Mr. Jesus Torres
Director of Bands
Jesus Torres serves as the Director of Bands for East View High School in the Georgetown Independent School District. Mr. Torres previously taught in the Austin and Lockhart independent school districts. While in these positions, Mr. Torres’ concert bands received Superior ratings and Best in Class awards in UIL Concert and Sight Reading and numerous festivals across Texas and Colorado. Mr. Torres has been an integral part of consistently successful marching bands at the UIL Region, Area and State levels, as well as perennial BOA Regional and Super Regional finalists. Mr. Torres brings an acute understanding of marching band instruction and administration and a wealth of experience working with some of the top design professionals in the activity.
Mr. Torres an alumnus of McCallum High School in Austin, TX and attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Human Learning and a Certificate of Achievement in Trumpet Performance. In addition to his duties at East View, Torres maintains an active career as a trumpeter and as a conductor in central Texas. He is a conductor and founding member of the St. Paul Summer Wind Ensemble and a charter member of the Cedar Park Winds. Mr. Torres is a former member and previous guest conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band and performed with that ensemble at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He currently serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cinematic Symphony, an Austin based ensemble that performs the music of television, film and videogames. Since his onset with the Cinematic Symphony in 2011, Mr. Torres has maintained the group’s active role in commissioning new works and engaging the highest caliber musical artists. Mr. Torres’ commitment to musical excellence and a strong bond between the Cinematic Symphony and the local community, continue to bring the ensemble to higher levels of achievement and closer to the goal of being one of the premier community musical groups in the country.
Mr. Torres lives in Austin with his wife Marie. They spend their time updating and enjoying their recently purchased home and tending to their cat, Orangey.
Mr. Matt Morey
Associate Director of Bands; Jazz Band
Matt Morey serves as Associate Director of Bands for East View High School where he teaches Symphonic Winds and the jazz program. Prior to teaching in Georgetown, Matt taught middle and high school in Texarkana, Texas where he directed middle school concert band, middle and high school jazz bands, taught AP Music Theory, and assisted with the Texas High marching band. During his time in Texarkana, the Texas High School band was highly successful in competitions throughout Texas and Arkansas.
As a passionate advocate for jazz education, Matt has composed, arranged, and transcribed a wide array of music for all ability levels. Chief among his interests is teaching improvisation, and he is self-publishing his own method book for teaching middle and high school students. In addition to teaching, Matt regularly performs on saxophone and clarinet in jazz groups across Texas.
Originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Matt attended Arlington High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in music from The University of North Texas where he played in the Wind Symphony under Eugene Migliaro Corporon, recording six albums for GIA publications. He was a 2009 Downbeat Student award winner with the Two O’clock Lab Band and the winner of the 2010 UNT Concerto Competition, performing the Tomasi’s saxophone concerto with the symphony orchestra. Matt completed graduate study in multiple woodwind performance and music education at Indiana University, studying saxophone with Otis Murphy. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TJEA, JEN, and NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance). When not teaching and playing music, Matt is an avid runner and cyclist and enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons.
Associate Director of Bands; Director of Percussion
Spencer Garretson serves as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion for East View High School in the Georgetown Independent School District. Mr. Garretson coordinates all aspects of percussion at East View HS, Tippit MS, and he also teaches beginning percussion at Forbes Middle School. Prior to joining the East View band staff, Mr. Garretson was an Assistant Band Director at Burnet Middle School in Austin Independent School District where he served as conductor of the Burnet MS Concert Band and percussion specialist for the entire band program. Mr. Garretson also taught private lessons in Round Rock ISD, Leander ISD, and Lake Travis ISD for seven years before his tenure at Burnet MS. In addition, he taught beginning percussion at Stiles Middle School in Leander ISD and directed the front ensemble at Round Rock High School. While at Round Rock HS, Mr. Garretson was a vital part of the marching band’s most successful competition season in the 100 years of the school’s existence placing fouth at the 2013 BOA Grand Nationals competition and earning the highest ever Grand Nationals percussion score.
Mr. Garretson attended Round Rock High School and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Garretson toured with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps serving as front ensemble captain both years. The Boston Crusaders front ensemble also finished first place percussion ensemble in the 2009 DCI Individual and Ensemble competition. While at the University of Texas, he performed with the UT Percussion Group, Steel Band, Wind Symphony (under the direction of Dr. Rob Carnochan), Symphony Orchestra, and Opera. Mr. Garretson also had the opportunity to perform with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin at the 2010 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
In the summer when school is out of session, Mr. Garretson loves travelling to new places and also serves as assistant director of Ratamacamp Percussion camps that take place in every major city in Texas.