Van Mathews is the Associate Director of Bands at Haltom High School in Haltom City, TX. His teaching responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, assisting with the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic II Band, design and instruction for the Haltom Marching Band, and assistance with the Haltom cluster middle school bands. He began marching in 1984 with the Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps and aged out as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Prior to joining the Blue Devils in 2000, Van was the brass caption coordinator and a member of the Instructional Staff with the Madison Scouts from 1992-1999. Van received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, he completed all course work for the Ed. D. in Music Education. Other professional experiences include adjudicating marching contest across the United States and conducting clinics and consultations for various concert and marching programs throughout the United States and Europe. In 2000, Van joined the educational artist team for the Dynasty USA Corporation. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Gamma Beta Phi. He lives in North Richland Hills, Texas with his beautiful wife, Brenda and his sweet new daughter, Gabriella.