Mr. Fortson attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's of Music Education in the fall of 2020. Mr. Fortson had the privilege to study trumpet with Dr. Andrew Stetson during his time at Texas Tech University. Mr. Fortson was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland from 2015 to 2018, as well as a section leader for the Goin' Band trumpets from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Fortson was also a member of the Texas Tech Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and the TTU trumpet ensemble.
Mr. Fortson had the opportunity to compete at many music competitions and festivals during his time at TTU, including the CBDNA clinic with the Symphonic Band in 2016, TTU jazz festival from 2016 to 2019, and various performances with the TTU trumpet ensemble, including TMEA in 2016, the International Trumpet Guild conference in 2018, and the National Trumpet Competition from 2017 to 2019.
Mr. Fortson's responsibilities for the Iowa Park Band Program include overseeing all aspects of the WFGMS Band Program, specifically 6th grade beginning band classes, assisting the 7th and 8th grade Advanced Band Ensembles, assisting with high school marching band, assisting with Varsity Wind Ensemble, and co-teaching the high school jazz band.
Mr. Fortson's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).
In his free time, Mr. Fortson loves to play with his dog Roscoe, watch anything Star Wars related, and play video games on his PC and Playstation.
Mr. Fortson is excited to start his career with the WFGMS Middle School Band Program, as well as help continue the long-standing history of success and achievement in the Iowa Park CISD band program!