Francis is a native of Oklahoma and grew up in Oklahoma City. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Upon graduation Mr. Francis accepted a position with the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the orchestra for the next seven years. Mr. Francis taught applied trumpet at Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Central Oklahoma while playing
with the orchestra. Mr. Francis obtained his Master of Music degree in trumpet
performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, while continuing
his playing career in Oklahoma City. He was privileged to study trumpet with one
of the premier trumpet teachers in the nation, Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. He also studied band performance techniques with John Paynter.
Mr. Francis previously taught at Graham Jr. High, Gainesville High School, and Marsh Middle School in Castleberry I.S.D.
in Ft. Worth, Texas. His bands have received consistent superior ratings in
U.I.L.Concert/Sightreading contests wherever he has taught. His band in Castleberry also won the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Concert Selection category in 2003.
Mr. Francis conducts Symphonic I, assists with Symphonic
!!, and teaches beginners. His professional affiliations include T.M.E.A. and T.B.A.
Cook attended Texas Christian University from 1994 to 1998 earning a Bachelor of
music Education. Mr. Cook participated in many ensembles including Wind
Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. His
major instruments were percussion and bass in which he was a student of Dr.
Michael Kingan and Dr. NIck Petrella. Upon graduation, he taught in Castleberry
ISD in which the marching band placed 3rd in the state marching contest and the
middle school placed second in the outstanding performance series. He taught
three years at Venus ISD at the middle school earning sweepstakes in 2007.
Reggie has been with WISD program since the Fall of 2007 and his High School
Symphonic Band earned sweepstakes at U.I.L. Concert and Sight Reading in 2008,
2009, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Cook co-directed The High School Marching Band to
an 8th place finish at the 2009 State 4A Marching Contest.
Mr. Cook conducts Symphonic II, assists with Symphonic I, and teaches beginners.