College Station HS Head Band Director
Eric Eaks is currently in his 7th year as the Head Band Director at College Station High School. Before coming to College Station, Mr. Eaks was an assistant band director for one year at William H. Taft High School in San Antonio, TX. Before Taft, Mr. Eaks taught at O'Connor High School in Helotes, TX for four years. At O'Connor High School, Mr. Eaks team taught and conducted all concert bands along with The Panther Marching Band. Mr. Eaks was also the instrumental Music Director and Conductor for "The Music Man", "Guys and Dolls", "Beauty and the Beast", and "West Side Story".
Before Sandra Day O'Connor High School Mr. Eaks completed a Master of Music Degree in Conducting at the University of Oklahoma in May 2007. Some of his responsibilities at The University of Oklahoma included: conducting all concert bands, drill design and instruction of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, director of the Sooner Showmen Basketball Band, and instructor of the beginning instruments lab class for undergraduate students.
Prior to coming to The University of Oklahoma, Mr. Eaks served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Harlingen South High School in Harlingen Texas. Responsibilities at Harlingen South High School included: director of the concert band, low brass specialist, and assistant marching band instructor.
Prior to Harlingen, Mr. Eaks received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas Tech University in December of 2002 and holds all-level certification for the state of Texas. While at Texas Tech, Mr. Eaks was a member of "The Goin Band from Raiderland", Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Men's Chorale, and The Court Jesters. Along with his performing opportunities, Mr. Eaks was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and held the office of Vice President for one year.
College Station HS Assistant Band Director / Percussion Director / Jazz Band Director
Jon Seale is currently in his 6th year as the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director at College Station HS. He is also the Jazz Band Director. Prior to CSHS, Mr. Seale was the Assistant Band Director for 6 years at A&M Consolidated Middle School and Beginner Band Director for 2 years at Cypress Grove Intermediate School.
Mr. Seale received his Bachelors of Music in Education (BM Ed.) in 2003 from West Texas A&M University in 2005 also from WTAMU. He has had the opportunity to study Percussion under Dr. Susan Tariq and conducting with Dr. Gary Garner and Mr. Donald Lefevre. As a student he performed with the WTAMU Drumline, Percussion Ensembles, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra and the Amarillo Symphony and Opera.
During his graduate studies, Mr. Seale assisted with the Percussion Ensembles, conducted the Jazz Band II and was Instructor/Arranger for the WT Drumline. He also taught privately for grades 6 through 12 in the Canyon and Amarillo ISD's.
Mr. Seale is an active clinician, adjudicator, composer, arranger and performer in Texas. His professional affiliations include Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmaster's Association (TBA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. He is an Educator Endorser for Innovative Percussion Products and regularly composes and arranges Percussion Music for various marching bands through Eric Rath Music.
Mr. Seale and his wonderful wife Kristen have been happily married since 2004. They welcomed their son Peter in May 2010 and their daughter Faith in May 2012. In his free time, Jon enjoys playing golf, working around the house, playing with the dogs, Brady and Sabian, and hanging out with Kristen and friends and family.