AWK BAND

- DIRECTORS -

Director of Bands

Email: james.hairston@pfisd.net

Phone: 512-594-1166

James Hairston

Mr. Hairston is excited to join the Hendrickson Hawk Band as Director of Bands.

 

Mr. Hairston has been the Assistant Band Director at Dripping Springs H.S. since 2018. His responsibilities include direction of the H.S. Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and assisting with the H.S. Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.

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.

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. While teaching at Drippings Springs High School, the Tiger Marching Band received a Division I rating at UIL Marching Contest this fall and earned first place in class at the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis, finishing in sixth place overall.


Mr. Hairston is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, The Jazz Education Network and performs with the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and Austin Theater Project.

Assistant Band Director

Sean Phelan

Mr. Phelan serves as an Assistant Director of Bands of Hendrickson High School. Originally from 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 Brass Caption Head of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, and has also served the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass faculty member from 2013-2018. 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.

Email: sean.phelan@pfisd.net

Phone: 512-594-1163

Assistant Band Director

Weston Scholten

Mr. Scholten serves as an Assistant Director of Bands of Hendrickson High School. 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 Personnel 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, performing as a baritone soloist for both years.  

 

Mr. Scholten previously taught at Roy J. Smith Middle School in Killeen, TX, where during his tenure the band earned the school’s first UIL sweepstakes award since 1991. 

Email: weston.scholten@pfisd.net

Phone: 512-594-1170

Nathan Zamora

Mr. Zamora serves as an Assistant Director of Bands of Hendrickson High School and is ecstatic to begin his career with the Hendrickson Hawk Band. A native of San Antonio, TX, Mr. Zamora attended The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music Education. While at The University of Texas, Mr. Zamora was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Opera, Percussion Ensemble, Longhorn Band, and Marimba Band.

 

He studied percussion under Dr. Thomas Burritt & Tony Edwards, both world renowned artists and performers. He had the opportunity to perform at the 2017 PASIC convention with the UT Percussion Ensemble in their Showcase performance. Mr. Zamora studied conducting under Jerry Junkin, Dr. Tiffany Galus, and Dr. Scott Hanna. He was also a member of the Guardians Drum Corps and has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Cedar Park Winds. 

 

Mr. Zamora has worked with different programs in the area such as Westlake HS and The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. In his spare time he serves as the Operations Specialist at Ultimate Drill Book, Freelance Graphic Designs for The University of Texas at Austin Texas Bands and loves exploring the greater Austin area taking photos.

Assistant Band Director

Email: nathan.zamora@pfisd.net

Phone: 512-594-1164

Colorguard Director

Heather Stone

Heather Stone is the Director of Colorguard for Hendrickson. 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 three 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 color guards at Hutto HS & East View HS, Anderson HS, and is currently also the color guard director for Cedar Ridge High School. She is a choreographer and technician for Lake Travis HS, Westlake HS, Cedar Park HS, and Violet Crown Independent. Additionally she spent the 2016 and 2017 summers with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and assisted with Genesis Drum Corps in the summer of 2018. She is beyond thrilled to be working with the Hendrickson Hawk Band!

Email: heather_lamantia@roundrockisd.org

Phone: 512-594-1170