Band Directors


Kim Shuttlesworth

Kim Shuttlesworth is currently the Director of Bands at James Bowie High School. She has been working in the Austin Independent School District for five years teaching at both middle school and high school levels.  Ms. Shuttlesworth holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

While at Bowie, her ensembles have received superior ratings at UIL Marching Contest, UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest and Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest.  She is the director of the Steel Drum Program which has performed all around the Austin area including Sunset Valley Arts Festival, Inside Out Steel Drum Community Concerts, Capital 10K, for the Governor, and multiple Austin ISD ceremonies.

While at The University of Texas, she studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki, and conducting with Dr. Robert Carnochan and Prof. Glenn Richter.  Ms. Shuttlesworth was involved with various organizations including Tau Beta Sigma-Beta Gamma Chapter, and Longhorn Band, in which she served as Drum Major during the 2005-2006 National Championship Season.

Ms. Shuttlesworth has worked with summer programs over the past ten years including Longhorn Music Camp, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Ms. Shuttlesworth holds professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Tau Beta Sigma.

Ryan Thomas – Assistant Director

Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas is in his fifth year at Bowie and his twelfth year of teaching.  Mr. Thomas teaches the percussion ensembles, jazz ensembles, guitar, and assists with the wind ensembles and marching band.  Before moving to Austin, Mr. Thomas lived and taught in Orlando, Florida.  He was the associate director of bands at Olympia High School, director of bands at Gotha Middle School, and Associate director of bands at Winter Park High School, all in the Orlando area.  Mr. Thomas was also a musician with the Disney theme parks from 1999-2003.

Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in music education, where he studied percussion with Bob McCormick and conducting with William Wiedrich.  He also has extensive experience with Drum and Bugle corps.  Mr. Thomas spent 5 years as a member with different corps, including the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.  He then went on to teach with the Colts for seven years, holding positions including technician, percussion caption head, percussion arranger, and staff coordinator.

Mr. Thomas has brought his marching expertise to Bowie to help them reach new heights of achievement and artistry in the marching arena.  Mr. Thomas provides all of the percussion arrangements for the outdoor performing ensemble, as well as helping in the design process of the show with the other members of the staff.  The concert percussion ensemble is growing through working with major national level clinicians, such as Lynn Glassock, Tony Edwards, and Brett Dietz.  The percussion ensemble has received numerous superior ratings at Texas solo and ensemble events and attended the 2009 Bands of America National Percussion Festival.

The jazz ensembles have seen tremendous growth in the last four years.  There are now three jazz ensembles directed by Mr. Thomas and Mr. Howard.  Jazz ensembles study contemporary jazz works, combo pieces, and classics from the big band era.  A comprehensive study of ensemble skills and improvisation are at the core of the jazz curriculum.  Last years Jazz Ensemble I was the winner of the Essentially Ellington regional competition in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mr. Thomas is a member of TMEA, PAS, and TJEA.

Stephen A. Howard – Assistant Director – Color Guard

Stephen A. Howard
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Stephen A. Howard comes to James Bowie High School from Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Howard holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Radford University in Radford, Virginia where he concentrated in both Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. At Radford, he studied trombone with Dr. Joseph Blaha and Dr. Steven Rice, percussion with Prof. Al Wojtera, voice with Prof. Elizabeth Curtis, and conducting with composer/conductor Prof. Mark D. Camphouse.

After graduating, Mr. Howard was appointed as the Director of Bands at Brookland Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. Under his direction, Brookland received a rating of “Superior” from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association at the annual District Band Festival.

Mr. Howard also holds a Master’s of Music degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, concentrating in Instrumental Conducting. There, he studied conducting with Prof. Anthony Maiello and Prof. Mark D. Camphouse.

Mr. Howard has been involved in the marching arts since high school and has performed with many groups since then, including Insignia Winter Guard, Innovation Winter Guard, Apex Winter Guard, and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mr. Howard is a member of the National Band Association, Phi Kappa Phi National Education Fraternity, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.


Amy Suggs

Amy Suggs comes to James Bowie High School from the sunny city of San Diego California. Ms. Suggs spent the last four years in Fort Worth Texas where she earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University. Although her primary instrument of study was flute, she also marched a baritone in the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band. During her time at TCU she received the opportunity to travel and perform at many prestigious venues including The San Antonio Alamo Dome, San Diego Midway, Disneyland, The Annual Tournament of Roses Parade, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

While in school, Ms. Suggs taught piano and theory in the TCU Music Preparatory Department, worked on the visual staff at Paschal High School and received the opportunity to student teach in Birdville ISD alongside Jolette Wine and Ramsey MacDonald. While there she gained first hand experience teaching varying age ranges, working with UIL and conducted on the final spring concerts for both the middle school and high school.

Before moving to Texas, Ms. Suggs was actively involved in many music programs in San Diego. She was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony, received her Certificate of Merit in Music Theory and was the drum major of her high school band.
Ms. Suggs’ professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educator’s Organization, CTME and Tau Beta Sigma.

A Tribute to Bruce Dinkins

Donations can be made to the Bruce Dinkins memorial fund for the Enhancement of Music Education which has been established through Wells Fargo.

Donations can be directly deposited to account 7168162373 or mail checks payable to: Bruce Dinkins Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 7101 West Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735.

Tribute to Bruce Dinkins

There have been thousands of lives impacted by the work of Bruce Dinkins, a teacher, conductor and mentor to many. To honor his memory, a musical work has been commissioned to perpetuate the art form that he mastered as a world class educator.

Ryan George, an arranger and composer who lives in Austin, will be writing the work. He is a former student of Mr. Dinkins and is considered one of the great composers of wind literature in our nation. His desire is to compose a work that will reflect the taste and preferences in music of Mr. Dinkins. Bowie students, as well as students around the world will be able to learn and perform this work.

Donations are now being accepted for this commissioning project. Please know that a donation in any amount will be helpful and appreciated. For a donation of $250.00, you will receive a score and a set of parts of the work . With a donation of $500.00 or more you will receive a score and set of parts plus your name located in the preface. Your donation to this project may be considered a charitable contribution for year end tax planning purposes. Please consult your tax professional for expert advice on how such a donation may affect your federal income taxes.

Please make checks payable to the Austin Community Foundation and write Bruce Dinkins Fund on the memo line. You can either put them in the Dawg House located in the band office, use the link below, or mail them to:

The Bruce Dinkins Fund
4020 Lost Oasis Hollow
Austin, Texas 78739

Donation link: