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December, 20, 2023
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Beginning Band Building Blocks

Clinic Synopsis:

From posture to playing, first sounds to festivals, and all of the skills in between, the clinicians will present their building blocks of beginning band. Topics include establishing program priorities, introducing music theory, teaching playing fundamentals, & including beginners as a vital part of a positive band culture. Ideas can be used for heterogeneous or homogeneous classes of any size!

Megan Czerwieski - Biographical Information

Megan Czerwieski is in her 20th year of teaching and her 12th year as the head band director at Red Oak Middle School in Red Oak, TX. Under her direction, the Red Oak Honors Band has received consistent Sweepstakes Awards at UIL as well as comments from adjudicators on the high level of musicianship exhibited by her students. The band has also been recognized as a National and Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors recording project. Mrs. Czerwieski holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She currently serves as the TMEA Region 20 Middle School Band Chair and was recently inducted in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mrs. Czerwieski lives in Waxahachie, TX with her husband, John (a trombone player) and their rescue dogs, Daphne and Dottie. In her spare time she is active in her church and serves on the board of directors and plays horn in the Mansfield Wind Symphony. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing with her dogs.

Chris Eaton - Biographical Information

Chris Eaton is in his 14th year teaching in Red Oak as the assistant band director at Red Oak Middle School. He previously taught in Jasper, TX. Chris completed both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. While at SFA he performed in many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, the Swingin' Axes Jazz Band, SFA Trombone Choir, and the Orchestra of the Pines; he was also a graduate assistant with duties including teaching members of the Trombone Studio and managing Cole Concert Hall. He studied trombone with Dr. Deb Scott, and conducting with Mr. Fred J. Allen and Mr. Gene Moon. Currently, Chris plays trombone and serves as the Librarian and Webmaster of the Mansfield Wind Symphony. Chris is married to Katie Eaton who is the Librarian at Red Oak Middle School. They live in Waxahachie, TX with their son - Jackson, daughter - Harper, dog - Rusty, and 10 chickens.

Victoria Mays - Biographical Information

Victoria Mays is in her 7th year teaching and her 4th year at Red Oak Middle School as one of the assistant band directors. She previously taught at Venus Middle School where her bands received sweepstakes for the first time in program history. Victoria completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. While at TCU she performed in many ensembles including the Wind Symphony and the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band. She studied clarinet with Gary Whitman. Currently Victoria is working on her Masters Degree in Band Studies at Sam Houston State University. She also plays clarinet in the Mansfield Wind Symphony. Victoria, her husband, Tyler, and their dog, Buddy, live in Midlothian, TX.