COUNTRY United States
GROUP OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Jerriald Dillard is currently in his fourteenth year as Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Specialist at Oak Ridge High School in the Conroe Independent School District. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band and overseeing all aspects of the percussion program at ORHS. Prior to his career in Conroe, Mr. Dillard taught three years at Texas City High School, where his percussionists earned honors in region, area, and state level bands.
Mr. Dillard is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999. While pursuing his education at SHSU he studied conducting with Matthew McInturf and percussion pedagogy with Doug Rosener and Alec Warren.
Under his direction, the symphonic band has been a consistent Sweepstakes Award winner at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. His percussion ensembles at both Oak Ridge High School and York Junior High have consistently earned first division ratings at regional and state competitions. The Oak Ridge percussion ensemble has been selected to perform at several nationally recognized events, including the 2005 Bands of America National Percussion Festival and the prestigious 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 2008, the ensemble was one of three high school percussion groups in the country who won the Percussive Arts Society "Call for Tapes" International Percussion Ensemble Contest. In addition, the Oak Ridge percussion ensemble was the 2013 winner of the Mark of Excellence National Percussion Ensemble contest, and in 2014 was invited to perform at the 68th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Dillard credits the success of his percussion ensembles to the ability to create consistency between the junior high and high school programs.
Mr. Dillard's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster's Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Percussive Arts Society and the honorary music fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He is an educational endorser for Yamaha, Evans Drum Heads, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals. He is also a 2007 inductee to Who's Who Among American Teachers.
Mr. Dillard resides in the Oak Ridge community with his wife Jennifer, who is also a band director, and their daughter, Elizabeth Lee.