Mr. Arturo J. Denis, Director of Bands
Arturo Denis is in his 6th year as the Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Carrollton Farmers-Branch ISD. His responsibilities include direction of the Creekview Wind Symphony and the Creekview Marching Band and Concert Band. Under his direction, the Creekview Wind Symphony has been awarded a National Winner of the Foundation of Music Education Mark of Excellence Honors project and has been selected as a featured band in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, including receiving an invitation for the percussion ensemble to perform at the National Percussion Concert in Indianapolis, IN.
Previously Mr. Denis was Wakeland High School’s first Associate Director of Bands, where he conducted the Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble , assisted with the Marching Band, including all aspects of the music program and was the AP Music Theory Instructor. While at Wakeland HS, the Wind Symphony was a three-time TMEA State Honor Band Finalist and a three-time finalist in the UIL State Marching Band Contest. Mr. Denis’ Symphonic Bands have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes Awards, including receiving Superior Ratings in Marching, Concert, and Sight-reading Contests since 2007. As Region Jazz Chair he hosted the All Region Jazz Auditions, Clinic and Concert attracting educators such as Steve Wiest, Ronnie Rios, Kris Berg, Mike Steinel, Tim Ishii and Joe Eckert. Under his direction, the Jazz Ensembles have been presented the “Outstanding Band Award” by the Collin County Community College Jazz Festival. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble won the AAA Classification of the 2008 Texas Christian University Jazz Festival and has placed in the top 5 finalist bands at the UTA Jazz Festivals. Prior to, Mr. Denis served as Assistant Band Director at Clark Middle School in Frisco alongside David Dunham.
Mr. Denis attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While studying at Texas, he was part of several organizations including Delta Sigma Phi, and the Longhorn Marching Band where he received an award for Most Outstanding Musician. As a member of the “Showband of the Southwest”, Mr. Denis was a Trumpet Section Leader and a Trumpet soloist for the Longhorn Band. He was also a member of the esteemed University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of artistic conductor Jerry F. Junkin. Mr. Denis is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha.
Mr. and Mrs. Denis Reside in Frisco, Texas. His wife Jenny Denis, is a band director at Fowler Middle School in Frisco. Together, they have two children Rebecca Denis and Cristian Denis.
Mr. Jake Hille, Associate Director
Mr. Hille is excited to begin his first year as Associate Director of Bands at Creekview High school. Immediately prior to joining the Creekview Band program, Mr. Hille was a graduate student at Texas Christian University pursuing a Master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting. While at TCU, Mr. Hille enjoyed responsibilities assisting with all aspects of the TCU athletic bands, concert bands, and tuba-euphonium studio.
Mr. Hille earned his Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. During that time, he was an active performer at the campus level and national level. On campus, Mr. Hille performed with various groups including the OU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, and Marching Band. At the national level, he performed with the Kappa Kappa Psi National Intercollegiate Band, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Hille was recognized two years in a row as the outstanding undergraduate tubist, and was honored to serve as the drum major of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band in 2014.
Mr. Hille held a full-time teaching position as an assistant band director at South Grand Prairie High School from 2016 to 2018. His responsibilities included teaching the concert band, teaching the jazz band, and assisting with all other bands. His jazz bands received consistent superior ratings at contests and festivals, and he led the concert band to their first ever UIL concert and sight-reading competition. In addition to his appointment at Creekview High School, he also serves on the brass staff with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and the visual staff with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Hille’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
In his free time Mr. Hille enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, running various competitive races, and experiencing new things.
Mr. Jacob Carter, Percussion Director
Mr. Jacob Carter joins the staff at Creekview High School as Percussion Director after serving for three years as the Assistant Percussion Director for Frisco Reedy High School, Pioneer Heritage Middle School, and Pearson Middle School in Frisco, Texas.
Mr. Carter holds a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arkansas and was under the instruction of Chalon Ragsdale. He received his undergraduate degree in Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma and was under the direction of Dr. Lance Drege.
He brings with him a great wealth of teaching experience including teaching undergraduate music majors at the University of Arkansas, as well as the percussion section of the Razorback Marching Band, the Front ensemble at Genesis Drum and Bugle corps., and Resistance Indoor Percussion. He has also performed in numerous renowned performance groups, including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Gateway Indoor, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the Arkansas Philharmonic.
Mr. Jake Mooney, Color Guard Director
Mr. Mooney is the newest addition to the Creekview band program. This will be his third year teaching color guard and his first year as Creekview’s Color Guard Director. He graduated from Little Elm High School where he participated in the color guard for four years, performing in WGI Finals twice. After high school, Mr. Mooney marched two summers with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps color guard as well as two winter seasons with local WGI World Class finalists CGT Dallas and Denton.
He has experience teaching consistent WGI Regional Finalist programs and is excited to start working with the Creekview High School colorguard. In addition to teaching color guard, Mr. Mooney enjoys spending time with his two cats and exploring local trails.