Director of Bands
Michael Hejny has been the Director of Bands at Arlington High School since 2002 where he also serves as Fine Arts Department Chair. Since his arrival at Arlington High School, the band has almost tripled in size and has become the largest and arguably the most successful band program in the city of Arlington. Prior to coming to AHS Mr. Hejny was the associate director of Bands at Lamar High School in Arlington, Director of Bands and Fine Arts Coordinator in Fort Stockton ISD, as well as many other positions over the past twenty-five years.
Mr. Hejny’s bands have earned numerous years of division I’s in marching, as well as advancing to area and state marching contest. His concert bands have earned numerous sweepstakes awards, as well as two Region Honor Band titles and one Area Honor Band title. His students have distinguished themselves at the city, region and state levels of competition. Under his direction, the Colt Band has won top Festival Honors in New York, Washington D.C., Orlando FL, New Orleans LA, St. Louis MO, and Atlanta GA. At home in Texas, the Colt Band has earned 20 Sweepstakes awards over the past 11 years as well as numerous trips to Area Marching Contest and Finals competitions.
Michael Hejny was a member of the NHS, PAC, JETS and graduated as third ranking student, at Ennis High School in 1980. He earned his BM ed. and his M.M. at East Texas State University and has studied under James Keane (currently Univ. of Ill.) and Gary W. Hill (currently University of Arizona). Mr. Hejny is a member of TMEA, TBA and TMAA as well as holding I.B. Music Level III certification.
As a strong believer in the value music education, Mr. Hejny serves on many committees to promote the growth of fine arts and enjoys working with young musicians through workshops, clinics and judging opportunities whenever his schedule will allow.
Nathan Burum has been at AHS for 9 years and is the director of the Symphonic band. He founded the Basketball Band where the band adds a fun and dynamic atmosphere for both women’s and men’s teams. Prior to coming to AHS, Mr. Burum taught band at Ferguson JH and Williams Elementary for two years. Mr. Burum is very familiar with the successful bands in the area as he is a product of the Arlington ISD having attended Butler ES, Shackelford JH, and Lamar HS. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University where he studied under Anthony Brittin and Christopher Smith. At Tech, Mr. Burum performed under the direction of Keith Bearden with the Concert Band, Court Jesters, and the Goin’ Band from Raiderland where he was Section Leader and a Band Wagon Driver. He is currently working on his Master’s degree from the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Burum comes from a long line of educators who teach or have taught in Arlington and the surrounding area.
Nathan Hervey has been at AHS for five years and is director of Concert Band, conducts the Jazz ensembles and assists with the Marching Band. An Arlington native, Mr. Hervey is a proud graduate of Bowie HS. After high school he decided to study at UT Arlington where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. While at UT Arlington, he performed with the Jazz Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, trombone choir, jazz combo and the Marching Band. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Hervey began work on a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of North Texas. While studying at UNT, he performed with the Symphony Orchestra, trombone choir and the 2 and 3 o'clock lab bands.
Andrew Blezinger serves as the Arlington High School Director of Percussion where he conducts the marching percussion ensemble, concert percussion ensembles, and directs student education for All-Region, Solo & Ensemble, as well as participating in Concerts Bands and chamber groups. Prior to joining the AHS team, Mr. Blezinger served as the Director of Percussion for Little Elm High School (2012-2017) and Ranchview High School (2017-2018). Along with being a full time director, Mr. Blezinger has worked as a freelance percussion instructor for schools in the DFW area since 2008.
Mr. Blezinger received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University at Commcerce in 2012. During his time at TAMUC, he participated in the Wind Ensembles, The “Pride” Marching Band, Percussion Ensembles, Brazilian Ensemble, and the “Panimation” Steel Band. Outside of school and teaching, Mr. Blezinger has performed with many notable groups such as Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006), Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-2008), Metropolitan Winds, as well as a guest performer in churches and choirs in the DFW area. Mr. Blezinger holds affiliations with TMEA, TBA, and serves on the Health and Wellness Committee for Percussive Arts Society.