McMillen Band Directors

​Josh Kurzweil

Josh Kurzweil, Director of Bands

josh.kurzweil@pisd.edu

 

​Josh Kurzweil was named the Director of Bands at McMillen High School in June 2019. Prior to this position, he was the associate band director at McKinney North High School for 16 years. Mr. Kurzweil holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (2003) from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (2013) from SMU.

 

Mr. Kurzweil’s responsibilities at McMillen High School include conducting the Wind Ensemble, co-teaching the Concert Band, and team-teaching the Symphonic Band and the “Golden Roar” Marching Band. Bands under Mr. Kurzweil’s direction have been awarded superior ratings in UIL Marching, Concert, and Sight-Reading contests and have been named “Outstanding in Class” at various music festivals around the state. In 2015, the McKinney North Marching Band performed at the Texas 5A State Marching Contest. In the 2018, the MNHS Band earned 1st place in Music Performance at the US Bands Southwest Championship at AT&T Stadium. Mr. Kurzweil’s students have earned success at the All-Region and All-State level, and earned outstanding performances in solo and ensembles at district contests. Under his direction, the MNHS Symphonic Band was a Foundation for Music Education “Citation of Excellence” winner in 2016 and 2018.

 

During his undergrad years at Texas Tech, Mr. Kurzweil was a clarinet student of Dr. David Shea and had the privilege of performing with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, Jazz Band III, and new music ensembles. He served as Drum Major for the Goin’ Band from Raiderland under the direction of Keith Bearden and performed with the Court Jesters Basketball Band for 5 years. Additionally, he performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra on bass clarinet for three seasons. While at SMU, Mr. Kurzweil had the opportunity to learn from mentors Brian Merrill and Lynne Jackson.

 

Mr. Kurzweil has performed on bass clarinet with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since their inaugural year in 2006. The LSWO performs a few concerts throughout the year in major performance halls in Dallas and Richardson. They have performed in San Antonio at the Texas Bandmasters Association conference, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association conference, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA. The LSWO has completed multiple recording projects which can be heard on iTunes and Spotify. The Lone Star Clarinet Choir has performed in Norman, OK and Austin, TX. Mr. Kurzweil serves as a sectional teacher and and has performed in side-by-side concerts with the Lone Star Youth Winds yearly.

 

As an active clinician, concert and sight-reading adjudicator, solo & ensemble judge, and performer, Mr. Kurzweil has had the opportunity to work with directors and students all over the state of Texas.

Mr. Kurzweil professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Lindsay Barnhill, Assistant Director

lindsay.barnhill@pisd.edu

 

Lindsay Barnhill is in her second year serving as the Assistant Band Director at McMillen High School in Plano ISD. Ms. Barnhill is a graduate of Plano East Senior High School and went on to study Music Education at the University of Arkansas. During her time at the U of A, she studied horn with Dr. Timothy Thompson and was a member of several ensembles. She was a member of the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble under Dr. Chris Knighten, as well as a member of the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony under Mr. W Dale Warren. In addition to Ms. Barnhill’s concert band experience, she was also a member of several other university ensembles including the Razorback Marching Band under Dr. Ben Lorenzo and Dr. Jamal Duncan, the Schola Cantorum and Women’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Stephen Caldwell, and the University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Robert Mueller. Ms. Barnhill also spent time as a performer with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016.

 

Ms. Barnhill student taught at Fayetteville High School and Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In addition to student teaching, she served as a visual instructor for the Bentonville High School Marching Band. She also worked for the Faulkner Performing Arts Center as an Assistant Stage Manager for various performers and ensembles. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority

Kevin West, Percussion Instructor 

Kevin West began playing drums at age 9, and has over a decade of experience teaching private lessons and both high school and collegiate marching percussion sections. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he taught private lessons and marching percussion sections throughout the state of Mississippi. He also played snare drum with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and placed third in the PASIC college marimba competition. During the summer of 2016, Kevin worked with the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps as a snare drum instructor. In the fall, he received a graduate assistantship at Texas A&M—Commerce, where he taught private lessons, percussion ensemble, and marching percussion until 2018. He currently lives in Dallas and is an active freelance musician throughout DFW.  ​

Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Mississippi State University, Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Texas A&M University—Commerce

Katharine Navarro, Color Guard Instructor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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