GROUP OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Jerriald Dillard is currently in his tenth year of teaching, and his seventh as the Percussion Specialist at Oak Ridge High School in the Conroe Independent School District. In addition to his duties at Oak Ridge High School, Mr. Dillard also instructs the Symphonic Band and all percussionists at the feeder school, York Junior High.
After graduating from Clements High School under the direction of Larry Matysiak, Mr. Dillard chose to continue his education at Sam Houston State University. Mr. Dillard studied conducting with Matthew Mclnturf and percussion pedagogy with Doug Rosener and Alec Warren, and was a member of both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. While studying percussion, Mr. Dillard performed in a master class with Leigh Howard Stevens, Robert van Sice, and She-E-Wu. He is a 1999 graduate of SHSU with a Bachelor of Music.
Mr. Dillard credits the success of his percussion ensembles to his ability to create consistency between the junior high and high school programs. His percussion ensembles at both Oak Ridge High School and York Junior High have consistently earned first division ratings at regional and state competitions. His bands have five consecutive years of Sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, as well as numerous Sweepstakes awards in Marching. In the spring of 2005, the Oak Ridge percussion ensemble performed in the Bands of America National Percussion Festival. In 2007, the Oak Ridge percussion ensemble was the only percussion ensemble selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 2008, the Oak Ridge High School Percussion Ensemble is one of three high school percussion groups in the country, who won the PAS "Call for Tapes" International Percussion Ensemble Contest. Oak Ridge will perform a concert at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. Prior to teaching in Oak Ridge, Mr. Dillard taught at Texas City High School, where his percussionists earned honors in region, area, and state level bands.
Mr. Dillard's professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmaster's Association. He is one of the educational endorsers for Dynasty Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals. Mr. Dillard is also a staff member of Percussion One, an independent percussion organization, where he assists Lamar Burkhalter. The junior high division of Percussion One, named P-13, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2006. He is also a 2007 inductee to Who's Who Among American Teachers.