Degrees and Certifications:
BM Education - University of North Texas
Preston Pierce is an Associate Band Director at Plano West Senior High School. His duties include directing the Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, assisting with the Marching Band, and coordinating the jazz program for the Plano West Cluster. He also currently serves as President for the Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA), as well as the Region 24 Jazz Coordinator.
In 2017, the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as a finalist in the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in New York City. Most recently, the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) in January of 2018. Additionally, the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as the 2016 TMEA Invited High School Jazz Ensemble. While teaching in Plano, Preston has consistently had students make the TMEA All-State Jazz Band and has had several students go on to study jazz at universities such as The University of North Texas, Manhattan School of Music and The University of Miami Frost School of Music. In 2018 the Plano West Jazz program was selected by the Herbie Hancock Institue of Jazz (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) to take part in a new initiative that supports the jazz program by providing educational materials, clinicians, guest artists, and performance opportunities.
Mr. Pierce previously served as Associate Band Director at Shepton High School in Plano, Texas. Prior to teaching in the Plano ISD, Mr. Pierce was an Associate Band Director in the Aubrey ISD. While in Aubrey, the High School’s Symphonic Band was named the 2010 2A TMEA Honor Band. In the same year, they were finalists in the Texas UIL State Marching Band Competition for the second time in the school’s history.
During his free time, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa (Art Teacher at Shepton HS) and their two daughters, Madeline and Norah. He also enjoys watching sports, listening to live music, and saltwater fishing.
1st Period: Jazz Orchestra
2nd Period: Jazz Band
3rd Period: Assist Concert Band
4th Period: Assist Wind Ensemble
5th Period: Conference
6th Period: Wind Symphony
7th Period: Assist Drumline