Chris Thomsen - Director of Bands
Mr. Thomsen is in his 13th year of teaching in Manor ISD. He has directed band at all secondary campuses in Manor and has enjoyed launching Manor New Tech's first band program. He was named MNTHS Titan Teacher of the Year for 2020. Mr. Thomsen holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied tuba under Dr. A.G. McGrannahan III. He marched contra bugle (tuba) in the 1996 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and is an alumnus of the men's music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Thomsen is originally a native of Reno, NV and has lived in the Austin area for 15 years. He is an active member of TMEA, ATSSB, and TBA. He loves sharing his passion of music with his students. Mr. Thomsen enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his family.
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Brandon Baker - Percussion Director
Mr. Baker is in his fifth year of teaching in Manor ISD. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown with an emphasis in percussion, and spent most of his musical career in and around the Austin area. He taught the battery and front ensemble sections at Salado HS as well as private lessons for students at Hill Country MS. He has had the great fortune to work with Middle School and High School band programs in Leander ISD and looks forward to continuing his expertise at New Tech Middle and High Schools. Mr. Baker is an active member of TMEA and ATSSB, and was named Manor ISD's Fine Arts Teacher of the Month for February 2021. In his free time, he is a drummer, gamer, and mild sports enthusiast. Mr. Baker grew up and went to school in the Buda/Kyle area before moving to Georgetown 7 years ago to further pursue his musical and educational goals. He feels privileged to stay and teach in an area where he has spent his entire life.
Contact Mr. Baker:
512-278-4875 ext: 7228
Ms. Norniella is beginning her teaching career in Manor ISD as Assistant Band Director for the Titan Regiment Band. She is a 2021 graduate from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Music Education, and her primary instrument is the saxophone. During her college career, Ms. Norniella was a member of the OU Saxophone Studio, The Pride of Oklahoma, Xenon Saxophone Quartet and the Symphonic Band. In her free time, Ms. Norniella likes to attend concerts and spend time with friends and family. Ms. Norniella was born and raised in Dallas Texas and is excited to start her career in Manor ISD.
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