Chris Thomsen - Director of Bands
Mr. Thomsen is in his 11th 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. During its first year, the Titan Regiment has participated in several marching band shows, the Chuy’s Parade in downtown Austin, and witnessed several students advance to Region Band and Solo and Ensemble. 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 14 years. He is an active member of TMEA, ATSSB, and TBA. He loves sharing his passion of music with his students. Mr. Thomsen loves to spend time with his family, and enjoys running, reading, and cooking.
Contact Mr. Thomsen
office: 512-278-4875 ext. 7227
Brandon Baker - Assistant Director
Mr. Baker, is in his third 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.
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, just south of Austin, before moving to Georgetown 6 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
Katie Kilgore - Color Guard Director
Ms. Kilgore is in her first year of teaching in Manor ISD. She has been in guard for 6 years and has marched 4 years in DCI with the Seguin Guardians for 2016, 2017, and 2019 and marched with the Casper Troopers in 2018. Ms. Kilgore also marched with an independent Winter Guard International group - Origins - for the 2019 season. She is very excited to be a part of the Titan Regiment staff and working at Manor New Tech High School
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