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Hairston hired as Hendrickson band director

May 10, 2019

The Hendrickson Hawk Band will be under new direction when they take the field this fall as PfISD announced James Hairston as the new band director at Hendrickson High School on Friday morning.
Hairston comes to Hendrickson from Dripping Springs High School where he spent the 2018-19 school year as the assistant band director.
Prior to directing at Dripping Springs, Hairston was the director of bands for Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy in Austin ISD from 2009-18. He has experience teaching marching band, concert band and jazz band. His jazz bands have received a number of honors and performed across the nation.
“We are very proud to announce that Mr. James Hairston will be the director of bands for the Hendrickson High School band program,” PfISD Director of Fine Arts Manuel Gamez. “He comes to us with an admiration of Pflugerville ISD and the wonderful accomplishments of the Hawk Band. Mr. Hairston is a rising star in the band community and we are excited to see what he will contribute to the community, parents, staff and students of the Hawk band in the coming years.”
The Tiger Marching Band at Dripping Springs received a Division I rating at UIL Marching Contest this fall and earned first place in class at the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis and was named sixth place overall.
During his time at Lamar Middle School, Hairston guided his musicians to UIL Sweepstakes, earning a Division I score from all three judges during competition, five consecutive years from 2012-16. Hairston also served as the fine arts department head, overseeing all calendars for the department, managing the Fine Arts Academy funding and auditions.
As the director of Lamar’s Jazz Factory jazz ensemble, Hairston’s musicians performed at two prestigious clinics as an Invited Ensemble. The Jazz Factory performed at the 8thAnnual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans in 2017 and at the 69thAnnual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2015.
Hairston also served as the assistant band director of Bassett Middle School in El Paso during the 2005-06 school year before joining the staff at Lamar Middle School. He directed the intermediate band while assisting with the advanced band and teaching beginning band students. Hairston also was an AVID team leader at Bassett.
Hairston holds a master’s degree in music performance from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2004 music education from New Mexico State University.

James Hairston