Aaron Martin, Azle HS Head Director
Aaron Martin is from Granbury, Texas. He is currently the head band director at Azle High School in Azle, Texas. He graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas in 1999. He is in his 17th year of teaching. He began his career in Tolar ISD where he implemented the schools’ first ever band program. After that, he became an assistant director in Glen Rose ISD for eight years, where he taught band and choir. From there, he became the head band director in Dublin ISD earning the first sweepstakes in school history. He then moved to Bowie ISD where he was the head band director and director of fine arts for four years, where his bands earned multiple sweepstakes awards. He has played lead trumpet with the Langdon Center Big Band out of Granbury, Texas for the last ten years. He is a member of TMEA, ATSSB, TJEA, TBA and TMAA. He is married to his wonderful wife Tamara, who is a school psychologist in North Richland Hills, Texas. He is very proud of his two children, Lauren and Tanner, who excel in many musical and academic endeavors.
Brandon Day, Azle HS Assistant Band Director
Brandon Day is from Keller, Texas. He is currently the assistant band director at Azle High School in Azle, Texas. He’s had multiple positions in Azle since 2012, including marching tech, junior high director, and now high school director. He went to the University of North Texas and graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While at UNT, Brandon was a member of the Brass Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, the “Funky Fresh” Basketball Pep Band, and the UNT Marching Green Brigade. While in his last year with the UNT Green Brigade, he was on the band staff. While in college, Brandon taught multiple state-level high school marching bands in DFW including Keller High School and Azle High School.Brandon has been involved in drum corps since 2006. He performed with Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and the 2007 championship season. He also marched Crossmen in 2010. After performing, Brandon taught a few drum corps including the Blue Saints from Canada, Revolution from San Antonio, Music City from Nashville, and Crossmen from San Antonio. He is currently the Brass Caption Head at the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently a member of TMEA, TBA, and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Jack Baker, Azle ISD Percussion Director
Mr. Baker is currently serving as the Percussion Director at Azle High School. Mr. Baker comes to us from Duiett Middle School in Spring ISD, where he served as a Percussion Specialist. Over the last several years Mr. Baker has instructed numerous groups across the state of Texas such as Austin Bowie High School in Austin, Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, and Claudia Taylor Johnson High School in San Antonio where he served as a student teacher. Mr. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas State University and was in ensembles such as the PASIC Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and the Bobcat Band Drumline. While at Texas State Mr. Baker marched three years in the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp drumline and was section leader his last year there. Mr. Baker is a active member of TMEA, TBA, and PASIC.
Debra Oldroyd, Azle HS Colorguard & Winterguard Director
Mrs. O has been the Colorguard Director at Azle High School since 2001. The Colorguard has consistently received Division 1 ratings as well as top placement in competitions recently including; Outstanding Colorguard in 2007 and 2010 at the Unleash the Sound Marching Festival, Outstanding General Effect and a Second Place finish BOA Super Regional 2013, Outstanding General Effect, and Best 5A Colorguard, Birdville Marching Festival 2014. The Azle Marching band advanced to the 4A State Marching Contest in 2003, 2007, 2009, 20011, and 2013. Her innovative ideas, and pageantry skills have contributed to the visual design of the AHS MGP marching shows for the past 15 years.
Mrs. Oldroyd started the Winterguard program in 2004; the group was NTCA Regional A Bronze medalist in 2005. Since 2006, Azle has fielded a JV Winterguard as well as a Varsity Program. They have received many top 3 finishes. Notable placements include; 2008 NTCA Bronze Medalists, Scholastic AA, Silver Medalists, RA class. 2011 NTCA SAA Gold Medalists, and NTCA RA Gold Medalists, 2014 WGI Regional Finalists, Scholastic A, WGI Southwestern Regional Championship Finalists, National A Class, and 2014 NTCA Regional A Champions.
As a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. Oldroyd’ s development as a dancer was influenced by several icons of the dance world. Awarded a Governors Scholarship for the Arts, Mrs. Oldroyd studied Martha Graham technique with Toni Pickall at Snow College. She performed with Company Orchesis, and was a member of the CU Ballet Company. Through continued studies at Brigham Young University with Les Ditson, she participated in an extended program that provided learning, and performance experiences with many important choreographers of the time including Murray Louis, Martha Graham, and Alwin Nickolais. She continued performing, and later worked as Choreographer in Residence at the Alhambra Theatre receiving an A.P.A. award for her contemporary choreography of Oklahoma. In 1996, she served as Artistic Director, and Choreographer for the St. Adele Dance Company, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mrs. Oldroyd has worked in the dance industry as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, company director, studio owner, and adjudicator for the past 33 years. Many of her works have received awards at local and national competitions. She is also a former director, and choreographer of the AHS Emerald Dazzlers. Mrs. Oldroyd is a member of Texas Dance Educators Associations and National Dance Educators Association. She has served on the Executive Board of Dance/ Drill Team Directors of America, is a Nationally Certified Master Adjudicator, and occasionally writes for an online dance publication.
She treasures her family, has enjoyed 34 years with her husband Paul, and is the mother of 3 sons Andrew, Daniel and Sam.