Preston Long

A native of Spring, Texas, Preston is currently the Director of Percussion at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Texas. He teaches the High School drumline, percussion ensemble, and all beginning percussion throughout the district.
 
Preston is a 2015 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a bachelor degree in Music Education, studying with Dr. Brad Meyer and Dr. Scott Harris.  During his time at SFA, he performed with numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, The Lumberjack Marching Band serving as section leader (2013-2014), and "Jacks of Steel" Steel Band. During his undergraduate career, Preston was percussion instructor at Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, teaching all areas of percussion for the 2014-2015 School year. Also during his time at SFA,  Preston was on percussion staff with N8RHYTHM. This independent consulting and teaching organization has helped establish many successful high school and junior high percussion programs in Texas. While student teaching in 2015, Preston worked with the Tomball High School Band - an ensemble that advanced to the UIL 3A State Championship.

Preston is very active in the marching community and has been a member of  DCI and WGI world class drumlines. He marched tenors for the Tyler Junior College Indoor drumline for two years (2013 & 2015) and played xylophone in front ensemble in 2014.  In 2015 he marched tenors in The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and aged out marching tenors for Matrix World in 2016.   Preston has learned from many great teachers in the marching arts including Rob Ferguson, Ike Jackson, Drew Guy,  Tom McGowan, and Lamar Burkhalter. Preston is also a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Qstix. This is a live bucket and trash can ensemble that play at all Cleveland Cavaliers home games. This past summer, he was on percussion staff with The Guardians Drum and Bugle corps serving as tenor drum instructor. 

At the University of Akron, Preston 
served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Bands and instructed and arranged for the UA Drumline. He has also performed with many ensembles including the Percussion Ensemble, African Ensemble, Brazilian ensemble, Steel band, and the Symphonic band where he serves as principal. While playing with the UA steel band, Preston has performed with well known artist in the steel band community such as Liam Teauge, and Kendall Williams. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at The University of Akron, Preston also designs and teaches African percussion, Brazilian percussion and history of percussion, assemblies to elementary schools with C.C.S. (Children's concert society). Preston has been greatly influence by his teachers at The University of Akron including Dr. Galen Karriker, Dr. Andrew Feyes, Matt Dudack, and Distinguished Professor of Percussion, Dr. Larry Snider.