Garth Gundersen is in his fifteenth year as Director of Bands at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Mr. Gundersen started the band in 2003 at the opening of the school. Under his direction, the Hendrickson High School Band has consistently earned Texas UIL Sweepstakes Awards and has been named Bands of America Regional Finalist multiple times. The Hendrickson High School Wind Ensemble was a TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Hendrickson High School Band has appeared in the UIL State Marching Contest 4 times, including top 10 finishes in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In their first year in 6A, the Hawk Band advanced to the 6A UIL State Marching Contest in 2012.
A native of Collinsville, Virginia and is a 1989 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While there he studied Bass Trombone Performance and Music Education graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude. Prior to moving to Pflugerville, Texas, Mr. Duffy has taught for the past twenty-three years at Powhatan High School, Nelson County High School, Bassett High School and also at John D. Bassett Middle School serving as head director at these schools all located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
After eight years away, Mr. Atkinson is excited to be "coming home" to Hendrickson High School. For the past two years, Mr. Atkinson has been an Assistant Band Director at James Bowie High School in the Austin Independent School District. While at Bowie, he served as the director of the Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band I, Freshman Concert Band, and the Woodwind Chamber Winds. He was the conductor for the Bowie Musicals "Evita" and "Tarzan", which won "Best Orchestra" at the Greater Austin Musical Theater Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Ms. Welter is an Assistant Director of Bands as well as the Percussion Director at Hendrickson High School. She coordinates all concert and marching percussion activities on campus including Hendrickson Winter Percussion, a 2018 WGI regional finalist. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ms. Welter studied music education and percussion with Ayano Kataoka, Ian Hale and Thomas P. Hannum. She graduated cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, and in 2014 also earned her Master of Education at Fitchburg State University. Additionally, Ms. Welter is on staff with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. This is her third year with Hendrickson High School and seventh year as a public school educator.