2017-2018 marks Jim Shaw's eleventh year as Director of Bands at Willow Wood JHS. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from West Texas A&M University. Prior to moving to Willow Wood, Mr. Shaw taught band in the Harlingen, Midland, and Klein ISD's. He has also conducted bands at the Baylor University and West Texas A&M University summer band camps.
Bands under Mr. Shaw's direction have consistently earned Superior ratings in UIL and other competitions and have earned Best in Class and/or Runner-up in Class awards at the South Coast Music Festival, the Hub City Music Festival, the Wonder of the Woods Band Festival, and the Festival at the Falls.
Mr. Shaw is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Texas. As a contributing editor to The Instrumentalist
and core contributor to Band Directors Talk Shop
), he has had well over a dozen articles published on topics including instrumental pedagogy, rehearsal management and atmosphere, band literature, and more. He has also presented clinics at the West Texas A&M University Band Directors Workshop and the Texas Bandmasters Association convention.
A member of the Phi Beta Mu International band directors honor fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Mr. Shaw lives in Spring with his wife Jennifer, a music teacher in Klein, and their two children.
The Willow Wood Band Program
Among the largest secondary fine arts programs in Tomball ISD, the Willow Wood Band cluster is comprised of just under 500 students in grades 6-8 at Willow Wood JHS and its feeders, Northpointe IS and Oakcrest IS. Members begin their band experience in the 6th grade where they are divided into like-instrument classes. T
Seventh and eighth grade members participate in one of five performing bands at Willow Wood JHS. Each band performs in several concerts throughout the year. The Honor, Symphonic, and Concert I Bands participate in UIL competition and at least one other major contest or festival. The Concert II Band, a new ensemble for 2017-2018, will participate in at least one contest or festival.
Band parents and members, in addition to the information found here, you will be able to access the band calendar, hand-outs and files, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events by logging into your Charms account. Go to www.charmsoffice.com or click on the link on the right side of this page.