Director Biography


Mr. Forbis is in his 15th year of teaching and 8th year at Pike Middle School. He began his teaching career as an Associate Director in Krum ISD, teaching low brass and percussion at both middle school and high school levels. After one year of assisting both campuses, he took over the head director position at Krum Middle School. Band participation at Krum MS grew tremendously and led to the creation of 3 ability-based ensembles for 7th and 8th graders. While receiving consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards, the Krum MS Wind Ensemble was named the 2013 TMEA Class C Honor Band and had the privilege to perform at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio. Along with the Honor Band title, the KMS Wind Ensemble was recognized as the 2012 Class C OPS Concert Selection Winner. This is a competition strictly for C and CC middle schools who feed 1A - 3A high schools.

Mr. Forbis enthusiastically brings this experience to the Pike Band! Our students are learning how to be accountable for their educational growth, musical development, and contribution to a "musical team". Most of all, they are having a blast in the process! The Varsity Band has become a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and Mr. Forbis is excited about the student leadership opportunities for the 7th and 8th graders. The Pike Band is the recipient of 4  NEF Grants (Marching to the Beat of Another Wireless DrummerPercussion Protection Plan, Composers Unite!, and Musical Instrument Initiative) and a Texas Music Educators Association music grant. In 2016, Mr. Forbis also received a grant for the Gene Pike Fine Arts Department (Playback: Digital Feedback for Digital Learners) that consisted of digital recording devices to aid student achievement. Mr. Forbis was also named Gene Pike Middle School Teacher of the Year and a finalist for NISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2015! The band frequently brings top-notch musicians to share their expertise with the Pike Band members and our goal is to provide a music education that all students (6 - 8) will remember, and cherish, for years to come! 

Each year the Pike Panther Band gains more accolades. The Wind Ensemble has earned 4 consecutive years of Sweepstakes Awards at the Region 2 UIL Concert and Sightreading Assessment, while the Symphonic Band has earned 2 consecutive years of Sweepstakes Awards. This tradition has led to national recognition in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors competition. In 2019, the Pike MS Wind Ensemble was named a National Commended Winner for their recordings of "Mountain Dance" (Kiefer) and "Kinetic Dances" (Standridge). 

Mr. Forbis holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and International Trombone Association.

Mr. Forbis is married to Stephanie Forbis and they have been blessed with two wonderful children; Aiden and Riley. In his spare time, Mr. Forbis enjoys playing tennis, listening to and arranging music, hanging out with friends and family, and planning for the future. On a more important note, he is still perfecting his Jedi mind powers and is a huge fan of Chuck Norris, Cookie Monster, and the Hulk!