Graduate Teaching Assistants

Jack Hontz

Jack Hontz began his studies at the University of Miami in Fall 2020 to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting. Hontz previously served as the band director at Henderson High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he taught for five years.

Hontz led the concert, jazz, and marching bands, and served as the music department chairperson, and was named the 2019 PMEA Outstanding Young Educator. Hontz graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance in 2015, and a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting in 2019. During his time at West Chester, Hontz was fortunate to study conducting with Dr. Andrew Yozviak and Dr. Gregory Martin. Outside of school, Hontz enjoys golfing, running, and rooting diligently for the Yankees.


Roy McLerran

Roy McLerran is a native of Texas and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. McLerran has seven years of public school teaching experience, primarily with secondary bands.

Recently, McLerran served as Director of Bands at Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs, Florida. Prior to that, he spent six years as an assistant band director in Texas (five years at Center ISD and one year at Teneha ISD). In 2016 McLerran helped found the East Texas Chamber Winds (ETCW), a professional community chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing free wind chamber music to the East Texas community. McLerran serves as the Music Director and Conductor for the ETCW. His professional memberships include Florida Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Sheldon McLean

Sheldon McLeanSheldon A. McLean most recently was the Director of Marching and Wind Bands at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a product of the Broward County Public School System, having graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, FL. Mr. McLean went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. 2010) from Florida A&M University(FAMU) and his Master’s Degree (M.M.E. 2015) from The Florida State University.

Very active in the music community, educators, peers, community members and music professionals of various backgrounds frequently boast of Mr. McLean’s talent and innate ability to inspire, motivate and connect with students. Thriving on the intersectionality of community (youth) development, the popular music industry (and its history), and classically influenced music education, he is constantly in demand as a percussion and band clinician in music rooms throughout South Florida.

Sheldon’s love, dedication, and consistent need for an intimate relationship with music-making has been encouraged by Richard Beckford, Dr. Shelby Chipman, Richard Clary, Dr. Shaylor James, Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, Dr. Julian White, Dr. Alexander Jiménez, Dr. Nicholas Thomas, Christopher Dorsey, Israel Charles and Dr. Clifford Madsen.