WOISD Band Directors
Jason Steele, Director of Bands
Phone: (903)291-2025 e-mail: [email protected]
Jason Steele joined the faculty of White Oak ISD as Director of Music and Bands in the fall of 2008. Prior to coming to White Oak, Mr. Steele enjoyed great success as the director of Bands at Pittsburg HS as well as New Diana HS. Bands under his direction have received numerous awards, and have consistently had success in all areas of UIL competition.
Mr. Steele was a graduate of Spring Hill HS. He received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Kilgore College, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Tyler. In 2005 he was selected as the Camp County Educator of the Year, and was selected the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster in 2006.
Mr. Steele maintains memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the National Association of Military Marching Bands, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Jason resides in White Oak with his wife D’Anne and three children, Jordan, Travis and Reagan.
- Phone: (903)291-2060 e-mail: [email protected]
Randy Whatley joined the staff at White Oak ISD in the Fall of 2009. Before coming to White Oak, Mr. Whatley spent 9 years at Pittsburg ISD. While at Pittsburg, Mr. Whatley taught middle school band for 8 years, six of those as Mr. Steele’s assistant. Mr. Whatley’s final year was spent as the head director at Pittsburg High School. Randy Whatley graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1995, and Texas A&M University – Commerce in December 1999.
Mr. Whatley maintains memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the National Association of Military Marching Bands, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Jacob Ramos, Assistant Director, Percussion / Jazz specialist
Jacob Ramos is a native of Brownsville. He completed his high school education in Houston at Cypress Falls in 2004. Jacob discovered his passion for both percussion and leadership through the opportunities provided at Cy-Falls.
Upon high school graduation, Jacob attended the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Brownsville, and Sam Houston State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in 2010.
Jacob married his wife, Meredith (Phillips) Ramos, a native East Texan, in 2010. They are the proud and busy parents of three beautiful children: Adalyn, Elijah, and Myla. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being outdoors with his family and making music with everyone.