Mrs. Macias is the Head Band Director for Barbara Bush Middle School. Prior to teaching at Barbara Bush, she taught band in Kennedale ISD for the past 10 years, as well as six years of teaching in Colorado. In addition to sweepstakes performances at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contests, Mrs. Macias’ bands have advanced to the area and state level of ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series, winning in 2016. Her band was also named the Music for All Citation of Excellence Commended Winner in 2016.
Mrs. Macias attended the State University of New York College at Potsdam where she received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2004. While at Potsdam, she performed with the Symphonic and Concert Bands, Phoenix Club Women’s Choir, Crane Chorus, and Crane Clarinet Choir. Mrs. Macias also holds a Master of Instrumental Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.
When Mrs. Macias is not teaching band, you can find her spending time with her husband, Paul, and their two dogs, Molly and Winston.
Ms. Halsema is joining us as the Assistant Band Director at Barbara Bush Middle School. She recently completed her student teaching in Birdville ISD, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Ms. Halsema’s primary instrument is French horn, which she performed on with the TCU Wind Symphony at the 100th TMEA convention, as well as the TCU Horn Ensemble for four years. She also enjoyed performing on the trombone in the TCU Concert Band. During her time at TCU, Ms. Halsema was an officer for Tau Beta Sigma, the president of the TCU Music Educators Organization, and a mellophone section leader for the Horned Frog Marching Band. During the summers she worked as an Intern for the TCU Music and Leadership Experience, and with many marching bands in the DFW area.
In her free time, Ms. Halsema enjoys spending time with her friends, family and black lab, Dublin, in The Colony, TX.