John Brennan is currently the Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High and serves as the cluster leader for the East Cluster Band Program. Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands, he served as an Associate Director for 18 years. Mr. Brennan started his career in Plano I.S.D. serving as the Percussion Specialist for the East Cluster from 1999 to 2002.
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 under Mr. Brennan’s direction was one of three high school ensembles selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. 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.
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. John has studied drumset with some of the greatest drummers of all time, including Stockton Helbing, Ignacia Berroa, John Riley, Joe Morello, Antonio Sanchez, Keith Carlock, and Dave Weckl. He holds the Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Texas A&M University - Commerce.
Mr. Brennan has presented two clinics at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Annual Convention/Clinic in San Antonio, Texas. “Effective Use of Electronics in the Front Ensemble” filled a 1000 seat ballroom at the 2012 convention with the Plano East Marching Percussion Section as the demonstration group. 2013’s follow-up clinic of “Let’s Take a Look Under the Hood” was presented in front of a very large audience as well. 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, Phi Mu Alpha and was just recently inducted into Phi Beta Mu, International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Mr. Brennan is husband to Mrs. Carrie Brennan and is a proud father to Cohen Elias Brennan!
Megan Pickle joins the Plano East Band staff after serving as the Assistant Band Director at Wilson MS in central Plano. Prior to her time at Wilson, she was as an Assistant Director at Allen High School for 5 years. During this time, she was the director for the Symphonic II Band and consistently received superior ratings and outstanding recognitions. In 2019, the Symphonic II Band was recognized as a Commended Winner through the Citation of Excellence.
She began her teaching career in Plainview, TX, after she completed her undergraduate coursework at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. While a student, she was an active participant in The Goin' Band from Raiderland and served as a Teaching Artist for Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Pickle is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
When Mrs. Pickle is not conducting to a movie score or helping to develop drum major patterns or body movement, she enjoys painting, reading, and exploring outdoors. Mrs. Pickle's husband serves as the Percussion Director for Royse City ISD, and they live in Wylie with their corgi, Pebbles.