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.

Associate 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

Augie 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. 

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 was a member of the 2016 Percussive Arts Society 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 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/

Percussion Director

Colorguard Director/

Head Band Director Assistant

Jesse Skaar

Jesse is a national Marketing/Graphics Specialist for CBRE Hotels in Chicago, where he focuses on marketing collateral for mid-scale to luxury hotels and resorts across the country. Jesse is responsible for a variety of communications for CBRE Hotels, including creating offering memorandum brochures, e-marketing, web pages, advertising materials and public relations. As part of the marketing support team, Jesse is a critical link with brokerage professionals, aiding each of them in producing accurate and efficient results for all clients.



Prior to his work in marketing, Jesse worked in the pageantry arts for over five years, where he designed, programmed, instructed and consulted pageantry arts clients across the country. His pageantry arts portfolio includes competitive marching bands and color guards of all sizes and backgrounds (including middle school, high school, and collegiate teams). His work has been recognized both regionally and nationally in Bands of America (BOA) and Winter Guard International (WGI), along with local competitive circuits across the country. The pageantry arts is still a passion of Jesse’s and he is eager to be the Color Guard Director at Hendrickson High School.