Welcome to the website of the Pearland Junior High West Bands! The information in these pages will help you succeed in band, but please contact a band director if you have any questions. Go Wildcatters!!!
Congratulations to all of our band students for outstanding performances throughout the challenging 2020-21 school year!
Mrs. Meredith Bates Bishop
Oklahoma State University,
Bachelors of Music in Education
Honors College Degree
Meredith Bates Bishop is in her tenth year as the Director of Bands for Pearland Junior High West and Sablatura Middle School and sixteenth 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, Mrs. Bishop was named the PJH West Teacher of the Year. In 2017 and 2019, the Pearland JH West Honors Band advanced to the State Level of the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition. Mrs. Bishop is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, is the Region 19 Representative for the UIL/TMEA Music Advisory Committee, and is an Active Member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Mrs. Jessica Steiner
University of Houston,
Bachelors of Music in Education
University of North Texas,
Masters in Clarinet Performance
Jessica Steiner is beginning her twelfth 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 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 in his sixthteenth year of teaching and his fifth at PJHW/Sablatura. He directs the Concert Band and teaches beginning classes in trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Bands under Mr, Amrein's 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.