As an Educator Craig Green’s career as a Band Director actually began as a boy. Both of his parents were musicians. He participated in band in HISD, transferring his senior year to be under the direction of Mr. Conrad O. Johnson and become a member of the Kashmere Stage Band. He attended Shaw University, University of North Texas, and the University of Houston receiving a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Certification in Educational Supervision. He concluded his 33rd year as Director of Bands at Albert Sidney Johnston Middle School in the Houston Independent School District in the 2011-2012 school year. During his career, Mr. Green served as Asst. Director of Bands at Parker Elementary and Louie Welch Middle Schools before spending 27 years at Johnston Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HISD). In those years, thousands of talented students were under his baton. The Johnston Band program was the first in the HISD to earn not only one, but multiple UIL Band Concert and Sight Reading Sweepstakes Honors and numerous 1st Division awards at local and state events. Under his direction the program regularly earned “Best in Class”, “Best in Show”, and “Most Outstanding” (for concert and jazz, along with “Outstanding Soloist”) titles as well as positive critiques by judges and audiences alike. His program often had HISD’s highest single school representation earning chairs in Region and City Bands exceling alongside schools from more resourceful districts.
Craig Green established one of the finest young jazz ensemble programs in America. The Johnston Jazz Ensemble became well known for its performance and preparation of solid players ready for the next level. A few of today’s leading jazz artists were developed in this group, including Brandon Lee (Trpt), Director of Jazz Studies at Julliard; and Walter Smith, III (Saxophone), Recording Artist. Drummers Chris Dave, Eric Harland, Jamie Williams, and others are now working with great American jazz musicians. Jazz Greats such as Eric Harland, Stefon Harris, and Joshua Redman speak highly of this accomplished educator.
Craig Green is an in demand adjudicator and clinician, including presentations at TMEA. He has numerous honors at the local, state, regional, and national levels and also has written a drumset methods book and invented pedagogical aids.
Now in his retirement, Craig thanks the Lord for all his blessings, enjoys spending more time with his wife of 39 years, Cheryl (who is also a teacher in Houston Independent School District of 33 years) and supporting his daughter, a violinist and aspiring doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park.
This master educator is well deserving of his rest after a lifetime of commitment to music education, advocacy, and performance!
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