Stephen T. Cox is the director of bands at the Advanced Learning Academy, Fox Tech, and Cast Tech Schools in San Antonio, TX as of fall 2022. There Mr. Cox has had the privileged of launching a student centered band program in the oldest public school campus in San Antonio including both wind and rhythm section instruction with a modern band philosophy. For the previous decade he served as the director of bands at Eastland High School in Eastland, TX A graduate of Howard Payne University, Mr. Cox has been featured in the School Band and Orchestra Magazine's 50 Directors who make a difference and was the winner of the Grammy Music Educator Award in 2022.
As a speaker he has given clinics on the topics of educational technology, community engagement, small school education, student ownership, and preparing students for majoring in music at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the Technology Institute for Music Education, Minnesota Bandmasters Association, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, The New Mexico Band Director's Association, and the Midwest Clinic. In his time at Eastland, the high school band was community centered and recognized as a consistent high quality rural school program. They also performed at the Midwest clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association conventions.
Core to his teaching philosophy, Mr. Cox believes that fine arts programs should be integral to their communities, that students should have as much control as possible, and that our ultimate goal is to give students the skills they need to chart their own path in life.
Mr. Cox is married to Stephanie Cox, visual art teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, TX. They have three amazing children, Aubree, Chuck, and Caesar.
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