Cody Newman

Cody Newman
Director of Bands

Cody Newman attended high school in Red Oak, Texas, graduating in 2001 as a band student under the direction of Keith Call. Mr. Newman then left the Dallas area for west Texas where he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock. While at Texas Tech, Mr. Newman performed with the nationally recognized, Sudler Trophy winning Goin' Band from Raiderland and the University Concert Band under the direction of Keith Bearden and Christopher Anderson. He also was a member of the Court Jesters basketball band and traveled around the country with the basketball teams of Texas Tech. He studied trumpet with Mr. Will Strieder and conducting with Mr. Gary Lewis.

Mr. Newman started at Poteet High School as a student teacher at Poteet High SChool then taught band in the Plano Independent School District at Renner Middle School before returning home to Poteet High School as an associate director in the Fall of 2006. Under his direction, the Poteet Concert Band was a consistent winner of the UIL Sweepstakes award. During the years of Mr. Newman's associate directorship, the marching band has also seen great succes winning "Best in Class" at numerous competitions, three "Grand Champion" awards from area contests, a UIL Bronze Medal at the 2009 AAAA State Marching Contest, and being crowned the 2007 AAAA State Marching Champions.

In the Fall of 2011, Mr. Newman became the director of bands at Poteet High School and since earned earned the UIL Sweepstakes award each year and been a consistent qualifier to the UIL Texas State Marching Contest. In 2017, the Poteet High School Honors Band was a finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition, finishing 10th in the state. In the Fall of 2017, the Pirate Band competed once again in the UIL State Marching Championships, earning a place in finals and finishing 5th overall.

Mr. Newman's professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Mr. Newman lives in Forney with his beautiful wife, Candice and his sons, Jace (2008) and Jackson (2009), Jolee (2015), and Jensen (2017).

Steve Kath

Steve Kath

Mr. Kath was part of the first graduating class of Poteet High School in 1991. He then attended Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education and his Masters degree in Music Performance. While there he held the position of Graduate Teaching Assistant which included duties such as teaching undergraduate percussion classes, arranging drumline music and instructing the drumline for the Goin' Band from Raiderland.

Before coming to Poteet High School, Mr. Kath was Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor at Dr. John D. Horn High School, Mesquite's newest school. With his assistance the performing groups achieved many contest and festival honors including Sweepstakes in its first contest year. He also taught at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. While there, his concert bands earned superior ratings at festivals and UIL events. His drumline also received many awards, including a 4th place finish and Best Cymbal Line in the Marching Percussion Festival at the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Since returning to Poteet, Mr. Kath has assisted the band in earning several honors including two first place finishes at the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2005 and 2007; being named the 2008 TMEA Honor Band where he performed a concerto with the Poteet Honors Band; receiving the Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation; and winning the Percussive Arts Society Call for Tapes in 2008 allowing the Poteet Percussion Ensemble to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Mr. Kath is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association as well as Percussive Arts Society. He is an Educational Endorser for Pro-Mark Corporation.

He and his wife Bonnye reside in Mesquite, where she is the music teacher at Beasley Elementary. They have two boys and a girl, David, Jonathan, and Madeline.

Steve Kath

Tish Downs

Mrs. Downs is a 2003 graduate of Poteet High School. While at Poteet, she was a member of the TMEA 4A All-State Band. After her high school career, Mrs. Downs continued her education in music at Stephen F. Austin State University. While at SFA, Mrs. Downs performed with various ensembles including the SFA Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred J. Allen, The Orchestra of the Pines and the Lumberjack Marching Band. She studied trumpet with Dr. Gary Wurtz. Mrs. Downs is a 2008 Cum Laude graduate of SFA.

Prior to working at Poteet High School, Mrs. Downs student taught with the Plano East Senior High School band cluster and spent three years as the Associate Band Director at Midlothian High School. At Midlothian High School, Mrs. Downs continued a tradition of sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-reading with the Midlothian High School Honor Band, and was a guest conductor with the Midlothian Wind Ensemble in their featured performances at the Western International Band Clinic and Convention held in Seattle, Washington and the Southeastern Band Clinic and Convention in Troy Alabama.

Mrs. Downs’ professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Tau Beta Sigma National Honor Sorority for College Bands. In 2009 Mrs. Downs was chosen and honored as one of 20 Star Teachers in Midlothian ISD.

Mrs. Downs lives in Mesquite with her husband Brandon, who is an assistant band director at North Mesquite High School.

Steve Kath

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