Director of Bands, Hewitt Trussville High School
Mike Guzman is the Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, AL. Mr. Guzman also serves as Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Black Warrior Winds, an adult community band serving the West Alabama area. Mr. Guzman currently maintains a large private studio in, where he works with low brass players from grades 6-12. When he is not rehearsing his own ensembles, Mr. Guzman adjudicates and guest conducts throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Guzman completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance/Education from the University of Miami. While at Florida International University he received his master’s degree in conducting, Mr. Guzman served as the graduate assistant for the FIU Golden Panther Marching Band.
Aside from his teaching experience, Mr. Guzman has vast and diverse playing experience serving as a freelance musician playing with such groups as the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Walenstine Symphony, Miami’s Top Brass, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and various brass groups in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
Mr. Guzman is a KHS America Educational Artist for Jupiter Band and Orchestra Instruments. Mr. Guzman lives in Trussville, Alabama with his wife Ada, daughters Abby Grace, Macie Lynn and their dogs.
Assistant Band Director, Hewitt Trussville High School
I have been teaching band in Trussville since 1996. My job includes conducting Concert Band and coordinating the HTHS Color Guard and Highsteppers. I'm originally from Moulton, AL. Growing up on a farm taught me the value of getting up early and getting busy. I also learned how important planning and preparation are to any project. Many times, the jobs I was given by my parents or grandparents on the farm weren't fun, but they were important tasks that lead to a bigger goal being accomplished.
It is my goal to use band to help kids realize that through diligence and persistence, they too can accomplish wonderful things. I received a full music scholarship to Jacksonville State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Music Education Degree. Music has opened so many doors for me and I hope to share those opportunities with my students.
Trussville has been my home since 1996 when I became the band director at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. In 2003, I became the assistant band director at Hewitt-Trussville High School. I met my husband, John, after moving to Trussville. We have three children, a precious daughter-in-law, and one handsome grandson. I am blessed to teach and have my family in such a wonderful community.
Director of Bands, Hewitt Trussville Middle School
Brandon Peters is currently in his thirteenth year as Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, and his fourteenth year of teaching. He has been named Teacher of the Year for Trussville City Schools in 2012 and again in 2019. The Trussville City School District has been named a Best Community for Music Education in America by the NAMM Foundation for the past five years. Mr. Peters is a native of Jasper, Alabama.
Prior to his time in Trussville, Mr. Peters began his teaching career at Tuscaloosa Middle School. His bands have consistently received superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. The HTMS Honors Band was a guest ensemble at the 2016 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival and performed at the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference. His bands have also performed in Atlanta, Gatlinburg, and Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He is a co-founder of “The Coffee Shop”, a professional learning community for middle school band directors in the state of Alabama and has presented clinics at the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference and the 2018 Alabama All State Band Festival.
At HTMS Mr. Peters oversees the entire band program of 475 students. He conducts the Honors Band and Concert Band I and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band II. He also teaches beginner trumpet, trombone, and percussion. In addition to his responsibilities at HTMS he assists with the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Husky Band and has guest conducted honor bands throughout the region.
Mr. Peters holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance, and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alabama. At UA he was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as well as the “Million Dollar Band” and studied horn with Skip Snead. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Alabama Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Trussville with his wife, Jenni, who is a Literacy Coach for Trussville City Schools and their daughter, Adalyn.
Asst. Director of Bands, Hewitt Trussville Middle School
Corinth Lewis, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School since 2013.
Mrs. Lewis earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2011, from the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE! She then continued on earning her Masters of Arts in Music Education in 2014. While attending college she participated in the Symphonic band, Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and the Million Dollar Band. The last two years of her undergraduate degree Mrs. Lewis was selected as a section leader for the Million Dollar Band.
At HTMS, Mrs. Lewis conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Band II and assists with the Honors Band and Concert Band I. She also teaches beginner flute, clarinet, saxophone and tuba. She also assists with the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Husky Band. The HTMS Symphonic band consistently earns superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment and the Concert Band II, excellent and superior ratings.
Mrs. Lewis is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Ramsay High school. She is married to her high school sweetheart Erroll Lewis and they have two sons, Elijah and Julian.