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Shepherd hires band director

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News-Times

SHEPHERD — Michelle Durden has been hired as the new Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts for Shepherd ISD.

Durden is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in music cum laude in 2018. 

While at SHSU, Durden was a 4-year member and 3-year visual technician of “The Pride of East Texas” Bearkat Marching Band, as well as a part of the Symphonic Band, Angry Orange Brass Band, and Old Main Brass Choir. Durden joined the Shepherd ISD Staff in 2018.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity,” Durden said. “I plan on leading our growing music program from Pre-K through High School as well as coordinating all of our amazing Fine Arts Programs.

“The Band program is moving up in numbers, quality, and drive for excellence,” she said. “(We) are working on an exciting marching show and we can’t wait to show everyone. Thank you again for this opportunity and I can’t wait to show Shepherd the amazing things the band program has to offer.”

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