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FACULTY

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"Music leaves an imprint that will last the rest of your lifetime."

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Director of Bands

James Hairston

Email: james.hairston@pfisd.net

Phone: 512-594-1166

Mr. Hairston joined the Robert E. Hendrickson Hawk Band in 2019. 

 

Mr. Hairston received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received his master's degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Harvey Pittel. While at The University of Texas, Mr. Hairston was a member of the UT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin.

 

Prior to joining the Hawk Band & Guard, Mr. Hairston was the Assistant Band Director at Dripping Springs H.S. His responsibilities included directing the H.S. Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and assisting with the H.S. Wind Ensemble.

While teaching at Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy, Mr. Hairston conducted the Symphonic Winds and  Jazz Ensemble, as well as holding responsibility for woodwind pedagogy. Under his direction, the Jazz Ensemble was invited to the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and the 8th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Symphonic Winds was an invited ensemble at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 71st Midwest Clinic. 


Mr. Hairston's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and The Jazz Education Network.

Associate Director

Isaac Medina

Mr. Medina is the associate band director at Hendrickson High School.  He is the conductor of the Hendrickson Philharmonia and the Hendrickson Theater Company pit orchestra. Isaac assists with teaching the marching band as well. Mr. Medina is starting his sixteenth year of public education in Texas where he served as a head band director in Manor ISD for ten years and an assistant director at Socorro and San Elizario High School in El Paso for three years. While under his direction,  Mr. Medina's bands have earned district, regional, and state recognition, including 2019, 2020, and 2022 Best Communities for Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation.

Mr. Medina is the conductor of the Austin Flute Choir and serves on the board of the Austin Flute Society. Isaac has also performed with the Cedar Park Winds since 2013 and has previously performed with the Abilene Philharmonic, El Paso Opera, El Paso Wind Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Roswell Symphony, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Medina received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University and a master's degree in Music Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Medina is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, The Austin Flute Society, and the National Flute Association. He will forever be indebted to his mentors, Dr. William Clark, Dr. Lisa Van Winkle, Barbara and Rick Lambrecht,  Jerry Junkin, and Marianne Gedigian.

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Assistant Director

August Merback

Mr. Merback received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and is a native of Bloomington, Indiana. While at IU, he studied trombone performance with M. Dee Stewart as well as Dr. Denson Paul Pollard. Mr. Merback performed with the IU Marching Hundred for two years as a member of the trombone section, and two years as the Drum Major. With a background in color guard, Mr. Merback spun mace in his routines for halftime shows and led the band through the day of a football game. Mr. Merback is also an Alumni of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, having marched with the group in 2013 as a member of the euphonium section. 

 

Before moving to Austin, Texas, Mr. Merback began his teaching career in Bedford, Indiana as the Band Director at Bedford Middle School, where he taught beginning 6th grade band through 8th grade band on all instruments. He was also the color guard director at Bedford North Lawrence High School. There he designed, choreographed, and produced their winter guard show in 2019. 

 

Mr. Merback has worked with various marching bands in Indiana, including Bloomington High School North, and Owen Valley HS. In Texas, Mr. Merback worked with the Dripping Springs Tiger Marching Band, and taught private trombone lessons to both the high school and middle school students in Dripping Springs ISD. 

Director of Percussion

Nathan Zamora

Nathan Zamora currently serves as the Percussion Director for Hendrickson High School and Kelly Lane Middle School. He oversees the percussion program from 6th-12th grade, manages the Hawk Band website, oversees and manages all Hawk Band Social Media, assists with the Hawk Band concert ensembles, and serves as the program's audio engineer and graphic designer. Nathan is also a Front Ensemble Instructor for the World-Class Finals Independent Percussion Ensemble, Rhythmic Force.

 

Nathan attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a degree in Music Education. While at The University of Texas, he was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Opera, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Longhorn Band, and Marimba Band. Alongside Dr. Tiffany Galus he helped pioneer the UT LIVE! Livestreams, creating graphics, and leading the videography.

 

He studied percussion under Dr. Thomas Burritt & Tony Edwards, both world-renowned artists, and performers. He was a member of the 2016 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition winning collegiate ensemble with The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Zamora studied conducting under Jerry Junkin, Dr. Tiffany Galus, and Dr. Scott Hanna. He was also a member of the Guardians Drum Corps Front Ensemble and has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Cedar Park Winds. 

 

Mr. Zamora has worked with different programs such as Westlake HS, John Paul Stevens HS, Austin High, and The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. He also helps lead the UT Conducting Workshop in Austin, Texas. In his spare time, he serves as the Operations Specialist at Ultimate Drill Book, is a member of the KeepMakingMusic team, creates virtual performances with KeepMakingMusic, and loves to play footgolf.

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Director of Color Guard /Band Admin.

Tyler Hecks

Tyler Hecks currently serves as the Band Administrator and Director of Guard for Hendrickson High School. 

 

Mr. Hecks is currently attending ASU to obtain a degree in graphic design.  He has previously worked with West Mesquite High School, Duncanville High School, Venus High School, Celina High School, and Navarro College.  

 

Mr. Hecks has performed with the following drum corps:  Guardians, Troppers, Cavaliers, Spirit of Atlanta and the Boston Crusades.   He has also performed with the following winter guards:  Black Gold A (WGI Silver Medalist 2018), Black Gold World and Origins Open/World.

 

Mr. Hecks is originally from Dallas, Texas.  In his spare time, he likes to play video games (pokemon) and loves to attend the movies.