Red Oak Bands
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MEET THE DIRECTORS
Justin Wood Phone: (972) 617-4617 Email: Justin.Wood@redoakisd.org
Mr. Wood is a student focused educator. His goal as an educator is to help students find their way to happiness with the help of music. Mr. Wood's education is through Baylor University (BME) and the University of Texas-Arlington (MA). He has been a public school teacher since 2000. Through his many years of teaching his bands have received numerous UIL awards, played for presidents, and even have been in commercials. Mr. Wood lives with his wife, Ashely, and their two daughters, Avery & Ella, in Red Oak.
Charles Moon Phone: (972) 617-4617 Email: Charles.Moon@redoakisd.org
Chuck Moon began teaching in 1993. He graduated from Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas where he was a TMEA All-State percussionist. Mr. Moon taught in South Texas for 12 years at both the middle school and high school levels. He then moved to the DFW Metroplex. He was Director of Bands at Ranchview High School and Sachse High School. He was the associate director of bands at Duncanville High School. Mr. Moon is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Red Oak High School.
Mr. Moon’s ensembles have received consistent 1st division, Superior ratings, at UIL Marching, Solo and Ensemble, and Concert and Sight-Reading Contests. His bands have attended the UIL Area Marching Contest on numerous occasions, and have attended the UIL State Marching Contest. His middle school band program, consisting of over 500 students, was awarded UIL Sweepstakes and named outstanding CC Band at numerous band festivals around the State of Texas. His band have earned the distinction of being selected to the Area and State levels of the TMEA Honor Band Competition. In 2010, the Ranchview Band was awarded 1st runner up at the final state level hearing for TMEA Honor Band.
Mr. Moon received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio (summa cum laude). In 2004, he received a Master’s of Music – conducting (summa cum laude) from Texas State University. Mr. Moon has studied with Mr. John Stansberry (Texas State University – former Director of Bands), Dr. John Salantien (UTSA – Director of Choral Studies), Dr. Joey Martin (Texas State University – Director of Choral Studies), Harvey Biskin (former principal timpanist – San Antonio Symphony), David Mairs (Music Director – Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Tim Seelig (former Artistic Director Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas, TX), and Dr. Tom Shine (retired Director of Bands, Duncanville ISD).
Mr. Moon has additionally conducted various community choirs. He was the assistant conductor of the Alamo City
Men’s Chorale (San Antonio, TX) and the Turtle Creek Chorale (Dallas, Tx).
Mr. Moon is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Nicholas Dickinson Email: Nicholas.Dickinson@redoakisd.org
Mr. Dickinson holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Tennessee Tech University and a master’s degree in clarinet performance from Oklahoma City University. At Tennessee Tech he performed in the marching band, concert band, symphony band, and clarinet ensemble. While participating in these groups he recorded a CD, performed in Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and played in a clarinet masterclass for Boris Allakhverdyan at the Buffet Crampon Showroom in New York. At OCU he received a full tuition scholarship and graduated with honors, performed with the Wind Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra, was in the pit orchestra for several Broadway productions with the Oklahoma Opera and Musical Theatre Company, and held an assistant-ship as the clarinetist for OCU’s graduate woodwind quintet, the Five Star Winds, who were invited to perform at a classical series concert hosted by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Mr. Dickinson has performed as a marching member of the Boston Crusaders and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and has frequently taught marching bands, youth bands and orchestras, and given all-state clinics in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Mr. Dickinson is originally from Orlando, Florida and has settled in Red Oak where he likes to spend his free time with family and friends.
William Cooley Email: William.Cooley@redoakisd.org
Mr. Cooley is a percussionist and music educator residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He currently serves as the percussion director for Red Oak ISD. Prior to his appointment at Red Oak, Mr. Cooley has taught percussion at Northwestern University (drum line instructor/arranger), Adlai E. Stevenson High School (percussion director), and Colleyville-Heritage High School (assistant percussion director).
An accomplished orchestral musician, Mr. Cooley has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Boulder Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a freelance drum set artist Mr. Cooley has performed with a variety of artists including the Nite-Hawks, Eric Willis, Freddy Jones, and for the nationally-distributed recordings by the Alfred Publishing Company. In addition to Mr. Cooley's orchestral and drum set experience, he is also a versatile percussionist familiar with contemporary, jazz, and world percussion techniques. Mr. Cooley has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the First International Percussion Festival in Costa Rica.
Mr. Cooley holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Malan Messemore Email: Malan.Messemore@redoakisd.org
Mr. Messemore is entering his eleventh year teaching and his first year at Red Oak High School as the Colorguard Director. He previously taught at Berkner High School in Richardson, TX where the guard was a WGI regional finalist in the Scholastic Open Class. Mr. Messemore works as a colorguard tech for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and is the Co-Director of Mirage Performance Ensemble, an independent winterguard based in Dallas, TX. He has a Bachelors of Art from The University of Texas at Arlington for Film with a Minor in Drawing. Aside from teaching colorguard Mr. Messemore is a freelance graphic designer and a tattoo enthusiast.
Megan Czerwieski Phone: (972) 617-4665 Email: Megan.Czerwieski@redoakisd.org
Mrs. Czerwieski is beginning her tenth year as the head band director at Red Oak Middle School, having taught previously at Barnett JH in Arlington, TX and Lamar MS in Temple, TX. She is passionate about education and actually began teaching private horn lessons as a high school student. Under her direction, the Red Oak Honors Band has received consistent Sweepstakes Awards at UIL as well as comments from adjudicators on the high level of musicianship exhibited by her students. Mrs. Czerwieski holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She lives with her husband, John, in Waxahachie with their rescue dogs, Daphne and Dottie. In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors and plays horn in the Mansfield Wind Symphony and enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing with her dogs.
Chris Eaton Phone: (972) 617-4665 Email: Christopher.Eaton@redoakisd.org
Mr. Eaton is entering his twelfth year teaching in Red Oak as the assistant band director at Red Oak Middle School. He previously taught in Jasper, TX. Mr. Eaton completed both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. While at SFA he performed in many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, the Swingin' Axes Jazz Band, SFA Trombone Choir, and the Orchestra of the Pines; he was also a graduate assistant with duties including teaching members of the Trombone Studio and managing Cole Concert Hall. He studied trombone with Dr. Deb Scott, and conducting with Mr. Fred J. Allen and Mr. Gene Moon. Mr. Eaton is married to Katie Eaton who also teaches at Red Oak Middle School. They live in Waxahachie with their son - Jackson, daughter - Harper, dog - Rusty, and chickens - Elanor, Cherry, Echo, Mable, and Scrambles.
Victoria Mays Email: Victoria.Mays@redoakisd.org
Mrs. Mays is entering her fifth year teaching and her second year at Red Oak Middle School as one of the assistant band directors. She previously taught at Venus Middle School where her bands received sweepstakes for the first time in program history. Mrs. Mays completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. While at TCU she performed in many ensembles including the Wind Symphony and the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band. She studied clarinet with Gary Whitman. Mrs. Mays, her husband, Tyler, and their dog, Buddy, live in Midlothian, TX.