Our vision is to grow a love and appreciation for the performance of music in a group environment both on the field and in a concert setting. The NTXHS Band is open for any incoming 5th -12th grade homeschooler on any instrument and experience level ready to make music and have fun!
Scott Himel has been serving the North Texas Band community since 1996. He is the former head band director for Liberty Christian School, where he was recognized as the 2015 Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and led the high school band to 12 Band State Championships.
Mr. Perez has had the opportunity to play saxophone for 18 years, crediting his young start to his father, a well-known band director in the Houston area. Thanks to him, Mr. Perez had the chance to excel not only on sax, but on clarinet and flute as well, having 10 years experience on them. Joe has the ability to play/teach various styles, teach intricate yet useful theory, and provide a well-rounded education.
Steven Starks is a professional drum set player and educator from Oklahoma City, OK. He was a member of The Buffalo Ruckus, touring and recording with them extensively for 2 and a half years, as well as playing and recording with Derryl Dodd. He received his bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, and while in school played with many different jazz ensembles; including recording and touring with the award-winning U-Tubes jazz group. As an educator he has given drum set clinics at the Cinncinati Percussion Festival and Oklahoma State University, and also has 8 years of private teaching experience. Today Steven maintains a busy schedule working as a freelance jazz musician and teaching drum set and piano lessons.
Michaela Brandt is finishing her undergraduate studies in French Horn and Piano.
While this is her 1st year teaching with The Music Academy, she has been teaching privately for over six years. "Teaching through the Academy has been a great opportunity, and I am excited to share my love of music with all my students."
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