SHS Band Staff
Ryan Jenkins, Director of Bands
Mr. Jenkins is originally from Pennsylvania, where he attended college at West Chester University. After earning a bachelor's degree in music education in 1999, he was named Director of Bands at Pocomoke High School in Pocomoke, Maryland. He taught there for four years during which time he began the school's first jazz band and directed the basketball pep band during the school's two state titles. In 2003, Mr. Jenkins moved to Texas to be an assistant director at Tom Bean High School. One year later, he was promoted to head director where he stayed for two years. In 2006, he became Director of Bands at Sherman High School where he is in his 13th year with the Bearcats. Under his direction, the SHS bands have competed at the 5A Texas State Marching Contest three times, twice as a finalist. They have also advanced to the area level of the Texas Honor Band Contest.
Mr. Jenkins is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He gives marching band and concert band clinics to groups of all levels as well as serving as a judge for numerous marching and concert band contests across the state.
He lives in Sherman, TX with his wife Kesha and daughter Callie.
Flint Weed, Assistant Director
Flint Weed is currently teaching his 8th year at Sherman High School in North Texas. Previous to that he taught in Tom Bean for 6 years. Flint received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at West Texas A & M University and his master’s degree at Texas A &M University-Commerce. Before joining the education side of DCI, Flint marched Euphonium with Santa Clara Vanguard in 2002. While there he received a gold medal in the I & E solo competition as well as SCV Rookie of the Year honors. Returning to Drum Corps was a dream come true as Weed joined the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 as a brass instructor. Flint taught brass with the Blue Knights for 3 seasons as well as 2 seasons on the visual staff with the Troopers. Mr. Weed has served in the community in All-Region Band clinics, as well as a regular band clinician and judge in the area. He currently resides in Anna, Texas with his wife Valerie, their 4-year-old daughter Breah, and their cat Britches.
James Smith, Percussion Director
James Smith is currently in his thirteenth year as Director of Percussion for the Sherman Independent School District in Sherman Texas. Under his leadership, the program has seen success at the local and state levels. The Sherman Percussion Ensemble was established by Mr. Smith in 2007. Since it’s induction, the ensemble has more than doubled in size and has become a group of national recognition. The Sherman Drumline has won several high percussion awards at multiple local marching band contests. The Sherman Bass Line has won their caption at the Plano Drumline Contest and Lonestar Percussion Classic numerous times. The Sherman High School Marching Band has performed at the Texas State Marching contest multiple times and was finalists in 2007 and 20011.
From 2009-2011 James Smith was on the percussion staff with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. While with the Blue Knights, Mr. Smith primarily worked with the snare line as well as assisting with caption head responsibilities. Other teaching experience includes assisting DCI Hall of Fame member Thomas Hannum with the UMass pit and spring marching percussion techniques class. James also taught the Spirit of America Indoor Drumline and the New Mexico State University Drumline.
Mr. Smith received his Master's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University. James has studied with Thomas Hannum, Eduardo Leandro, Dr. Fred Bugbee. Dr. Blake Tyson, Pat Amann, Jeff Ausdemore, and Jeff Cornelius. Mr. Smith is proud to endorse Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Majestic/Mapex Musical Instruments. James currently resides in Sherman, Texas with his wife Monika and his daughter Annabella.
Andrew Camp, Assitant Director
Andrew Camp is starting his career as an Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director for Sherman High School. In his role, he teaches the concert band and color guard at the high school and additionally teaches the beginner Flute and Clarinet classes at Dillingham Intermediate School.
Mr. Camp recently graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education. During his time at TAMU-C, he has had many opportunities for performance. He performed flute and piccolo with the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble. He spent four years with Pride Marching Band as a color guard member and spent his fifth year as an Undergraduate Intern. He performed with the Flute choir and had his first composition for flute choir, Black Clouds, premiered at the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association convention. It was performed again the following fall at TAMU-C with an added electronic soundscape. He student taught in Highland Park ISD in the spring of 2019, with Reagan Brumley & Corey Parks at the high school, and Laura Whitehouse & TJ Emsley at the middle school.
Mr. Camp has 5 total years of professional drum corps experience, where he was taught by and worked with some of the best in the marching industry. He marched four years with the Blue Knights: “That One Second” - 2014, “Because” - 2015, “The Great Event” - 2016, “i” - 2017. He finished out his drum corps career with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018, with the DCI Championship show “Babylon”.
He is very excited to be joining the team at Sherman High School, and is looking forward to a great year!