Hillwood and Parkwood Hill Bands

 

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
 

Meet the Directors

 

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Jessica Maus

Head Band Director

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Zachary Woolhouse

Associate Director

Dale Pfrimmer

Associate Director

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Jonathan Woodrow

Associate 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 10th 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 one year old son, Liam Jay.

Dale Pfrimmer has served as the Head Director at Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Intermediate since 2007.  Mr. Pfrimmer conducts the Hillwood Wind Ensemble and directs the day to day operations of both band programs.  Under his leadership, the band program has grown to three competitive bands as well as offering jazz band to his students.

Mr. Pfrimmer graduated from Texas Tech University and spent fifteen years teaching in the Amarillo area before coming to Hillwood.  His favorite pastime is spending time with his wife and children, especially when they go camping.  He also enjoys playing trumpet in his church orchestra and teaching Sunday school.

Zachary Woolhouse joined the Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Intermediate teams in 2015 as an associate director. His responsibilities include directing the HMS Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, assisting with the HMS Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and teaching beginner flute, 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 runs 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!

Jonathan Woodrow is an associate director at Keller Central High School, Hillwood Middle School, and Parkwood Hill Intermediate School.  In 2012, Mr. Woodrow joined the Band Director staff at Hillwood Middle School and taught at the middle school for six years before also teaching at Keller Central High School. Mr. Woodrow’s responsibilities include teaching the KCHS Concert Band, KCHS Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, HMS Jazz Orchestra, and the PHIS 6th grade low brass classes (trombone, euphonium, and tuba). He is the KCHS cluster jazz band coordinator.

Mr. Woodrow received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012.  Bands under his direction have received UIL sweepstakes and have received superior ratings at area music festivals.  In addition, the HMS Concert Band earned the distinction of “Best in Class” from the 2015 Beach Within Reach Music Festival. In 2017, the HMS Jazz Orchestra under his direction was recognized as a commended winner by the Foundation for Music Education.

Growing up in Garland, TX, Mr. Woodrow attended Garland High School where he was selected as a 5A TMEA All-State Trombonist.  He currently resides in Bedford, TX with his wonderful wife, Haley Woodrow and miniature schnauzer, Pilot.