Directors

Mr. Digby

 

Jackie Digby is the Director of Bands at Plano West Senior High School and serves as the cluster leader for the West Cluster Band Program. Prior to coming to Plano West, Mr. Digby served for 15 years as the Director of Bands at Jasper High School in Plano ISD. Previously, Mr. Digby taught at Rice Middle School in Plano and Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas. His bands have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes and have been named most outstanding ensemble at numerous festivals including being named a multi-year winner in the National Wind Band Honors competition. The Jasper High School Full Orchestra, co-directed by Mr. Digby, was named the 2014 TMEA 6A Honor Full Orchestra. The first and only non-varsity group to achieve this honor.

Mr. Digby is a lifetime member of the Texas PTA and was honored to be named the 2016 Jasper High School Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Digby earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is a multi-year honoree of Who's Who Among Americas Teachers. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity. He resides in Frisco and enjoys spending time with his wife Maleece and son Jaxon.

 

Mr. Eric Petrinowitsch

Mr. Eric Petrinowitsch, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the Associate Band Director and Percussion Director at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, TX. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a B.M. in Music Education with a specialization in percussion and a minor in business.

Eric’s duties at Plano West Senior High School include directing the Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Drumline, assisting with the Marching Band and coordinating the percussion program for the Plano West Cluster. Eric has been an active marching percussion arranger since 2007, writing for the Miamisburg High School Marching Band in Miamisburg, Ohio and Lakeview Centennial High School in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Prior to his appointment at Plano West, Eric was the Associate Band Director and Percussion Director at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, TX for 4 years. While at LCHS, the percussion program grew substantially and the Marching Band advanced to UIL Marching Area Finals for the first time in school history.

Eric has performed with the UNT Champion Indoor Drumline and the UNT 2 O’Clock Steel Band, the Metro Alliance Indoor Drumline, and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Eric is currently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Percussion Ensemble based out of Richardson, TX, and is the drummer for the Dallas-based rock band, Abacu5. Eric is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society.

 

 

Mr. Preston Pearce

 

Originally from Alice, Texas, Mr. Pierce is an Associate Band Director at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. His duties include directing the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, assisting with the Marching Band, Music Theory and coordinating the jazz program for the Plano West Cluster.

 

In 2017 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as a finalist in the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in New York City. Most recently, the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) in January of 2018. In 2015 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as the 2016 TMEA Invited High School Jazz Ensemble. While teaching in Plano, Mr. Pierce has consistently had students make the TMEA All-State Jazz Band and has had several students go on to study jazz at universities such as The University of North Texas, Manhattan School of Music and The University of Miami Frost School of Music.

 

Mr. Pierce previously served as Associate Band Director at Shepton High School in Plano, Texas. Prior to teaching in the Plano ISD, Mr. Pierce was an Associate Band Director in the Aubrey ISD. While in Aubrey, the High School’s Symphonic Band was named the 2010 2A TMEA Honor Band. In the same year they were finalists in the Texas UIL State Marching Band Competition for the second time in the school’s history.

 

In his first year of college Mr. Pierce attended Texas A&M Kingsville and was a member of Jazz Band 1 where they were awarded the prestigious Down Beat award for Best College Jazz Band. Mr. Pierce then transferred to the University of North Texas where he was a Jazz Studies and Music Education Major. While at UNT, he had the opportunity to study with Jim Riggs as well as serve as saxophone section leader for the Green Brigade Marching Band.

 

Prior to moving to the North Texas area, Mr. Pierce had the opportunity to play with Latin Jazz groups Ritmo Caribe and Latin Talk. He has also been fortunate to share the stage with Jazz Legends Bobby Shew, Chuchito Valdes, and the late Ed Shaughnessy. Mr. Pierce’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TJEA and JEN.

 

During his free time, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa (Art Teacher at Shepton HS) and their two daughters, Madeline and Norah. He also enjoys watching sports, listening to live music, and salt water fishing.