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SchwartzCody Schwartz
Director of Bands

Cody has been a professional musician for over 25 years and serves as PCA's Director of Bands. With a Bachelor of Music degree with a major instrument of saxophone from Stephen F. Austin State University, Cody has been a versatile musician with numerous skills of performance, arranging, and leading. During college Cody performed with and for several great artists, including Eddie Daniels and Arturo Sandoval. Cody learned the music of the Big Band Era in the Tom Houston Orchestra, where he played every woodwind chair, provided technical assistance to the leader, and arranged music for the band, including providing arrangements for two of their Tuxedo Country albums that featured big band performances of country classics. 

Since college, Cody has performed with many top-name artists including The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Chicago.  Cody has had opportunities to perform on local television and at Bass Hall, Will Rogers Auditorium, and Morton H. Meyer

son Symphony Center. He has played with the Texas Wind Symphony, has been Principle Clarinet with the Mansfield Wind Symphony, and has recorded as a studio musician on countless albums over the years. Cody is also Orchestra Director for Southcliff Church.


History of the Pantego Panther Band

PCA’s band program was begun in 2001 under the direction of Joey Guess, the band director for two years. Under Mr. Hanna, the following year, the band competed in its first TAPPS Music contest and advanced to the state level. In 2004, Ross Brown took the reins of the band program. 

Since then the band program has become a staple of the Pantego landscape. Mr. Brown continued the development of the program, and the band advanced to the TAPPS State level every year since his arrival. The marching band program was started in 2006, followed the next year by the jazz band program has become the unofficial ambassador for the school to the community, performing at different venues across Pantego and Arlington, including Cowboys Stadium and Barnes and Noble at the Parks Mall. 

The marching band competed in the TPSMEA State Marching Contest for the first time in 2008 and the concert band also started attending the TPSMEA Concert Band and Sight Reading Contest in the same year. The band performed as a joint middle school and high school band until December of 2009 when the bands split to their first independent middle school and high school concerts. 

This has allowed the program to continue raising its musical standards and to perform challenging music. The band’s continual improvements have been embodied in its representation by members in the TPSMEA All-State Band of each year as well as members in the ATSSB All Region and Area bands. The program added a 5th grade band at the PCA Mansfield campus in 2012. 

All bands are currently under the direction of Cody Schwartz.


Pantego Panther Band Accomplishments 

Concert Band

2004 Region Sweepstakes
2005 Region Sweepstakes
2006 Region and State Sweepstakes-Instrumental Runner Up TAPPS 4A
2007 Region and State Sweepstakes-Instrumental 5th TAPPS 4A
2008 Region and State Sweepstakes-Instrumental State Champion TAPPS 4A
2009 Region and State Sweepstakes-Instrumental State Champion TAPPS 3A   
    TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest-Sweepstakes
2010 Region and State Sweepstakes-Instrumental 5th TAPPS 3A
    TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest-Sweepstakes
2011 Region Sweepstakes Award, State Sight Reading Division 1
    TAPPS Instrumental 3rd Place TAPPS 4A
2013 Region Sweepstakes Award, TAPPS State Sweepstakes-highest scoring band
    TAPPS Instrumental 3rd Place TAPPS 4A
2014 Region Sweepstakes Award


Marching Band

TPSMEA State Marching Contest
2010, 2011, 2013 Superior Rating, 3rd Place
2012 3rd Place

Past Marching Shows
Rhapsody in Blue (2006 and 2014), Music of Russia (2007), Big Band Show (2008), Across the Stars (2009),
The Planets (2010), Carmen (2011), Earth, Wind and Fire (2012), Les Miserables (2013)


Jazz Band

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Superior Ratings at TAPPS Region and State


TPSMEA All State Band Members

2009/10- Daniel Norwood, Caleb Smutzer, alternate Jacob Fitch
2010/11-Caleb Smutzer, Jacob Fitch, Josh Smith, Jonathan Hryekewicz, alternate Zach Schutt
2011/12-Mackenzie Moore, Ben Connel, Caleb Smutzer, Daniel Norwood, Jonathan Hryekewicz, Grant Strickland
2012/13-Caleb Smuzter, Daniel Norwood, Tyler Todd, alternates Nick Frederick, Brennan Spear
2013/14-Darcy Todd, Nick Frederick


ATSSB All Region Band Members

2011/12- Mackenzie Moore, Caleb Smutzer(Area), Jonathan Hryekewicz
2012/13-Darcy Todd, Nick Frederick, Brennan Spear
2013/14-Tanner Marshall, Darcy Todd, Jonathan Passmore, Tyler Todd(Area)


TMEA All Region Band Members

2012/13- Caleb Smutzer


Band Course Descriptions 

5th Grade Beginning Band

5th grade students have the opportunity to begin exploring instrumental music.  Each student is assessed on different instruments to find the one that is best for each student.  The first week of band consist of studying music theory before students begin to play on the instruments.  Using the Sound Innovations for Band book series, students’ progress through the fundamentals on their instrument and learn the basics of music.  The band performs at the school’s Fall, Christmas and spring concerts, and attends a festival during the spring semester.

6th Grade Band

6th grade band is a continuation of the beginning band class.  The class continues in the Sound Innovations for Band book series, but also begins competing in Texas Private School Music Educators Middle School All-Region Band Contest and Solo and Ensemble Contest.  6th grade band performs at the Fall, Christmas and spring concerts and attends a festival contest during the spring semester.

Middle School Band (7th and 8th grade)

The Middle School Band continues the development of the students’ fundamentals on their instruments while beginning to explore more advanced techniques.  The curriculum centers on the Foundations for Superior Performance book, which helps develop technical skills as well as laying the foundations for applying music theory to each instrument.  The concepts of ensemble playing and sight reading are studied further.  Students compete in the TPSMEA Middle School All-Region and Solo and Ensemble Contests and the band performs at the Fall, Christmas and spring concerts, as well as at several festival competitions throughout the spring semester.

High School Band

The high school band serves multiple functions for the students and the school.  While continuing a student’s musical education, the high school band also performs throughout the school year.  During the fall semester, the marching band performs at football games and pep rallies and competes in the TPSMEA Marching Contest.  Concert band, however, is not put aside and still performs during the fall chapels as well as the Christmas concert.  High school students also have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the ATSSB and TPSMEA All-State Bands.  In the spring semester TAPPS and TPSMEA contests bring the band into the focus of the concert band.  For contest, each student is assigned to at least one small ensemble; many students perform with several ensembles.  We also have a jazz band as well as woodwind and brass choirs that compete.  The concert band and jazz bands both perform on the spring concerts.

Director of Bands