Chris R. Pulley is in his sixth year at South Belton as the Director of Bands, and has taught for 14 years. Mr. Pulley earned the Master of Music in Conducting Performance degree (summa cum laude) from Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches) in 2010, and the Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the same institution in 2003. Mr. Pulley conducts the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and teaches all beginning brass classes (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, & tuba). His primary instrument is trombone and he has been playing for over 25 years.
Janice Motl is in her eighth year at South Belton as Assistant Band Director. She is in her 23rd year of music education, and teaches all beginning woodwind classes (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, & saxophone). Mrs. Motl is also the conductor of the Symphonic Band. She has previously taught at Lake Belton Middle School, Taylor Middle School, and Smithville Junior High. She was born and raised in Temple and graduated from Temple High School in 1990. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southwest Texas State University in 1995, and her Masters in Instrumental Music Education in 2016.
Ian Smith has taught at both the middle school and high school level in Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, where he was the drumline captain and staff arranger for the famed “Golden Band from Tigerland”. For the past 20 years, he has been a clinician for N8 Rhythm/ Percussion One, which is an educational and performance vehicle that operates in the Houston area, as well as teaching for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer series. Along with Texas, he has written music for and instructed groups all over the southeastern United States, including schools in Louisiana and Florida, and the Louisiana All-Star Band.