Jason Tucker, Director of Bands and Music Department Chair
Jason Tucker has been Director of Bands at Rice Middle School since the school opened in 1999. Under his direction, the Rice Raven Band has achieved statewide and national recognition as an outstanding middle school band program. The Rice Middle School Band has earned consistent sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, Best in Class and Best in Contest at numerous invitational contests, and has been named a TMEA State Honor Band Finalist in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. The Rice Band has twice been named a national winner of the Mark of Excellence National Windband Honors Project. In 2012, the Rice Middle School Band was named the Most Outstanding Texas Band Program by the Texas chapter of the American School Band Directors Association. The Rice Middle School Raven Band was named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Mr. Tucker is the co-director of the Rice Middle School Symphony Orchestra, which has earned numerous awards at invitational festivals and has been a TMEA Full Orchestra State Finalist in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
Under Mr. Tucker's direction, the Rice Raven Band has commissioned several new works for windband by prominent American composers. These title include Kalanu (Julie Giroux), Keltic Dances (W. Francis McBeth), Earth, the Gentlest Mother (Christopher Tucker), The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre, consortium), But Joy Comes... (William Owens), and Fanfare from Here Below for Brass and Percussion (Brian Beck). The 2013 Rice Woodwind Choir also premiered two original compositions, The Tempest and After the Storm, by Rice Middle School Student, Jasmin Limqueco. In May, the Rice Band will premiere a newly commissioned piece, Homage to Bharat, and a consortium commission, Infinite Hope, both by acclaimed composer, Brian Balmages. On the same performance, two consortium commissions by Randall Standridge, Frogs and March of the Arachnids, will also be premiered.
A graduate of Plano East Senior High School, Mr. Tucker earned his Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction in University Honors as a hornist from New Mexico State University and his Master of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas with emphasis in both music and in curriculum and instruction.
Mr. Tucker's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, The National Band Association, The American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is an active clinician and adjudicator and has presented workshops for the TMEA and TBA state conventions and The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Tucker is an active consultant on curriculum design and assessment in middle school bands and currently serves as the Region 24 Representative for the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Area B Mentor Coordinator for the Texas Music Educators Association.
Mr. Tucker is a lifetime member of the Texas PTA and was named 2004 Teacher of the Year for Rice Middle School.
A husband and father of two daughters, Mr. Tucker is a regular blood donor and an advocate for organ donation. A bone marrow donor himself, he also advocates registry with the National Marrow Donor Program. Mr. Tucker enjoys fishing, camping, motorcycling, golf, and home improvement projects.
Amber Moore, Associate Director of Bands
Amber Moore joined the Rice Band Staff in 2013, first as a Director Intern, then as Associate Band Director. During her tenure at Rice, bands under her direction earned UIL sweepstakes awards as well as first-division and Best in Class recognition at several North Texas music festivals including the Peak Music Festival contest at the Eisemann Center and the Beach Within Reach contest in Fort Worth.
Ms. Moore is a graduate of Greenwood High School in Midland where she was a four year ATSSB All State hornist, selected as a TSSEC outstanding soloist and was awarded the prestigious John Phillip Sousa award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor of Music degree. During her time at SFA, Ms. Moore participated in numerous ensembles and was named principal horn of the SFA Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines and SFA Opera Orchestra. She completed her Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree and Principal's certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Ms. Moore lives in Lewisville, Texas with her husband Nathan and cat, Belle. She enjoys spending time with family, baking, and taking Disney vacations.
Ms. Moore's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Josh Reyna, Associate Director of Bands
Josh Reyna is in his second year with the Rice Middle School Band Staff. Previously, Mr. Reyna taught at Fossil Hill Middle School in Keller Independent School District, where he instructed beginner woodwinds as well as the Symphonic Band. Under his direction, the Symphonic Band received superior ratings at UIL.
A graduate of The Colony High School, Mr. Reyna distinguished himself early on as an outstanding soloist, and was awarded the prestigious John Phillip Sousa Award. Mr. Reyna earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he was principal saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and the lead alto sax in The Swingin' Aces jazz band. During his final year, he won the Stephen F. Austin State University Concerto Competition and performed as soloist for The Orchestra of the Pines.
Mr. Reyna lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife and dog, Zoey. He enjoys biking, triathlons, and volunteering with his church community.
Mr. Reyna is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmaster Association.
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