Special to the Journal
Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon announced today that she will recommend Ed Stein as the district’s next head band director and John Pearson as an assistant director. The school board considered and approved her recommendation during their meeting on Monday.
Stein has 33 years of experience as a band teacher, including serving as Belton High School’s band director from 1985-1990. He has also served as the band director at Round Rock High School, Midlothian High School and Austin High School. Under his direction, Round Rock High School’s band enrollment more than doubled. The program also qualified for the 2010 UIL State Marching Contest and was a finalist at the 2011 Bands of America Super Regional Championship. Stein earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Texas – Austin.
“Ed has an impressive history of taking band programs to the next level,” said Kincannon. “Throughout his career, the programs under his direction have consistently excelled in UIL competitions and events hosted by the Texas Music Educators Association. Ed is also highly respected by his colleagues, who describe him as a mentor focused on building successful, sustainable programs.”
Stein said, “I have fond memories of my time as the band director at Belton High School, and I’m looking forward to serving the Big Red Community again. The Marching 100 has an incredible tradition of success, and I am excited about the opportunity to build on that.”
Pearson is currently the band director at Clayton High School in Clayton, NC. Under his leadership, the 160-member band has won multiple grand championships at North Carolina Bandmasters Association state-sanctioned competitions and has been a six-time finalist in the Bands of America Regional Championships. Pearson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from East Carolina University.
Stein and Pearson will join associate director Frank Nelson and assistant director Brandon Knight in the band department at Belton High School. During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 300 students participated in the school’s band program.
“With Ed, John, Frank and Brandon leading the way, I have great confidence in the future of our band program,” said Kincannon. “The Marching 100 will certainly continue to impress, and our student musicians will have one of the best opportunities anywhere to develop their talents.”