The Wildcat Band is excited to be offering an enriching private lessons program to all band students. This program consists of a 30 minute private lesson given during or after school taken once a week. These private lessons are taught by a specialist on your child’s instruments who have spent a considerable amount of time and effort developing their technical, musical, and pedagogical prowess. It is our hope that you will consider the opportunity offered by this program. Listed below are a few points to consider about this valuable program.
Private lessons give students an opportunity to work with a specialist on their instrument.
Private lessons allow gifted students to move at a pace comfortable to their needs.
Private lessons can help motivate a struggling student by providing a more personally curated approach than is able in a normal ensemble class.
Private lessons offer insights and experiences on a musical level not available in a classroom of 35+ students.
Private lessons help meet individual needs.
Our fantastic private lesson staff will be providing online lessons to start the semester. Once lessons begin, parents will pay the lesson teacher directly for their services. The fee rate varies, but averages at $23.00 per half hour lesson. Financial aid is available on an as needed basis. Click the link above to request private lesson forms!
Flute - Lisa Nickl
Lisa has been Principal Flute of the Plano Symphony Orchestra since 2008. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Lisa holds degrees in music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She won 1st Place in the New York Flute Club Competition and was presented in recital at CAMI Hall. As a winner of the Special Recital Presentation Award, Lisa was presented in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall under the auspices of Artists International Recital Management. She performed on a highly acclaimed concert tour of Japan sponsored by the Teshigotoya Corporation and was one of three American Flutists chosen to participate in the Kobe International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan. Lisa has performed as Associate Principal Flute with the St. Louis Symphony and The Baltimore Symphony. She has also performed with the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, The Greenville Symphony, and was Principal Flute of the Charleston Symphony and its Woodwind Quintet for ten years. She has spent her summers participating in the Colorado Music Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Principal teachers include Thomas Nyfenger, Carol Wincenc, and Anne Diener Zentner.
Oboe - Ashley Guillot
Bassoon - Haley Houk
Haley Houk is a bassoonist based out of League City, TX who is devoted to making her students reach their full potential! Ms. Houk received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Texas Christian University, was a High School band director for two years, and then went back for her Master's degree in bassoon performance at Baylor University. She has performed across the US, England, and France with many different sizes and styles of ensembles. In her free time, Ms. Houk enjoys art, soccer, and hanging outside!
Clarinet - Alisa Hines
Alisa Hines has a bachelors in music education from Millikin University class of '95. Following school, she continued studying clarinet with Jeff Lerner of the University of Houston. Alisa has over 20 years experience teaching private clarinet and music in the South Houston/Clear Lake area. She is a Vandoren Artist Clinician for DANSR, Inc. which gives her the opportunity to provide free masterclasses, sample new products and meet with clarinet and sax professionals from all over the world! She doubles on saxophone and flute and loves performing in the pit for local musicals and churches. Alisa is married to Chadwick Hines, trumpet player and store manager of H&H Music (Pasadena) and has two daughters that play the French Horn.
Saxophone - Nicholas Madden
Trumpet - Noah Adams
Noah Adams received his bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Houston. His primary teachers include Mark Hughes (Principal, Houston Symphony), Robert Walp (Assistant Principal, Houston Symphony), and Joshua Wiggins (Freelance Player and Teacher). He is currently an active freelancer and teacher in the Houston area with a studio of over 50 students. In addition to his normal schedule, he has performed regularly with the Houston Symphony on pieces such as the Firebird and the Empire Strikes Back. Adams has also performed with the Texas and Round Top Music Festivals.
Trumpet - Jason Browne
Mr. Browne is a former US Marine. He graduated in 2005 with a music Business Degree from University of Houston. After teaching for 10 years, he decided to open up JB's Music School where he provides brass coaching and brass instrument repair (www.jbmusicschool.org) Several of his students have made the All-State Orchestra and All-State Band. In 2019 one of his All-State students placed 2nd in the state as a junior. Mr. Browne has a daughter and has lived in League City since 2010.
French Horn - John Stuckey
Mr. Stuckey is a retired band director and free lance horn performer. He currently plays as the Principal French Horn for the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and the Co-Principal for the Clear Lake Symphony. He graduated from TCU in '75 and is a Richardson High School Alum. Mr. Stuckey has taught private lessons in the Clear Lake area for over 20 years, including at CCHS. Many of his students have earned All-State recognition, including several from CCHS.
Low Brass - Jason Schloesser
Jason has been in the Clear Lake area for over 15 years. He started his musical career at League City Intermediate playing Trombone and later switching to Tuba. While attending Clear Creek High School Jason studied under Professor Mark Barton (U of H) and Mr. Bud Woodruff (DPHS). After graduating he left the Clear Lake area to attend the University of North Texas where he studied under Tuba Professors Don Little, Ryan Robinson, and Brad Coker and Music Education Professors Dennis Fisher, Dr. Donna Emmanuel, and Darhyl Ramsey. He also preformed in UNT ensembles under the direction of Dr. Brian Bowman and Dr. Nick Williams. While at UNT he became involved with Denton Bible Church, which is where he met his wife Candice. After graduating, life brought them back to the Clear Lake area where he and his wife currently reside. Along with teaching private music lessons, he also plays lead guitar for Clear Creek Community Church as well as several other local churches. Jason holds a bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While in school he taught Tuba and Euphonium lessons as well as low brass masterclasses for 3 years. After finishing his student teaching in Frisco he took a position teaching band classes for a small charter school in south Dallas. A year later he took a position teaching middle school band in east Houston where he taught beginner brass and percussion classes. Jason has been teaching music now for over 15 years.
Low Brass - Nicholas Halbig
Florida-native Nicholas Halbig is a current student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University studying under Houston Symphony principal trombonist, Allen Barnhill. Prior to his studies at the Shepherd School, he attended Baylor University and received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, studying with Brent Phillips. Halbig has garnered success in a number of solo competitions including winning the International Trombone Association's Larry Wiehe Solo Competition, finaling in Baylor University’s Semper Pro Musica Solo Competition, placing second in the Southeast Trombone Symposium Solo Competition, and being named a finalist for the Shepherd School Concerto Competition in 2020. He has also achieved success in the orchestral field placing third in the Zellmer Orchestral Trombone Competition, winning first at the Southeast Trombone Symposium Excerpt Competition, and being named as a finalist for a position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As an orchestral performer he has played with the New World Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Ars Flores Symphony orchestras and serves as a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony. Halbig also has served as an educator having spent a summer teaching at the French Woods Performing Arts Festival in 2016 and teaching privately in a number of Texas school districts.
Percussion - Joshua Harris
Percussion - Martín Quiroga Jr.
A cowboy from Texas, Martín Quiroga Jr. (1987) earned his Bachelors of Music at the University of Houston and has most recently completed his Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Oregon. Most recently, Quiroga has had performances by groups such as the Riverside Chamber Orchestra, the University of Oregon Campus Orchestra, GRIT Collaborative, Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble, Space City Performing Arts, Sospiro, and the Space City New Music Festival. An avid educator, Martín has recently joined Lone Star College where he teaches percussion and music composition. Martín is a founding member and Festival Director of the Space City New Music Festival (Houston, TX), a program that focuses on premiering contemporary works over the course of one week during the month of July. Martín Quiroga currently resides in Houston, TX, where he continues to perform regularly and maintains a private studio in the greater Houston area.