Tate Fincher is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Clear Creek High School, where he also serves as Visual and Performing Arts Department Head and teaches AP Music Theory. Since 2018, the Clear Creek HS Band program has continued to grow and opportunities for students throughout the Clear Creek HS vertical cluster have expanded each year. The program is a consistent sweepstakes award winner and student participation and representation at the region, area, and state level continues to grow.
Prior to arriving at Clear Creek, Mr. Fincher served for five years as Director of Bands at Akins High School in Austin, TX, and as an Associate Director one year prior to his appointment. During his time at Akins, UIL Sweepstakes and First Division ratings were earned by ensembles throughout the program, the program doubled in size, student placement into TMEA region bands tripled, first division ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble contest doubled, two competitive winter guards were established, and student enrichment and musical growth became a cornerstone of the Akins program. Before moving to Austin, Mr. Fincher was an assistant director at Lake Highlands High School and Wylie High School in the DFW Area.
Mr. Fincher holds a Master of Music and a Master of Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently engaged in coursework toward a Doctor of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to adjudicating concert and marching band events, he serves as a design analysis and general effect judge for winter guards circuits throughout the southwest. Mr. Fincher is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Director of Bands
AP Music Theory
Visual and Performing Arts Department Head