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.
After marching Drum Corps, 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 and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps from Austin, TX. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and HuestisMusic Publications. Michael 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. Michael serves as the assistant coordinator of the Music for All, National Percussion Festival held yearly in Indianapolis, IN. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served as the president of the Utah Chapter. Michael is an endorser of Vic Firth drum sticks and Evans Drumheads.
Shows with percussion by Mike:
- The Primary Colors Of Music
- Through the Eyes of a Child
- The Trojan War
- Figaro's Final Folly
- Perpetual Rhythms
- Nautilus (Coming Soon)
- The Divine Comedy
- Variations On The Canon
- The Hypar Effect (Indoor Percussion)
- Through the Eyes of a Child (Indoor Percussion)
- The Curtain Of Night (Indoor Percussion)
- Ice Cave (Indoor Percussion)
- It's About Time... (Indoor Percussion)
- Pandemonium (Indoor Percussion)
- H2O (Indoor Percussion)
- A.C.M.E. (Indoor Percussion)