Michael Huestis

Michael Huestis's Biography

Mr. Michael Huestis has been involved in music education since 1991 and has taught at The Colony High School in North Dallas since 2010. Throughout his career Mr. Huestis' bands, percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music for All National Percussion Festival, MENC Biennial Conference, Bands of American Grand National Championships, President Bush's inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008.

Mr. Huestis earned his Bachelor of Music Degree was from the University of North Texas, where he performed with the 3 O'Clock Lab Band, U.N.T. drum line, Steel Band, the Brazilian Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He then earned a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U. serving as a graduate assistant for the Cougar Drumline and Latin-Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Huestis has studied with David Glyde, Shawn Glyde, Paul Rennick, Ron Fink, Dr. Jon Kellis, Dr. Ronald Brough and Dr. Robert Scheitroma.

A highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Huestis is the percussion arranger for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar, CA. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and HuestisMusic Publications. Mr. Huestis is the author of the classroom method Developing the Percussionist-Musician, which was developed for middle school and high school students.

Mr. Huestis has presented clinics and master classes at numerous state music education association conventions and universities. He serves as the assistant coordinator of the Music for All National Percussion Festival, held annually in Indianapolis, IN. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served one term as a chapter president.

Mr. Huestis is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and endorses Vic Firth drum sticks and Evans Drumheads.

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