Eric M. Mullins
Director of Bands, Timberview High School
Eric Mullins comes to Timberview High School after eight years as the Director of Bands at Western Hills High School. While at Western Hills, the band program continued a tradition of excellence by becoming a six-time recipient of the UIL Sweepstakes trophy. The Marching Band consistently received Superior ratings at UIL region marching contests, placed in finals at UIL Area B and the “Unleash the Sound Marching Festival,” was named best in class at USBands regional contests, and was Second in class at the Bands of America Arlington Regional and USBands Texas State Championships. The band’s marching auxiliary units excelled as well, winning their classes on several occasions. The Wind Symphony, under his leadership, earned seven UIL Sweepstakes trophies, earning Superior ratings in both concert and sight-reading. Additionally, the Wind Symphony was named Grand Champion at several festivals, including Music in the Parks in Chicago, Alamo Showcase of Music in San Antonio, Peak Music Festivals in Denton, and the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi. They also earned Commended Honors three times in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors. The WHHS Jazz Band consistently placed in the top four at the Eastern Hills/TCC/Wesleyan Highlander Jazz Festival, having been named as one of the Grand Champions in 2009, earning them a featured performance at the 2010 Awards Concert.
Prior to coming to WHHS, Mr. Mullins was an Associate Band Director at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas. While at Creekview, the Marching Band earned four consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards, including two appearances at Area Finals, and an appearance at the Texas 5A UIL State Marching Band Contest. The Creekview Band was a consistent finalist at the Carrollton Tournament of Champions, Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Competitions, and was named Grand Champion of the Golden Triangle Marching Festival in Denton. His concert bands at Creekview received Superior ratings at UIL concert and sight-reading contest and Best In Class at Musicfest Orlando, South Coast Music Festivals, and Performing Arts Consultants in St. Louis.
Mr. Mullins holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied instrumental conducting with Ray C. Lichtenwalter, Director of Bands at UTA (retired) and Ron Spigelman, Conductor and Musical Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, former Assocaiate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, and former Interim Director of Orchestral Studies at UTA. He studied choral conducting with Dr. Gary Ebensberger, Department Chair and Director of Choral Studies at UTA (retired). He has conducted in workshops featuring clinicians Mallory Thompson, Director of Bands at Northwestern University in Chicago; Gary Hill, Director of Bands at Arizona State University; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Franco, Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra.
While a student at UTA, Mr. Mullins played principal bassoon in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the Woodwind Quintet, played bass drum in the Marching Band, and sang in the A Capella Choir and Chamber Singers. He was also a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, which earned Ninth Place in the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships.
Additionally, Mr. Mullins has extensive experience in church music, having served on the music staff at Broadway Baptist Church, Westcliff United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Hurst, and University Christian Church of Fort Worth. Choirs and Handbells under his direction have performed throughout the United States, including New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Montana, Colorado, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Under his leadership, the UCC Handbell Ringers from University Christian Church completed a concert tour of the United Kingdom, which included concerts and worship services at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Bath, Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, The Collegiate Church of St. Mary in Warwick, York Minster, Coventry Cathedral, and Canterbury Cathedral.
Mr. Mullins was the 2013-2014 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts of Fort Worth ISD sponsored by Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Hall, and has been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers & Educators. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Handbell Musicians of America, Church Music Institute, and the Texas Choral Director’s Association.