Mr. Scholten joins Hendrickson High School as Associate Director of Bands. A native of Temple, TX, Mr. Scholten was the top graduate of his class from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. During his time at Northwestern, Mr. Scholten served as the Director of Logistics and Student Manager of the band program.
He is also an experienced trombonist, having performed across the nation in many settings. In 2014, Mr. Scholten was named the State of Louisiana Brass Performance Champion by the Music Teachers National Association. As a jazz musician, he has performed at events like Essentially Ellington in New York, Swing Central in Georgia, and Festival International in Louisiana. Mr. Scholten marched as a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 and 2014, having been given the opportunity of baritone soloist for both years.
Mr. Scholten previously taught at Roy J. Smith Middle School in Killeen, TX, where during his first year as director the band earned the school’s first UIL sweepstakes award since 1991.
Mr. Phelan joins Hendrickson High School as Associate Director of Bands. A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Phelan holds a master's degree in conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as a bachelor's in music education and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previously, he was Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin. While in Oconomowoc, Mr. Phelan was also principal bassist and then Music Director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He is currently a Brass Caption Head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, on whose brass faculty he has served since 2013. In addition, Mr. Phelan has been an adjudicator for WSMA marching band contests and continues to design and consult with several marching programs across the Midwest.
Heather Stone joins Hendrickson as the Director of the Colorguard. Ms. Stone is a native of Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School in 2004. She went on to teach at Kettering Fairmont High School for 6 years, where she then became the Assistant Colorguard Director.
Her Colorguard marching history includes Kettering Fairmont 2001-2004, Capital Regiment 2004-2005, & Zydeco Colorguard 2007 and 2012. After her years teaching at Fairmont, her teaching experience continued in Indiana. Ms. Stone's Indiana teaching experiences include Decatur Central, Avon A, Franklin Central High School, & Zydeco A Colorguard.
Ms. Stone moved to Austin, Texas 3 years ago with her wife Whitney Stone with the dream of becoming Directors of their own programs. In the Austin area, Heather has previously directed the Colorguards at Hutto HS & East View HS, Anderson HS, and is currently directing Cedar Ridge High School. She’s a choreographer/technician for Lake Travis High School, Westlake HS, Cedar Park HS, & Violet Crown Independent. Additionally she has spent the past two summers with The Troopers Drum Corps (2016/2017), and is currently assisting with the Genesis Drum Corps this summer. She is beyond thrilled to be working with the Hendrickson Hawk Band!
Mr. Atkinson is pleased to now serve the Hawk Band as Director of Bands!
Mr. Atkinson rejoined the Hendrickson Hawk Band faculty two years ago as Assistant Director of Bands. For the previous two years, Mr. Atkinson assisted 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.
Previous to his position at Bowie, Mr. Atkinson was the Head Band Director at John B. Connally High School. Under his direction, the Varsity Concert Band was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes Award winner, and the Connally Cougar Marching Band placed 6th at the UIL 4A State Marching Contest in 2013. From 2004-2008, Mr. Atkinson was the Assistant Band Director at Hendrickson High School. At Hendrckson, he was the conductor of the Symphonic Band, and assisted with the Hendrickson Hawk Marching Band, including the band's first two appearances at the UIL State Marching Band Contest.
Mr. Atkinson earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University, where he studied oboe with Wayne Rapier and Linda Strommen, and conducting with Frank Wickes. He was a four-year member of the LSU Marching Band. He is a native of Burke, Virginia.
Ms. Welter is Associate Director of Bands as well as Percussion Director at Hendrickson High School and Kelly Lane Middle School. She coordinates all concert and marching percussion activities grades 6-12 for the Hendrickson HS feeder pattern. Ms. Welter also directs the Hendrickson Winter Percussion group, a 2018 WGI regional finalist and TCGC Bronze Medalist.
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. From 2011 to 2015, Ms. Welter instructed the WGI Independent Open Class medalists Spirit Winter Percussion, the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, and also served as an Elementary Music Teacher in the Worcester Public Schools.
Additionally, Ms. Welter has been a percussion instructor at the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps since 2015. The 2018-2019 school year will be her fourth with Hendrickson High School.