David Simon – Director of Bands
Mr. Simon joins the staff at Frisco High School in 2017 after serving eleven years as an assistant director at Marcus High School, in Flower Mound, TX. Concert ensembles at Marcus under Mr. Simon’s direction consistently earned superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League’s Concert and Sight-reading contest. His other duties included leading the basketball pep band, assistance with the Marching Band, and administration of the student leadership program. Mr. Simon graduated from Baylor University, in Waco, TX. Originally from Austin, he attended Leander High School, and was a four-year member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He resides in Carrollton with his wife Addie, who serves as Director of Bands at Pearson Middle School in Frisco.
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. Mr. Courtney is in his second year at Frisco High School and his seventh 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 tenth 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 fourteenth year at Frisco High School.