Band Staff

Robert Beshears, Director of Bands
(972)494-8492 ext. 60076

As a native Oklahoman, Mr. Beshears is a graduate of Midwest City High School where he was selected as a member of the 1984 McDonald’s All-American High School Band and a six time All-State Band, Orchestra and Jazz member.  He graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern Oklahoma University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He began teaching public school instrumental music in 1988 in Altus, Oklahoma as part of THAT ALTUS BAND.

Bob moved to Dallas and got married in 1992 and joined the teaching staff at Garland High School as the first second-assistant in the GISD.  He has done graduate studies at North Texas State University, Texas A&M Commerce, Eastfield College, Collin County Community College and Brookhaven Community College.  In 2005, Bob received his Masters in Music Education from American Band College (ABC) – Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon.  He is listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers and Outstanding Young Men of America.

Mr. Beshears and his wife, Tina, live in Carrollton, where they have two lovely children, Brittany and Allison.  His hobbies include riding his motorcycle and driving his 1949 Pontiac.

Jacob Ramirez , Assistant Band Director, Fine Arts Deparment Chair, & Performing Arts Magnet School Coordinator
(972)494-8492 ext. 60075

Mr. Ramirez is the first assistant at Garland High School.  His duties include directing the Wind Ensemble and the Garland High School Percussion Program (which includes the Garland Owl Drumline & Sideline [G.O.D.S.] and the popular Garland Chamber Percussion).  Mr. Ramirez also assists with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Garland High School, as well as, the Austin and Sam Houston Middle School Honor Bands.  Mr. Ramirez is also on faculty as a percussion instructor and head counselor with the Baylor University School of Music Summer Music Camps.

Mr. Ramirez earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he studied percussion with the late Dr. Larry Vanlandingham and conducting with Michael Haithcock and Stephen Heyde.  Mr. Ramirez has attended numerous workshops and symposiums with such teachers as Craig Kirchhoff, Michael Colgrass, Jack Stamp, Timothy Reynish, Todd Meehan, Brian Zator, Ray Chapa, Lynne Jackson, Frank Troyka, and Libby Larsen. 

Mr. Ramirez is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association (provisional).  

Mr. Ramirez’s family includes his wonderful wife (whom he met on the marching practice field at Baylor) and beautiful daughter.

Javier Rivera , Assistant Band Director
(972)494-8492 ext. 60075

Mr. Rivera is the second assistant band director at Garland High School.  He is charged with overseeing the Symphonic and Concert Bands within the Mighty Owl Band program.  He also assists with the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony at Garland.  Mr. Rivera works with the Honor Bands at Austin Academy and Sam Houston Middle School.  Mr. Rivera has led the Symphonic Band at Garland to its first Sweepstakes at UIL Concert/Sighteading Evaluations and the band continues to perform at superior levels.  

Raised in Plano, Mr. Rivera graduated from Plano East Senior High School.  He performed in the bands at PESH directed by John Brennan, Jana Harvey, and Evelio Villarreal.  He was also a member of the All-Region bands while at Plano East and has received awards in service to the band.  

Mr. Rivera earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University where he studied under Dr. Henry Howey for Euphonium.  While at Sam Houston, his mentors included Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Brian Gibbs, Charlotte Royall, Jeff Gorring, and countless others who bring new ideas and challenges to music education.

Mr. Rivera is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and annually participates in The Art of Teaching Music at SMU each summer.

He currently lives in Plano and enjoys being close to home.