PORTER HIGH SCHOOL
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 as the principal timpanist on 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 also teaches Music History. 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 from Promark Drum Sticks, 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 two son’s Carsten and Case.
Brian Best serves as the director of bands at Porter High School.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University where he also received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Music Conducting. Brian has been a band director of many successful Division One sweepstakes marching band and concert band programs in Texas and has had numerous students qualify for state competitions. Middle school and high school ensembles under Brian's direction continue to receive numerous accolades. He is an active member of TBA, TMEA, and NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance).
Brian is also a composer of concert band literature and is always seeking advancements in concert band literature. Brian is also in high demand as a freelancing saxophone performer, recording artist, and producer all over the country for many styles of music ranging from pop, dance, rock, jazz, and electric. He is also in demand as a jazz headliner and has appeared in many local performances such at Sullivans, Sambuca, Red Cat Jazz Cafe, and many other venues and is also in demand as a backing instrumentalist for many bands in the Houston area. Brian has shared the stage with many national jazz artists, such as Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Regina Belle, Althea Rene, Marion Meadows, Gerald Albright, Bobby Lyle, and Ron Wilkins. Brian has also appeared in local television performances, such as Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan. Brian has also appeared in many jazz festivals, such as the Houston Jazz Festival, Beaumont Jazz Festival, Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival, Kemah Jazz Festival, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Brian currently has two jazz albums released and is working on a third.
Brian has a long-haired Dachshund dog named Dash a Bernese Mountain Dog named Lilly, and a tabby kitten named Vincent (often referred to as the Zootopia). He studies Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts in his spare time, and he is also an avid video gamer.... when he's not score studying, of course... (IAmMrBest - XBOX Live Account)
Currently, Jaime is the President of the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC), is founder and director of Identity Independent Winter Guard (2013 WGI IO Champion) and writes marching band drill for numerous high schools around Texas as well as an active clinician and designer for color guards.
In his free time, Jaime loves to travel with his wife and two kids (Izabelle and Jaxson).
Jaime is extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at Porter HS and looks forward to a long and successful tenure as a Spartan!