Your BL Friar Band Directors
Mickey Owens has 34 years school band teaching experience, and is beginning his eighth year at Bishop Lynch High School as Band Director. Mr. Owens also teaches AP/ Dual Enrolled Music Theory and History of Western Music classes. During his time at BL, the Friar band has won TPSMEA State Marching Band championships, Sweepstakes, Superior Ratings, and Best In Class awards at state and national festivals. Prior to his tenure at Bishop Lynch, Mr. Owens' bands at Berkner and Sherman made several appearances at the UIL State Marching Band Contest, and his concert bands consistently earned first division ratings in concert and sight-reading, as well as earning many best in class honors at state and national festivals.
Mr. Owens has been active as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas and Oklahoma: in concert performance, marching band, solo/ ensemble, and region band clinician venues, as well as serving on the TMEA all-state audition committee for many years, and conducting many Texas All-State Symphonic Band bass/contra clarinet sectionals at the TMEA convention.
Before coming to Bishop Lynch, Mr. Owens taught in the Richardson, Sherman, Plano and Mesquite school districts. He graduated from Plano Senior High School (with Tom Bennett as his band director, who Director of Bands Emeritus at The University of Houston), earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Baylor University, and a Master of Music degree from East Texas State University, with a 4.0 grade point average. While at Baylor, Mickey studied with Richard Floyd (who emeritus Director of UIL music activities), Richard Shanley, and Michael Haithcock (who is presently Director of Bands at The University of Michigan). At East Texas State, he was under the tutelage of Gary Hill, who is the present Director of Bands at Arizona State University, along with James Froseth from the University of Michigan.
Mickey has also been a participant in band conducting workshops at The University of Texas, Baylor University, and East Texas State University, with teachers including Craig Kirchhoff, Larry Rachleff, Kevin Sedatole and H. Robert Reynolds. Mr. Owens has been also greatly influenced by his fortunate contacts with Robert Floyd (now TMEA Executive Secretary) and Jerry Junkin (Director of Bands at The University of Texas, and Artistic Director of the Dallas Wind Symphony).
Mr. Owens has extensive professional performance experience in classical, jazz, “society” dance band, and recording activities, and presently is a member of the Dallas Wind Symphony, appearing on 18 commercially released recordings in the Reference and DWS catalogs. Mr. Owens is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Private School Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Clarinet Association, and is the State President for the Texas Private School Music Educators Association.
Mr. Owens sings in the choir, performs regularly as an instrumentalist, and serves as a lay reader at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. The Owens family are avid sailors and campers, love to take long bicycle rides and hikes, attend professional performances in the Dallas region, and visit the area’s wonderful museums.
He is married to Robin, who is the head band director at Wilson Middle School in Plano. They have 2 children; Calvin, who is a clarinetist and works for Facebook as a Production Engineer; and Maddie, who plays bassoon, graduated from Texas Women's University and will teach and dance professionally with the Tapestry Dance Company in Austin.
Jay Majernik is starting his tenth year as Percussion Instructor for the Bishop Lynch High School Band Program. He has taught percussion for 23 years both in Illinois and Texas. Jay has taught in Junior High, Senior High and collegiate levels. Mr. Majernik received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Southern Methodist University. Always in demand as a performer, he plays in numerous classical, jazz, rock, musical theatre and church settings. Recent performances include the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Water Tower Theatre, Level Ground Theatre, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, and Garland/Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include performing with the rock band Chicago, jamming with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and backing artists such as Larry Gatlin, The Lettermen, and numerous others. Mr. Majernik is married to Laura Leigh. They have two future drummers: John who is six, and Noah who is three. They enjoy gardening, watching sports, church activities, and Christopher Guest movies.