Gregory Hayes – Director of Bands
Mr. Hayes has been teaching for over twenty years. He is in his eighth year as director of bands at Frisco High School. He also serves as the fine arts department chair. Under his direction, the band at Frisco High has earned consecutive University Interscholastic League sweepstakes awards. The Frisco High Wind Ensemble is a 2010, 2012, and 2014 National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Wind Ensemble Project. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he was a student of James Barnes, Robert Foster, Zuohuang Chen, and Scott Watson. Mr. Hayes is also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.
Andrew Balettie – Associate Director/Jazz Studies
Mr. Balettie graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. At UNT, Andrew was an executive board member of the international, professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. He performed with the UNT Concert Band, the UNT Symphonic Band, the Green Brigade Marching Band, the Phi Tau Chorale, Phi Tau Winds, the UNT Secondary Band and the L.A.M.E. Saxophone Quartet. Andrew has taught private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet in Azle ISD and saxophone and woodwind masterclasses with the Start Up the Band program. In addition, he served as an assistant conductor in the Denton New Horizons Senior Band. Andrew is happily married to his best friend Liz, and they have a newborn son, Cole, and two pups, Lucy and Mia.
Matt Courtney – Assistant Director
Mr. Courtney is native of Lewisville, TX and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, he participated in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Band and was a member of the OU Trumpet Studio. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities. Matt was a student of Karl Sievers, William Wakefield, Michael Raiber and Brian Britt. He is in his 6th year as a music educator, having previously taught all levels in Jay Public Schools (OK) from 2011-2016. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Meghan (Math Teacher at Frisco HS) and his newborn son, JD.
Heath Dillard – Director of Percussion
Mr. Dillard is serving in his ninth year as percussion director for the Frisco High School cluster. His teaching responsibilities include: drum line and percussion ensemble classes at Frisco High School, assisting with band classes and teaching sectionals at Hunt middle school, and teaching beginner percussion classes at Hunt Middle School. Mr. Dillard also serves as the percussion arranger for the Frisco High School marching band. Under Mr. Dillard’s direction, the Frisco High School percussion program has been very successful, winning their division at the Lone Star Classic drum line contest in 2009 and the Lewisville Drumline Competition in 2016.
Scott Gustafson – Assistant Director of Percussion
Toby Leikness – Director of Guard
Toby is a designer, technician, and clinician. He started his Color Guard career with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he performed from 1993 through 1996, and from 1995 until 1997 he also performed with the Every-Body Winter Guard form Portland, OR. After his marching career, Toby has taught many great programs around the country, including Every-Body A, Every-Body World, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the R2 Performance Group, Americas Independent Winter Guard, Sarajevo Winter Guard, and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, along with many terrific high school programs. Toby is currently in his 13th year at Frisco High School.