Meet the Directors!

Beth Banks Baskin

Mrs Banks Baskin is beginning her 19th year in music education and her third year with Irma Marsh Middle School.  This will be her second year as the Head Director for IMMS BANDS.  Mrs Banks Baskin will lead the beginning clarinet, trumpet, baritone, and tuba classes; the Honor band; and co-teach the other band classes.  She also gets to assist with high school marching band.  It's great getting to work with the students from their beginning band days to graduation!

Mrs Banks Baskin grew up in Godley, TX where the Wildcats have been fierce competition for our Lions!  She started band in 5th grade on French horn and moved to TUBA once she realized it was really the best instrument in the band ;)
She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Texas A&M University at Commerce where she was also a Drum Major of the PRIDE Marching Band.  Now she gets to wave her arms with fun kids all day!

Mrs Banks Baskin loves to read, hike, nap, and eat!  She lives in Arlington with her husband, three teenagers, two large dogs, and a snake.  Her oldest daughter is finishing her Elementary Education degree at the University of Texas in Austin.

Halloween concert

Alexis Sampley

Alexis Sampley is entering her 4th year teaching and her third year as assistant band director at Irma Marsh Middle School. Prior to IMMS, Alexis taught at Bridgeport ISD and assisted with all high school and middle school band activities! Currently, her responsibilities include teaching the beginner flute, oboe, and saxophone classes along with leading the symphonic band and co-teaching all other middle school band classes! 

Hailing from Italy, TX, Ms. Sampley graduated from Italy High School and her primary instruments are oboe and flute. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Baylor University and completed her student teaching at Gatesville ISD. This past summer, Ms. Sampley completed her Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. 

Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, The International Double Reed Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and Mu Phi Epsilon. Ms. Sampley enjoys watching Baylor Football and playing with her puppy Holly! She currently resides in Irving, Texas with her partner, Paul, a biomedical research engineer at The University of Texas at Dallas.