Joe Walker is currently the Director of Fine Arts and Bands for the Godley Independent School District. Mr. Walker joined the Godley team in 2015. He spent his first year in the district as the Director of Percussion before being appointed as Director of Fine Arts and Bands. Under his tutelage the Pride of Godley Marching Band has earned superior ratings at the UIL Region Marching Contest, and earned their first sweepstakes in 2018 after almost a decade. He directly oversees the Wind Ensemble and The Pride of Godley Marching Band.
Mr. Walker is a 2014 graduate of Missouri State University, earning a B.M.E in Music Education, where he was privileged to study under Dr. Scott Cameron, Dr. Belva Prather and Mr. Jerry Hoover. During his tenure at MSU, Mr. Walker marched with the world-renowned PRIDE Drumline, performing at BOA St. Louis and The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, IL. Mr. Walker was also actively involved in the nationally recognized University Wind Ensemble for five years, playing at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Convention twice. Before graduating, Mr. Walker joined the staff of MSU as a Percussion Instructor of the PRIDE Drumline, leading the drumline in performances as exhibition at the Palen Music Contest and BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, IN.
Mr. Walker is a member of TBA, TMEA, ATSSB and PAS. He currently resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Becky, who is also a band director in Godley.
Becky Walker - Associate Director of Bands
Becky Walker is currently an Associate Director of Bands for the Godley Independent School District. This will be her fourth year at Godley and seventh year of teaching overall. She directs the GMS Honor Band, teaches all beginning woodwinds, and assists at the High School. Under her direction, the Godley Middle School Honor Band has earned Superior ratings at UIL Concert contest the past three years. Her students have had great individual successes such as Superior ratings at solo and ensemble contest and making the All-Region Band. Mrs. Walker is a proud 2013 graduate of Missouri State University. earning a B.M.E in Music Education. She studied flute with Dr. Jill Heyboer, and was under the band direction of Dr. Belva Prather and Mr. Jerry Hoover. During her time at MSU, Mrs. Walker actively performed in the PRIDE Marching Band, Flute Choir, Flute Quartet and the Wind Ensemble - playing at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Convention twice.
Mrs. Walker is a member of TBA, TMEA, ATSSB, Texas Flute Society, and Women Band Directors International. She currently resides in Fort Worth, TX with her husband Joe, who is also a band director in Godley.
Matt Fisher - Associate Director of Bands Matt Fisher is currently an Associate Director of Bands for Godley Independent School District. This will be his first year in Godley and Seventh year of teaching overall. Mr. Fisher is excited to become a part of the award-winning tradition with the Pride of Godley Bands. He will take part in the instruction of the High School Marching Band, conduct the High School Symphonic Band, assist with the Middle School Concert Bands and instruct all beginner brass students.
Prior to coming to Godley Mr. Fisher served as Director of Bands at Peaster Independent School District where he oversaw the re-establishment of the Pride of Peaster Greyhound Band Program. This included the fielding of a competition marching band for the first ever high school football team in the history of Peaster High School. The High School Concert Band earned the Sweepstakes award in the Spring of 2019 for the first time since 2008. Before Peaster, he served as director of bands at Cayuga ISD in East Texas and while there the Cayuga High School Band earned a sweepstakes award for only the second time in the history of the band program.
Mr. Fisher graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in May of 2013. While at Wesleyan, he was a member of the wind ensemble and brass ensemble. He also studied at Texas A&M University - Commerce and Texas State University. At both institutions he was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, tuba-euphonium ensemble, jazz band and other various ensembles. While at Texas State and a member of the Pride of the Hill Country Bobcat Marching Band, he performed in exhibition at the BOA Regional in Houston at Rice Stadium and the U.I.L. Texas State Marching Contest in the Alamodome. One of the highlights of his marching career was traveling to Monterrey, Mexico and performing for 90,000 crazed soccer fans at the annual soccer match, Clasico Regiomontano, between the UANL Tigres and C.F. Monterrey. Needless to say, it was an absolutely crazy and truly memorable experience.
Mr. Fisher is a member of TMEA, ATSSB and TBA. He currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife Tiffany who is a special education teacher in Castleberry ISD. They have three Dachshunds, Frank, Lulu and Mattie. Fisher is also a HUGE college football AND college marching band fanatic!
David Kennedy - Director of Percussion
David Kennedy directs the Godley ISD Percussion Program where he teaches all levels of percussion. Prior to Godley, he was the Assistant Band Director at Brock ISD, where he taught the Brock Jr. High Varsity Band and the Brock High School Percussion. During his time at Brock ISD, Kennedy oversaw the Jr. High Band win their first Sweepstakes Award and the Brock ISD Marching Band’s first finalist spot in the 2017 Area Marching Contest and Sweepstakes Award.
Kennedy is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Coastal Carolina University. Mr. Kennedy earned his M.M. in Performance in 2015 from Texas Tech University while studied with Dr. Lisa Rogers and Mr. Alan Shinn. He earned his BA in Music in 2011 from Coastal Carolina University where he studied with Dr. Jesse Willis. While in school, Kennedy performed with the top percussion ensembles, orchestras and wind ensembles. He was also a member of world music ensembles such as the PAS Award winning Calypsamba. Kennedy marched as member of the 2010 Boston Crusaders’ Front Ensemble. He subsequently taught with the Racine Scouts in 2012 and then start up drum corps, Coastal Surge in 2013 and 2014.