Director of Bands
Evelio Villarreal is currently the Director of Bands at Plano East and serves as cluster leader for the East Cluster Band Program. Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands, he served as an Associate Director and Marching Band Coordinator at Plano East. Mr. Villarreal previously has been a band director in the Duncanville, Austin and San Angelo Independent School Districts and has served on the percussion staff of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois.
Bands under his direction have consistently been awarded the “Sweepstakes Award” for Superior Ratings in University Interscholastic League Marching, Concert and Sight Reading contests and been named “Best In Class” at nationally adjudicated festivals throughout the United States. The Plano East Wind Ensemble was named a finalist in Class 5A Honor Band competition by the Texas Music Educators Association in 2006, 2008 and 2012 and selected as a “National Winner” by the National Wind Band Honors Project in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Percussion ensembles under his direction have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the National Percussion Festival.
Mr. Villarreal is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Percussive Arts Society and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity. In 2000, he was selected for induction into the American School Band Directors Association, which honors outstanding band directors in the United States. In 2006, Mr. Villarreal was awarded the Legion of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence in teaching and contributions to high school bands. He currently serves on the State Board of the Texas Music Educators Association as President of TMEA Region XXIV and the UIL Region 25 Music Advisory Committee. Mr. Villarreal is a multi-year honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was honored in 2013 with a Honorary Lifetime Membership by the Plano East PTA. He maintains an active schedule as a clinician, arranger, adjudicator and is an educational artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Incorporated.
Mr. Villarreal is an education/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Incorporated and a contributing author of the band method book, Essential Musicianship for Band, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Mr. Villarreal holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Angelo State University and a Master of Music Degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. Mr. Villarreal’s wife Abby, is the Director of Bands at Otto Middle School. They have two daughters who are Plano East Band alumni. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and Rebecca is a Music Education Major at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Associate Director of Bands
John Brennan is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High. His duties at Plano East include conducting the Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, team teaching the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Varsity Band, Marching Band and assisting with all aspects of the band program at Plano East. Prior to his appointment to the band staff at Plano East, Mr. Brennan was the percussion specialist for the Plano East Cluster schools for three years.
Bands under his direction have been consistent winners of the University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award for Superior Ratings in Concert Performance and Sight Reading and named “Best In Class” at nationally adjudicated festivals in Orlando, Florida, Breckenridge, Colorado, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2006, the Plano East Percussion Ensemble was one of three high school ensembles selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Brennan consults and writes for the Williams, and McMillen High School drumlines, in addition to writing for the award-winning Plano East Drumline. He also writes marching percussion arrangements for many top high schools throughout the United States. Mr. Brennan was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois where he marched in the bass drum and tenor lines from 1992 to 1995 and afterwards, spent eleven years on the Cavalier’s percussion staff as an instructor. He continues to be active in the drum corps activity as an instructor and consultant for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
A published author, he has written several articles for Percussive Notes magazine on marching percussion. Mr. Brennan is an artist/endorser for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Remo USA, Avedis Zildjian Company and Innovative Percussion, Incorporated. He holds the Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he studied percussion extensively with Mr. Kenneth Green and a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at Texas A&M-Commerce.
He is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer throughout the United States and holds professional memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha.
Associate Director of Bands
Jason Viola is in his first year of teaching as the Associate Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High. His duties at Plano East include conducting the Concert and Varsity Bands, team teaching the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and assisting with all aspects of the band program at Plano East.
Mr. Viola worked for two years as a marching technician at Nimitz High School with Brian Pollard, one year at Richland High School with Mike Pickrell, and one year as undergraduate marching staff at The University of Texas at Arlington. He recently finished his student teaching at Hebron High School with Andy Sealy, and Arbor Creek Middle School with Rylon Guidry. During his time student teaching, he was given the opportunity to work with a phenomenal high school marching band that took the silver medal at BOA San Antonio Super Regional as well as a middle school band that was runner-up for state honor band, and selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic.
Mr. Viola is a graduate of UT Arlington with a Bachelor of Music degree. During his time there, he performed in the Maverick Marching band for five years, as well as the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Orchestra. He studied trumpet with professor Kenneth Edwards. Professor Edwards received his Masters in Jazz Performance at The University of North Texas, performed in Maynard Ferguson’s band, and taught private lessons while also conducting The University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Viola was selected to go on a trip to Hawaii to perform with the Jazz Orchestra during the summer of 2015, and was selected to perform with the Wind Symphony at TMEA in 2017.