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Ponchatoula High School
Greenwave Band & Color Guard
Meet Our Greenwave Band Director, Mr James I. Square
James I. Square has served as a Band Director for 30 years, having taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels throughout his career. His musical training began in the early 1970’s at Martha Vinyard Elementary School, continued at Perrin Junior High School, and culminated at Ponchatoula High School. After graduating from PHS in 1979, with high honors, Mr. Square attended the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) as a cadet for two years. He is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, with double degrees; including a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology and Bachelors in Music Education. Additionally, he completed a Masters of music education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Square has also earned the designation of National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adulthood, Instrumental Music from the national board for professional teaching standards. Currently he is one of only 11 music teachers in Louisiana who has earned the distinction.
Before moving back to Ponchatoula, Mr. Square served 12 years as head band director in Louisiana for Crowley, Carencro, and Northside High Schools, all in or near the Lafayette area. In all these positions, he taught and maintained award winning marching, concert, and jazz bands. He served as marching Band Director and Associate Director of bands at USL, his college Alma Mater. Additionally, Mr. Square served as Band director at Scott Middle School for 5 years, as well as Tulsa Central Fine Arts Academy (OK), and Meadowbrook Middle School (Fort Worth Texas) each for one year. He then taught at Kentwood HS, having moved home to Tangipahoa Parish. He has served as band director for Martha Vinyard, Ponchatoula Jr. High and now Ponchatoula High School.
Mr. Square has served as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, low brass instructor, and camp director for many youth-oriented music activities throughout Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. Mr. Square has supervised numerous music education majors in field observations and student-teaching. He has held membership in professional music education organizations at the national, state, and local levels.
Mr. Square enjoys spending time with his children and family. He looks forward to woodworking, bush hogging, and barbequing, as much as possible.