Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Michael Nelson
Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2004.
As a student in the prestigious Moores School of Music, he was a three year member of the Moores School Percussion Ensemble, two year member of the Snare Line and two year Tenor Section Leader in the Spirit of Houston Marching Band. Additionally, he was a founding member of the U of H Steel Drum Ensemble, “The Pantagonists” and performed at various events around the City of Houston. As a two year member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, he had the opportunity to perform as the principal timpanist on Carmina Burana and the Berlioz Requiem with the Houston Symphony Chorus. In addition, he was a founding member of the Houston Texans “Bull Pen Pep Band” where he played in the Bass Line for two seasons and the Snare Line for one season.
Mr. Nelson has been teaching since 2004 and the Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator for the Porter High School Spartan Band since 2015 where he instructs the PHS Drum Line, Symphonic Band, and works with the Woodridge Forest and White Oak Middle School Band Programs. From 2011-2015, Mr. Nelson served as Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator at Shepherd High School in Shepherd, Texas where he led the SHS Indoor Drum Line to a Bronze Medal in the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships in 2013, a Gold Medal in 2014, and a Silver Medal in 2015. Prior to his position in Shepherd, he held similar positions at Sealy High School (2009-2011), Clear Springs High School (2007-2009), and J. Frank Dobie High School (2004-2007). He is an active clinician and has worked with numerous ensembles in and around the Greater Houston Area and The State of Texas.
Mr. Nelson holds Educator Endorsements from Promark Drum Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, and a Local Artist Endorsement with Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion. He is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Nelson has lived in Porter, Texas since 2013 with his wife Lindsey and three son’s Carsten, Case and Brody.