Director of Bands
My name is Dr. Tomisha Price-Brock, and I am the new Director of Bands at Basic Academy. I am a native of Carrollton, Virginia, and have lived in various places across the United States over the past 30+ years. I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia State University in 2005, and a Master of Music Education degree from Norfolk State University in 2011. I received my Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (May 2020) and will complete an additional Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Research Methodology from the University of Illinois-Chicago by May 2021.
I have 16 years of teaching experience, with eight years on the K-12 level, and eight years in higher education. Prior to coming to Basic Academy, I served as the Director of Instrumental Music and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Mount Olive, in Mount Olive, NC. I hold the distinct honor of being selected as the first female band director at
Assistant Director of Bands
My name is Samuel Ward, the new Assistant Director of Bands at Basic. I’m a trombone player, an active adventurer, and an avid Hamilton fan. I was born in Utah and lived there most of my life, aside from two years I spent in Sacramento, California as a religious missionary for my church. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Although I was a music student, I also love statistics and was able to work as a course assistant in the introductory Statistics class at BYU; providing me the chance to improve my teaching skills and serve students throughout my college experience.
I also had incredible opportunities to travel with BYU: a music convention in Hong Kong, music tours with two ensembles to Texas and China, and a fantastic experience teaching at two music conventions in
I'm MaryKay Weishan, I am the Instructional Assistant with the Basic Academy Band also known as the "Band Aide". I volunteered with the band program from 2001 - 2004 when my children were in band. In August 2004 I was hired to officially work with the Basic Band. My job is make the band directors job easier by taking care of the paperwork for the school, assist the students with forms and instruments, and to help the students, parents, and band directors make this the best band program in the valley.
I am not a musician but I enjoy listening and watching the students mature with their music. It is always a pleasure to work with the students' parents as they volunteer to keep this band program running smoothly.