Eric Weingartner is currently in his thirteenth year teaching, and his fifth year as an Assistant Band Director at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. Mr. Weingartner teaches Symphonic Band, JV Band, Beginning Low Brass at McMeans Junior High, and assists with the JET Marching Band. Since moving to Texas, bands under his direction have received Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest every year.
Prior to moving to Houston, Mr. Weingartner was the Associate Director of Bands at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. While at Homestead the Mighty Mustang Marching Band was a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist, Macy’s Parade Participant, Rose Parade Participant, and a consecutive medalist band in WBA Grand Championships in 2016 and 2017.
While in Northern California, Mr. Weingartner also taught tuba and euphonium lessons and his students earned spots in the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, CBDA All-State Jr. High and High School Honor Bands, NAfME National Honor Ensembles, as well as the Santa Clara County Honor Band.
Mr. Weingartner began his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University where he studied with renowned tubist, Sam Pilafian. He then transferred to Butler University in 2007 and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education.
Mr. Weingartner is currently the Assistant Brass Caption Head for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from Tempe, AZ. He was the Brass Caption Head for Blue Devils ‘B’ from 2011-2018 with Best Brass Performance awards at Open Class Championships in 2014 and 2016. Since 2014, Mr. Weingartner has also been on staff with the Blue Devils ‘A’ Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performer Mr. Weingartner was in The Academy from Tempe, AZ from 2002 through 2008 as a baritone and euphonium player.
Outside of band, Mr. Weingartner is married to his wife Kellie. They have two cats named Henry and Rigby. He is also a connoisseur of craft coffee, spicy foods, and an avid Golden State Warriors fan.
Mr. Weingartner’s professional affiliations include TMEA, NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.