High School Directors 

While we share a lot of staff between campuses and team teach throughout the day, the following are primarily high school directors.

Click here to read about the middle school band staff.

 Jason Bird 

Jason Bird is currently in his 21st year of teaching and fourth year as the Director of Bands at Argyle High School. Under his direction, the Argyle High School band earned the silver medal at the 2018 UIL State Marching Contest and continued the streak of earning a sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sightreading competition.

Prior to Argyle High School, Mr. Bird was the director of bands at Richland High School in Birdville ISD. During his tenure, the concert ensembles have been awarded consistent Superior Ratings at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests. The Richland High School Honors Band was named a finalist in 2014, 2016, and 2017 for the TMEA Honor Band Competition, and in 2014, the Honors Band was a National Wind Band Honors Winner. The marching ensemble has been awarded consistent Superior Ratings at UIL Marching Contests with advancements to UIL State Marching Contest in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2017. Additionally, the marching ensemble was a consistent finalist at BOA Regional and Super Regional events across the country. In 2011, Mr. Bird collaborated with the Haltom High School and Birdville High School Bands to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Mr. Bird attended the University of Houston Moores School of Music and received his Bachelors in Music Education. While attending the University of Houston, Mr. Bird was a member of the prestigious Wind Ensemble and the Catalyst Saxophone Quartet. The Catalyst Saxophone Quartet was named the Wind Division Champion in 1997 for the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Carmel Chamber Music Competition.

Mr. Bird is an active adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching bands. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu.

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 Evan Fletcher 

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Evan Fletcher is in his eleventh year in Argyle ISD and his first year at Argyle High School. His primary teaching responsibilities include high school marching band, high school Symphonic Band and beginner trumpet class at Argyle Middle School. Mr. Fletcher also assists in various capacities at Argyle Middle School, where he was the director of bands for eight years.

Mr. Fletcher is a proud alum of Texas Lutheran University where he studied Music Education with Prof. Beth Bronk and Prof. Carol Chambers. In 2010, Mr. Fletcher was awarded the Malcolm Helm Memorial Scholarship by the Texas Bandmasters Association and was selected to Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. He was a marching member of Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps where, after he aged out, he assisted in various capacities on tour. 

In 2015, Mr. Fletcher earned his Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Texas State University where he studied Music Education with Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt and Dr. Amy Simmons. 

Bands under the direction of Mr. Fletcher have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes Awards and many Best in Class designations. His bands have advanced to the Area level of the TMEA Honor Band selection process and have been named State Winners of the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. The Argyle Middle School Honor Winds were named commended winners in the Mark of Excellence recording project in 2017, and 2019 and National Winners in 2018 and 2021.

Mr. Fletcher’s professional affiliations include, the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Association of Texas Small School Bands.
In 2018, the Honor Winds, under the direction of Mr. Fletcher were invited to perform at the Music For All National Festival.

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 Michael Lemish 

Michael Lemish is in his 17th year as Percussion Director at Argyle ISD. His responsibilities include teaching high school, middle school and beginning percussion students as well as all aspects the marching band’s visual program.
 
Mr. Lemish graduated from Central Noble High School in Albion, Indiana in 1997. In the fall
of that year he moved to Denton, TX where he began his collegiate career at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he performed in the UNT Drumline, the basketball band and was part of various percussion ensembles. His teachers included Dr. Robert Schietroma, Jeff Prosperie, Christopher Deane and Ed Soph.


Under his direction, the Argyle Drumline has earned first place at the Plano Drumline competition in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 in addition to many “Best Percussion” awards at various marching competitions. Mr. Lemish has played a key role in the numerous awards that the Argyle High School Bands have been awarded including the 2003 and 2005 UIL Class AA State Marching Champions, 2005 TMEA Class C Honor Band, 2006 TMEA Class AA Honor Band, a performance at the 2007 Midwest Clinic, 2008 TMEA Class AAA Honor Band and 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 UIL Class AAA State Marching Champions.

Mr. Lemish is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Percussive Arts Society and is an educational endorser of Encore Mallets. He is an active percussion arranger, performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout Texas. Michael resides in Denton, TX with his wife Erin, daughters Morgan and Zoe, and son Cooper.

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 Erica King 

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Erica King has been teaching and performing in the Color Guard world for 10 years. She grew up in Frisco, Texas and found her passion for the activity once she began to attend Frisco High School. After graduating in 2013, Ms. King attended the University of North Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She will also be going back for her second degree in rehabilitative studies this Spring! While attending school, she began her teaching career.

She became a technician for multiple groups in the area, with her most recent being Southlake Carroll High School and Coppell High School. She was director of the McKinney North High School Color Guard from 2019 - 2022, where she was able to lead them to an undefeated 2022 season within the local NCTA circuit!

Ms. King started her professional performance career with CGT in 2015. She performed at several WGI regionals with the organization and was a two-time WGI World Championship finalist. Her last year with CGT was 2017 where she was a captain. After her time there, she stepped onto the World Class floor with Black Gold Winterguard and was a two time WGI World Championship finalist as well. She spun for the organization in 2018 and 2020. She also had the pleasure of being on staff for Black Gold in 2019.

Ms. King is so excited to start her journey with the Argyle Color Guard and is looking forward to an amazing year!