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, Jazz Small Groups, assisting with the Marching Band, and coordinating the jazz program for the Plano West Cluster. He is the immediate past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA), currently serving on the board, and is the former Region 24 Jazz Coordinator.
In 2020 and 2017, the Plano West Jazz Orchestra was selected as finalists in the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in New York City. Additionally in 2020, the Plano West Jazz Sextet won 5 DownBeat Student Music Awards in the 43rd annual competition. In 2018 the Jazz Orchestra was selected to perform on the main stage 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, Preston has consistently had students earn spots in the TMEA All-State Jazz Bands. His students have also been named National YoungArts Merit winners in jazz, earned spots in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Music for All-Jazz Band of America, and selected to tour in the NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Sextet. 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.
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: Wind Symphony
4th Period: Assist Wind Ensemble
5th Period: Conference
6th Period: Assist Concert Band
7th Period: Assist Drumline