Executive Director, Texas Music Educators Association
Michael Brashear assumed the position of Texas Bandmasters Association Executive Director in September, 2008. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the operation of TBA including management of the association's office located in San Antonio. Mr. Brashear works with the Board of Directors to present the annual TBA Clinic/Convention which is the largest convention of its kind for band directors. TBA also presents professional growth outreach sessions for band directors throughout the year. Other responsibilities include serving as editor of the association's publication The Bandmasters Review. Mr. Brashear served on the TBA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004 and was President of TBA in 2003.
Prior to this position, Mr. Brashear was the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD. Before serving in this role, Mr. Brashear completed his thirtieth year as a band director and his thirteenth year as Director of Bands at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson. Before his tenure in Richardson, Mr. Brashear taught in the Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring Branch, and Irving public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.
Bands under Mr. Brashear's leadership have won many awards, including selection as "Best in Class" at numerous festivals, selection as finalists in the Texas Music Educators State Honor Band competitions, and selection as finalists in the Texas State Marching Contest. In December 2000, the Berkner Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2005, the Berkner Band was presented the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor.
In 1998, Mr. Brashear was one of fifteen teachers in Texas to win the UIL-Southwestern Bell Sponsor Excellence Award, and one of eight Richardson ISD teachers awarded the RISE Foundation "Excellence in Teaching" award. He is an active member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2004, he was honored by being elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. In 2006, Mr. Brashear was further honored by being awarded the TBA Meritorious Achievement Award. Michael and his wife Priscilla, a retired Richardson ISD music teacher, reside in Spring Branch with their daughter Sarah, a student at Smithson Valley High School. Their son, Robert, is an elementary PE teacher in Katy ISD where he resides with his wife, Leah and daughter, Cecilia.