Geoffrey Driggers

Geoffrey D.

Abilene, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You will learn anything from basic notes and techniques to advanced techniques such as improvisation and multiphonics. Throughout our lessons, you will receive various exercises, etudes, and even up to professional level solos and concertos

About Geoffrey D.

I am the Assistant Director of Bands at Abilene Christian University, where I direct the Big Purple Basketball Band, co-teach the Big Purple Marching Band, co-teach both concert bands, and assist with program development and recruiting. I am also the Director of Music at Elmwood West United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas, where I direct the choir, church orchestra, and maintain the choir scholarship fund.

I am the product of the Texas music system, having gone to primary and secondary school in the Dallas area at Sachse High School. I graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. I received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and made the Texas 5A (now 6A) All-State Band while attending Sachse High School, and received the Texas Association of Music Schools’ distinguished Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship for best college freshman audition in the state of Texas while attending ACU.

While in school, I was the principal or lead trombone in the Wind Ensemble, ACU Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Abilene, Jazz Band, Big Purple Marching Band, and Basketball Pep Band. I have performed in numerous settings, from the pit orchestra of the musicals White Christmas, Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha, and CATS, and the opera Hansel and Gretel, to the stage with pop groups like The Temptations.

Professional organizations include TMEA, TBA, and CBDNA.

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Experience

Assistant Director of Bands
Aug 2019 - Present

Abilene Christian University

Direct Big Purple Basketball Band. Co-teach Big Purple Marching Band. Co-teach concert bands. Collaborate with other directors on program development.

Composer/Arranger
Jan 2017 - Present

Freelance

Create music for specific occasions and/or events that is tailored to clients' needs and desires. Includes flute duets, choral anthems, saxophone quartets, pieces for symphonic band, and everything in between.

Director of Music
Jun 2016 - Present

Elmwood West UMC

Collaborate with church leaders on program development. Conduct research on a variety of musical styles. Arrange and/or compose various music for services. Organize and rehearse Church Choir and Orchestra. Manage and fundraise for Choir Scholarship. Lead Music for annual VBS.

Education

Instrumental Music Education
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Abilene Christian University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Teaching - All Levels
May 2018

Texas Education Association

Certified by the state of Texas to teach music from early-childhood learners through 12th grade.

Affiliations

College Band Directors National Association
Aug 2019
The members of the College Band Directors National Association are devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium. CBDNA is an inclusive organization whose members are engaged in continuous dialogue encompassing myriad philosophies and professional practices. CBDNA is committed to serving as a dynamic hub connecting individuals to communities, ideas and resources.
Texas Bandmasters Association
Jul 2018
For the last half-century the members of Texas Bandmasters Association have worked diligently to further the cause of instrumental music education in communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas' elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities.
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 2015
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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