Band Directors

The Bradley Middle School Band is an award-winning music program and is part of the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.

The band directors are Emily Gurwitz – and Jett Walker –

Emily Gurwitz - Head Director, Bradley Middle School (North East ISD, San Antonio, Texas)

Mrs. Gurwitz, head band director at Bradley Middle School, is a product of NEISD schools and has been teaching middle school band for over twenty years. She attended Coker Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School and Churchill High School. After Churchill High School, Mrs. Gurwitz received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Trinity University in San Antonio and her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Under her direction, the Bradley Middle School Bands have received consistent Sweepstakes Awards, as well as other awards at various competitions throughout the state. In 2013, the Bradley Middle School Honor Band placed first in the TMEA Region 12 Honor Band competition. Mrs. Gurwitz has been a clinician for middle school band programs across the city and recently was the clinician for the ATSSB Middle School Region Band 1 in Lytle, Texas.

Mrs. Gurwitz teaches private high school flute students. Her students have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the state in the 5A (now 6A) competition. Her flute students have also won various concerto competitions and have been awarded scholarships to study music at many different universities in Texas.

Mrs. Gurwitz has been married to Elliott Gurwitz, who is the web specialist for North East ISD Construction Management Department, for 18 years. They have two children, Ethan who is 16 and Zoe who is 12.

Jett Walker

Jett Walker is the Assistant Band Director at Bradley MS. At Bradley, Mr. Walker teaches Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band I, along with the beginning percussion, trumpet, and low brass classes.

Mr. Walker received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. While at Texas State, he was the Drum Major of the Bobcat Marching Band and principal trombonist of the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with the Texas State Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo for multiple semesters. Mr. Walker continues to enjoy a very active performing and teaching schedule outside of his responsibilities at Bradley. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Walker is a San Antonio native and attended both Bradley MS and Churchill HS! He is very excited to return home and continue his career at Bradley!