Ms. Dana Pradervand is celebrating her 33rd year of teaching. Prior to coming to University of Houston, Ms. Pradervand was the Director of Bands at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, TX. During her six-year tenure, the band received numerous awards including 2nd runner-up in the TMEA 6A Honor Band Competition, UIL State Marching Contest qualifier, and a National Wind Band Honoree.
Dana began her teaching career as the Assistant Band Director at Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas and later became the Director of Bands at Evans Junior High. She moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1992 to become the Director of Bands at Wood Middle School. While at Wood, her Wind Ensemble was a TMEA Honor Band Finalist twice placing in the top 5 both times. In 2001, she was named the Director of Bands at Judson High School in Converse, Texas. During her tenure at Judson the band enjoyed many successes including being named an Area Honor Band Finalist, performing at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and performing at the National Youth Concert in Carnegie Hall. Before coming to Houston, Dana was the Director of Bands and Instrumental Coordinator for New Braunfels ISD.
Ms. Pradervand is a graduate of Texas Tech University and studied with Mr. James Sudduth. After completing her degrees Ms. Pradervand began study with Mr. Eddie Green and has continued for the past 25 years. Dana is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the State of Texas. She maintains professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and the Texas Music Adjudicator Association. Dana is a charter member and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Music Education.