Founded in 1926, the Jack Yates Marching Motion Band the ensemble has always been committed to artistic excellence and music education. MMB is consistently hailed as one of the greatest bands in the Land!
The Marching Motion Band commands a vast repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Performing in over 50 concerts and traveling opportunities each year, the MMB's talented musicians are the driving force behind the ensemble's famous sound heard on all social media platforms that reach millions throughout the United States and around the globe.
Additionally, the MMB’s community engagement projects are nationally recognized, including Houston Symphony Summer Neighborhood Concerts, NEPL (No Excuses Pro League), DRUMline Live in Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, an annual week of performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other unexpected venues; Notes of Honor, a collaboration with the Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) and its affiliated organizations. Career development opportunities for young musicians include the CMCH Youth Fellowship Program and its acclaimed, Summer Music Institute.
The following essential materials are a part of our curriculum:
· Tone Production (Embouchure, Breathing, Ear Training)
· Technical facility on your instrument (Scales, Intervals. etc.)
· Lip Flexibility (Lip Slurs, Long Tones)
· Social Maturation
· Developing social skills
· Learning additional instrumental skills and pedagogy
· Participating in experiences that are new, different, and fun
· Participating in safe experiences with limits and
· Building meaningful relationships with positive role models
Here are the staff members:
Conductor Tyreke Cooper is recognized for his effortless expressiveness and depth of musicianship. With sharp baton technique and natural stage presence, the impressive ease of his interpretations translates even the most complex scores into immersive experiences. His profound understanding of composer and score, taste, and naturally elegant style make him one of the most sought-after conductors of
Tyreke Cooper was born in Queens, New York, but has spent most of his life in Dallas. After graduating from Lancaster High School, he proceeded on to Texas Southern University in Houston, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in music. Mr. Cooper led The Ocean of Soul sousaphone section and principal tubist of the premier Symphonic group for many years. He had the good fortune to also play with the Gulf Coast Concert Band, which was conducted and led by The Maestro Benjamin J. Butler. Soon thereafter, Mr. Cooper directed the orchestra programs while teaching at three different institutions.
He created the Tuba League as a nonprofit mentorship program to assist with educating our young scholars. Teaching them the things he would have wished someone would've provided him with at a younger age. Mr. Cooper believes in the power of relationships and works to establish a good rapport with students, parents, community members, and business leaders by being highly visible in the school district and actively involved in the community. His leadership mission is to “speak life” into everyone that he meets—staff, students, and parents—and considers his role as "JY Fly Marching Motion" Band Director to be his dream job.
Eboni Davis Asst. Director
Eboni Davis, one of the world's most sought-after conductors, is known for her artistry in both concert halls and creative composition atmospheres. She has revitalized the Marching Motion Band (MMB) and deepened its relevance to audiences and the Houston Metroplex community. Eboni's musical journey began with the violin, where she dedicated hours to mastering the instrument's delicate nuances and intricate techniques. Under the guidance of renowned mentors and instructors, Eboni's skills flourished, showcasing a unique style that was both timeless and contemporary.
Eboni's talents extended beyond the violin, exploring piano, guitar, and vocals, allowing her to express herself in different ways and connect with audiences on a profound level. Her versatility and adaptability showcased her versatility in collaborative settings, showcasing the power of musical synergy. Eboni also dedicated herself to teaching, nurturing aspiring musicians, and inspiring them to reach new heights.
Eboni's musical journey continues to evolve, as she seeks new avenues for exploration and collaboration. She remains committed to her art, constantly refining her skills and embracing the ever-changing landscape of the music industry. Her performances leave audiences in awe, transporting them to a world where music transcends boundaries and touches the deepest corners of the soul. Eboni's musical legacy is a beacon of inspiration for aspiring musicians and music lovers alike, showcasing the transformative power of music and the profound impact it can have on our lives.
Jesse Holloway Percussion Specialist
Jesse Holloway, a renowned percussion instructor, has left an indelible mark on the world of music education. Born with rhythm in his veins, Jesse's passion for percussion led him to honing his skills on a modest drum set in his parents' basement. His dedication and tireless practice have led him to develop a profound understanding of rhythm, dynamics, and the intricate nuances of each percussion instrument. Jesse pursued a career in music education, aiming to inspire aspiring drummers and percussionists of all ages.
As an instructor, Jesse's approach is rooted in patience, encouragement, and a deep understanding of each student's unique learning style. He tailors his lessons to suit the specific needs and goals of each student, ensuring a well-rounded music education. Jesse instills a deep appreciation for musicality and expression, emphasizing the importance of listening, understanding different musical genres, and collaborating with fellow musicians.
Jesse's impact extends beyond the classroom, actively engaging with the broader percussion community through workshops, collaborations, and seeking new ways to expand his knowledge and skills. His passion for lifelong learning serves as an inspiration to his students, demonstrating the transformative power of music education. Jesse Holloway's rhythmic journey is a testament to the transformative power of music education, reminding us that with passion, dedication, and the right mentor, we can create extraordinary rhythms that resonate with our souls and touch the lives of others.
J. "Chum" McClendon Percussion Specialist
Nurturing the next generation of artists is important to Mr. McClendon, as evidenced by his ongoing work in masterclasses and tours with youth orchestras, including the Conrad Johnson Orchestra, and private lessons to youth in underprivileged communities.
He believes that every individual possesses the innate ability to create music and aims to unlock their potential through personalized instruction. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for identifying strengths and areas for improvement, Mr. McClendon tailors his lessons to suit the specific needs and goals of each student.
Mr. McClendon, a 2018 Austin high school graduate, has extensive experience in teaching and performing in various ensembles, including marching bands, chamber orchestras, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles. With a background in marching/melodic percussion and low brass, McClendon is emotionally supportive and nurturing, making him a valuable asset to any ensemble.
Valerie M. Clouser
Valerie M Clouser is a graduate of O'Connell College Prep and Texas Southern University, with graduate studies at PVAMU, UNT, and UH. With over 40 years of experience as a Career and Technology educator at HISD, she has coached, sponsored, and directed various student teams and organizations. Despite being retired, she continues to work as an associate teacher, coach, and mentor.
Shannon Sattiewhite-Beaty Crimson Doll/ Flag Sponsor
Shannon Sattiewhite-Beaty is a proud graduate of Jack Yates High School, which is the best institution. Ms. Beaty was a member of the 1989 graduating class. Ms. Beaty participated in a variety of extracurricular organizations while a student at Yates, including as a member of the band and the theater club.
Ms. Beaty, who has worked in education for more than 30 years and spent 18 of those years at our beloved Jack Yates, made the decision out of her love for learning and achievement to assist mold, guide, and shape the young of our community. Her greatest accomplishment was being able to adopt three children to give them a better start in life because of her nurturing and caring attitude. Currently, Ms. Beaty instructs life skills and sponsors the band's twirlers.