Benjamin Lewis Director of Bands
Ben Lewis has been the Director of Bands at South Garland since the Fall semester of 2019.
Mr. Lewis was born and raised in Garland, TX, and attended Lakeview Centennial High School, where he graduated in 2006 before attending the University of Texas at Arlington. While at UTA, Mr. Lewis studied under some of the top musicians in the state, including Ed Jones, Douglas Stotter, Matthew Luttrell, and many more. Mr. Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Fall of 2010.
Prior to working at South Garland, Mr. Lewis worked as a music and marching technician for Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX where he helped the band make the state marching band competition twice and then performed his student teaching at Rowlett High School in 2010, when they also made the state competition. Mr. Lewis then worked at Jackson Technology Center beginning in 2011, where he served as the Associate Band Director and Brass specialist initially, before advancing to the Head Director position 3 years later. During his time at Jackson, Mr. Lewis received consistent sweepstakes and 1st division awards, increased the number of participants in Region and District Bands, and saw the program grow to almost 400 students.
Mr. Dougherty has been the Associate Director of Bands at South Garland since the Fall semester of 2022.
Mr. Dougherty was born in Austin, Texas. He spent his high school years in a Power House school called James Bowie High School. While there he discovered his love for music and band. While at Bowie he won numerous BOA competitions, competed and got 3rd in 6A state, and 6th at Grand Nationals in 2013 He also competed in Solo and Ensemble qualifying for state all 4 years in High School.
After graduation he began studying music education at Texas Tech University. Mr. Dougherty studied Percussion under Dr. Lisa Rogers and Mr. Alan Shin and performed in many ensembles such as Orchestras, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Celtic ensembles and more. While marching with the Goin' Band, he was section leader and made it to the final 4 for Drum Major, being the first percussionist to do so in school history.
Mr. Dougherty worked with grades K-12 while studying at Texas Tech. His intense passion for music and music education derives from his experiences with the musicians, mentors, and colleagues he met and watched over his musical career. He previously worked at a 4a High School in West Texas call Big Spring High School, where he helped lead them to their 4th ever state appearance in the schools 70 year history.
Holley Horak Guard Director