A native of Austin, Texas, David Dunham has been a band director since 1986. He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master of Music degree at Baylor University. He has pursued post-graduate hours at the University of Houston and doctoral work in music education at the University of North Texas.
Before coming to Frisco ISD in 2000, Mr. Dunham was the Director of Bands at Waco High School. He began his career at Smithville High School and taught at North Shore High School in Galena Park ISD (Houston).
While head director at Waco High School, the band performed at the 1996 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Chicago. The Waco HS Jazz Band has opened for Maynard Ferguson, had several members of the Texas All-State Jazz Band, and has a former student who is a Grammy Award winner.
In 2000, Mr. Dunham opened the Clark Middle School Band program in Frisco ISD and was the head director there until 2007. While at Clark Middle
School, the band placed as high as 5th place in CC Middle School Honor Band contest and was selected as a national winner of the National Wind Band Honors Contest.
In the fall of 2007, Clark Middle School split and Mr. Dunham followed the students to Fowler Middle School in Plano, Texas (also a part of Frisco ISD). The Fowler Band grew to an impressive 350 students (grades 6-8), before another split took place this past fall when Vandeventer Middle School opened its doors. The Fowler Band is current back up to 350 members.
The Fowler Symphonic Band has earned exclusive superior ratings at UIL and was a TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2008, 2009, and 2011, earning as high as 3rd place in 2009.The band has taken top honors at the Peak Music Festival every year and has been selected as Commended Honors Winner in Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors six times. In 2012 the Fowler MS Symphony Orchestra was selected as the TMEA Middle School Honor Full Orchestra and performed in San Antonio at the TMEA Convention.
In 2015 the Fowler MS Percussion Ensemble was the only percussion ensemble in the nation selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
In addition, the Fowler Jazz Band was selected as the first-ever winner of the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors in 2010. In the last 9 years since Fowler has been open, 493 of its students have placed in the All-Region Band. Dozens of Mr. Dunham’s students have gone on to pursue careers in music, and two of his former students are currently studying instrumental performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Dunham is a former recipient of the TMEA Pat McNallen Scholarship, and his professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society, and is an active member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association. From 2000-2003, Mr. Dunham was the music director of the Carrollton Wind Symphony and has performed as a member of the Metropolitan Winds. Mr. Dunham is active across the state as a band clinician and adjudicator.
Mr. Dunham directs the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band 1, Begiining Jazz Band, and teaches beginning tuba class, beginning trombone, and beginning euphonium classes.
Jenny Denis is currently in her 6th year as assistant band director at Fowler Middle School, since it’s inauguration in 2007. At Fowler, Mrs. Denis teaches beginning clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone and the Honor Band. Under her direction, the Honor Band has received consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards, First Division Trophies at Peak Music Festivals and named Best in Class. In 2010, Mrs. Denis was named a STAR teacher at Fowler by Principal Donnie Wiseman and was recognized in the schools newsletter. Mrs.Denis attended The University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Bachelors degree in Music Education. While at UT, she performed in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry F. Junkin for 4 years, the UT Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, UT Basketball Band and Longhorn Marching Band. During her time in the Wind Ensemble, Jenny played clarinet in the world premier of several major works featured on the professionally recorded CD, Bells for Stokowski,
which was named one of The Best Classical CD’s of 2004 by the New York Times and earned a Golden Ear Award. She also performed in the premier of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus” for large wind ensemble, commissioned by The School of Music at UT (recorded in 2006, released in 2009) and performed with the Wind Ensemble at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. She also served as Treasurer of UT-MENC Student Chapter and President of Sigma Alpha Iota, Beta Xi Chapter in 2006-2007. Mrs. Denis’ professional affiliations include, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Educators, International Clarinet Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Texas Exes Alumnae Association.
Mrs. Denis directs the Honor Band, and will teach 2 sections of beginning clarinet, saxophone class, and double reed class.
Matthew Hedrick is the new assistant band director at Fowler Middle School. At Fowler, he instructs beginning trumpet, horn and double reed classes as well as the concert band. Previously, Mr. Hedrick has taught in Richardson, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma where he has directed marching band, jazz bands, and concert ensembles. Under his direction, ensembles have earned superior ratings at UIL and local contests.
Mr. Hedrick received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas in May of 2012. He is currently a candidate for a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. He currently holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. As a trumpet player, Mr. Hedrick has performed across the United States with various ensembles, as well as performing at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia. While at the University of Kansas, he spent two years as Drum Major for the Marching Jayhawks and two years as President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. He studied conducting with Dr. William Wakefield and Dr. Paul Popiel and studied trumpet with Stephen Leisring.
Mr. Hedrick will be teaching trumpet (3 classes), FrenchHorn class, and flute class.