Stephanie Grote is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Grote was previously an Assistant Band Director within the Leander Independent School District from 2010-2018. Mrs. Grote taught at Canyon Ridge Middle School from 2010-2012, and at Vandegrift High School from 2012-2018. While at Vandegrift, Mrs. Grote was responsible for teaching the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band 2, as well as assisting with the award winning Marching Band. Mrs. Grote graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in 2010, where she enjoyed serving as drum major of the Green Brigade Marching Band. Additionally, Mrs. Grote enjoyed performing on trumpet in the North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. An active participant in Drum Corps International, Mrs. Grote performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California between 2007-2009. She served as Drum Major during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. She was the first female head Drum Major in SCV’s 53 year history. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Jim Jones Leadership Award, which is given annually to one world class drum major by the DCI Hall of Fame. This will be Mrs. Grote’s fifth year to be a part of the Drum Major Institute Faculty.