Director of Bands
John Alstrin is the Director of Bands at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Mr. Alstrin conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and team-teaches the Mighty Eagle Marching Band, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Color Guard Classes. Mr. Alstrin also travels to assist and team-teach beginner and band classes at Rogers and Reynolds Middle School.
Mr. Alstrin served as an Associate Band Director at L.D. Bell High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District in Hurst, Texas from 2009 -2014. His responsibilities included team-teaching the LD Bell Blue Raider Marching Band, Band 2, Applied Music and two beginning trumpet classes. During his time at LD Bell, the band continued its tradition of excellence, placing 2nd, 3rd, and 10th at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and consistently placed in the top three at the BOA San Antonio and St. Louis Super-Regionals and the Arlington and Houston Regionals. In 2010, the band earned the Silver Medal and in 2012 the Bronze Medal at the Texas UIL AAAAA State Marching championships.
From 2007 – 2009 Mr. Alstrin completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Music and served for two years as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Houston. During his time at U of H, Mr. Alstrin studied Conducting under the mentorship and tutelage of Mr. David Bertman, played for a year in the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble under the direction of Tom Bennett, assisted in Undergraduate Music Education Courses, supervised Student Teachers, directed the Basketball Band, and assisted the Cougar Marching Band. While at Houston, Mr. Alstrin also benefitted greatly from the mentorship of John Benzer, Eddie Green, Joe Dixon, and Noe Marmalejo.
Mr. Alstrin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 2000 under the direction of Gregory Clemons, Curt Wilson, Rob Foster, Brian Youngblood, and Alfredo Velez. During his time at TCU, Mr. Alstrin performed with the Jazz Ensemble at the Montreux Jazz Ensemble, with the Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and was Drum Major for the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band in his Senior Year. In 2000, Mr. Alstrin completed his Student Teaching at LD Bell High School with Joe and Cathy Grzybowski, Jeremy Earnhart, and John Pollard, and at Bedford Junior High with the BBB State Honor Band under the direction of Steve Madsen and Christine Cumberledge.
Mr. Alstrin is a 1995 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas. Mr. Alstrin’s Band Director was Kim Harrison and he studied trumpet with Jim Spencer and Stan Kessler. At SME Mr. Alstrin played in the Marching Band, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and at the 1992 Midwest Clinic with the Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Alstrin served as the director of the TAMU-Kingsville Drum Major Camp for the past ten years. In 2006, he was a member of the brass staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2009 with the brass staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and The College Band Directors National Association.
Mr. Alstrin currently resides in Prosper, Texas with his wife Christina, son Collin, and daughters Addison and Harper.
Associate Director of Bands
Brad Huneycutt is the Associate Director of Bands at Prosper High School (TX). He is an active music arranger and program designer to marching ensembles across the country, including PHS.
Mr. Huneycutt received his academic training at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University in (BA) Music Education and (MM) Instrumental Conducting, respectively. He is in his fourteenth year as a Texas music educator, with previous teaching opportunities served at William B. Travis High School (TX), and Lake Highlands High School (TX).
Mr. Huneycutt is an adjudicator for the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games and was a member of the DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition, he is an active clinician and adjudicator for indoor and outdoor performing ensembles.
Mr. Huneycutt’s concert ensembles have received superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight-reading contests, and have earned distinction as "Best in Class" at various regional concert festivals. Mr. Huneycutt’s marching ensembles have earned trips to the Texas State UIL Marching Contest and have been consistent Bands of America finalists and recipients of various caption honors.
Mr. Huneycutt helped in establishing a leadership curriculum and participated as a leadership clinician for Fred J. Miller, Inc., and the University of Texas at Arlington drum major camps, and continues to be very influential in his students' successes. He also maintained a private lesson studio for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD at Bedford Junior High and LD Bell High School.
Mr. Huneycutt's primary personal and professional influences have included Bill Watson, Cindy Lansford, Steve Madsen, and Marion West. Professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.
Director of Percussion
Mr. Michael Huestis has been involved in music education since 1991 and has taught at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah and The Colony High School in North Dallas. In 2016 Mr. Huestis accepted a position teaching the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band in Prosper, TX. Throughout his career Mr. Huestis’ bands, percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music for All National Percussion Festival, MENC Biennial Conference, Bands of American Grand National Championships, President Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by “School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008. Mr. Huestis earned his Bachelor of Music Degree was from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U.
A highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Huestis has served as the percussion arranger for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar, CA and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps in Austin, TX. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and HuestisMusic Publications. Michael is the author of the classroom method, “Developing the Percussionist-Musician” which was developed for middle school and high school students.
Mr. Huestis has presented clinics and master classes at numerous state music education association conventions and universities. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served one term as a chapter president. Michael is an endorser of Yamaha Instruments, Vic Firth drum sticks and Evans Drumheads.
Associate Band Director
Spencer Smith is the Assistant Director of Bands at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Mr. Smith’s responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, team-teaching the marching band, and instructing beginner brass classes at Rogers and Reynolds Middle School.
Prior to teaching in Prosper, Mr. Smith served as an assistant director at Klein Oak High School from 2015-2017 where he was mentored by Todd Clearwater, Chris Rapacki, and Max Mullinix. His responsibilities included conducting the fourth band, team-teaching the fifth band, International Baccalaureate Music, specializing in visual fundamentals with the marching band, and instructing beginner low brass classes at Krimmel and Hildebrandt Intermediate. During his two years at Klein Oak, Mr. Smith's concert bands twice received sweepstakes awards at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contest.
In 2015, Mr. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Houston under the direction of David Bertman, Marion West, John Benzer, and Marc Martin. During his time at U of H, Mr. Smith performed with the Symphonic Winds, the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, and studied euphonium under Danny Vinson, Mark Barton, and Phillip Freeman.
Mr. Smith currently teaches on staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, having previously taught with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. He performed as a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and with the Madison Scouts in 2012-13, aging out as a section leader in 2013. In 2011, Carolina Crown was awarded the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Excellence in Brass.
From 2011-2014, Mr. Smith served as a marching technician and instructed low brass master classes for the Spring High School band in Spring, Texas. During his time at Spring, the band placed as a finalist twice at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional and advanced twice to the Texas UIL State Marching contest. Mr. Smith continues to benefit greatly from the mentorship of Gabe Musella and Terri Risinger.
Mr. Smith is a 2010 International Baccalaureate graduate of L. D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas where he was taught by Jeremy Earnhart, Van Mathews, John Alstrin, Jolette Wine, Brandon Holt, and Steve Madsen. In 2007, the marching band was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion.
Outside of work, Mr. Smith is an avid follower of Dallas sports and is the self-proclaimed all-time greatest Texas Rangers fan.