Hawk Band Directors
Mr. Charlie Bradberry - Director of Bands
Ed.D "ABD" - Midwestern State University
MMED - Texas State University
BA Music Ed. - Midwestern State University
Charlie Bradberry is a 1994 Graduate of Iowa Park High School and is proud to be fulfilling a childhood dream of teaching at his Alma Mater. Mr. Bradberry graduated in 1999 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree. After completing his first year of teaching he went back to graduate school and earned a Masters of Music in Education degree from Texas State University. (Formally known as Southwest Texas State University). Currently, Mr. Bradberry is working toward his Doctorate degree in Education from Midwestern State University. At this time he is "ABD" with a tentative completion date of June 2024.
Mr. Bradberry is currently in his 26th year of teaching having started his career as both an assistant and head middle school director in Burnet and Burkburnett, Texas. As a head and assistant director he helped guide the bands he worked with to 2 State Marching Bands contests and numerous sweepstakes awards.
Besides teaching, Mr. Bradberry is also a performing percussionist and drummer who has made a name for himself playing for or with many different groups and artists. As a performer, Mr. Bradberry has spent many years playing with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and had the opportunity to perform with both the Big Springs and Lawton Symphonies. Over the last 25 years, Mr. Bradberry has been the jazz or rock drummer for the Wichita Jazz Orchestra, Gant Blues Band, Apache Casino Big Band, and The Black And White Band along with performances playing with country artists such as Clay Walker and Luke Robinson. As a country drummer, Mr. Bradberry spent numerous years traveling all over the southern states performing in and playing with different rodeo bands. “Ye Haw!!” Mr. Bradberry’s career also includes his time inside the studio where he was able to make contributions to several different radio and television commercials and guest work with artists on their albums.
Mr. Bradberry is married to Pepper, his wife of 26 years, and has 3 children Morgan George with husband Brian and Grandson Lincoln of Wichita Falls, and Meghan & Michael Rodgers with Grandaughter Myleigh, and Mason Bradberry of Iowa Park. Along with spending time with his family, Mr. Bradberry loves aviation and is an active pilot who enjoys flying his plane all over the country.
Mr. Jonathan Fortson
BA Music Ed. - Texas Tech University
Mr. Fortson attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's of Music Education in the fall of 2020. Mr. Fortson had the privilege to study trumpet with Dr. Andrew Stetson during his time at Texas Tech University. Mr. Fortson was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland from 2015 to 2018, as well as a section leader for the Goin' Band trumpets from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Fortson was also a member of the Texas Tech Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and the TTU trumpet ensemble.
Mr. Fortson had the opportunity to compete at many music competitions and festivals during his time at TTU, including the CBDNA clinic with the Symphonic Band in 2016, TTU jazz festival from 2016 to 2019, and various performances with the TTU trumpet ensemble, including TMEA in 2016, the International Trumpet Guild conference in 2018, and the National Trumpet Competition from 2017 to 2019.
Mr. Fortson's responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include leading all aspects of the WFGMS Band Program: 6th grade beginning band classes, teaching the 7th and 8th grade Advanced Band Ensemble, teaching the high school marching band, assisting with Varsity Wind Ensemble, and teaching the high school jazz ensembles.
Mr. Fortson's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).
In his free time, Mr. Fortson loves to play with his dog Roscoe, watch anything Star Wars related, and play video games on his PC.
Mr. Fortson is excited to start his third year with the Iowa Park Band Program, as well as help continue the long-standing history of success and achievement in the Iowa Park CISD band program!
Ms. Kenna McCormick
BM Music Ed. - Oklahoma State University
Kenna McCormick attended Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor's of Music Education in the spring of 2023. She studied bassoon with Dr. Tyler Austin, Dr. Midori Samson, and Marat Rakhmatullaev while at Oklahoma State University. She was in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Double Reed Ensemble.
Ms. McCormick’s responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include assisting in all aspects of the WFGMS Band Program: 6th grade beginning band classes, helping with the 7th and 8th grade Advanced Band Ensemble, assisting with the high school marching band and Varsity Wind Ensemble.
Ms. McCormick's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI).
In her free time, Ms. McCormick likes to read, bake, listen to Taylor Swift, and play with her dog, Levi.
Ms. McCormick is very excited to start her first year of teaching at Iowa Park!