Meet Mr. Hensley
jhensley (at) cps.k12.in.us
(219)-663-2173 ext. 13107 (office)
Mr. Hensley is Director of Bands at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School. He has taught in the Crown Point Community Schools Corporation since the fall of 2007. While in the CPCSC, Mr. Hensley has taught Exploring music and is currently the Middle School Band Director.
Before teaching at Colonel Wheeler, Mr. Hensley taught in Southern California at Paramount High School, in Paramount, California. At Paramount High School, Mr. Hensley was the Assistant Band Director. His responsibilities included teaching Marching Band, Concert Band, Colorguard, and Music Appreciation. Mr. Hensley also designed and arranged Paramount’s competition field show for many years.
Mr. Hensley’s ensembles have received numerous awards including excellent and superior ratings at district music festivals, sweepstakes trophies, Winterguard Medals and various community service awards. At Colonel Wheeler, the bands have received the ISSMA All-Music award each year Mr. Hensley has been the Director. His ensembles have earned countless Gold Ratings at ISSMA Jazz and Organizational events. Mr. Hensley was nominated for the Disney Hand Award in 2004 for excellence in teaching. In addition to his awards and accomplishments, Mr. Hensley is a sought out clinician and visual designer for many groups nationwide.
Mr. Hensley received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Music Education. Mr. Hensley obtained his California Professional Clear Teaching Credential at National University and has completed graduate work at Chapman University.
Mr. Hensley’s primary instrument is the Horn. Mr. Hensley held the Principal Horn chair in every major performing ensemble and was a member of the University Brass Quintet. He was also a member of the All-American Marching Band for the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles and an alternate for the Walt Disney World All-American College Orchestra. Mr. Hensley has studied privately with Arthur May, Randall Preclaro, Matt Reynolds, Gerald Thatcher, Joseph Meyer, and James Atkinson.
Mr. Hensley resides in Crown Point with his wife, who is also a teacher in the area. He has a son who is active in sports and played the Trumpet.