Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree - Music Education Texas Christian University Masters Degree - Music, Conducting University of Houston
Mr. John Alstrin
John Alstrin is the Director of Bands at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Mr. Alstrin conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and team-teaches the Mighty Eagle Marching Band, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Color Guard Classes. Mr. Alstrin also travels to teach beginner and intermediate band classes at Rogers and Reynolds Middle School.
Mr. Alstrin served as an Associate Band Director at L.D. Bell High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District in Hurst, TX from 2009 -2014. His responsibilities included team-teaching the LD Bell Blue Raider Marching Band, Band 2, Applied Music and two beginning trumpet classes. During his time at LD Bell, the band continued its tradition of excellence, placing 2nd, 3rd, and 10th at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and consistently placed in the top three at the BOA San Antonio and St. Louis Super-Regionals and the Arlington and Houston Regionals. In 2010 the band earned the Silver Medal and in 2012 the Bronze Medal at the Texas UIL AAAAA State Marching Championships.
From 2007 – 2009 Mr. Alstrin completed his Master's Degree in Applied Music and served for two years as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Houston. During his time at U of H, Mr. Alstrin studied Conducting under the mentorship and tutelage of Mr. David Bertman, played for a year in the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble under the direction of Tom Bennett, assisted in Undergraduate Music Education Courses, supervised Student Teachers, directed the Basketball Band, and assisted the Cougar Marching Band. While at Houston, Mr. Alstrin also benefitted greatly from the mentorship of John Benzer, Eddie Green, Joe Dixon, and Noe Marmalejo.
Mr. Alstrin received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 2000. During his time at TCU, Mr. Alstrin performed with the Jazz Ensemble at the Montreux Jazz Ensemble, with the Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and was Drum Major for the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band in his Senior Year. In 2000 Mr. Alstrin completed his Student Teaching at LD Bell High School with Joe and Cathy Grzybowski, Jeremy Earnhart, and John Pollard, and at Bedford Junior High with the BBB State Honor Band under the direction of Steve Madsen and Christine Cumberledge.
From 2000 - 2006 was an Associate Band Director at Lake Highlands High School in the Richardson ISD. Under the tutelage of Marion West, Mr. Alstrin taught beginning band classes, the third and second concert bands, jazz ensemble and marching band. During this time the LH Wind Symphony performed at the Midwest Clinic and the Wildcat Marching Band advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest and was a finalist at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional.
Mr. Alstrin is a 1995 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas. Mr. Alstrin’s Band Director was Kim Harrison and he studied trumpet with Jim Spencer and Stan Kessler. At SME Mr. Alstrin played in the Marching Band, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and at the 1992 Midwest Clinic with the Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Alstrin has served as the director of several drum major camps across Texas over the past fifteen years. In 2006, he was a member of the brass staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2009 with the brass staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Alstrin has served as an adjudicator in Colorado, Ohio, Kansas, and Texas and began working as an adjudicator for Music for All’s Bands of America in the Fall of 2013. His professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and The College Band Directors National Association.
Mr. Alstrin currently resides in Prosper, Texas with his wife Christina, son Collin, and daughters Addison and Harper.