PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT JUNIOR HIGH DIRECTOR
Mr. Downs is the Percussion Director at Canton High School and Canton Junior High School. At Canton he is responsible for instructing the marching program percussion program, coordinating the 6th – 12th grade percussion ensembles, and teaching the beginner percussion class. In 2018, the Canton High School Marching Band was the gold medalist at the 2018 UIL 4A State Marching Band Contest. The Canton High School drumline also won the 2017 Drums On Point drumline competition, as well as the ‘Best Front Ensemble’ caption award.
He received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education Degree from the University of North Texas. During his time at the University of North Texas he studied with: Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, and Mike Drake. While at UNT 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’ professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion.