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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 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.

Jay Cawyer

Associate Director of Bands, Plano | Vines HS

Jason Lewis Headshot 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.

Chelsea Guidry

Colorguard and Winterguard Coordinator

Chelsea Guidry Headshot Chelsea Guidry 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. Guidry’s 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. Guidry’s 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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