Matthew Pearson, Director of BandsWind Ensemble Director, Concert Band Director, Marching Band Coordinator, Jazz Band Director, FinancesMatthew Pearson is the Director of Bands of the “Spirit of Saginaw Band”. He was on the original opening staff of Saginaw High School in 2005. He has taken the band to 3 consecutive appearances at the Texas State Marching Contest in conference 4A & 5A, 2007, 2009, & 2010. Under his baton, the Spirit of Saginaw band has consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards.
Mr. Pearson began his teaching career at Lynn Lucas Middle School in Willis, TX. He has also taught in the Groesbeck Independent School District. Mr. Pearson has been with EMS ISD at Saginaw High School since 2005.
Mr. Pearson is a native of Longview, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance. While at TAMU-Commerce, he studied trombone with Jimmy Clark and conducting with Bobby Francis and Dr. Jeff Emge.
Mr. Pearson is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, International Trombone Association, and Kappa Alpha Order.
Alyson Holley, Assistant Director of BandsSymphonic Band Director, Concert Band Director, AP Music Theory, Fine Arts Department Chair, Marching Fundamentals Instructor, Band Department Administration, Transportation & Logistics, Facilities Management, Fundraising, Media, Newsletters & Communication, Private Lesson Program, Trip PlanningAlyson M. Holley is the Assistant Band Director at Saginaw High School. She has been a private contractor with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, teaching private lessons at Highland Middle School, Prairie Vista Middle School, and Saginaw High School, and assisting with the "Spirit of Saginaw" Drumline since 2009. She joined the SHS staff officially in 2012 as the Assistant Director.
Mrs. Holley is originally from Flower Mound, Texas. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University ('09) and also with her Master's in Wind Conducting ('12). While at TCU, Mrs. Holley performed with the Horned Frog Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Steel Band. She studied conducting from Bobby R. Francis, and percussion with Dr. Brian A. West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Paul Rennick, and Joey Carter.
Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Percussive Arts Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority.
She is also the co-sponsor for Tri-M National Honor Society
Jenn Giba, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of PercussionPercussion Director, Feeder Campus Percussion Coordinator, Winter Drumline Director, Indoor FinancesJenn Giba is the Director of Percussion for Saginaw High School, as well as Prairie Vista Middle School and Highland Middle School. Duties include teaching the High School Drumline, instructing the percussion ensembles, teaching the 6th-grade beginning percussion classes, and assisting with the high school and middle school concert bands.
Ms. Giba received her Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Music Education from Texas Christian University in May of 2015 with a concentration in percussion. During her time at TCU, Ms. Giba participated in and performed with many successful ensembles including the TCU Drumline, Percussion Ensembles, Steel Bands, and Bass Ensemble, as well as the TCU Orchestra and Wind Symphony. As a member of these groups, Ms. Giba has traveled and performed at various conventions and competitions across the country winning multiple awards and titles. She studied with Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Brian West, Joey Carter, Dave Hall, and many others.
Ms. Giba comes to Saginaw High School from Frisco where she was the Assistant Percussion Director for the cluster for the 2015-2016 school year. While teaching in Frisco, Ms. Giba marched bass drum with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion. The group placed 1st in Open-Class Championships in Dayton, Ohio with a score of 97.475 and was undefeated during the season. During her summers at TCU, Ms. Giba traveled and performed with the West Percussion Group, playing concerts in the Sydney Opera House, The Royal College of Music, The Beach of Normandy, and Italy.
Ms. Giba’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.
Jesse Rajabi, Assistant Band DirectorConcert Band Director, Marching Fundamentals Instructor, Trumpet Private Lessons, Brass Specialist
Mr. Rajabi is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University, having earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2015. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Rajabi studied trumpet with Dr. Jon Burgess, has performed in Mr. Joey Carter’s and Mr. Joe Eckert’s jazz ensembles, Mr. Brian Youngblood’s and Mr. Bobby Francis’s wind bands, and the TCU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Germán Gutiérrez. Additionally, he has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and International Trumpet Guild conferences. Mr. Rajabi had the privilege of student-teaching in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD at the start of his career.
After spending some time as a band director, Mr. Rajabi completed his Master of Music Education degree at TCU under the guidance of Dr. Sheri Neill, Dr. Laura Singletary, and the TCU Band faculty. While completing his graduate work, he served as a member of the Horned Frog Band staff and served as a guest conductor for the TCU Symphonic Band and the TCU Trumpet Studio, with whom he performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference in the summer of 2018. Mr. Rajabi has had wonderful experiences teaching amazing kids in area school districts, and most recently spent time as a freelance music educator teaching private lessons, masterclasses, and clinics in the DFW metroplex. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. Mr. Rajabi was the resident conductor of the Dallas Brass Band for the 2018-2019 performance season.
Drill & Marching Show Visual Designer/Writer
Arthur Grossman-Juhl is native to Western Michigan. While in high school, Mr. Juhl was very active in the percussion program, serving as a 2-year drum major, and 2-year front ensemble section leader. He graduated in 2002 earning the John Philips Sousa Award. Post High School, Mr. Juhl performed 3 seasons with the Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps from Menasha, WI. In 2001 Mr. Juhl earned a bronze medal at the Drum Corps International Division II and III championship contest. In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Juhl performed with Insignia World Winterguard serving as captain in 2007.
Mr. Juhl began directing the Saginaw High School Color Guard in 2007. Under his direction, the SHS Color Guard has been promoted 2 times and earned 4 medals at the NTCA Championship contest. The Color Guard currently competes in the SA class in NTCA and WGI. Mr. Juhl also works with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps from Milwaukee, WI, serving as a color guard consultant.