Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music-UT Arlington Masters of Secondary Education-UNT
Mr. Bill Centera
William Centera is in his 33rd year of music education, most of which was spent at the high school level. During his career, he has served as a Director of Bands at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas, Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas, and most recently at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. While under his direction, all three schools were recognized for musical excellence and were consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners. Marching Bands under the direction of Mr. Centera were consistent finalists at DFW regional festivals and advanced to the Texas State Marching contest twice with the Newman Smith Trojan Band in 2000 and again in 2009 where they placed 6th overall. Most recently the Centennial Titan Band, under Mr. Centera’s direction, was the Bronze Medal winner at the Texas State Marching Contest in 2011.
Wind Ensembles, directed by Mr. Centera, have also received acclaim for their outstanding performances at regional and national festivals. The Newman Smith Wind Symphony performed by Invitation at the Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000 and was named as a finalist in the 2007 TMEA Honor Band Competition. The Centennial Wind Symphony, under his direction, was regarded as among the best in the state and placed record numbers of students in the All-Region and All-State Bands. Jazz Ensembles directed by Mr. Centera have been consistently regarded as among the best high school big bands in the country. The Waxahachie Jazz Ensemble I performed by invitation at the prestigious 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, as well as performing live on WFAA’s ‘Good Morning Texas’ program. His big bands at Waxahachie, Newman Smith, and Centennial all were named as champions of the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University Jazz Festivals on multiple occasions and his ensembles performed as the featured high school group at the UTA Jazz Festival 5 times. The Newman Smith Jazz Ensemble I received 2nd place nationally in the Music & Arts High School Big Band competition in 2011.
Mr. Centera is currently highly active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Texas, as well as directing the jazz program at the Grand Prairie ISD Fine Arts Academy. He is also the Director of the Texas Lone Star Ambassadors of Music, a tour group that has grown to over 300 high school and college musicians from the DFW area who perform a 16 day, 7 country musical tour of Europe every two years. Mr. Centera received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Masters of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas. His wife, Colleen, is a former choral teacher and high school counselor having served in public education for 32 years. They have two children, Megan, an administrator for the Little Elm ISD, and Tyler, a recent graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, TX as well as their first grandchild, Lincoln, age 3. The Centera’s currently reside in The Colony, Texas.