Tabatha Cooper comes to Tomball Memorial this year from our feeder schools Willow Wood Junior High, Northpointe Intermediate, and Oakcrest Intermediate. During those two years, she was apart of the team that opened Oakcrest in 2015, and the Willow Wood Concert Band received UIL Sweepstakes ratings each year as well as won Best in Class at Festival at the Falls in 2016. Prior to teaching in Tomball ISD, Ms. Cooper taught at Twin Creeks Middle School in Spring ISD where she started the award-winning Jazz Band in 2014-2015. Their first year they won Best in Class participating in the Splashtown Contest at Spring High School. Before moving to Houston, Ms. Cooper graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. In 2006, she performed under the direction of David Starnes with the Kennesaw Mountain Wind Symphony that was invited to The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008 and 2009, Ms. Cooper toured and performed with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps where they won the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble Award for the best hornline in the country. Lastly, in 2009 she also performed with the Kennesaw Mountain High School Winter Guard under the direction of Adam Sage.
After moving to Houston, Ms. Cooper received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Houston. During her time at UH, she performed in many ensembles under the direction of David Bertman, Marion West, Noe Marmolejo, and Franz Krager. Her primary instrument is trombone and studied under Brad White (associate principal and second trombone of the Houston Symphony) as well as Brian Kauk. Also, she studied conducting in a masters level conducting class led by Franz Krager (director of orchestral studies). Ms. Cooper participated in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Moore's School of Music Symphony Orchestra and won principal trombonist of the UH Wind Ensemble. Ms. Cooper has been a visual technician/coordinator for many schools around the Houston area such as Northshore High School, Seven Lakes High School, Spring High School, and The Woodlands High School. Lastly, Ms. Cooper has taught private trombone lessons and masterclasses at many schools around the Houston area while studying at UH.
This year Ms. Cooper's teaching responsibilities at TMHS include directing the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, visual and body components of the Roarin' Blue Marching Band, as well as assisting the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. In the afternoons she will travel to Oakcrest Intermediate to teach beginner french horn, low brass, and trumpet.
Ms. Cooper's professional affiliations include Texas Bandmaster's Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Lastly, Ms. Cooper's priority outside of school is her precious dog, Halli.