Mr. Arturo J. Denis, Director of Bands
Arturo Denis is the Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Carrollton Farmers-Branch ISD. His responsibilities include direction of the Creekview Wind Symphony and the Creekview Marching Band and Advanced Jazz Ensemble. He is currently a Collegeboard AP Reader, TMEA All State Jazz Organizer and Past Region 24 Jazz Chair and 5A Varsity Band Organizer. Under his direction, the Creekview Wind Symphony has been awarded a National Winner of the Foundation of Music Education Mark of Excellence Honors project and has been selected as a featured band in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, including receiving an invitation for the percussion ensemble to perform at the National Percussion Concert in Indianapolis, IN.
Previously Mr. Denis was Wakeland High School’s first Associate Director of Bands, where he conducted the Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble 1, assisted with the Marching Band, including all aspects of the music program and was the AP Music Theory Instructor. While at Wakeland HS, the Wind Symphony was a three-time TMEA State Honor Band Finalist and a three-time finalist in the UIL State Marching Band Contest. Mr. Denis’ Symphonic Bands have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards, including receiving Superior Ratings in Marching, Concert, and Sight-reading Contests since 2007. As Region Jazz Chair he hosted the All Region Jazz Auditions, Clinic and Concert attracting educators such as Steve Wiest, Ronnie Rios, Kris Berg, Mike Steinel, Tim Ishii and Joe Eckert. Under his direction, the Jazz Ensembles have been presented the “Outstanding Band Award” by the Collin County Community College Jazz Festival. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble won the AAA Classification of the 2008 Texas Christian University Jazz Festival and has placed in the top 5 finalist bands at the UTA Jazz Festivals. Prior to, Mr. Denis served as Assistant Band Director at Clark Middle School in Frisco alongside David Dunham.
Mr. Denis attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While studying at Texas, he was part of several organizations including Delta Sigma Phi, and the Longhorn Marching Band where he received an award for Most Outstanding Musician. As a member of the “Showband of the Southwest”, Mr. Denis was a Trumpet Section Leader and a Trumpet soloist for the Longhorn Band. He was also a member of the esteemed University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of artistic conductor Jerry F. Junkin. Mr. Denis is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha.
Mr. and Mrs. Denis Reside in Frisco, Texas. His wife Jenny Denis, is a band director at Fowler Middle School in Frisco. Together, they have a daughter named Rebecca and two Chihuauas named Tico and Bruno.
Mr. Maxwell Atkinson, Associate Director
Maxwell Atkinson is the Associate Director at Creekview High School. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas. He was a student teacher at Creekview and Blalack Middle School prior to his appointment.
While at the University of North Texas, Mr. Atkinson studied euphonium under Dr. Brian Bowman and Dr. Patrick Nyren. Mr. Atkinson also marched in the Green Brigade marching band for four years, serving as section leader, marching technician, and eventually drum major. He also participated in the University of North Texas Concert band under the baton of Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams, NT Tuba-Euphonium ensembles under Dr. Brian Bowman, and various chamber ensembles. Outside of UNT, Mr. Atkinson marched for three years at The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps, earning the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2011 and serving as Horn Sergeant in 2013. Mr. Atkinson teaches with the Cavaliers and has taught the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp and various other marching bands in the Dallas area.
Mr. Atkinson is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, NTTEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Scott Gustafson, Percussion Director
Scott Gustafson is currently the Director of Percussion at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gustafson taught the Frisco High school percussion studio and served as director of percussion at Staley middle school. In addition, Scott has played a critical role in developing students among many successful band programs in the area, aiding in multiple all state and all region percussion placements and numerous marching percussion caption awards at marching and Drumline contests.
Mr. Gustafson has been the music designer for the Battery Percussion section in the Frisco High School Marching Band production and served as the Battery's primary instructor. At Staley Mr. Gustafson taught the Beginning Percussion class, and worked with the Advanced Percussion students. He also helped with the drum clubs at both Rogers and Bright Elementary schools.
Scott is a graduate of North Texas and is an active clinician and performer in the North Dallas Area. He brings a vast source of knowledge and experience having also been a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, performing at PASIC with the University of North Texas and also being member of the Indoor Drumline at UNT.
Ms. Mariah Donohoo, Color Guard Director
Mariah Donohoo is serving as Guard Director at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas.
Please help me welcome the very talented Mariah Donohoo to the Creekview Band as our Guard Director! She will be joining us this coming week after a great season marching DCI with the Blue Stars! She comes to us as a product of high profile programs and some of the very best guard educators in the nation! This is her 6th year spinning and is a member of the amazing CGT! She will be working alongside Mr. Ian Pilley through out the season as we make this a very memorable and successful year! Please help me welcome Ms. Donohoo!!
Mr. Ian Pilley, Color Guard Consultant
Mr. Pilley is coming to us with great experience and active involvement in the guard circuit as a performer for CTG World Guard and instructor for Creekview and DCI Blue Stars. Mr. Pilley is the Guard Director for The Colony High School and is an active consultant for the CHS Guard.