Directors of the Union Grove Bands
High School Band Director
Brandon Garmon is a 1996 graduate of Gilmer High School and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University in 2001. He is currently the high school band director at Union Grove ISD where he has taught since 2013. He began his teaching career at Gilmer ISD. Under Mr. Garmon’s direction, the junior high bands in Gilmer received numerous first divisions and Sweepstakes Awards at UIL Concert & Sight Reading contest.
During his tenure at Union Grove, the high school band has won six consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Awards. The UG Band consistently partipates in the UIL Area Marching Contest. In 2017 and 2018 the UG Band advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest finishing 11th and 4th in the state in those respective years. The UG Band has also earned four ATSSB Oustanding Performance Series Awards in 2015, 2018, and 2019.
Mr. Garmon has served as middle school region coordinator and had the privilege of serving the Association of Texas Small School Bands as the Class C/CC state representative from 2007-2013. He currently serves as the State Representative for Class 1A/2A for ATSSB. His bands participate in UIL Concert & Sight Reading, UIL Solo & Ensemble, and the ATSSB All-State Band audition process. He serves as a clinician and UIL Concert & Sight Reading judge throughout the east Texas area.
Mr. Garmon is a member of Association of Texas Small School Bands, Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He and his wife Kim have been married for seventeen years and have a son, Carter, and a daughter, Caroline. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Gilmer.
Junior High Director
Andy Thompson is currently in his fifth year as the Junior High Band Director at Union Grove ISD. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Henderson State University in 2009 with his Bachelor of Music degree. Prior to teaching at Union Grove, he taught at Forest Park Middle School and Marshall Junior High.
Mr. Thompson’s bands consistently earn the UIL sweepstakes award. His bands at Union Grove were recently named TMEA Honor Band State Finalist in 2018(2nd Place) as well as ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series State Finalists in 2018(1st Place), and 2017(2nd Place). His professional associations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Andy lives in Longview, TX with his wonderful wife Sarah and duaghter Emily. The Thompsons are also members of Mobberly Baptist Church where they play in the orchestra.