ABOUT MR. BENZER
John Benzer recently retired, after twenty years, as an Instrumental Music Education and University Bands Affiliate faculty member at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music in 2020, where he taught undergraduate woodwind instrument pedagogy classes and band director methods classes, and assisted the performing ensembles. Through the music education department, he was the Student Teacher Coordinator and was very active in providing beginning teacher job placement in school districts throughout Texas. He was the director of the UH Cougar Band Camp from 2001-2009. Currently, he provides conceptual brass and woodwind instrumental pedagogy information—as well as woodwind instructional teaching videos—through johnbenzer.com.
Before moving to Houston in 2000, he taught for twelve years at Griffin Middle School in The Colony, which is part of the Lewisville Independent School District. He served as Associate Director of Bands for two years before being named Director of Bands in 1990. He is a 1984 honor graduate of Plano Senior High School, and a cum laude graduate of North Texas State University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1988. He completed his Masters Degree in Applied Music in 2004 at University of Houston. Mr. Benzer is co-author of Essential Musicianship-Ensemble Concepts, a published band method consisting of three textbooks which are on the Texas state-adopted textbook list. In 2014, Mr. Benzer is pleased to have been chosen by Hal Leonard Corporation to serve as a Hal Leonard Textbook Consultant.
During his ten years as Director of Bands, the Griffin Middle School Symphonic Band was twice named the Texas Class CC Middle School Honor Band, in 1993 and 1997. In 1997, the Griffin Middle School Band Program was awarded the Sudler Silver Cup, the most prestigious international award to recognize junior high and middle school band programs of outstanding musical excellence.
At the 1995 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, Mr. Benzer was named the 1995 “Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.” He was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Mu in February of 2001, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education through the UH Moores School of Music in 2012.
Mr. Benzer is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas, and has also presented band director inservices and workshops in several school districts, and various clinics at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention, the New Mexico Music Educators Association Convention and the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention. He was a guest conductor at the Indian Springs MS TMEA CCC Honor Band Concert in 2016, the Arbor Creek MS Honors Band Midwest performance in 2017, the Killian MS TMEA CC Honor Band Concert in 2018, and the Killian MS Honors Band Midwest performance in 2019.
Mr. Benzer’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu and Music Education Resource Network.