Plano Band Staff
Director of Bands
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.
Associate Director of Bands, Percussion Coordinator
Michael A. Hernandez is the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Coordinator for the Plano Senior High School Cluster in Plano, Texas,
and 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.
As a professional musician, he has performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, 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.
Hernandez has headed the Plano Percussion Program from 1992-1999 and 2003-present. With Plano, Michael has developed a recognized, multi-faceted
percussion program with details available at www.planopercussion.org.
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. He serves as coordinator of the nationally
acclaimed University of North Texas Marching Percussion Camp and is a formally hosted the Leigh Howard Stevens High School Summer Marimba Seminar in Plano, Tx.
Hernandez' professional affiliations include American Federation of Musicians, Percussive Arts Society, 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 Allen, Texas with his wife, Kimberly (Robinson MS Director, Plano, Tx) and their son, Anthony.
Associate Director of Bands, Plano | Vines HS
Jay Cawyer is the Associate Director of Bands at Plano Senior High School and Vines High School in Plano, Texas. He currently conducts the Plano Senior
High School Concert I Band and the Vines Symphonic Band.
Mr. Cawyer graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. At Baylor, he studied trombone with Professor Brent
Phillips and conducting with Dr. Eric Wilson and Dr. Isaiah Odajima. He also served as part of the undergraduate staff for the Baylor University
Golden Wave Band. Before college, he grew up in Carrollton, Texas, where he was a member of the Hebron High School Band under Andy Sealy. In his time
at Hebron, he performed with ensembles receiving honors such as TMEA 5A Honor Band, Midwest Clinic Performer, and multiple appearances in the UIL Texas
State Marching Contest Finals.
Mr. Cawyer’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, International Trombone
Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Colorguard and Winterguard Coordinator
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.