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A very special thank you to everyone that supported the Highland High School Marching Band's drive to replace our sousaphones!

Highland High School Band Directors and Staff
Director of Bands

Kevin Bennett
(480) 813-0051 X2729
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Kevin Bennett is in his fifteenth year teaching at Highland High School within the Gilbert Public School District.  He started as the assistant band director at Highland High School and Highland Junior High School. Mr. Bennett took over as the Director of Bands at Highland High School in the fall of 2006. He received his Bachelor’s of Instrumental Music Education degree from the University of Idaho in 1999. He earned his Master of Education degree from the University of Phoenix in the spring of 2004.  The concert, jazz, and marching bands frequently receive high ratings in Arizona festivals and competes in festivals and competitions all over the Southwest.

Mr. Bennett also cofounded the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival and it is in its 9th year of providing a world class jazz education. The three day festival includes over 45 ensemble participants, 25 master classes from local jazz educators as well as clinics and concerts performed by world class jazz musicians including; Dick Oatts, Jim McNeely, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Benny Golson, Lewis Nash, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen.. The festival concerts are held in cooperation with the ASU Concert Jazz Band directed by Michael Kocour.

Assistant Director

Brendon Foley
(480) 813-0051 X4421

Mr. Foley comes to us from the University of Connecticut, which is home for him. The past few years he has been a member of the Teach for America movement. He has also worked with the ASU Marching band and was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and continued to serve as a tour administrator. You will start to see him very soon on campus. Please make sure to introduce yourself and make him feel welcome.

Performing Arts Department Head

Bill Bitter
Director of Orchestras
(480) 813-0051 X2730

Marching Percussion Instructor

Wardell King

Marching Colorguard Instructor
Marching Band Colorguard Tech


Marching Band Percussion Tech

Jaime Tate

Marching Band Visual Tech

Antonio Bracamonte

Marching Band Woodwind Tech


Marching Band Brasswind Tech


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