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Jason Lewis

Director of Bands

Jason Lewis Headshot Jason Lewis is the Director of Bands at Plano Senior High School. He oversees all aspects of the band program at Plano, and is the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble and serves as Co-Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from The University of Texas and his Master of Music in Horn Performance from Southern Methodist University.

Prior to coming to Plano Senior High School, Mr. Lewis was the Director of Bands at Clark High School. He has also served as Associate Director of Bands at PSHS and Vines High School. Before joining the Central Cluster band staff, he was Assistant Band Director at Rosemont Middle School in Fort Worth. Under Mr. Lewis’s direction, his bands have received sweepstakes awards at UIL competitions and top honors at music festivals. Before becoming a band director, Mr. Lewis taught private horn for 10 years in the Richardson and Plano ISDs and also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Midwestern State University and Texas Woman’s University.

As a professional musician, Mr. Lewis is a member of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in the area with the Dallas Winds, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, and Irving Symphony Orchestra in addition to playing at churches and with other professional groups. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators’ Association and the DFW chapter of the American Federation of Musicians. He resides in Plano with his wife Megan and their daughter, Addison.

Michael A. Hernandez

Associate Director of Bands, Percussion Coordinator

Michael Hernandez Headshot Michael A. Hernandez is the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Coordinator for the Plano Senior High School Cluster in Plano, Texas, and formerly, a founder and Operations Executive for the north Texas based percussion-publishing company, Drop6 Media, Inc.

An alumnus of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Michael served as adjunct percussion faculty at Baylor University with the Golden Wave Band from 1999-2003, and in 2016 completed 24 years in music education with 21 of those years association with Plano Senior High School.

As a professional musician, he has performed with the Dallas Winds, the Allen Symphony, and the Richardson Symphony in addition to freelance work in the North Texas Metroplex. Michael was a member of the Desperadoes Steel Drum Band and the Serenaders Traditional Steel Drum Band in Trinidad and Tobago and is presently a member of the DFW-based Panhandlers Steel Drum Band. His marching percussion experiences include the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps, the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the University of North Texas Drumline. Hernandez is the author of "Beats-A Drum Method," co-author of the exercise book series: "Listen In" and composer/arranger of several percussion ensembles published through Drop6 Media, Inc.

As the Plano Senior High School Associate Director of Bands, Michael conducts the Plano Symphonic Band (Non-Varsity) and the Plano Concert 2 Band (Sub Non-Varsity B). Hernandez also served as the director of the inaugural Plano Jazz Ensemble 2 in 2016. Michael's Wind Bands have been touted as being "some of the most musical performing groups in Texas."

Hernandez has coordinated the Plano Percussion Program from 1992-1999 and 2003-present. With Plano, Michael has developed a recognized, multi-faceted percussion program. The versatility of the percussion program includes concert and orchestral percussion, the Plano Middle School Drumline, the PanCats Steel Drum Band, PanRagga Pan 'Round the Neck Band, Off-Season Drum Lab, Afro-Cuban studies and ensemble, Samba Band, Tabla Ensemble, Toolkit Sonnet Drumset Ensemble, and since 2000, the very unique Plano Percussion Parent Ensemble. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Michael helped start the Plano Drumline Competition (PdlC) in 1992 and has developed the PdlC since into the longest running and one of the most respected events of its kind in the state of Texas.

Michael is well respected in the percussion idiom and in demand as a percussion instructor, drumline show designer, arranger, adjudicator and has served as percussion consultant with award winning band programs in the North Texas area, including Lake Highlands, North Mesquite, Trinity, Colleyville Heritage, and the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves as coordinator of the nationally acclaimed University of North Texas Marching Percussion Camp and formally hosted the Leigh Howard Stevens High School Summer Marimba Seminar in Plano, Tx.

He credits his music pedagogy to his many influential teachers and mentors including Dr. Robert Schietroma, Dr. Daryl Ramsey, Dr. Robert Winslow, Maestro Ansel Brusilow, Mr. Scott Mason, Dr. Jack Delaney, Mr. Marty Hurley, Dr. John Wooton, Mr. Mark Wessels, Mr. Jeff Grogan, Mr. Al Corley, Mr. James Hannah, Mr. Jeremy Kondrat, and Mrs. Kimberly Hernandez.

Hernandez' professional affiliations include American Federation of Musicians, Percussive Arts Society, The National Band Association, and Texas Music Educators Association. He is a charter member of the Malletech Master Educator Group. In addition, Michael maintains an active schedule as a freelance graphic artist with his company, DrYouSophisticatedCool (DYSC). www.dryougrfx.com

He resides in Plano, Texas with his wife, Kimberly (Robinson MS Band Director, Plano, Tx) and their son, Anthony.

Mark De Hertogh

Associate Director of Bands, Jazz Program Director

Mark De Hertogh, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, joins Plano Senior High School as an Assistant Band Director and as the Director of the Plano Jazz Ensemble. Prior to Plano, Mark served in the same capacity at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. De Hertogh earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.

While at the University of North Texas, Mark served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Chamber Music as well as touring the U.S. and Europe as a member of the six-time GRAMMY nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. In addition, Mark has performed with numerous artists and entertainers including John Mosca, Denis DiBlasio, Lyle Mays, Wayne Bergeron, Vincent Gardner, Tim Ries, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Darcy James Argue, Ravi Coltrane, Bob Curnow, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Mark's recordings include the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band's Lab 2010 and Lab 2011, The UNT Zebra's Flamenco Jazz Project (DownBeat Award Winner), and The Sax Chamber Orchestra's America Remembers.

Mark has twice presented clinics on jazz pedagogy and advocacy at TMEA. In addition to his teaching duties, Mark continues to be an in-demand professional saxophonist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Chelsea Suarez

Colorguard and Winterguard Coordinator

Chelsea Guidry Headshot Chelsea Suarez is the Head Color Guard Director at both Plano Senior High School and Vines High School in Plano, Texas. She also serves as the Head Director for the PISD Central Cluster Winter Guard.

Under Ms. Suarez’ direction the Plano Senior High School Winter Guard has been awarded three promotions in the North Texas Color Guard Association. In addition, the 2012 Plano Senior High School Winter Guard received the Gold Medal and was announced the North Texas Color Guard Association Regional AA Champions.

Before beginning her career with us in 2009 she grew up in Rowlett, Texas where she was a member of the Rowlett High School Color Guard and Winter Guard. As a member of the Color Guard she performed in the Texas State Marching Competition in both 2004 and 2006 and as a member of the Winter Guard she performed in the Winter Guard International A Class World Championships in 2006.

Following Ms. Suarez’ high school performance career she was a member of the White Gold Independent A Winter Guard receiving a Silver Medal in 2010 and a Gold Medal in 2011 at the North Texas Color Guard Association A Class Championships. In 2011 she was also awarded the Bronze Medal at the Winter Guard International A Class World Championship Finals. In 2013 she joined the Ars Nova Independent World Winter Guard where she was awarded the Gold Medal at the North Texas Color Guard Association World Class Championships.

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