Mr. Jeff Gleason completed his undergraduate degree in percussion performance at Wichita State University and continued his education as a graduate teaching assistant at East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) where he earned Masters of Music performance degree. While attending ETSU, Mr. Gleason designed and directed the school's electronic music program and founded the university Steel Drum Band.
As an active performer with several organizations in the Houston area, Jeff is also the co-director of Tropic Envoy - a professional Caribbean group. Mr. Gleason has been invited as a clinician and performer at Sam Houston State Univ., Rice Univ., Univ. of Houston, Univ. of Nevada Las Vegas, and the Long Island, New York "Day of Percussion". He has also performed with David Foster, Kenny G, and David Samuels.
Teaching in higher education since 1986, Mr. Gleason is currently the department chair of music at Lone Star College-North Harris where he has developed courses in steel band, electronic music, American music, as well as teaching studio percussion. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Houston International Festival, the Kemah Texas Pan Jam festival (a founding member), the Texas Association of Music Schools Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. His current ensemble, the 18 piece Lone Star College Steel Orchestra, has released their 2nd CD - "Calypsology II" and features pannists Andy Narell, Gary Gibson, Darren Dyke, and Jeff Gleason on steel pan, drum set and percussion.
Dr. J. David is a professor of Music at North Harris College where he directs the school's choirs and teaches voice and music appreciation. He is also serves as director of The Woodlands Symphony Chorus.
Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Faber earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shepherd University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in music education and voice from West Virginia University. He began his career as a church organist and choir director, serving Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian congregations. Faber taught elementary band, choir and general music in Grafton, West Virginia; and has served on the faculties of Bluefield College in Virginia, the University of Rio Grande in Ohio, and Valdosta State University in Georgia where he was the music education coordinator and graduate advisor.
In 1992, Dr. Faber was selected as one of 12 interns from the United States and Canada to participate in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing foundation internship for young voice teachers at the University of North Texas. Faber received the Faculty Excellence Award from LSC-North Harris. He has sung on numerous occasions with the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop. He and his choirs have done presentations for the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Brack M. May
A native of Arkansas, Brack May earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. His graduate work includes a Masters of Music Education degree from North Texas State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. May has been involved in teaching music since his early years of college. He free-lanced as a teacher of trumpet and other brass instruments both privately and in master class settings. Dr. May was the horn line technical instructor for the Dallas Express Drum and Bugle Corps in the early 1980's. As a trumpet player, he played professionally in regional orchestras and numerous sacred settings. Dr. May served as a Texas high school band director for more than two decades before coming to Lone Star College-North Harris. His responsibilities at LSC-North Harris include two symphonic bands, two jazz bands, freshman theory, distance learning (online) music fundamentals, instrumental scholarship coordinator, recital coordinator, and coordinator of instrumental applied music.