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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.

Ashton Seneca     Phone: (972) 617-4617     Email: Ashton.Seneca@redoakisd.org

Ms. Seneca is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a four-year marching member of the Cadets drum and bugle corps from 2006-2009. During her time with Cadets, she played mellophone and was chosen as “Cadet of the Year” in 2007.

 

Ashton Seneca is a marching band and student leadership specialist. From 2015-2019, Ms. Seneca was the associate director and visual coordinator at Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX where they received 4th place at the state marching contest. During the 2019 season, she was a part of the visual team for the silver medalist drum corps “The Bluecoats” the 2019 Grand National bronze medalists, Hebron High School. Ms. Seneca also conducts student leadership clinics for band programs in the DFW area and has presented a leadership clinic at the Mississippi State Band clinic. With every leadership clinic provided, her goal is to provide students with the tools needed to build their confidence, understand themselves and others better, and develop strong communication skills.

 

Ms Seneca lives in Dallas, TX and is an avid reader, Harry Potter enthusiast, and loves corgis. 

Nicholas Dickinson     Phone: (972) 617-4617     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.

Houston Youngman     Phone: (972) 617-4617     EmailHouston.Youngman@redoakisd.org

Houston Youngman graduated from the University of North Texas in 2020 with a degree in percussion performance. He has studied under Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Ed Smith, Poovalur Sriji, and Stockton Helbing among other acclaimed faculty. He aged out on the Troopers tenor line in 2019 and won first place in the PASIC 2019 I&E Small Ensemble division with the UNT Quad Ensemble. 

 

Houston joins Red Oak from Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, where he served as a private lessons instructor, drumline technician, and percussion arranger. His students have achieved success in many areas, including numerous caption and placement awards at drumline contests in the DFW area, and success in the Texas All-Region and All-State auditions. 

Megan Czerwieski     Phone: (972) 617-4665     Email: Megan.Czerwieski@redoakisd.org

Mrs. Czerwieski is beginning her twelfth 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 fourteenth 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 their 10 chickens. 

Victoria Mays     Phone: (972) 617-4665     EmailVictoria.Mays@redoakisd.org

Mrs. Mays is entering her seventh year teaching and her fourth 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.

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