Ms. Claire Pittman is excited to join the Lake Highlands Band staff as one of the Assistant Directors. Her music education began at Lake Highlands cluster and she graduated from LHHS in 2010! Her responsibilities include directing Concert Band, assisting with Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching mixed beginning brass classes at the elementary campuses, and teaching the Wildcat Marching Band.
Before joining the LHHS staff, Ms. Pittman was the Associate Band Director at Killian Middle School, where she directed the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, assisted with the Honors Band, and taught all of the beginning brass classes. Under her direction, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band received consistent “Superior” ratings and success at UIL and local festivals. During her time at Killian, the Honors Band was selected as the 2018 CC TMEA Honor Band and was one of three middle school bands invited to perform at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. Before working at Killian, Ms. Pittman spent two years as an Assistant Band Director at New Braunfels High School and Ninth Grade Center where she led the high school’s marching brass program as well as the ninth grade bands.
Since the fall of 2017, Ms. Pittman has been a part of the educational staff of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps based in Rosemont, Illinois. The Cavaliers compete in an international circuit called Drum Corps International. Ms. Pittman has been involved with DCI since 2009 – she spent four summers as a performer, traveling thousands of miles across the United States and performing in nearly 30 shows each summer. Her final two years as a performer were with the Blue Devils, who have not placed lower than 5th place in DCI Finals since 1975. In the summer of 2015, she spent six weeks touring Europe as a Performing Staff Member with the Blue Devils International Corps and got to perform in the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland! In her current role with The Cavaliers, her primary responsibilities are leading mellophone instruction and assisting with all aspects of the brass program.
Ms. Pittman graduated from Lake Highlands HS in Richardson ISD and went on to study Music Education at Texas Christian University. While at TCU, she was a member of the Wind Symphony, the Basketball Band, and the TCU Marching Band. Ms. Pittman’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Tau Beta Sigma. When she is not at LH or on the road with the Cavaliers, she spends her time in the gym, with friends, traveling, or volunteering and fostering dogs for a local Shih Tzu rescue group, Tzu Zoo Rescue.