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 second 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.
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 the director of the Symphonic Band at Grisham Middle School. Mr. Hagy also teaches all the beginner trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba classes.
Mr. Hagy earned a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Mike Dunn and Demondrae Thurman. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Kentucky University.
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. He served on the brass staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2016.
Mr. Hagy is very happy to be a part of the Grisham Middle School Staff and a community that is so supportive of the fine arts.