Frank Troyka began his career in 1984 in the Richardson ISD at Forest Meadow Junior High School where he was the Assistant Band Director. Four years later he accepted a similar position at Lake Highlands High School where he worked closely with Malcolm Helm.
From 1991-1996, Frank was the Assistant Band Director at Westfield High School in the Spring ISD. In addition to conducting the 2nd band, he played a significant role in the instruction and design of the marching band, arranging the wind book for the 1992 State Finalist Big Red Band. In 1993, Mr. Troyka’s 2nd band at Westfield was invited to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, having been selected from an extensive pool of bands that submitted audition recordings from around the United States. Though a non-varsity ensemble, Mr. Troyka’s 2nd band at Westfield was invited as a 1st band, performing 17 of the 25 movements of Carl Orff’s magnum opus, “Carmina Burana” (four of which Mr. Troyka transcribed himself).
Since 1999, Frank has been the Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD until joining Berkner High School in May of 2006. Under his leadership, the Cypress Falls Band was selected as a finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, a featured ensemble at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, a featured ensemble at The Midwest Clinic, and it is one of only two band programs world-wide to receive the 2005 Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The percussion ensemble was a showcase group at the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville and has captured five state championship titles in concert and marching percussion competition in the Texas Color Guard Circuit percussion division.
The Cypress Falls Marching Band is a top three finalist at Bands of America regional competition, a finalist at the BOA Super Regional in San Antonio, a UIL State Marching Band Contest semi-finalist, and the color guard recently received its third consecutive state title in Texas Color Guard Circuit competition. After having been promoted from the Scholastic A classification in Winter Guard International competition to the Scholastic Open class, the 2006 Cypress Falls Color Guard finished 4th in the world at the 2006 WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April of this year. Since that time, the color guard has been promoted to the Scholastic World classification, the most competitive and select level of competition in the activity.
Frank is also very active as a lecturer and clinician throughout Texas and the United States. He is a perennial faculty member of the Bands of America Weekend Leadership Experience summer workshop and served as one of the concert band conductors at the 2003 BOA Summer Symposium held at Illinois State University. In addition, he occupies a seat on the Bands of America Advisory Board.
Mr. Troyka also presents annual student leadership training workshops throughout Texas and various schools and colleges throughout the country. He is the author “Practical Leadership for Bands,” a self-published workbook and reference tool used to prepare students to step into their roles as leaders in their high school bands.
A member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association, Frank has presented numerous clinics for directors and students at both of these conventions since 1982. He also has presented workshops for directors and students in Georgia, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wyoming.
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Frank graduated from Sturgis High School (Michigan) in 1977 and began his college career at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. It was there that he learned about the quality of the public school band programs in the state of Texas, so at the age of 19 he moved to Dallas to finish his degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. A resident of Texas since 1979, Frank considers himself a “Naturalized Texan.”
Steve Andre is currently the Director of Fine Arts for the Mesquite Independent School District. Mesquite ISD encompasses an area of approximately 60 square miles along either side of I-635 in east Dallas County. It draws from the communities of Mesquite, Garland, and Balch Springs as well as areas of Dallas. MISD has a student population of over 39,000 students spread among its 46 campuses.
Prior to appointment in Mesquite, Mr. Andre spent 20 years as the director of bands and fine arts department chair at Grapevine High School. During the period, the Grapevine High School band was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winner. In addition to being a finalist at regional marching contests, the Grapevine High School Marching Band has been a finalist at the Texas State Marching Contest on three occasions; finishing third in 1999 & 2001. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble has received Superior ratings at local, regional, and national festivals. In the summer of 2008, the Wind Ensemble toured China performing for standing room only crowds in Beijing and Shanghai. Grapevine’s concert bands have been named the outstanding performing group at festivals in Texas, Florida, and New York.
Mr. Andre received his B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his M.M.E. from Texas Christian University. Steve has received numerous awards for his work in the classroom including; the prestigious University Interscholastic League Sponsor Excellence Award, the PTA Friend of Children Award, the Grapevine High School Student Council President’s Choice Award, and has been named to Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers on several occasions. In the spring of 2007 Mr. Andre was recognized as the Outstand Music Department Alumnus from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association as Band Chair in both Region 5 and 24, Region 5 Vice President, 4A and 5A All State Auditions Chair, and has been an Honor Band panel chair at both the Area and State level. Steve Andre is a Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, an office he was elected to after serving two years as the TMEA Band Division Vice-President. He has served as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the State of Texas; as well as, New Mexico, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Louisiana. Mr. Andre is in demand not only as a clinician and adjudicator but also as a speaker on band leadership training and motivation.
Mr. Andre's professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TMAA, and Phi Beta Mu.
He and his wife Susan live in Keller, Texas with their three children; Ryan, Timothy, and Jillian.
Bill Centera is in his 28th year of music education and his bands have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners and are recognized for their musical excellence. Under his direction, the Newman Smith Trojan Marching Band has been a finalist at the Duncanville, Birdville, and Centennial Marching Festivals, as well as the UIL Area B Marching Contest in both Class 5A in 2006 and in Class 4A in 2009 where they placed 1st. The Trojan Marching Band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Contest in 2000 and 2009 where they were named a finalist and placed 6th overall in class 4A.
The Newman Smith Wind Symphony, under his direction, performed by invitation at the 2002 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis and was named a finalist at the 2009 TMEA State 4A Honor Band competition. Jazz Ensembles under Mr. Centera’s direction have won the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University Jazz Festivals multiple times and been recognized nationally through the Music & Arts National Jazz Competition. His jazz ensemble at Waxahachie HS was featured on WFAA’s ‘Good Morning Texas’ television show and performed by invitation at the prestigious 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
Mr. Centera was named “Teacher of the Year” at Waxahachie High School in 1997 and received an honorary PTA Life Membership at Newman Smith in 2006. He currently serves as President for TMEA/UIL Region 24. Mr. Centera is a member of the International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu, and was recently named the Director of the Texas ‘Lone Star’ Ambassadors of Music which tours Europe with several hundred band and choir students from across North Texas every two years.
Mr. Centera received a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983 and a Master of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas in 1991. His wife, Colleen, is a counselor at Newman Smith and they have two children, Tyler, a sophomore cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and Megan, a graduate of Texas A&M University and a special education teacher in the Plano ISD.