Stephen Bond
Band Director

Stephen Bond has served as Director of Bands at Tompkins since the school opened in 2013. Prior to coming to Tompkins Mr. Bond served as an assistant band director at Morton Ranch High School, Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Junior High School. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from Sam Houston State University and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Mr. Bond marched in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and is an alumnus of Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. He is an active clinician and adjudicator and his professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Bond currently resides in Katy with his wife Beth and two daughters Isabel and Evelyn.

Dave Singletary
Assistant Band Director

Mr. Singletary was the Associate Band Director at Cypress Falls High School prior to coming to Tompkins. He has also taught in the Galena Park and Santa Fe ISDs. Before relocating with his wife, Claire, and daughter, Elise, to the Houston area, he taught in South Carolina where he was instrumental in opening Blythewood High School.  His undergraduate degree is from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. His primary horn teachers have been Robert Pruzin and Robert Rydel.  As a drill designer, he has 20 years of experience creating successful marching band programs for high schools throughout the United States. In addition to his design work, he has been a member of the instructional staff of the Carolina Crown and the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.

Joe Cherwink is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music with an Education Certification. He studied clarinet under Randall Griffin at the Moores School of Music. Mr. Cherwink also studied conducting with David Bertman, pedagogy with John Benzer, and ensemble skills with Marion West. While at the University of Houston, Mr. Cherwink was a clarinet/woodwind instructor at Drew Intermediate School, Crosby Middle School, Crosby High School, Alvin Junior High School, and Alvin High School. He has also student taught with Greg Countryman at Fort Settlement Middle School, and Greg Dick at Friendswood High School. Mr. Cherwink’s professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Joe Cherwink
Assistant Band Director
Nick Vizza
Color Guard Director

Nick Vizza, a native of the Chicagoland area, currently resides in Katy, Texas. As a marching music performer, Nick has been a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2009-2010, 2013), as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2011). He was also a cast member in the 2012 and 2014 editions of Cypress Independent, from Houston, Texas. Mr. Vizza has been the Color Guard Director at Tompkins High School (Katy, Texas) since the program's inception in 2013. During the drum corps season, Nick instructs and writes for the Blue Knights Color Guard (Denver, CO). He was also on the instructional staff for Cypress Independent during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Additionally, Nick is a choreographer, designer, and clinician for drum corps and high school color guard programs around the country. Most recently with Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (Casper, WY), Station Camp High School (TN), Allatoona High School (GA), George Walton Comprehensive High School (GA), Morton Ranch High School (TX), Southwest High School (TX), and has instructed the wind and visual programs at The Woodlands HS (TX), Alvin HS (TX), Langham Creek HS (TX), and Naperville Central HS (IL). As a student of Music Composition and Business at The University of Houston, Nick also holds elaborate training in composing original works, arrangements, and produces/mixes various tracks for performance ensembles and winter guards. 

Michael Spooner
Percussion Director

Michael was born and raised in Minnesota. Attending Middle Tennessee State University, he studied music education under Lalo and Julie Davila, and Matt Jordan. While at MTSU, he played in numerous ensembles, including: world percussion, steel band, orchestra, symphony band, percussion ensemble, drumline, as well as teaching the MTSU drumline.

Michael was a member of the front ensemble and a drum major for The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and played quads for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, earning The Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion in 2011. After aging out, he has worked with several corps, including: The Crossmen, The Blue Stars, The Colts, and The Cavaliers, as well as Legacy Indoor Percussion and River City Rhythm. Currently, he is on staff with Phantom Regiment and Monarch Independent. Michael has spent the last several years teaching in many states, from, Minnesota, Tennessee, Indiana, and Texas.

Currently, Michael resides in Houston, TX, where he is a clinician, teacher, writer, as well as a performer. Michael is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams and Innovative Percussion.

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