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. This is his 9th year in the CPCSC and 13th overall. In this position, Mr. Hensley is responsible for teaching and creating activities that align to the CPCSC curriculum and Indiana standards for Music.
Mr. Hensley has also taught at the Charter School of the Dunes in Gary,Indiana and 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. 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 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.