Iowa Park Band Mission Statement
We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.
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, Assistant Professor of Music Education, 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.
Mr. Leal is excited to start his third year for the Iowa Park Band Program. This will be Mr. Leal's eighth 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. In 2016 and 2017 Mr. Leal received "The Pride of China Spring Teaching Award" having been selected by students in the top ten percent of two different graduating senior classes.
Mr. Leal's responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include recruitment and interaction with the 5th grade, overseeing aspects of the WFGMS Band Program, specifically the 6th grade beginning band classes, 7th and 8th grade ensembles, assisting with high school marching band, assisting with Varsity Wind Ensemble and directing the high school non varsity concert band.
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 their two pugs Jasmine and Marty.
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!
Mrs. Amy Robinson is active as an educator and saxophone performer. She completed two master’s degrees at Illinois State University (ISU) in Conducting and Saxophone Performance. She also holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU).
Mrs. Robinson is in her second year as Assistant Band Director at Iowa Park CISD. She teaches the high school marching band, color guard/winter guard, concert band, and jazz band, as well as middle school concert band and beginner classes. Before she joined the faculty at Iowa Park CISD, Mrs. Robinson taught for a year at James Martin High School in Arlington, TX and three years at Krum ISD in Krum, TX. At these schools, she has taught middle school and high school concert band, marching band, beginner classes, jazz band, color guard, and winter guard and won superior ratings with all of these ensembles.
As a saxophonist Mrs. Robinson has performed on national and international stages. She has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and at several national and regional North American Saxophone Alliance conferences in 2019, 2018, 2016, and 2015. Mrs. Robinson has also performed with her saxophone quartet at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 NASA Saxophone Quartet Competition. She currently performs with the Carrollton Wind Symphony, who performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic this year. Mrs. Robinson is a member of professional organizations for saxophonists, conductors, and educators, including TMEA, TBA, NASA, and NAfME.
Mrs. Robinson and her husband, Corey, enjoy playing board games, golf, and spending time with their cats, Beesley and Halpert.
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.