Liz Love, Head Band Director
Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, Liz Love is an active classical and jazz saxophonist and music educator in the Austin, Texas area. She is currently in her third year as Head Band Director at Grisham Middle School, teaching beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, as well as the Honors Band. She assists with the beginning brass classes and Symphonic Band. Previous to her time at Grisham, she was the Assistant Band Director at Running Brushy Middle School in Leander ISD, where she founded the RBMS Jazz Band in 2013. Her ensembles consistently receive UIL Sweepstakes ratings, and her students have earned Outstanding Soloist honors at Austin area jazz festivals. This year, the Grisham Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December!
Ms. Love is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, which is in its fourth season and will release its debut album in Spring of 2017. She also founded ASEYouth, a city-wide youth saxophone ensemble comprised of the most talented middle and high school saxophonists from all over the Austin area. She is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Ms. Love received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has performed and recorded extensively on flute, clarinet, and saxophone at both schools and counts Harvey Pittel, Paul Haar, Jerry Junkin, Jeff Hellmer, and Carolyn Barber as her principal mentors.
Liz attributes her passion for music and education to her incredible music-teacher parents, Ed and Loretta. She lives in Austin, Texas with her ridiculously supportive and adorable husband, Walter.
Jay Hagy, Assistant Band Director
Mr. Jay Hagy is currently in his ninth year of teaching, and his third at Grisham Middle School. Mr. Hagy teaches the Symphonic Band, as well as the beginner trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba classes, and assists with the Honors Band and beginning woodwind classes.
Prior to his appointment with Grisham, Mr. Hagy was an Associate Director of Bands for the Grain Valley Schools in Kansas City and an Assistant Band Director at Klein Oak High School in Houston, TX. During his time at Grain Valley, the band was a Bands of America Regional Finalist and performed in the 2016 Macy’s Day Parade. He also served on the brass staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2016.
Mr. Hagy earned a Masters in Tuba Performance from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Mike Dunn and Demondrae Thurman. Jay served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Million Dollar Band and was the director of the University of Alabama Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble. Jay was a member of the Alabama Tuba Quartet, which won the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference Tuba Quartet competition in 2008.
Jay lives in Austin, TX with his amazing wife, Samantha, and their two adorable pups. In his free time, he and his wife enjoy traveling and enjoying all the amazing food that Austin has to offer.