Tom Harrington is the Director of Bands at Cypress Woods High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. He began teaching in the Spring Independent School District at Twin Creeks Middle School in 1990 where he was the assistant band director for seven years. In 1997, he moved to Cypress-Fairbanks where he was the Director of Bands at Dean Middle School for eight years. In 2005 he opened Spillane Middle School and remained there until 2017 when he moved to Cypress Woods.
Mr. Harrington graduated from Westfield High School where he performed in bands directed by Mr. Richard Crain and Mr. Philip Geiger. While at Westfield, he earned a chair in the TMEA All-State Band and was named an Outstanding Soloist at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin. He earned his Music Education degree from The University of Houston where he was in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Eddie Green and studied trumpet with Houston Symphony principal trumpet, Mr. James Austin.
While at Dean Middle School, he was named the 2003 Teacher of the Year and was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 2003 and 2005. Mr. Harrington's bands earned numerous Sweepstakes Awards and first divisions at area festivals both in the Spring and Cypress-Fairbanks school districts.
In 2005, Mr. Harrington opened Spillane Middle School. Since then the bands at Spillane have been consistent sweepstakes winning bands and has also advanced to the area round of the state honor band competition. While at Spillane, Mr. Harrington was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and to the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Hall of Fame in 2012. The Spillane Band was named a Commended Winner in the National Wind Band Honors competition in 2015 and 2016.
Mr. Harrington served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Bandmasters Association from 2006 to 2013 and served as the associationís president for the 2011-2012 school year. He has also served as the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 Junior-High Region Band Coordinator from 2001-2004 and the Texas Bandmasters Association Region Representative to TMEA Region 23. In addition, he has been a conductor at the Sam Houston State University Band Camp since 1998. He is also an active member in his community by serving as a subdivision committee chairperson since 1996.
Mr. Harrington has been a member of both The Texas Bandmasters Association and The Texas Music Educators Association since 1986 and is a member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
Mr. Harrington and his wife Shelley reside in Klein, Texas with their sons Robert and Adam and their daughter Amber who is working towards a nursing degree. Robert is a senior at Sam Houston State University and anticipates attending Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Navy after graduation. The youngest, Adam is an All-State horn player and a senior at Klein Collins High School. Adam anticipates attending the University of Houston as a music education major after graduation in 2018.
Mrs. Harrington earned her music education degree from The University of Houston in 1992 where she was in the Concert Chorale and studied voice under Jean Preston. Mrs. Harrington teaches music at Kreinhop Elementary School in the Klein Independent School District. She is active at the couple's church where she teaches and provides leadership in children's and women's ministries, leads the music at Vacation Bible School and has been the Director of Children and Family Ministries at Northwoods Presbyterian Church.