James Dolnik is the Director of Bands at Mayde Creek High School and in his 25th year of being a high school band director in Texas. He is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and overall coordinator and conductor for the Mighty Ram Marching Band. Mr. Dolnik also serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Mayde Creek High School and the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 Band division chairman as well as the Area H Band Chairman.
Mr. Dolnik, a native of Texas, graduated from Sam Houston State University where his teachers included Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. Fisher Tull, Dr. Newton Strandberg and Dr. Rod Cannon. His private instructors included Mr. Lamar Burkhalter and Mr. Gregg Rinehart.
While in college, he competed in The Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps from Hutchinson Kansas, The Cavilers from Rosemont Illinois, and the Concord Blue Devils from Concord California. He also taught the front ensemble with the Sky Ryders in 1992.
Previous to his appointment at Mayde Creek, Mr. Dolnik was Director of Bands at Memorial High School in Spring Branch ISD, and Associate Band Director at Calallen High School and Middle School in Corpus Christi.
Professional affiliations for Mr. Dolnik include the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Mr. Dolnik is supported his wife, Barbie, and their two children, Brittany a recent graduate of the University of Houston and Jamie who is enlisted in the Navy studying nuclear propulsion. The entire family likes to swim, enjoy their pets and visit the Walt Disney World Resort on a regular basis.
Mark Keene, Associate Director
Mr. Mark Keene is the Associate Director of Bands at Mayde Creek High School. His teaching responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, Concert Band One, teaching AP Music Theory and assisting with the Mayde Creek Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to coming to Mayde Creek High School, Mr. Keene taught at Mayde Creek Junior High in Katy, Lake Jackson Intermediate School in Lake Jackson and Quail Valley Middle School in Missouri City.
In 1994, he graduated from Texas Tech University, earning his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While at Texas Tech, he performed as a member of the Symphonic Band, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. He graduated from Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas where he was a student of Phil Anthony and Anthony Gibson.
Professional affiliations include, TMEA, TBA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha. Mr. Keene is supported by his wife Deanna and their two sons, Patrick and Michael.
Mrs. Molly Casillas, Assitant Director
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Mr. Chris Goodwin, Percussion Instructor
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Ms. Aelynn Rodriquez, Color Guard Instructor
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