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December, 20, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Meeting Room W185


Chris Meredith

Chris Meredith

Building a Strong Band Program Using a Balanced Approach with Thoughtful Expectations

Clinic Synopsis:

Two directors of 2018 Midwest Clinic performing ensembles will present thoughts and strategies for building a strong band program using a balanced approach with thoughtful expectations. Students benefit from well-rounded and consistent plans for improvement. The clinicians will discuss how setting expectations, building relationships, implementing solid pedagogy and fundamental skills, and healthy leadership can facilitate a program where students can find a lasting connection with music.

Jed Maus - Biographical Information

Jedidiah Maus is entering his eleventh year of teaching and has been the Director of Bands at Keller Middle School and Bear Creek Intermediate since 2013. Prior to working in Keller ISD, he was the assistant band director at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville, Texas. In 2008, Mr. Maus earned both a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, he studied music education under the direction of Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill, and he studied trumpet with Tom Booth, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony. He also earned a Master of Music Education degree from SMU in 2014. He oversees the Keller Middle School and Bear Creek Intermediate band programs, including two jazz bands and a colorguard, which consist of more than 320 students in grades six through eight. He also teaches beginning trumpet, horn, flute and oboe. Mr. Maus has been fortunate enough to direct bands that have received unanimous first-division ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest for his entire career. Additionally, the Keller Middle School Wind Ensemble earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner in 2017 and 2018. Mr. Maus is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He has guest conducted honor groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is a faculty member at the Sam Houston State University Band Camp. He has presented clinics at TMEA, TBA and the SHSU Center for Music Education, both alone and alongside his co-workers from Keller ISD. He has previously served as the TMEA Region 20 Middle School Band Coordinator, and TMEA Region 30 Middle School Band Technology Coordinator. Mr. Maus loves teaching and considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He is grateful to his mentors, colleagues and students because they continue to teach him.

Chris Meredith - Biographical Information

Chris Meredith is in his twelfth year at Shadow Ridge and tenth as Director of Bands. His responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Jazz Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning brass classes. Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2010-2018). The Shadow Ridge Band were official performers at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2012 and 2018. Honor Winds has been a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests multiple occasions and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Cup in 2017. Meredith is an alum of the University of North Texas College of Music and Southern Methodist University. As an active trombonist, Meredith performed twice at the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland as a Finalist in both the ITA Solo and Quartet Competitions, has performed as principal bass trombonists of multiple groups including San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, North East Orchestra and at the Pierre Montuex School. Meredith has also been a multiple recipient of the Lewisville Education Foundation’s “Foundation Award”, honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Member Award, and was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Shadow Ridge Middle School. Mr. Meredith is an active adjudicator, guest clinician and lecturer, and is honored to have professional affiliations with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu. Current projects include the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Alicia DeSoto, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca. Meredith resides in Highland Village, Texas with his wife Dr. Kimberly Meredith and their daughter, Charlotte.