Director of Bands
David Simon in his third year at Frisco High School, where he joined the staff at 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.
At Frisco Mr. Simon directs the Wind Symphony, the Basketball Band, and co-teaches the Symphonic Band. His ensembles have earned sweepstakes awards at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and been recognized as Commended Winners in the National Wind Band Honors Project, conducted by the Foundation for Music Education.
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.
Matthew 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 fourth year at Frisco High School and his ninth 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 Reedy HS) and his two sons, JD and Josiah.
Heath Dillard is serving in his twelth 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 and 2018.
Assistant Percussion Director
Phillip Martinez is a percussionist, arranger, and musical consultant whose roots began in a small rural town, Jourdanton Tx. After receiving several accolades for his musical talents, Phil decided to pursue a Minor in Music at the University of North Texas while studying English. There, he worked with and learned from many great percussionists, including Ellis Hampton, Jeremy Noyes, Omar Carmenates, Mike Hodges, John Brennan, and Paul Rennick.
Martinez has been on staff for The Blue Knights and The Boston Crusaders, and has worked with the likes of Ellis Hampton, Daniel Allen, Derrick Shannon, Rob Ferguson, and Ralph Hardimon. His latest role as an educator before coming on board with Frisco was serving as the Percussion Caption Head for the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 season, where they placed 4th in percussion in Open Class Finals; its highest ranked finish in any caption in the corps’s history.
Phil is the author of the book “Gazing the Spectrum, A Concise Guide for Mastering Grid,” which was published in 2014. Phil is also a Vic Firth and Zildjian artist.
Phil is humbled and truly grateful to be the newest addition to the dedicated team of music educators from Frisco High School, Hunt Middle School, and Staley Middle School.
Toby Leikness 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 sixteenth year at Frisco High School.
Color Guard Director
Director of Bands, Pioneer Heritage MS
Associate Director, Pioneer Heritage MS