John Benzer

Instrumental Music Education Faculty, Moores School of Music
University Bands Consultant

John Benzer is on the music education faculty at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he teaches undergraduate instrument pedagogy classes and band director methods classes.  Through the band department, Mr. Benzer assists the Wind Ensembles and assists with the administration of student teacher placements and observations.  Prior to this, he taught for twelve years at Griffin Middle School in The Colony, which is part of the Lewisville Independent School District.  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,” and in 2012 was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education through the UH Moores School of Music.  He is also the co-author of Essential Musicianship-Ensemble Concepts, a published band method textbook which is on the Texas state-adopted textbook list.

Mr. Benzer is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas, and has presented band director in-services and workshops in several school districts, as well as various clinics at Midwest, TBA and TMEA.