Ms. Amanda Drinkwater
Amanda Drinkwater
Director of Bands


Amanda Drinkwater is in her thirteenth year as Director of Bands and fifteenth year overall at Marcus High School. Her responsibilities include direction of the Marcus Wind Symphony and the Marcus Marching Band program as well as leadership of the Marcus Band cluster. A pianist and brass specialist, Ms. Drinkwater is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Ms. Drinkwater received her academic training at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, respectively. She is in her twenty-third year as a Texas music educator, with previous teaching opportunities served at Leander High School (TX) from 1996-2001, and The Colony High School (TX) from 2001-2003.

Ms. Drinkwater’s concert ensembles have consistently earned superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight Reading contests. The Marcus Wind Symphony was named a TMEA Honor Band finalist in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, and was performed as the TMEA 5A Honor Band at the 2015 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Marcus Wind Symphony was a featured ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2007 and 2012 and has been recognized five times as a National Wind Band Honors finalist.

Ms. Drinkwater’s marching ensembles have earned eleven consecutive trips to the 5A/6A Texas State UIL Marching Contest and have been consistent Bands of America finalists and recipients of various caption honors. In 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 (5A), and 2014 (6A) the Marcus Marching Band earned the UIL Texas State Marching Championship. In 2016 the marching band earned third place at the State Marching Band Contest. The Marcus Band program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield for excellence in marching band performance in 2008 and the Sudler Flag for excellence in concert band performance in 2014 respectively. Ms. Drinkwater has been named five times to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", and is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Music Educators National Conference "Excellence in Teaching Music" Award, and in 2011 she was the recipient of the prestigious Bayard H. Friedman “Hero” Award for her contributions to Music Education in the state of Texas.

In December of 2017, Ms. Drinkwater was appointed to serve as the Lewisville Independent School District Director of Fine Arts, a role she has begun and will fully assume at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.