Henderson Director of Bands Receives Top Award

Henderson Director of Bands Receives Top Award

Jack Hontz Jack Hontz

Henderson High School's Director of Bands, Jack Hontz, has been named the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) 2019 Outstanding Young Music Educator. The PMEA Award honors an outstanding young music educator within their first 3-5 years of teaching for their contributions to music education and PMEA.

Hontz, a graduate of East High School and West Chester University, has been teaching music in the West Chester Area School District for the past four years.  He is currently pursuing a master's degree in conducting. Music has always been a part of his life.

"My dad was a band director, and he inspired me to go into music at a young age," says Hontz.

Hontz, whose primary instrument is the clarinet, oversees Henderson's marching band, concert bands, and jazz bands.

"Being honored with this award is very humbling, and it is more a reflection on my students, colleagues, and family than it is on me.  I'm very fortunate to have had great mentors and work in a supportive district."

Hontz received the award at the PMEA's annual conference which was held April 6th in Pittsburgh. The PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities.