Director of Bands
Brian Best serves as the head director of bands at Atascocita High School. Brian attended Sam Houston State University where he graduated with a bachelors of music in saxophone performance and a masters of music in instrumental music conducting. Brian has been the director of bands for perennial sweepstakes-winning Texas band programs for both middle school and high school. Under his direction, he has taken his bands to UIL Area Finals and has advanced to UIL State Marching Championships and various state ensemble festivals and contests. Brian is in demand as a judge UIL events for marching band and concert and sightreading contests, and he has also been invited to guest clinic TMEA Region Bands. As a wind band composer, Brian has had several commissioned works performed by various programs across the state.
As a performing artist, Brian has released two contemporary solo jazz albums and is in high demand as a freelancing saxophone performer, recording artist, and music producer all over the country for many styles of music ranging from pop, dance, rock, jazz, and electric. He is also in demand as a jazz headliner in Houston and all over the country. He is also in demand as an instrumentalist for many bands in the Houston area. Brian has shared the stage with many national jazz artists, such as Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Regina Belle, Althea Rene, Marion Meadows, Gerald Albright, Bobby Lyle, and Ron Wilkins. Brian has also appeared in several television performances and as a headliner for many jazz festivals, such as the Houston Jazz Festival, Beaumont Jazz Festival, Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival, Kemah Jazz Festival, and the Michigan Jazz Festival.
In his free time, Brian enjoys video gaming (add me - IAmMrBest on XBox Live, Steam, and PS Live). Brian will talk your ear off about video games (ask him about his RTX 3080 PC gaming setup and his PS5 and Xbox Series X). Brian enjoys spending time with his family and his two forster kiddos, and one day hopes to adopt them as his own one day. Brian also enjoys writing and producing music in his spare time and highly enjoys practicing his saxophone.
Associate Director of Bands
Anthony Hicks currently serves as the Associate Band Director at Atascocita High School. He conducts the Wind Symphony and assists with all other facets of the band program. Prior to coming to AHS, Mr. Hicks was the Assistant Band Director at Tennyson Middle School in the Waco ISD.
Mr. Hicks is a graduate of Tomball High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University where he studied horn with Dr. Peggy DeMers and music education with Dr. Matthew McInturf and Dr. Brian Gibbs. While at SHSU, Mr. Hicks performed in numerous ensembles including the Bearkat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, Angry Orange Basketball Band and many chamber ensembles.
Mr. Hicks remains an active performer. He has performed with the Waco Community Band, Cypress Symphonic Band, Kingwood Pops Orchestra and Symphony North of Houston. He frequently performs in ensembles throughout the year at his church.
His professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, International Horn Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
When not at school, Mr. Hicks enjoys cooking, strength training and spending time with his wife, Allison, and his sons, Wesley and Barrett.