Evan Fletcher is in his tenth year at Argyle Middle School where he is currently Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include beginner horn and trumpet classes, the varsity performing band, and overseeing all aspects of the beginner and performing band curriculum. During the fall, Mr. Fletcher also assists with the marching band at Argyle High School.
Mr. Fletcher is a proud alum of Texas Lutheran University where he studied Music Education with Prof. Beth Bronk and Prof. Carol Chambers. In 2010, Mr. Fletcher was awarded the Malcolm Helm Memorial Scholarship by the Texas Bandmasters Association and was selected to Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. He was a marching member of Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps where, after he aged out, he assisted in various capacities on tour.
In 2015, Mr. Fletcher earned his Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Texas State University where he studied Music Education with Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt and Dr. Amy Simmons.
Bands under the direction of Mr. Fletcher have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes Awards and many Best in Class designations. His bands have advanced to the Area level of the TMEA Honor Band selection process and have been named State Winners of the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The Argyle Middle School Honor Winds were named commended winners in the Mark of Excellence recording project in 2017, and 2019 and National Winners in 2018. Mr. Fletcher’s professional affiliations include, the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Association of Texas Small School Bands.
In 2018, the Honor Winds, under the direction of Mr. Fletcher were invited to perform at the Music For All National Festival.
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Bojan Gutic is in his eighth year of teaching at Argyle Middle School. His teaching responsibilities include beginner Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, and Saxophone classes and directing the Symphonic Band. During the fall, Mr. Gutic also assists with the marching band at Argyle High School.
In 2019, Mr. Gutic earned his Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, studying with Dr. Sarah Allen, Frank Troyka, and Lynne Jackson.
Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Texas Christian University, where he graduated Cum Laude while studying clarinet with Gary Whitman. While at TCU, Mr. Gutic performed in the TCU Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby Francis, the TCU Symphonic Band and Marching band under the direction of Brian Youngblood, and the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under the direction of Richard Murrow.
The Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Gutic has consistently received UIL Sweepstakes Awards and has advanced to the area and state level of the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series competition. In 2021, the Argyle Middle School Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Gutic was the first Non-Varsity band in the history of the Argyle Band program to advance to the State level and earned second place overall. The Argyle Middle School Symphonic Band was the first Non-Varsity band in the history of the OPS contest to have a recording published on the CD. They were also a winner of the Citation of Excellence the same year, marking them as one of the top non-varsity bands in the state.
Mr. Gutic's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the International Clarinet Association.
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James McNair is Assistant Director of Bands in Argyle ISD. He teaches beginner euphonium and trombone and assists with all four of the concert bands in Argyle ISD as well as the marching band.
Mr. McNair has served as Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands and
Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at Texas Christian University. Previous to this appointment at TCU, Mr. McNair taught for ten years in some of the country’s finest band programs including Lake Highlands High School, The Colony High School and Cross Timbers Middle School.Mr. McNair is a proud former member of “The President’s Own” United Sates Marine Band in Washington, D.C. where he performed regularly at the White House for the President of the United States, on many Marine Band recordings, and on national tours.Mr. McNair is also in high demand as one of the most versatile freelance trombonists in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
In addition to his duties as Principal Trombone of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, he performs regularly with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in Tyler, the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McNair won 1st Place at the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Classical Solo Competition in Washington, D.C. in 1997 and 1998.Mr. McNair earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1991) from East Texas State University where his principal teachers included Dr. Neill H. Humfeld and Jimmy Clark. He also earned a Master of Music (2001) in trombone performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce where his principal teachers included Jimmy Clark (Dallas Opera/Dallas Wind Symphony) and Ed Jones (Fort Worth Symphony)
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Michael Lemish is in his 17th year as Percussion Director at Argyle ISD. His responsibilities include teaching high school, middle school and beginning percussion students as well as all aspects the marching band’s visual program.
Mr. Lemish graduated from Central Noble High School in Albion, Indiana in 1997. In the fall
of that year he moved to Denton, TX where he began his collegiate career at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he performed in the UNT Drumline, the basketball band and was part of various percussion ensembles. His teachers included Dr. Robert Schietroma, Jeff Prosperie, Christopher Deane and Ed Soph.
Under his direction, the Argyle Drumline has earned first place at the Plano Drumline competition in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 in addition to many “Best Percussion” awards at various marching competitions. Mr. Lemish has played a key role in the numerous awards that the Argyle High School Bands have been awarded including the 2003 and 2005 UIL Class AA State Marching Champions, 2005 TMEA Class C Honor Band, 2006 TMEA Class AA Honor Band, a performance at the 2007 Midwest Clinic, 2008 TMEA Class AAA Honor Band and 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 UIL Class AAA State Marching Champions.
Mr. Lemish is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Percussive Arts Society and is an educational endorser of Encore Mallets. He is an active percussion arranger, performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout Texas. Michael resides in Denton, TX with his wife Erin, daughters Morgan and Zoe, and son Cooper.
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Mr. Houpe will be serving as the assistant percussion coordinator for Argyle ISD. Mr. Houpe is in his 13th year of teaching and his 1st year as the Assistant Percussion Director for Argyle ISD where he works with all percussion students in the Argyle Band Program grades 6-12. He has previously been percussion director at Wylie East High School, and prior to that was a full-time percussion specialist teacher in Frisco ISD focusing on 6th-8th grade percussion at Fowler and Scoggins middle schools. Mr. Houpe has been a private lesson teacher for Argyle ISD, Coppell ISD, Frisco ISD, and Lewisville ISD.
Mr. Houpe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UNT, graduating as a distinguished honors scholar, and holds a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University. He has studied a wide variety of percussion instruments and styles with teachers including Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Robert Chappell, and Dr. Greg Beyer. He has experience in all areas of percussion performance and teaching.
Mr. Houpe was a member of the Champion UNT Indoor Drumline in 2002 and 2005. He was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2003 and 2004. Mr. Houpe was the Second Place Winner in the 2006 PAS Composition Contest and a featured performer in “John Cage’s Music Circus 2007” at the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2008 Mr. Houpe received the Thomas Siwe PASIC Scholarship and the Howard Johnston Award for Graduate Student Travel, a grant enabling him to travel to San Jose, Costa Rica to perform with NIU and present a master class at the International Festival of Percussion Ensembles.
In 2013 Mr. Houpe led the percussion section of the Fowler Symphony Honor Orchestra performing at TMEA. While at Wylie East High School, Mr. Houpe prepared students for multiple national festival performances including National Concert Band Festival Music for All Indianapolis and Western International Band Clinic in Seattle. In 2019, the Wylie East Band was a UIL State Finals Marching Band competitor.
Mr. Houpe lives in the Dallas area with his wife Katie and two awesome powerful daughters, Margaret and Maeve.
Jason Bird is currently in his 21st year of teaching and fourth year as the Director of Bands at Argyle High School. Under his direction, the Argyle High School band earned the silver medal at the 2018 UIL State Marching Contest and continued the streak of earning a sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sightreading competition.
Prior to Argyle High School, Mr. Bird was the director of bands at Richland High School in Birdville ISD. During his tenure, the concert ensembles have been awarded consistent Superior Ratings at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests. The Richland High School Honors Band was named a finalist in 2014, 2016, and 2017 for the TMEA Honor Band Competition, and in 2014, the Honors Band was a National Wind Band Honors Winner. The marching ensemble has been awarded consistent Superior Ratings at UIL Marching Contests with advancements to UIL State Marching Contest in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2017. Additionally, the marching ensemble was a consistent finalist at BOA Regional and Super Regional events across the country. In 2011, Mr. Bird collaborated with the Haltom High School and Birdville High School Bands to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
A native of Fort Worth, TX, Mr. Bird attended the University of Houston Moores School of Music and received his Bachelors in Music Education. While attending the University of Houston, Mr. Bird was a member of the prestigious Wind Ensemble and the Catalyst Saxophone Quartet. The Catalyst Saxophone Quartet was named the Wind Division Champion in 1997 for the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Carmel Chamber Music Competition.
Mr. Bird is an active adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching bands. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu.