Assistant Director - Color Guard Coordinator
Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2004.
As a student in the prestigious Moores School of Music, he was a three year member of the Moores School Percussion Ensemble, two year member of the Snare Line and two year Tenor Section Leader in the Spirit of Houston Marching Band. Additionally, he was a founding member of the U of H Steel Drum Ensemble, “The Pantagonists” and performed at various events around the City of Houston. As a two year member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, he had the opportunity to perform Carmina Burana and the Berlioz Requiem with the Houston Symphony Chorus. In addition, he was a founding member of the Houston Texans “Bull Pen Pep Band” where he played in the Bass Line for two seasons and the Snare Line for one season.
Mr. Nelson has been teaching since 2004 and the Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator for the Porter High School Spartan Band since 2015 where he instructs the PHS Drum Line, Symphonic Band, and works with the Woodridge Forest and White Oak Middle School Band Programs. From 2011-2015, Mr. Nelson served as Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator at Shepherd High School in Shepherd, Texas where he led the SHS Indoor Drum Line to a Bronze Medal in the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships in 2013, a Gold Medal in 2014, and a Silver Medal in 2015. Prior to his position in Shepherd, he held similar positions at Sealy High School (2009-2011), Clear Springs High School (2007-2009), and J. Frank Dobie High School (2004-2007). He is an active clinician and has worked with numerous ensembles in and around the Greater Houston Area and The State of Texas.
Mr. Nelson holds Educator Endorsements with Salyers Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, and a Local Artist Endorsement with Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion. He is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Nelson has lived in Porter, Texas since 2013 with his wife Lindsey and three son’s Carsten, Case and Brody.
Teaching Responsibilities at Porter High School include instructing percussion classes, instructing the Concert Band, assisting with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands.
Ms. Torres has been at Porter High School since 2018 and is responsible for teaching the Symphonic Band and overseeing the Ascension Visual program. Prior to joining the PHS Band Staff, Ms. Torres was the Assistant Director at White Oak Middle School which is in the Porter Cluster. Her Primary instrument is Alto Saxophone and she is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree.
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Dr. Nowell began his teaching career in 1995 and has loved being in education every year since. Originally from the Corpus Christi area Dr. Nowell was a two year TMEA All-State trombone player.
After high school, he attended Baylor University, serving as the drum major for the marching band, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Dr. Nowell attended Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in 1995 where he earned a Master of Music in Trombone as a student of Houston Symphony bass trombonist David Waters and Tubist David Kirk. In addition to his two music degrees, Dr. Nowell also holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston.
His teaching career includes holding band director positions in the Pasadena, Cypress-Fairbanks, and Pearland Independent School Districts where his band programs consistently earned First Division, Superior Ratings in Marching, Concert and Sight-Reading Contests.
In 2002 Dr. Nowell served as the Associate Band Director for the Langham Creek High School Band which was the Class 5A TMEA State Honor Band and also was a consistent UIL State Marching Contest participant.
Most recently, Dr. Nowell has held positions in administration, serving as an assistant principal at Pearland High School and principal at Alexander Middle School in the Pearland Independent School District. As an active clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Nowell travels the state working with other bands and serving the fine arts community as much as he can.
Dr. Nowell is proud to be a SPARTAN and looks forward to watching the Porter High School Band continue a trajectory of success!
Teaching Responsibilities at PHS include instructing the Wind Ensemble, assisting with the Symphonic and Concert Bands, overseeing all aspects of the PHS Band Program.