Mr. Jesse Woolery - Associate Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Studies
Jesse Woolery has served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies at Denton High School since 2007. He is the music caption head for the DHS Pride of Bronco Country Marching Band, directs the Symphonic Band and guides all aspects of the jazz program which includes three full big bands and the newly formed DHS gospel ensemble. Woolery also is the Founder and Co- Director of the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival which is hosted each spring in Denton. As well UIL success in both concert and marching band Mr. Woolery has directed groups from DHS at the Texas Music Educators Convention, Apex Jazz Festival, University of North Texas Educational Leadership Conference, the Thinline Film Festival, and the Southwestern American Music Therapy Conference. Additionally, the jazz band has been selected as a mainstage performer at the Jazz Education Network Conference and was a national finalist in the Swing Central Jazz Competition.
As a performer and educator, Jesse Woolery has collaborated with Jeff Clayton, N’awlins Gumbo Kings, Miss Polly and Her Tiny Big Band, Earth Wind and Fire’s Bobby Burns Jr., Brave Combo, the University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band, Brad Leali, Noel Johnston and New York City based dance company BODYART.
Mr. Woolery received a Perry R. Bass Fellowship Award for his contribution to music education as a graduate student, named twice as Denton Independent School District’s Top Graduate Educator of Influence, appointed as an Educational Leader and Mentor of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, named Denton High School Teacher of the Year, and named a “Friend of the Arts” by Sigma Alpha Iota’s Iota Omega chapter for his support of music at the local and regional level. He was also inducted into the Newton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame.
Prior to coming to Denton ISD Jesse Woolery was the Director of Bands at Boyd Middle School in Boyd ISD and T. W. Browne Middle School in Dallas ISD. More recently he was on faculty and served as Camp Director of Bocal Majority/ Operation O.B.O.E. and taught jazz and music education at Texas Woman’s University. As a professional public address announcer he can be heard every UNT home football game announcing pregame and halftime for the Green Brigade Marching Band and the North Texas Dancers. He has also announces regularly for DCI, USBands, BOA, DCA, and the Golden Triangle Marching Classic.
Mr. Woolery is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education with concentrations in bassoon, saxophone, and voice. While at the University of North Texas, he performed in the Jazz Lab Bands on tenor saxophone and the UNT Wind Symphony on bassoon. His name appears on recordings of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA. Woolery received his master’s degree in music education from Texas Woman’s University, where his active research focused on health risks of being a public school band director. His research has been presented at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Poster Session and has been published in Texas Music Education Research Online.
Jesse Woolery lives with his wife and two daughters on a hobby farm west of Denton, TX.