Music Department Chair
Mr. Jeff Gleason completed his undergraduate degree in percussion performance at Wichita State University and continued his education as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas A & M Commerce where he earned a Masters of Music Performance degree in percussion. Teaching in higher education since 1986, Mr. Gleason is currently the department chair of music and dance at Lone Star College-North Harris where he has developed courses in steel band, electronic music and a survey course in American music. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Houston International Festival, the Kemah Texas Pan Jam Festival, the Texas Association of Music Schools Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As a clinician, performer, and speaker, Jeff has been invited to Sam Houston State Univ., Rice Univ., Univ. of Houston, Univ. of Nevada Las Vegas, Wichita State Univ., and the Long Island, New York "Day of Percussion". As an active performer, he has worked with scores of local, regional, and national performers including the Mark Dini Group, the Gypsies, the Power of Houston Orchestra, Lakewood Church, Harry Sheppard, Kenny G, and Dave Samuels. Jeff is also the co-director of Tropic Envoy - a professional Caribbean music ensemble.
J. David Faber is the Choral Director at North Harris where he directs the concert and jazz choirs, and teaches class piano, music appreciation, and ear training. His BA is from Shepherd College in West Virginia, and he holds MM and PhD degrees from West Virginia University in Music Education and Voice. In addition to his duties at North Harris, Dr. Faber is the director of The Woodlands Chorale, and the organist for The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. In his free time, he is an avid weight lifter and runner. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Director of Bands
Dennis Eichler is the Director of Bands at Lone Star College-North Harris. He teaches Music Theory as well as conducts the Gale Force Jazz Ensemble, the Hurricane Jazz Orchestra, the Bayou Big Band and the North Star Wind Symphony.
For more than three decades Mr. Eichler was a music educator in Baytown, Texas. He spent most of his career as music department head at Ross Sterling High School. While at Sterling, Mr. Eichler’s organizations won acclaim from countless educators and adjudicators. The Sterling Symphony Orchestra was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and was awarded “Outstanding Orchestra” at various festivals. The Sterling High School Band was also well respected in state and national competitions. Under Mr. Eichler’s leadership, his groups have won a total of 33 UIL Sweepstakes awards.
Prior to his appointment at Lone Star College-North Harris, Mr. Eichler served as Director of Instrumental Music Ensembles at Lee College in Baytown. During this time he was the conductor of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, the Baytown Concert Band, and the Lee College Jazz Ensemble.
Dennis Eichler is also an active adjudicator, clinician and performer. He is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and has conducted many All-Region Bands and Orchestras in the Southeast. He has also conducted bands and orchestras in Europe and Mexico on several occasions. Mr. Eichler is founder and director of the Bayou Big Band, a professional jazz band that performs throughout the Houston area. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu Fraternity, Texas Band Masters Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, National Association of Jazz Educators, and Houston Professional Musicians Association.
Mr. Eichler studied extensively with Bryce Taylor, Richard Kole and Eddie Green.