The Eanes Independent School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Eanes ISD is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
Eanes ISD offers exceptional Fine Arts programs at all grade levels and campuses. As a crucial component of the District’s Graduate Profile, participation in fine arts programs fosters a well-rounded experience that provides our students a broad range of engagement, develops critical thinking skills, and promotes teamwork, leadership and responsibility.
Kerry Taylor serves as Director of Bands for Westlake High School and Eanes ISD. He is also Department Chair of Fine Arts at Westlake High School. Mr. Taylor has been a band director in the Texas public schools for over 35 years; five years at Katy ISD and over 30 in Eanes ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Master of Music Degree in Applied Conducting, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Under Mr. Taylor’s direction, the Westlake Marching Band has been a finalist in multiple Bands of America Regionals and Super Regionals and has been a finalist at the 5A State Marching Contest-placing in the top 10 on four occasions. The Westlake Chaparral Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in California in 2003 and 2017. In 2010, the Sousa Foundation honored the WHS band with the Sudler Shield for excellence in marching.Taylor was most recently awarded the 2016 Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association, which recognizes those who have made a difference in the lives of band students.