Phone: 469-752-9845


Degrees and Certifications:

BM Education - University of North Texas

Preston Pierce

Preston Pierce is an Associate Band Director at Plano West Senior High School. His duties include directing the Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Small Groups, assisting with the Marching Band, and coordinating the jazz program for the Plano West Cluster. He is a past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA). Additionally, he is a Consultant/Clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

The Plano West Jazz Orchestra is a six-time finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in New York City. Since 2020, the Plano West Jazz program has won a combined 29 DownBeat Student Music Awards in the annual competitions. In 2022 & 2018 the Jazz Orchestra was selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN). The Plano West Jazz Orchestra was also selected as the 2016 TMEA Invited High School Jazz Ensemble. While teaching in Plano, his students have earned spots in NYO JazzThe Next Generation Jazz OrchestraVail Jazz Workshop, Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy (SJA), named National YoungArts winners in jazz, Music for All-Jazz Band of America, selected to tour in the NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Sextet, and have consistently earned spots in the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles. In 2017, the Plano West Jazz program was selected by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (formerly known as 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.

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: Wind Symphony

    4th Period: Assist Wind Ensemble

    5th Period: Conference

    6th Period: Assist Concert Band

    7th Period: Assist Drumline