Ted Shistle, Instrumental Music Chair and Director of Bands

Ted Shistle is in his fifth year as Director of Bands at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) and his 16th year as a music educator. His duties at DA include coordinating the band program, directing the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds, and teaching AP Music Theory. Additionally at DA Mr. Shistle has conducted the annual musical (including an appearance at the Florida State Thespian Festival), the jazz band, and often guest conducts with the DA Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Florida Music Educator's Convention, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference (twice), and the International Music Festival in Carnegie Hall. Prior to his appointment at DA, Mr. Shistle held director of band positions at Hagerty High School, University High School (Orange City), DeLand High School, and Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO. Ensembles under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings at all FBA District and State level events.

Mr. Shistle is active as an adjudicator throughout the state of Florida and makes frequent appearances conducting honor bands including the 3rd FBA Nine-Star Honor Band, and Flagler, Lee, and Polk County Honor Bands. Additionally Mr. Shistle has presented clinics at the Florida Music Educator's Association convention (twice), and works with local band programs by invitation.

In addition to his duties as a band director, Mr. Shistle is active as a bassoonist making frequent appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Coastal Symphony Orchestra, and performs chamber music throughout Northeast Florida. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Mr. Shistle performed bassoon and/or contrabassoon with the Orlando Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Florida Lakes Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Topeka Symphony, and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Shistle also served on the faculty at the University of Central Florida teaching bassoon and bassoon studio class.

Additionally Mr. Shistle serves as the chair of the Concert Music Committee for the Florida Bandmasters Association and serves on the Executive Board of the FMEA as "Member-at-large." He is a proud member of FBA, FMEA, National Band Association, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC, and a Master’s in Music Education from Florida State University.

Of all his professional achievements, Mr. Shistle is most proud of his students that have continued to study music and music education, and also those that have continued to find ways to stay involved with music in some way either in campus bands, community bands, or as educated consumers and supporters of art music in their communities.

Don Zentz, Director of Jazz Studies

Don Zentz is in his second year at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville where he is the Director of Jazz Studies and serves on the instrumental music faculty. Previously he was the Director of Fine & Performing Arts at The Bolles School (Jacksonville), a post he served for twelve years. He has held music professorships at the University of North Florida, Valdosta State University, and Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Prior to college teaching, Don was a high school and middle school band director in Georgia and at Wolfson Senior High School in Jacksonville. His programs earned superior ratings and championship recognition in all areas of band media - concert, marching and jazz. Don's thirty-two year teaching career has encompassed every possible level in education.

Don received much acclaim for his work and leadership in jazz education particularly during his tenure at the University of North Florida. He was originally hired at UNF by program founder and jazz education pioneer Rich Matteson. Don co-taught the saxophone studio with legendary altoist Bunky Green. As the director of the UNF Jazz Ensemble, Don brought national and international visibility to the jazz program at UNF. The ensemble produced two critically acclaimed CD’s, won the Notre Dame Jazz Festival and National Collegiate Jazz Festival in Mobile, performed at festivals in Europe, and was recognized by DownBeat for “Best Big Band Jazz – Outstanding Performance”. The extensive list of guest artists that have performed with his jazz ensembles reads like a “who’s who in jazz”- celebrated musicians like Herbie Hancock, Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Don Menza, and Ernie Watts. In 1999, DownBeat awarded Don their Jazz Education Achievement Award. UNF had named him an Outstanding Undergraduate Professor in 1996, representing UNF at the state level. He also received a TIP Award from the Florida Board of Regents for Excellence in Teaching.

Don is very much in demand as a player, adjudicator, and clinician in both traditional and jazz idioms. He was a per service saxophonist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years and works many of the off-Broadway shows that travel into Florida. He has performed in concert with notables that include Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, The New York Voices, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinsen, The Manhattan Transfer, and Diane Schuur. He adjudicates extensively each year for the Florida Bandmasters Association and other independent band festivals across the south including Festival Disney.

He has directed the all-state high school jazz bands of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Maine, and also the Delaware All-State Symphonic Band. Just last year Don directed the Florida All-State Middle School Jazz Band. He served as the jazz studies coordinator, music department chair, and wind ensemble director for the Georgia Governors Honors Program during the 1990’s. Don has presented a variety of clinics and master classes at numerous musical events for students and teachers alike. He will be presenting two jazz band clinics this year at FMEA. His articles have appeared in professional publications such as The Instrumentalist and Music Educators Journal. During his two terms as the Florida Unit President of IAJE, Don was responsible for instituting the State Jazz Workshop in Florida.

Don has been a Keilwerth Saxophones performing artist and clinician since 1995. His career reveals a deep commitment and passion for both the teaching and performing of music. He credits his professional success to his mentors – Bob Greenhaw, Joe David, and Rich Matteson – and to Laurie Zentz, his loving wife and soul mate for over thirty years.

Paige DeDecker, Percussion Instructor

Paige DeDecker is a percussionist from Flower Mound, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Percussion Performance at the University of North Florida with Dr. Andrea Venet and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018.

At the University of North Florida, Paige works as a graduate teaching assistant, instructing the UNF Drumline and helping Dr. Venet throughout the semester. Paige spends her summers in Knoxville, Tennessee as an administrative assistant at Nief-Norf, a contemporary music festival that focuses on performance, composition, and research.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Paige studied with Dr. Dave Hall and was a member of the university’s percussion ensemble that performed at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition’s Call for Tapes. She also participated in the Cornhusker Marching Band under the direction of Anthony Falcone and had the privilege of leading the Front Ensemble and Drumline as section leader during her senior year. Paige was also a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps Front Ensemble from 2014 to 2016, where she worked closely with Paul and Sandi Rennick. In both 2014 and 2016, the Drumline section won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Fueled by a passion for performance and administration, Paige hopes to perform in a chamber ensemble or work for a nonprofit arts organization upon graduation.