of Music Education in 2015 from the Bulter School of Music. While at UT, Mr. Manzo studied classical saxophone with Harvey Pittel and jazz saxophone with John Mills. His performance experience includes being a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Marching Band, TexSax: Saxophone Choir, UT Jazz Ensemble, UT Symphonic Band, UT Wind Symphony, and UT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin.

In the summer of 2014, Mr. Manzo traveled with the UT Wind Ensemble as they embarked on a world tour in celebration of the one-hundredth birthday of the Butler School of Music. Commissioning John Mackey’s Symphony for Band: Wine-Dark Sea, the UT Wind Ensemble traveled to Honolulu, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Berlin, and London premiering this new symphony for wind ensemble.

A graduate of Cedar Park High School, Mr. Manzo has been associated with band programs in the Austin area as both a student and staff member. After graduating from Cedar Park, Mr. Manzo joined the band staff as a marching and visual technician for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 marching seasons. In 2013, the Cedar Park High School Marching Band was the 4A State Marching Band Silver Medalist. In 2014 Mr. Manzo join the staff at Westlake High School where the band participated in the 5A State Marching Band Competition.


Andrew Hoskins

Assistant Director of Bands, Percussion Coordinator - ahoskin1@aisd.net

Mr. Hoskins holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from the University of North Texas where he studied with Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Poovalur Sriji, and many others. At UNT, he was involved in the UNT Drumline, Symphonic Band, South Indian Ensemble, Steel Band, and Classical Percussion Ensemble.

Before moving to Arlington, Mr. Hoskins was the Director of Percussion at North Shore Senior High School in Houston, TX. Under his direction, The North Shore Drumline won 4 consecutive TCGC World Class Championships and was a WGI World Class Finalist twice, placing 4th in 2014.

Mr. Hoskins is an active educator, clinician, designer, and judge in the world of the marching arts. His clients have medalled in numerous indoor circuit championships and have been finalists at BOA/WGI Regionals, the UIL State Marching Band Contest, and the WGI World Percussion Championships.

Mr. Hoskins is an artist for Innovative Percussion, Dynasty, Bergerault, and Remo.

He is happily married to his high school sweetheart and they have 2 beautiful daughters.