Nick Durham


Nick Durham

Band/Music Director

Hello. My name is Nicholas Durham. I am a 1998 graduate of Longview High School, where I actively participated in Band and Orchestra, making the TMEA All-State Band in '97 and '98 and winning 6 medals at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. My dad (Harvey) was my band director,my mom (Xenia) was a music major, and I had a great private lesson teacher, Al Slatter. These three special people helped develop my musical abilities, which led me to a career in music.
I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in music. During my four years at SFA, I served at head drum major for the Lumberjack Marching Band, principal clarinetist for the SFA Wind Ensemble, president of the Mu Xi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was a member of Alpha Chi. Fred J. Allen was my band director, who still is a great mentor and friend.
Upon graduation, Jim Jones hired me as his assistant at Carthage High School. I learned a great deal from Mr. Jones, who is, in my opinion, a master educator and musician. During my three years as assistant director, I helped with the Battlin' Bulldog Marching Band, and directed the CHS Non-Varsity Band during concert season.
In 2005 I took the job as Director of Bands at DeKalb ISD, a small school in Bowie County, northeast Texas. The Good Lord blessed us with a great deal of success, as the band won UIL Sweepstakes Awards all three years I was there, along with placing in the Finals at the UIL Texas State Marching Contest in 2005 and 2007. Don Foster, former director of the Mighty Bear Band in DeKalb, was a great help and friend to me while I figured out how to run a band program.
In 2008, I returned to Carthage ISD to serve as Director of Bands. We have been very fortunate to have been successful at UIL contests, earning Sweepstakes Awards each year, while trying to regrow the program's numbers which had fallen quite low in previous years. We have assembled a superb staff to guide and teach the wonderful band students at Carthage ISD. I am very proud to be a member of the Bulldog family, and look forward to making more great memories with the Battlin' Bulldog Band!
Affiliations: Texas Music Educators Association, member; Texas Bandmasters Association, member; Association of Texas Small School Bands, member; Phi Beta Mu, member; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, alumnus; Alpha Chi, alumnus; Lumberjack Band Alumni Association, secretary/treasurer; Lumberjack Alumni Association, lifetime member; National Association of Military Marching Bands, past president; Rotary Club, member.