Kerry Taylor / Director of Bands
Kerry Taylor currently serves as Director of Bands for Westlake High School and Eanes ISD. He is also Department Chair of Fine Arts at Westlake High School. Mr. Taylor is in his 31st year as a band director in the Texas public schools; five years in Katy ISD and 26 in Eanes ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Master of Music Degree in Applied Conducting, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Under Mr. Taylor's direction, the Westlake High School Band has been named 'Best in Class' or 'Runner-up' at the Buccaneer Music Festival, South Coast Music Festival, MusicFest (Orlando, Fl.) and the DC Festival in San Antonio. The Westlake Band has made concert tours to the Pacific Northwest, Canada and the British Isles. Under Mr. Taylor’s baton, the Westlake Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association on March 4, 2006 and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles on July 8, 2009. In 1997, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Westlake Band with the Sudler Flag of Honor recognizing excellence in concert band over an extended period of time.
The Westlake Marching Band has been a Finalist in multiple Bands of America Regionals and Super Regionals and has been a Finalist at the 5A State Marching Contest-placing in the top 10 on four occasions. On January 1, 2003 the Westlake Chaparral Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. In 2010, the Sousa Foundation honored the WHS band with the Sudler Shield for excellence in marching.
Mr. Taylor is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas and across the US. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association in many positions including Chairman of the Band Division and in 2005-06 as President of the 10,000+ member organization. His other professional memberships include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha.
Jana Robertson /Assistant Director of Bands
Jana Robertson is beginning her fourth year as a music educator and her first year at Westlake High School. Ms. Robertson, born and raised in Austin, began her musical studies in Eanes ISD as a sixth grade saxophone student at Hill Country Middle School. She later continued through the Westlake Band Program and graduated from WHS in 2008.
After high school, Ms. Robertson began studying music at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While at LSU, she studied saxophone under Griffin Campbell and performed in numerous ensembles, the most memorable ones being The Golden Band from Tigerland, the LSU Wind Ensemble and the LSU Jazz Ensemble. She also enjoyed playing in pit orchestras for local theater companies. Ms. Robertson graduated from LSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in the spring of 2012.
Before returning to Westlake, Ms. Robertson was the Associate Band Director at Shoemaker High School in Killeen (2012-2015), where she directed the non-varsity concert band, color guard, steel drum band and jazz ensemble.
Drew Saenz / Assistant Director of Bands
Drew Saenz is an Austin native, and has taught, consulted and arranged for many schools in the area since 2007. Mr. Saenz has been involved with the Westlake percussion program as a beginning percussion teacher at West Ridge Middle School, private teacher, and battery instructor since 2010. He recently graduated with his Masters of Music Education from Texas State University where he also received his undergraduate degree. While at Texas State, Mr. Saenz was a Graduate Assistant and arranger with the Bobcat Marching Band and the Percussion Studio Ensemble. He has been a performer with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Boston Crusaders, as well as a battery tech with the Crossmen in 2013-2014. Mr. Saenz will be overseeing the percussion program at the three secondary campuses, AP Music Theory, and one of the concert bands in the spring.