David Wiebers, Head Band Director - email@example.com
Mr. David Wiebers is in his 13th year teaching and his 7th as Director of Bands at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Wiebers, a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Georgia, and Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music. Under his leadership, the Arlington Heights Yellow Jacket Band earned its first UIL Concert and Sight-reading sweepstakes award in over 15 years. The band has grown from 30 members to filling two concert bands, a marching band, a jazz band, and an award winning winter guard. In 2012, the Yellow Jacket Marching Band was the only Texas high school band to perform at the Alamo Bowl Halftime Show in San Antonio, TX.
Prior to coming to Arlington Heights High School, Mr. Wiebers spent 6 years as the Director of Bands at Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The performing bands at Flowery Branch received superior ratings in concert and marching band festivals and performance evaluations and the band has made appearances at the 2005 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, the 2006 Sugar Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Festival in Washington, D.C. in addition to performances in New York City.
Mr. Wiebers studied conducting with Dr. John Culvahouse, Dr. Charles Menghini, Mr. Mark Cedel, and Mr. Allen Crowell. He is also an accomplished trumpet soloist appearing in Tyler Perry’s featured film “Madea’s Family Reunion”, and Epic Recording Artist Cartel’s self-titled album. He studied trumpet with the late Fred Mills (founding member of the Canadian Brass Quintet), Dr. Edward Sandor, Mr. John Head, Mr. Allen Beach, and Ms. Glenda Smith. He has performed with the Northwinds Symphonic Band, Petie’s Dream Big Band, the Athens Muskrat Ramblers, and numerous freelance orchestras throughout Georgia. In 1999, Mr. Wiebers’ brass quintet won first place at the University of Georgia Brass Quintet Festival and Competition held in conjunction with the Narbonne Brass Quintet Competition earning them a full scholarship to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp. While attending Interlochen, Mr. Wiebers was the lead trumpet for the Interlochen Arts Camp’s Jazz Band where he studied with guest artist, Walter White. Mr. Wiebers’ professional affiliations include: TMEA, NBA, NEA, and TSTA.
Mr. Wiebers currently resides in Burleson, TX with his wife, Tina, and their two daughters, Rileigh and Abby. They are members at Mansfield First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas.
Spencer Crawford, Assistant Band Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer Crawford attended West Texas A&M University where he currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. He was a member of the 2012 Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps where he played vibraphone in the front ensemble.
Spencer has toured four seasons with the West Texas A&M Symphonic Band, including performances at the Texas Music Educator's Association Convention, both in clinic (2010) and in concert (2012), as well as at the 2012 College Band Director's National Association.
He has also performed and recorded with the WT Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and musical, Legally Blonde.
Spencer enjoys teaching, performing, and composing music for various percussion ensembles including marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. He is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
Brad Pritchett, Head Band Director, Monnig Middle School - email@example.com
Brad Pritchett is in his second year as the Head Band Director at Monnig Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas. A native of Fort Worth, Mr. Pritchett graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in FWISD. Upon graduation from PHS he attended Texas Christian University and studied with Bobby Francis, Gary Whitman, Joe Eckert, and Joey Carter. While at TCU, he performed with the Horned Frog Marching Band, Basketball Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Symphony for all four years. His most memorable moments include performing with the TCU Wind Symphony in Carnegie Hall, and marching in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Mr. Pritchett graduated from TCU with a Bachelors of Music Education degree. He began his teaching career as an assistant Band Director at Southwest High School in Fort Worth under the direction and mentorship of Mr. Stacey Dunn.
Originally a clarinetist/saxophonist, Mr. Pritchett expanded his instrumental performance to include flute, trumpet, and horn. He enjoys playing and performing music, and is currently serving as a clarinetist in the Mansfield Wind Symphony. Mr. Pritchett is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association and still resides in his hometown of Fort Worth.
Donovan Wygal, Head Band Director, Stripling Middle School - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Wygal is in his 21st year of teaching with the Fort Worth Independent School District: currently at WC Stripling Middle School. Born in Fairfax, Virginia and raised in West Virginia, Mr. Wygal received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. He studied trombone with Dr. David Milburn and performed in the Wesleyan Symphonic Band as well as in the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble. While in West Virginia, Mr. Wygal also performed with the Charleston Light Opera Guild Orchestra and was a founding member of the Appalachian Brass Quintet. He also did two performing tours in Eastern Europe with the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, playing concerts in Hungary, Romania and Russia. Mr. Wygal has also studied trombone with Dr. Milt Stevens, former principal trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.
After college, Mr. Wygal moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University for his Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy; where he studied with Dennis Bubert, bass trombonist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. While at TCU, Mr. Wygal performed with the TCU Wind Symphony as principal trombone and euphonium; the TCU Symphony Orchestra as principal trombone, and with the TCU Jazz Ensemble as lead trombone. At TCU, Mr. Wygal was graduate assistant to Curt Wilson, Director of Jazz Studies and director of the Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Wygal has also performed with the Mansfield Wind Symphony and the Fort Worth Community Band as well as with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
Mr. Wygal currently lives in West Fort Worth where he enjoys amateur photography and attempting to play golf whenever his schedule permits.