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David Dunham
Director of Bands

dunhamd@friscoisd.org

A native of Austin, Texas, David Dunham has been a band director since 1986. He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master of Music degree at Baylor University. He has pursued post-graduate hours at the University of Houston and doctoral work in music education at the University of North Texas. 

Before coming to Frisco ISD in 2000, Mr. Dunham was the Director of Bands at Waco High School. He began his career at Smithville High School and taught at North Shore High School in Galena Park ISD (Houston). While head director at Waco High School, the band performed at the 1996 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Chicago. The Waco HS Jazz Band has opened for Maynard Ferguson, had several members of the Texas All-State Jazz Band, and has a former student who is a Grammy Award-winner. In 2000, Mr. Dunham opened the Clark Middle School Band program in Frisco ISD and was the head director there until 2007. While at Clark Middle School, the band placed as high as 5th place in CC Middle School Honor Band contest and was selected as a national winner of the National Wind Band Honors Contest. 

In the fall of 2007, Clark Middle School split and Mr. Dunham followed the students to Fowler Middle School in Plano, Texas (also a part of Frisco ISD). The Fowler Band grew to an impressive 350 students. The Fowler Symphonic Band has earned exclusive superior ratings at UIL and was a TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2008, 2009, and 2011, earning as high as 3rd place in 2009. The band has taken top honors at the Peak Music Festival every year and has been selected as Commended Honors Winner in Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors six times. In 2012, the Fowler MS Symphony Orchestra was selected as the TMEA Middle School Honor Full Orchestra and performed in San Antonio at the TMEA Convention. In 2015 the Fowler MS Percussion Ensemble was the only percussion ensemble in the nation selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition, the Fowler Jazz Band was selected as the first-ever winner of the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors in 2010. In the last 9 years since Fowler has been open, 493 of its students have placed in the All-Region Band. Dozens of Mr. Dunham’s students have gone on to pursue careers in music, and two of his former students are currently studying instrumental performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

Mr. Dunham is a former recipient of the TMEA Pat McNallen Scholarship, and his professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society, and is an active member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association. From 2000-2003, Mr. Dunham was the music director of the Carrollton Wind Symphony and has performed as a member of the Metropolitan Winds. Mr. Dunham is active across the state as a band clinician and adjudicator.

Mr. Dunham directs the Symphonic Band, Beginning Jazz Band, and teaches beginning tuba class, trombone, and euphonium classes.


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Jenny Denis
Assistant Director of Bands

denisj@friscoisd.org

Jenny Denis is currently in her 11th year as assistant band director at Fowler Middle School, since it’s inauguration in 2007.  Under her direction, the Honor Band has received consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards, First Division Trophies at Peak Music Festivals and named Best in Class. In 2010, Mrs. Denis was named a STAR teacher at Fowler by Principal Donnie Wiseman and was recognized in the schools newsletter. Mrs.Denis attended The University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Music Education. While at UT, she performed in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry F. Junkin for 4 years, the UT Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, UT Basketball Band and Longhorn Marching Band. During her time in the Wind Ensemble, she played clarinet in the world premier of several major works featured on the professionally recorded CD, Bells for Stokowski, which was named one of The Best Classical CD’s of 2004 by the New York Times and earned a Golden Ear Award. She also performed in the premier of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus” for large wind ensemble, commissioned by The School of Music at UT (recorded in 2006, released in 2009) and performed with the Wind Ensemble at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. She also served as Treasurer of UT-MENC Student Chapter and President of Sigma Alpha Iota, Beta Xi Chapter in 2006-2007. Mrs. Denis’ professional affiliations include, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Educators, International Clarinet Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Texas Exes Alumnae Association.

Mrs. Denis directs the Honor Band, and teaches beginning clarinet, saxophone, and double reed classes


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Matthew Hedrick
Assistant Director of Bands


hedrickm@friscoisd.org

Matthew Hedrick currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Director of Jazz at Fowler Middle School in Plano, Texas.  Previously, Mr. Hedrick has taught in Richardson, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma where he has directed marching band, jazz bands, concert ensembles, and instructed beginning bands. Under his direction, ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings at UIL and area contests.

Mr. Hedrick is currently a candidate for a Master's Degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas. He currently holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

As a trumpet player, Mr. Hedrick has performed across the United States with various ensembles, as well as performing at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia. While at the University of Kansas, he spent two years as Drum Major for the Marching Jayhawks and two years as President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. He studied conducting with Dr. William Wakefield and Dr. Paul Popiel and studied trumpet with Stephen Leisring.

Mr. Hedrick directs the Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, and teaches beginning trumpet, horn, and flute classes. 


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Valerie Wharton
Director of ms Percussion


whartonv@friscoisd.org

Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Warton moved to Fort Worth when she began her studies in music education at Texas Christian University. As a performer, Ms. Wharton has played in several high-profile situations at both the national and international level, including a showcase concert at PASIC, tours with the Crossmen and the Santa Clara Vanguard, a winter drumline season with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and a concert with the International Festival of Winds and Percussion at the Sydney Opera House. At TCU, she performed in the award-winning percussion ensemble, wind band, symphony orchestra, steel band, and marching band. She currently enjoys playing gigs in the DFW metroplex in addition to teaching.

As an educator, Ms. Wharton has taught many groups in DFW, including Plano West, Heritage, Wakeland, Richland, Keller, North Mesquite, Berkner, Southwest, Brazoswood, Eaton, Poteet, Creekview, Saginaw, University of Texas at Arlington, and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion!


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Dr. Rob Parks
Lths Cluster Percussion Director

parksr@friscoisd.org

 

Dr. Rob Parks is the Director of Percussion Studies at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Parks also teaches the percussion students in the Lebanon Trail Cluster at Fowler Middle School and Clark Middle School. Dr. Parks serves as the conductor and director of the Fowler Percussion Ensemble, which recently performed a Showcase Concert at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in San Antonio, TX. In addition, Dr. Parks assisted the percussion section of the Liberty High School Full Orchestra in preparation for their performance at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Prior to his appointment at Lebanon Trail, Dr. Parks served as Director of Percussion at Liberty High School in Frisco and Newman Smith High School in the Carrollton, Texas. During his time at Smith, the Newman Smith Trojan Marching Band qualified for the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2009 (6th Place) and 2011 (14th Place). Dr. Parks’ students have successfully auditioned for placement in the prestigious TMEA All State Bands, TMEA Region 24 All-Region Bands and Jazz Bands and have also performed with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. In addition, his students have performed with drum corps such as The Cavaliers, Blue Knights, Crossmen, Madison Scouts and Southwind. Students from his studio have been accepted into the music programs at the University of Kentucky, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington and Northwestern University.

Dr. Parks has previously been on the percussion faculty at the Bands of America/Music For All Summer Symposium, served on the faculty of Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, and has taught and arranged for high schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and abroad in Japan. He is also a founding member of the UK Percussion Quartet, which performed throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, including a performance at the first annual Bands of America National Percussion Ensemble Festival. During the summer of 1999 he was a member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and has served as a percussion consultant for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.

Dr. Parks served as a contributing composer for a multiple percussion book entitled “Multitudes” edited by Dr. Andrew Bliss, published by Innovative Percussion, as well as contributing composer and assistant editor for a collection of rudimental solos in the compilation entitled “The Blue Book,” published by Tapspace Publications.

Dr. Rob Parks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University where he studied percussion with David Steinquest. In addition, he earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, both from the University of Kentucky, under the direction of Professor James Campbell. Dr. Parks is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks & Mallets and Evans Drum Heads. He is married to Belinda, a music teacher at Borchardt Elementary in Frisco ISD and they have three daughters, Arianna, Adelyn, and Ava.