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Band is not a class, it's an experience. We are a student program that focuses on life-skill development and project-based learning where students can become leaders. The students have a voice in the projects that best accomplish the band program goals.

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Mr. David McKinney is a graduate of The University of Mississippi where he was a member of the "Pride of the South Marching Band", the University Wind Ensemble, the University Orchestra,  and "The Mississippian's", (UM's touring Jazz Ensemble). He was also a member of "The Collegians", a Jazz Ensemble, and numerous other Brass Ensembles. He began his career student teaching at South Panola High School. He was the Assistant Band Director at Brookhaven High School for 10 years before moving to Magnolia Middle School in Meridian MS. He became Director of Bands at West Lauderdale in 2001, where he grew the band to three times its original size. After 17 years at West Lauderdale, he retired in 2019, having taught in MS for 28 years.  He moved his family to Beaumont to become the Director of Bands at West Brook in 2019. He and his wife, Leah have 4 children. Two remained in MS and two moved to Beaumont as well. Mr. McKinney has a passion to share his love of music along with his wisdom and sense of humor with students.

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Mrs. Stephanie Alcantara is a graduate of McNeese State University. She became the Assistant Band director in 2018. She married her college sweetheart, Edward in 2019. She is the director of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Band and is a vital part of the Band Program here at West Brook.

Our Vision

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Our Mission

Our Vision

“As members of the West Brook High School Music Program,

we pledge to be united, have trust and respect for one another, communicate efficiently and frequently, participate in all band events through our attendance and personal sacrifice, while keeping in mind our responsibility to maintain professional standards, and take pride in all that we do.”

To enhance the growth, maturity, and experience of West Brook High School band students.
 
Core Values:

  • UNITY.  The band – parents, students, and staff – will work as one, rather than as individuals. 

  • COMMUNITY. We shape our community the way they shape us, both at home and in our school.

  • ENJOYMENT. Students should enjoy their band experience, their friends, their musical activities, and the processes involved with them.

  • INCLUSIVE. Be a “big tent” organization, serving students of various abilities and backgrounds.

  • HISTORY. Old Traditions & New Ideas. Value and reflect on our past while being innovative in new endeavors.

  • ENGAGEMENT. The needs and concerns of our student, parent, and community stakeholders are important to us.

  • ADVOCACY. Be advocates for music education in our daily lives and in discussions with decision-makers. 

  • REPUTATION. Students, parents, and staff will always exhibit outstanding citizenship and ethical behavior to be a source of pride for our school system and community. 

  • VERSATILITY. Be well rounded in terms of what we do, but with a strong foundation in concert literature.

  • CHALLENGE. Create an environment that challenges students and promotes personal growth.

  • STEWARDSHIP. Be good stewards of our resources, both personal and financial. 

  • RELEVANCE.  The students will be empowered with skills that enhance, influence, and aid in their daily lives. 

  • EXCELLENCE. Employ a positive work ethic on our steady march toward excellence: students, parents, and staff included.  We will always strive for the next level of excellence.

West Brook High School: (409) 617-5500

Bandhall 

(409) 617-5609