Director of Bands
A native of Paris, TX has served as Director of Bands for schools in both Memphis and Nashville Tennessee. During His tenure at schools like Colonial Middle, Melrose HS and Stratford HS he has made numerous contributions and implementations in efforts to strengthen the band programs including developing new curriculum, seeking sponsorships and increased student retention in the band program. He was awarded Memphis Outstanding Music Educator by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018. He was selected as a Superintendent Academy Teacher to help develop the summer music education curriculum for Shelby County Schools.He continues to serve as an active drill writer and arranger for local schools in Texas and Tennessee. Mr. Walters is a graduate of the University Of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he received his degree in Music Education. He also serves as a Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc. and Texas Music Educators Association. In his spare time Mr. Walters like to travel,play the piano and spend time with his family.
Associate Band Director
A native Missourian, Mr. Becker came to Houston with 22 years of teaching experience. Mr. Becker holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music Education Comprehensive (K-12 instrumental and vocal certification) from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and a Master’s degree (MLM) with emphasis in conducting from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. His musical groups have traveled nationally and internationally and have received outstanding ratings and awards at various festivals and competitions. In his tenure at Reagan High School, now Heights High School, Mr. Becker has worked building and sustaining the music programs as Associate Band Director, Choir Director, Jazz Band Director and has overseen the Mariachi program as the growth and transformation took place at Heights High School. He has been instrumental in keeping the musical groups visible and actively performing within the community. Under his leadership the Heights High School Jazz Band has received consistent division1 ratings at jazz festivals and competitions. In his leisure, Mr. Becker enjoys traveling and experiencing the cuisine and culture of different places.
Associate Director/Director of Percussion
Malcolm Whorton is our former student teacher from Fall 2018 now returning as our new Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion for Heights High Schoo, as well as the Assistant Director at Hamilton Middle School. Mr. Whorton holds a bachelors degree in Music Education (Instrumental) from Prairie View A&M University with an all-level teaching certification. During his tenure at Prairie View A&M University, he was involved in various ensembles including The Marching Storm, drumline (MSD), marimba ensemble, wind ensemble, jazz band, and musical theatre. Mr. Whorton is also the front ensemble technician for Compass Drum & Bugle Corp and apart of the rhythm section for the “New Order Big Band.”Outside of the band hall, Mr. Whorton is a San Antonio Spurs fan that enjoys spending his time watching tv, playing video games, writing/arranging music, and spending time with his friends and family. Mr. Whorton’s professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Incorporated, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. He is also an Educational Artist for Salyers Percussion.
Color Guard Instructor
Matt began his first formal dance training and introduction to the marching arts at Leander High School and Austin Community College. He studied ballet, modern, improvisation and jazz dance under Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Darla Johnson, Albert Riojas, Nhu Trinh, and Moses Ramos. After his dance education he moved to Boston for a teaching apprenticeship and to begin his design studies in architecture. Following his apprenticeship he then completed his design studies at the University of Houston. His design studies under faculty members of Harvard, Columbia, and Syracuse University shaped his creative thought processes of space, shape and form.
He has worked professionally in Boston, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, both in and out of the marching arts. His performance/professional experiences include Leander Guard, Nolan World Winterguard, Revolution Independent Winterguard, Black Gold Winterguard, UH Spirit of Houston, Citizen Schools, Corgan architects, Harris County Engineering, Coldwell Banker, Urban Living, Somerset Independent School district, Houston Independent School district and Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School district. He served as the color guard director at Somerset High School in 2008 and took the teaching apprenticeship the following year at Garfield Middle School in Boston. Most recently Mr. Caballero has been the color guard director at Heights High School where he helped re-establish the guard program in the 2016-2017 school year with one member. The 2017-2018 school year brought tremendous growth for him and his team, appearing for the first time at the WGI Houston regional. They continued their pursuit of excellence and made finals twice the following year at WGI Houston & Austin - the first in their school's history. Most recently the Heights Visual Ensemble made their first out of state appearance at the WGI Tulsa Regional in 2019, in Scholastic A. He hopes to continue the development of the visual program with every small victory.
Some of Matt's credits include: WGI Houston finalist, WGI Austin finalist, UIL Division 1 (first time in 50+ years at Heights H.S.), 1st place TCGC Regional A, 1st place for Future of Transportation Exhibition, design works featured in New York City (Fordham University), Philadelphia (AIA Philadelphia) and Miami (SCOPE International Design Exhibit).
Matt has volunteered with the UH Alumni Association, Houston Pride, AIA Houston, Citizen Schools, Houston Food Bank, and plans to continue being involved with the community and professional organizations alike.
He plans to continue the growth and enrichment of the program by empowering students to achieve in all aspects of their high school lives and beyond by bringing a high level of leadership and excellence into the guard program.