Director of Bands
Jessicah Bordelon is the Director of Bands at Woodland Acres Middle School. Prior to being at Woodland Acres, Mrs. Bordelon was the Band Director at Lobit Middle School in Dickinson, Tx. Recently, the Lobit Middle School Beginner Band received a "Superior" rating at the Gator Music Festival in Dickinson, TX.
Mrs. Bordelon began her teaching career as the Assistant Band Director at Alvin Junior High School in Alvin, Tx. While there, her ensembles received "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings at UIL, and "Superior" ratings at the Gator Music Festival. In 2019, her ensemble was named 2C Non-Varsity "Best in Class" at the Gator Music Festival.
Mrs. Bordelon received her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Houston and graduated in 2015. During her time in Houston, she studied flute under Melissa Suhr and benefited greatly from Marion West, John Benzer, David Bertman, and the rest of the UH music faculty. She participated in the Spirit of Houston Marching Band and served as the principal flute of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble and was a member of the Symphonic Winds, University Women’s Chorus, and Concert Women’s Chorus.
Her professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and Texas Music Educator’s Association.
When outside the band hall, Mrs. Bordelon enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, baking, singing in her car, eating pizza, playing video games, and cuddling with her cat, Chopin.
Her greatest privilege and reward in teaching is to inspire students to make and appreciate music for the rest of their lives.
Office Phone: 832-386-4723
Mrs. Harris is beginning her eighth year of teaching and first year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Woodland Acres Middle School. Prior to being at WAMS, Mrs. Harris was the Percussion Director at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress, TX. Mrs. Harris began her career in Lubbock, TX as the Assistant Band Director at Smylie Wilson Middle School.
Mrs. Harris received her Bachelor and Master in Music Performance from Texas Tech University. While at TTU, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Celtic Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and the Summer Jazz Band. She has studied with Alan Shinn, Dr. Lisa Rogers, Nancy Zeltsman, Keith Aleo, Dr. Sarah McKoin, and Dr. Eric Allen.
Her responsibilities as Assistant Director of Bands will include teaching the beginner brass classes (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba), leading the Symphonic Band, teaching the 7th & 8th grade percussion class, and co-teaching alongside Mrs.Bordelon in the Concert Band.
Mrs. Harris is a native Houstonian growing up in Lake Jackson, TX. When not living in the band hall, she enjoys cooking/baking, playing video or board games, drinking lots of coffee, and taking naps. She has two dogs named Juno and Rayder, and two cats affectionately named "Kitty" and "Cat."
Mrs. Harris' professional affiliations includes the Texas Music Education Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Office Phone: 832-386-4723
Assistant Director of Bands
WAMS Director of Percussion
Galena Park HS Director of Percussion
Mr. Dawkins is the Percussion Director at Galena Park High School. His responsibilities include directing the Band of Gold Percussion Section and Percussion Studio at Galena Park High School as well as assisting with the performing concert ensembles at Galena Park High School, as well as teaching beginning percussion at Galena Park Middle School and Woodland Acres Middle School.
Prior to joining the Band of Gold, Mr. Dawkins served for nine years as percussion director for the Aldine High School Band in Houston, Texas. Under Mr. Dawkins’s direction, The Aldine High School percussion studio has been consistent Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest participants receiving excellent and superior ratings, as well as being awarded superior and best in class at the winter park ski festival and was an invited performance ensemble at Jones Hall as well as consistently ranked in the top of their class at Texas Color Guard Circuit Scholastic Concert Percussion events as well as the TCU Percussion Festival. Under his direction the Aldine High School Drumline has been a consistently invited performance group to many events including The Chevron Houston Marathon, The Aldine Children’s Festival, Houston Camp Gladiator Stadium Take Over, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade, as well as many other events around the City of Houston.
Mr. Dawkins is also in his second year as the front ensemble caption coordinator for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps from Princeton, New Jersey. Leading all aspects of the front ensemble including education, design, music, and electronic design.
Mr. Dawkins is a native of Spring Texas, and a graduate of Spring High School. During his four years at Spring High School, he was under the percussion direction of Rick Rodriguez and J.D. Guzman. During his time at Spring, the Spring Band was a consistent state finalist and semifinalist in the 2011 B.O.A. Grand Nationals Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduation, Mr. Dawkins went on to study at Lone Star College and the University of Houston to major in Business Administration then going back to attend Lone Star College to obtain his music degree studying under Dennis Eichler and Dr. Dave Faber.
He is an active arranger, musician, and performer in the Houston and Austin areas. Performing within the Capital of Texas and with groups including the Echo Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Symphony and Symphony North of Houston, where he served as principal percussionist. Mr. Dawkins is a Salyers Percussion and Encore Mallets Educational Artist as well as being professionally affiliated with Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, The Percussive Arts Society and Texas Color Guard Circuit.
Office Number: 832-386-2800 (2937)