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Jeremy A. Kondrat

Director of Bands, Jazz Ensemble Director

Jeremy Kondrat Headshot Jeremy Kondrat has served as the Director of Bands at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas from 2001-present. He is the principal conductor of the Plano Senior High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble and co-conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as the Associate Director of Bands at Plano Senior High School during the 1998-2000 school years. He has also served as Director of Bands at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas and Associate Director of Bands at Cudahy High School in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

Mr. Kondrat is dedicated to inspiring young musicians and sharing knowledge and passion for the art of creating music. Under Mr. Kondrat's direction the Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra has performed twice, in 2007 and 2009, as the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Full Orchestra. In 2007, the Plano Senior High School Wind Ensemble was named winner of the National Wind Band Honors Award. While Mr. Kondrat has served as Director of Bands at Plano Senior High School, the music department has been named a Grammy Signature School Gold Award Recipient twice, in 2005 and 2007. In 2005, the Plano SHS Jazz Ensemble was selected as one of the top fifteen bands in the United States to perform at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City. In 2004, Mr. Kondrat conducted the Plano SHS Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Plano SHS Wind Ensemble consistently receives first division and sweepstakes awards at local and national festivals.

Mr. Kondrat received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He earned a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

Mr. Kondrat resides in Plano, Texas with his wife, April, and children, Emily, Rachel, and Ethan. Mr. Kondrat is a substitute trombonist with the Dallas Wind Symphony and remains an active freelance musician in the classical and jazz idioms.

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 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 is affiliated with the nationally acclaimed University of North Texas Marching Percussion Camp and host 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.

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

Jason Lewis

Associate Director of Bands, Plano | Vines HS

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Chelsea Guidry

Colorguard and Winterguard Coordinator

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