PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT JUNIOR HIGH DIRECTOR
Chris Downs is in his first year of teaching at Canton ISD. Mr. Downs is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education. During his time at UNT he studied percussion with: Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Christopher McWilliams, and Mike Drake. While at the University of North Texas, Mr. Downs played with the: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band. Mr. Downs can be heard performing with the North Texas Wind Symphony on three different albums released by the GIA label.
Mr. Downs has served as a percussion instructor for Colleyville Heritage, Richardson, West Mesquite, Kaufman, and Sanger high schools. During his time at Sanger he has also coordinated the percussion program, and assisted in teaching all grade levels. Under his direction and arrangement the Sanger percussion program won multiple 'best percussion' awards at various marching competitions throughout the 2015 marching season.
Mr. Downs is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.