Meet the Directors

 

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Jessica Maus

Head Band Director

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Zachary Woolhouse

Assistant Director

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Ana Castellani

Assistant Director

Jessica Maus is the Head Band Director at Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Intermediate School, which feeds Keller Central High School. In 2013, Mrs. Maus joined the Band Director staff at Keller Central High School and taught at the high school for four years before becoming at the lead teacher at the middle school feeder. Prior to coming to the Keller Central Feeder Pattern, Mrs. Maus taught at North Richland Middle in Birdville ISD for five years. She is currently in her 11th year of teaching.

Mrs. Maus received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in 2008 and a master’s degree in music education from Southern Methodist University in 2015.

Growing up in North Richland Hills, she attended Richland High School and was selected three years as a Texas All-State Oboist. She and her future husband met during summer band at Richland High School. Mr. Maus is also a band director and teaches at Keller Middle School. Mr. and Mrs. Maus have a son, Liam Jay.

Zach Woolhouse joined the staff as a Director at Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Intermediate School in 2015. His responsibilities include directing the HMS Symphonic Band, assisting with the HMS Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz bands as well teaching beginner clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone at Parkwood Hill Intermediate School.

Mr. Woolhouse graduated from the University of Houston magna cum laude in 2015. While attending UH, he was a member of the UH Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Seraphim Saxophone Quartet. In addition to his responsibilities at Hillwood and Parkwood Hill, Mr. Woolhouse owns and operates The Young Saxophonist’s Institute, a summer camp for middle and high school saxophone students.

In his spare time, Mr. Woolhouse enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, traveling, reading, and enjoying a new Netflix series!

Ana Castellani joined the staff as a Director at Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Intermediate School in 2019. Her responsibilities include directing the HMS Concert Band and teaching beginner french horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba classes at PHIS. 

Ms. Castellani received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas where she studied euphonium with Dr. Brian L. Bowman and David Childs. While attending UNT, Ms. Castellani was a marching technician at Keller Central High School and Colleyville Heritage High School and taught low brass private lessons at Watauga Middle School. 

Ms. Castellani is very excited to be apart of the Hillwood and Parkwood Hill Band Programs and continue learning through the community that fostered her love for music.


Contact Information

BAND STAFF: DIRECT LINES & E-MAILS

Jessica Maus, Head Director: 817.744.3383; jessica.maus@kellerisd.net

Zachary Woolhouse: 817.744.3457; zachary.woolhouse@kellerisd.net

Ana Castellani: 817.744.3368; ana.castellani@kellerisd.net

Matthew Stephens: 817.744.2079; matthew.stephens@kellerisd.net

Hillwood and Parkwood Hill Bands

 
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The Hillwood Middle School Band is a vibrant sweepstakes winner consisting of three large performing ensembles- Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble- in addition to two jazz ensembles. During their time at Hillwood, students are able to enjoy many performing opportunities, including UIL All-Region Auditions, Solo Contest, Chamber Music and of course our many concerts that take place throughout the year. The goal of the Hillwood Band Program is to provide our students with the highest quality music education and instill in them the life skills they will need on the road to becoming the best version of themselves that they can be. Once their journey through middle school is complete, Hillwood band students will move on to Keller Central High School.

The Parkwood Hill Band is where Hillwood MS and Keller Central HS students begin their musical journey. Students are divided into homogeneous classes and are able to learn one of the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, or Percussion. Throughout the year, students in the Parkwood Hill Band perform three concerts, participate in solo contest, and begin to develop lifelong friendships by attending special events like our Putt-Putt and Main Event trips!

“Unity is Strength...
When there is teamwork and collaboration,
wonderful things can be achieved.”
— Mattie Stepanek