Bob Chreste, Director of Bands
Bob Chreste is the Director of Bands at Weiss High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Prior to starting the Weiss band program, Mr. Chreste was the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas where he led the Wind Ensemble to multiple UIL Sweepstakes trophies and helped the marching band qualify to go to the UIL State Marching Contest twice. Before that, Bob was an associate band director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas. His duties included being the director of the Timberwolf Marching Band and conducting the Symphonic Band. Under his direction, the marching band won numerous BOA Regional class championships, been a finalist at the 2010 BOA Grand National Championships and was named the 2011 UIL 4A State Marching Band Champion. While at Cedar Park, Mr. Chreste’s concert bands always received Superior ratings at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest. Prior to Cedar Park, Bob began his teaching career as an associate band director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.
Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass faculty for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps based in Canton, OH. He spent several years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps based in Fort Mill, SC. During his time with Carolina Crown, the brass section won two Jim Ott Memorial High Brass Awards and has consistently finished in the top 10 at the DCI World Championships. Bob has also served in a caption head role for both The Cadets and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Bob is also an active music arranger, drill writer, and clinician in Texas with his own small business, BC Band Solutions.
Bob Chreste has an accomplished performing background as well. In 2001 and 2002, he was the conductor and a musician in the Tony and Emmy Award winning musical production, Blast! Prior to that, Bob marched with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps from 1996 through 1998.
His educational background includes receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003. While at Sam Houston State University, Bob was a graduate teaching assistant under the direction of Matthew McInturf.
Mr. Chreste is an active clinician and adjudicator across the country for both marching bands and concert bands. He has also recently become a judge for the Winds Division of Winter Guard International. He also owns his own small business, BC Band Solutions, which provides marching band arranging, drill design, and consultation for band programs across the United States.
Bob’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Jordan Garza, Associate Director of Bands & Percussion Director
Jordan Garza is an Associate Band Director and the Percussion Director for Weiss High School. Mr. Garza directs the Symphonic Winds as well as lead all aspects of the percussion program at Weiss.
Mr. Garza’s varied and successful background with percussion ensemble, electronics, marching band, and indoor percussion provide a strong foundation for the vision of the Weiss High School percussion program. Mr. Garza holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) from Texas State University with an all-level teaching certification. During his tenure at Texas State, he was the section leader of the Bobcat Drumline and the Principal Percussionist of the Texas State Wind Ensemble.
Recently Mr. Garza has had the opportunity to perform with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Garza endorses Salyers Percussion, and he is an active clinician, arranger, and instructor.
Mr. Garza most recently served as the Percussion Director for Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. During his time in FBISD, Mr. Garza led the Stephen F. Austin percussion ensemble as they performed at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. In addition, he also led the percussion ensemble to multiple championship performances with the Bulldog Band and Angels Dance Team, including appearances at the UIL 6A State Marching Contest in 2014 and 2016. In addition, Mr. Garza is currently the Ensemble Director for the Monarch Independent percussion ensemble. In 2016 he was the Front Ensemble Coordinator at Monarch Independent, where they were named the 2016 TCGC Open Class Champion and an Open Class Finalist at the WGI World Championships. Mr. Garza began his teaching career at Alamo Height HS, where he directed their second band as well as the percussion program. After Alamo Heights, Mr. Garza moved to Lehman High School, where he directed their percussion program. While still in college, he worked with the outstanding programs at Cedar Park High School and Vandegrift High School in Leander, helping those programs to win multiple division awards and outstanding front ensemble awards.
Lilian Mason, Scarlets Dance Team Director
Dance has always been a part of Lilian Mason’s life, as she has been dancing since the age of three. She danced competitively at studios in the Houston area and served as Captain of her dance team in high school. After high school, she was hired to work with MA Dance, a company that teaches dance camps, choreographs contest and field routines, and adjudicates dance contests. She earned her BA in Dance from the University of Houston, where she received the UH Dancer of the Year award and performed pre-professionally for the UH Ensemble and Young Audiences Touring Company. After graduation, she returned to her alma mater to teach dance and direct the Angels Dance Team at Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. Most recently, she founded and directed the Emerald Elite Dance Team at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco ISD. Ms. Mason brings with her a competitive spirit and passion for dance, and she is excited to build a legacy and create new traditions with the dancers at Weiss.