Degrees and Certifications:

Cowboy Band Staff

Mr. Russell Balusek, Director of Bands

I was born and raised in East Bernard, TX.  After high school, I spent two years at Wharton County Junior College as a music major and a member of the Pioneer Band and Jazz Band.  We were fortunate to perform at the Wichita Jazz Fest and New Orleans Mardi Gras while I was there.  In 2000, I transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe 'em Jacks!).  I was a member and squad leader for the Lumberjack Marching Band, as well as a member of the Roarin' Buzzsaws Basketball Band, Swingin' Aces Jazz Band, and Trombone Choir.  I graduated in 2004 and accepted my first job with Sealy ISD.  In 2016, I moved to Edna with my beautiful wife, Briana, and daughter, Addison.  We are live music fans, and active and loud supporters of the Astros and Texans!