Hawk Band Directors
Mr. Rudy Leal
MMED - Texas Tech University
BA Music Ed. - Midwestern State University
Mr. Leal attended Midwestern State University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2012. Mr. Leal had the opportunity to study with Dr. Larry Archambo during his time at Midwestern State. Mr. Leal was a member of the Golden Thunder Marching Band, Midwestern State Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. In addition Mr. Leal attended Texas Tech University, where he received his Master in Music Education degree in 2018. He served as Teaching Assistant for the Music Education Department from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Leal assisted and studied with Dr. Jacqueline Henninger, Professor and Chair of the Music Education department, and Dr. Eric Allen, Assistant Director of Bands, Mr. Leal helped/taught specifically with undergraduate music curriculum, practicum, student teacher preparation, woodwind methods and undergraduate instrumental conducting courses.
This will be Mr. Leal's ninth year teaching as a music educator in the state of Texas. Prior to teaching at Iowa Park, Mr. Leal was assistant director at China Spring ISD, located near Waco, Tx from 2012 to 2016. During his time at China Spring Mr. Leal's ensembles received excellent and superior ratings in UIL Concert and Sight Reading, Mr. Leal's solo and ensemble students earned spots at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, in addition Mr. Leal has assisted with marching band programs that have made multiple appearances at the UIL State Marching Band Contest, in 2016 Mr. Leal and associated marching band program represented Texas and the United States on an international level by marching in the London New Year's Day Parade. Mr. Leal assisted with the China Spring Wind Ensemble when they were selected as the 2016 Texas 4A State Honor Band.
Mr. Leal's responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include overseeing all aspects of the WFGMS Band Program, specifically 5th grade recruitment, 6th grade beginning band classes, 7th and 8th grade Advanced Band Ensembles, assisting with high school marching band, assisting with Varsity Wind Ensemble. Mr. Leal is excited to lead the WFGMS Middle School Band Program!
Mr. Leal's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Kappa Kappa Psi and Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).
In his spare time Mr. Leal enjoys traveling (His most recent trip to Japan) and spending time with his wife Katy Leal and young daughter Sophie!
Mr. Leal looks forward to working with the students at Iowa Park CISD and helping to continue the tradition of excellence while helping to guide the students and band program to greater future achievements!
Mr. Jonathan Fortson
BA Music Ed. - Texas Tech University
Mr. Fortson attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's of Music Education in the fall of 2020. Mr. Fortson had the privilege to study trumpet with Dr. Andrew Stetson during his time at Texas Tech University. Mr. Fortson was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland from 2015 to 2018, as well as a section leader for the Goin' Band trumpets from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Fortson was also a member of the Texas Tech Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and the TTU trumpet ensemble.
Mr. Fortson had the opportunity to compete at many music competitions and festivals during his time at TTU, including the CBDNA clinic with the Symphonic Band in 2016, TTU jazz festival from 2016 to 2019, and various performances with the TTU trumpet ensemble, including TMEA in 2016, the International Trumpet Guild conference in 2018, and the National Trumpet Competition from 2017 to 2019.
Mr. Fortson's responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include overseeing all aspects of the WFGMS Band Program, specifically 6th grade beginning band classes, assisting the 7th and 8th grade Advanced Band Ensembles, assisting with high school marching band, assisting with Varsity Wind Ensemble, and co-teaching the high school jazz band.
Mr. Fortson's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).
In his free time, Mr. Fortson loves to play with his dog Roscoe, watch anything Star Wars related, and play video games on his PC and Playstation.
Mr. Fortson is excited to start his career with the WFGMS Middle School Band Program, as well as help continue the long-standing history of success and achievement in the Iowa Park CISD band program!
Mr. Charlie Bradberry - Director of Bands
MMED - Texas State University
BA Music Ed. - Midwestern State University
Charlie Bradberry is a 1994 Graduate of Iowa Park High school and is proud to be fulfilling a childhood dream of teaching at his Alma Mater. Mr. Bradberry graduated in 1999 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree. After completing his first year of teaching he went back to graduate school and earned a Masters of Music in Education degree from Texas State University. (Formally known as Southwest Texas State University)
Mr. Bradberry is currently in his 20th year of teaching having started his career as both an assistant and head middle school director in Burnet and Burkburnett, Texas. As a head and assistant director he helped guide the bands he worked with to 2 State Marching Bands contests and numerous sweepstakes awards.
Besides teaching, Mr. Bradberry is also a performing percussionist and drummer who has made a name for himself playing for or with many different groups and artists. As a performer Mr. Bradberry has spent many years playing with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and had the opportunity to perform with both the Big Springs and Lawton Symphony’s. Over the last 25 years Mr. Bradberry has been the jazz or rock drummer for the Wichita Jazz Orchestra, Gant Blues Band, Apache Casino Big Band, The Black And White Band along with performances playing with country artists such as Buddy Emmons and Luck Robinson. As a country drummer Mr. Bradberry spent numerous years traveling all over the southern states performing in and playing with different rodeo bands. “Ye Haw!!” Mr. Bradberry’s career also includes his time inside the studio where he was able to make contributions to several different radio and television commercials and guest work with artists on their albums.
Mr. Bradberry is married to Pepper, his wife of 21 years, and has 3 children Morgan George with husband Brian of Arkansas, and Meghan & Mason Bradberry of Iowa Park. Along with spending time with his family Mr. Bradberry loves aviation and is an active pilot who enjoys flying his plane all over the country.