Sarah Turpin Bennett is a native of Corpus Christi, TX, where she attended W.B. Ray and Richard King High School and was a two-time member of the Texas All-State Band. She went on to attend the University of Houston, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While at UH, her teachers included Kimberly Clark, John Benzer and Tom Bennett. Mrs. Bennett performed in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, the UH Symphony Orchestra and in the UH Wind Ensemble, of which she was principal flutist her senior year.
After college, Mrs. Bennett served as Assistant Band Director at Friendswood Junior High for five years. Under her direction, the Honors Band earned numerous Sweepstakes awards as well as Best in Class distinctions at the Gator Music Festival. She spent one year as head director at Aragon Middle School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, but when the prospect of “coming home” to Friendswood arose, she jumped at the opportunity. After a successful first year, she is now entering her second year as head director at FJH.
When she’s not teaching band, Mrs. Bennett spends time with her husband Chris (a pretty awesome band director in Pearland ISD) and their three dogs, Chuy, Milkshake and Oreo. She watches more Doctor Who than anyone would normally admit and will often be seen with bumps and bruises from flipping tires or some other goofy thing she does at CrossFit. Mrs. Bennett is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association