Eric Weingartner is currently in his ninth year teaching, and his first year as an Assistant Band Director at James E. Taylor High School. Mr. Weingartner teaches Symphonic Band, JV Band, Beginning Low Brass at McMeans Junior High, and assists with the JET Marching Band. Mr. Weingartner is thrilled to be a part of an outstanding community and a strong band program.
Mr. Weingartner was the Associate Director of Bands at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA from 2010-2018. While at Homestead he taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble II, and the Mighty Mustang Marching Band. The HHSMB performed in the 2011 Macy’s Parade, 2018 Rose Parade, and in 2015 finished 19thplace overall at Bands of America Grand Nationals. Additionally, the HHSMB finished 3rdplace overall at the 2017 WBA Grand Championships with a caption award for Best Music. Ensembles under his baton also earned Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA Concert Band festivals.
In 2016, the CMEA Bay Section awarded Mr. Weingartner the Gilbert T. Freitas Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in instrumental music education, awarded to a music educator with less than six years of experience.
Mr. Weingartner began his undergraduate degree at Arizona State 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 from Butler University. While in Indiana Mr. Weingartner student taught at Avon High School.
Mr. Weingartner has also been active teaching in DCI since 2011. 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.
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.
Eric’s professional affiliations include NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.