Bob Chreste is the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, TX. Previously, Bob was an associate band director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, TX. His duties included being the director of the Timberwolf Marching Band and conducting the Symphonic Band. Under his direction, the marching band won numerous BOA Regional class championships, been a finalist at the 2010 BOA Grand National Championships and was named the 2011 UIL 4A State Marching Band Champion. While at Cedar Park, Mr. Chreste’s concert bands always received Superior ratings at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest. Prior to Cedar Park, Bob began his teaching career as an associate band director at Berkner High School in Richardson, TX.
Bob has also spent several years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps based in Fort Mill, SC. During his time with Carolina Crown, the brass section won two Jim Ott Memorial High Brass Awards and has consistently finished in the top 10 at the DCI World Championships. In 2008 Bob was the brass caption head for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps based in Santa Clara, CA. Bob is also an active music arranger, drill writer and clinician in Texas with his own small business, BC Band Solutions.
Bob Chreste has an accomplished performing background as well. In 2001 and 2002, he was the conductor and a musician in the Tony and Emmy Award winning musical production, Blast! Prior to that, Bob marched with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps from 1996 through 1998.
His educational background includes receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003. While at Sam Houston State University, Bob was a graduate teaching assistant under the direction of Matthew McInturf.
Bob’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.