DIRECTORS

        Courtney Davis

         Mrs. Davis is in her first year as Director of Bands at Howard Jr. High School, and her seventh year of teaching overall. Her teaching responsibilities include direction of the Symphonic Band, assisting with the Concert Band, and teaching beginning woodwind classes.  Before coming to Howard, Mrs. Davis taught at Waxahachie High School. While there, she worked with the students of the 2017 bronze medalist Spirit of Waxahachie Marching Band, and the 2018 TMEA Honor Band. 
Before coming to Waxahachie, Mrs. Davis taught at The Colony High School in Lewisville ISD and Frank Seale Middle School in Midlothian ISD. Her bands have been named “Best in Class” and “Grand Champion” at festivals they have attended, and have received superior ratings at UIL. Mrs. Davis graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. While there, she studied flute with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, performed in various ensembles, and taught private lessons in HEB ISD at Bedford Jr. High School and L.D. Bell High School. She also earned her Masters in Music Education from Southern Methodist University, having the privilege to study with educators such as Brian Merrill, Lynn Jackson, and Frank Troyka.   Mrs. Davis enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two cats, Dembe and Henry.


Paul Jaso

Paul Jaso is an Assistant Band Director at Waxahachie High School and is in his fifth year as Director of Percussion for Waxahachie ISD. His responsibilities include: marching percussion instruction at the high school, percussion arranging for marching band, percussion ensemble instruction, and teaching beginner percussion classes at Howard and Finley Junior High.
He is an alumnus of the award winning Lewisville High School Percussion Ensemble and is a graduate of Dallas Christian. During his tenure at Lewisville High School, he competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in the individual solo snare drum category and won 1st place at the 2004 convention. In 2006 he placed 3rd in the collegiate division. Mr. Jaso was also a four year member of the Independent World Class WGI Finalist Percussion Ensemble, Surround Sound Percussion.
Under his instruction, the Waxahachie Percussion Ensemble has had success in both the marching and concert realms. At the Lewisville Drumline Invitational the group received 2nd place in 2014, 2nd place in 2016, and was named the Contest Champion in 2015. In the Fall of 2016, the Waxahachie Percussion Ensemble was named a Commended Winner in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence Competition.
Influential musicians and percussion educators in his life include J.J. Pipetone, Allen Joanis, Quiyan Murphy, Tyler Orbison, Bill Bachman, Al Dunn, Chad Mason, Hector Gil, Darrin Hicks, Robert Brannock, and many other teachers and friends who have shared their knowledge. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Percussive Arts Society. He is happily married to his best friend, Cera, and he is a proud father of his three children: Noah, Sonora, and Philip.