Terry Hogard has been the band director at Brookland High School since 2008. Before that, he taught at Paragould High School in Paragould, Arkansas, where he worked as the Assistant to Trey Reely for 17 years. His first job, though, was 1 year at Brinkley High School.
Mr. Hogard earned his both BME (1988) and his MME (1990) at Arkansas State University. While there, he sat under the direction of Dr. Tom O'Connor (ret.) and Dr. Patricia Brumbaugh (ret.) and studied clarinet and saxophone with Mr. Ken Hatch. He did his student teaching with Gary Barton (ret.), David Leonard (ret.), and Geoff Carlton (Laporte, TX)
His secondary school education was served at Wonder Junior High under the tuteledge of Mr. Bobby Porter (ret.); at at West Memphis High School where Mr. Phil Burns (ret.) served as head director and Mr. Paul Blackburn (information needed), Mr. James Strain (Eastman) and Mr. David Leonard (ret.) were the assistants.
Mr. Hogard is a member of the 106th Army National Guard Band of Little Rock, Arkansas; and the principal clarinetist of the Delta Symphony Orchestra, homed at Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Under his baton, the Brookland High School Band has grown from approximately 70 students in the program to over 130. The band has placed consistently among the highest number of students in ASBOA Region V honor bands and has been the highest for schools of its size 4 of the past 5 years. The Symphonic Winds have earned Superior Ratings at region concert assessments 5 of the last 7 years. In 2017, they played grade IV music for the first time at assessment.
In 2013, Brookland fielded its first marching band performance on a gravel track and moved to a football field the following year. In 2015, THE ROAR was born and the band marched for the first time in school history at Regional Marching Assesment. In 2016, THE ROAR earned is first Superior in marching and marched at its first marching contest in school history.
Mr. Hogard is married to his wife, Wanda, who is teaches elementary school in North Little Rock, Arkansas; and is the proud owner of ... well... more dogs than he cars to mention.
Ms. Cassie Ferrell will be beginning her teaching career as the assistant band director of Brookland Bearcat Bands starting for the 2017-2018 school year.
Ms. Ferrell is a Jonesboro High School graduate, where she was a student of head director Mr. Steve Marner (ret.), and assitant Grant Harbison (now Jonesboro High Head Director). She graduated from Arkansas State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, where she studied with Dr. Tim Oliver and Dr. Sarah Labovitz. Throughout her carreer, she has played in many diverse ensembles including jazz band, brass ensemble, orchestra, marching band, and wind ensemble. Her primary instrument is French horn, and she has played piano for many years as well. Ms. Ferrell is a member of the National Association for Music Education and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority. She completed her Teacher Internship at Nettleton High School with Miss Peggy Jeffries and Mr. Grant Brinkle in 2017.
At Brookland, she will be team teaching beginners with Mr. Hogard, heading the Junior Band and assisting with THE ROAR, the Symphonic Winds, and the JazzCats band. She will also be teaching a beginning band class for older students - those who begin band after the 8th grade.
A Brief History of the Brookland Band
NOTE: Information for years previous would be appreciated!