Band Staff

Robert Beshears, Director of Bands
(972)494-8492 ext. 60076

As a native Oklahoman, Mr. Beshears is a graduate of Midwest City High School where he was selected as a member of the 1984 McDonald’s All-American High School Band and a six time All-State Band, Orchestra and Jazz member.  He graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern Oklahoma University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He began teaching public school instrumental music in 1988 in Altus, Oklahoma as part of THAT ALTUS BAND.

Bob moved to Dallas and got married in 1992 and joined the teaching staff at Garland High School as the first second-assistant in the GISD.  He has done graduate studies at North Texas State University, Texas A&M Commerce, Eastfield College, Collin County Community College and Brookhaven Community College.  In 2005, Bob received his Masters in Music Education from American Band College (ABC) – Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon.  He is listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers and Outstanding Young Men of America.

Mr. Beshears and his wife, Tina, live in Carrollton, where they have two lovely children, Brittany and Allison.  His hobbies include riding his motorcycle and driving his 1949 Pontiac.

Jacob Ramirez , Assistant Band Director
(972)494-8492 ext. 60075

Mr. Ramirez is the first assistant at Garland High School.  His duties include directing the Wind Ensemble and the Garland High School Percussion Program (which includes the Mighty Owl Band Drum Line/Front Ensemble and the popular Garland Chamber Percussion).  Mr. Ramirez also assists with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Garland High School, as well as, the Austin Middle School Honors Band and Sam Houston Middle School Honors Band.  Mr. Ramirez is also on faculty as a percussion instructor and head counselor with the Baylor University School of Music Summer Music Camps and judges various Solo & Ensemble Contests throughout the DFW area.

Mr. Ramirez earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he studied percussion with the late Dr. Larry Vanlandingham and conducting with Michael Haithcock and Stephen Heyde.  Mr. Ramirez has also attended numerous workshops and symposiums with such teachers as Craig Kirchhoff, Michael Colgrass, Jack Stamp, Timothy Reynish, Todd Meehan, Brian Zator, Ray Chapa, and Libby Larsen. 

Mr. Ramirez’s family includes his wonderful wife (whom he met on the marching practice field at Baylor) and beautiful daughter.

Javier Rivera , Assistant Band Director
(972)494-8492 ext. 60075

Raised in Plano, Mr. Rivera graduated from Plano East Senior High. He performed with the Concert and Symphonic Bands at PESH, directed by John Brennan and Jana Harvey as well as the Panther Marching Band, directed by Evelio Villarreal. His senior year he participated with the Region 25 Symphonic Band and received the Director’s Award at Plano East for outstanding service to the Symphonic Band.

Deciding to continue with music, he attended Collin County Community College. There, he performed with the Woodwind Ensemble directed by Dr. Jennifer Wheeler and the Brass Ensemble, directed by Travis Smith. After receiving his Associate of Arts in Music, he continued his education at Sam Houston State University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He studied with Dr. Henry Howey, Professor of Euphonium, for 2 years. While there, he received the Veteran of The Year Award presented by the Bearkat Marching Band. Mr. Rivera was the music tech for the baritone section and a member of the Symphonic Band directed by Brian Gibbs.

Mr. Rivera has attended TMEA and various seminars presented in partnership by SMU and Sam Houston State University through The Center for Music. In aspiration to hold high standards in education, that have inspired him, he gives thanks to many of his mentors: Dr. Aaron Rader, Dr. Henry Howey, Brian Gibbs, Charlotte Royall, Jeff Gorring, Rob Savala, Wendy Zimmerman, Amber Meeks, Layne Gilley, and Annette Mitchell.  

He currently lives in Plano and enjoys time back home with friends and family.

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