We hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer!
The band directors are excited to welcome our new beginning students to the program! More information regarding the Sablatura Band will be sent out as we approach the beginning of the school year. Welcome aboard, and we'll see you soon!
Mrs. Meredith Bates Bishop
Oklahoma State University,
Bachelors of Music in Education
Meredith Bates Bishop is in her sixth year as the Director of Bands for Pearland Junior High West and twelfth year teaching in Pearland ISD. She teaches the beginning horn, trumpet, and flute classes, and Honors band. Her bands have consistently earned first division ratings and Sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation. In 2017, the Pearland JH West Honors Band advanced to the State Level of the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition. Mrs. Bishop is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, serving on the TBA middle school planning committee and nominating committee, is the Region 19 Representative for the UIL/TMEA Music Advisory Committee, and is an active judge and Provisional Member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She was recently recognized as the 2017 Pearland Junior High West Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Jessica Steiner
University of Houston,
Bachelors of Music in Education
University of North Texas,
Masters in Clarinet Performance
Jessica Steiner is beginning her 8th year as assistant band director at Pearland JH West. She teaches the clarinet, oboe/bassoon, and saxophone beginner classes at Sablatura Middle School and conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert 2 Band at PJH West. Her bands have consistently earned first division ratings at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation. In 2015, the Symphonic Band was the first runner up in their division of the Gator Music Festival.
Mrs. Steiner earned her bachelor's degree in 2007 from the University of Houston and a master's degree from the University of North Texas in 2009. Mrs. Steiner is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association, and has served as the percussion organizer for Region 19. Her primary instrument is the clarinet.
Mr. Curtis Amrein
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Music Education
University of Houston, Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting
Curtis Amrein is thrilled to join the PJHW/SMS band staff! He directs the Concert Band and teaches beginning classes in trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Mr. Amrein is entering his twelfth year of teaching; bands under his direction have been consistent sweepstakes award winners at UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation. Mr. Amrein earned his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Houston and in 2014 and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University in 2004. Prior to his graduate studies, Mr. Amrein taught band and general music in Ohio for eight years. He is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association, and was awarded an honorary membership in the Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.