David Eckert has been named the new band director at New Braunfels High School (NBHS). Eckert has been serving as the assistant band director of NBHS since 2008 and has been a music educator for the past 18 years. He will lead the nearly 400 musicians in the NBHS band program and serve as the lead secondary music education teacher for NBISD.
Eckert’s responsibilities at NBHS will include directing the marching program, the colorguard program, and the percussion program. He received both his Bachelor of Music Studies and Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
He began his teaching career as a band director in North East ISD at both the middle school and high school levels. Eckert is a woodwind specialist, jazz aficionado and conductor. He also worked as a private woodwind instructor for more than a decade while he played professionally throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.
As a full-time musician, he worked for Sea World, Opryland Fiesta Texas, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa Cruises, and the Jack Morgan Orchestra, as well as the international touring company of the Broadway musical Grease.
His teaching accolades include: 2000-2001 Jack C. Jordan Middle School First Year Teacher of the Year; September 2004 Oliver Wendell Holmes Teacher of the Month; May 2017 New Braunfels High School Teacher of the Month; and a three-time recipient of the Who’s Who in American Teachers.
Eckert’s professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educator’s Association; Texas Bandmaster’s Association; Winterguard International; Texas Educational Colorguard Association; American Federation of Teachers; United States Scholastic Band Association; Jazz Education Network; Texas Jazz Educators Association; Technology Institute for Music Educators; and The Conductors Guild.