About PCA's Instrumental Music Program
Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Instrumental Music program continues to grow each year. Beginning Band starts with our 6th grade class, and then feeds into our Intermediate Band of 7th and 8th graders. The PCA North band has a strong presence in the Prestonwood community, playing at assemblies and festivals as well as at our annual Christmas and Spring concerts. As our school continues to grow from year to year, we look forward to growth in our band program. There is great excitement about what the future holds and we look forward to see what God will do in the lives of our students through this key program at our school.
Eddie JiménezPCA North Band Director
Eddie Jiménez, Trumpeter, Composer and Educator, is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where he received a Masters Degree in Orchestral Trumpet Performance and was awarded The Cecil Collins Award for Excellence in Brass Performance. Jiménez also received a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance and Composition from the University of Miami, where he was awarded Most Outstanding Music Student. Jiménez is a busy and versatile free-lance trumpeter frequently performing with The Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, Imperial Brass, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, The Dallas Wind Symphony and multiple Brass Ensembles and Quintets. Jimenez is a former member of The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp. and is currently a member of The Blue Devils Hall of Fame. Jiménez often performs with some of the country’s greatest instrumentalists and singers and is often a featured soloist. Influenced as a child by the classical music his grandfather played every afternoon on his old 1950’s radio, the desire to make music has led Jiménez on a very exciting journey. This journey includes performances in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Jiménez has toured Europe and North America on various occasions with various musical ensembles. He often performs with various Grammy Nominated and Grammy Award winning musicians. On multiple occasions Jiménez has performed for a former President of the United States. A native of Havana, Cuba, Eddie Jiménez joined the PCA family in 2017 as the Middle School Band Director. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Carrollton with their son and are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano where he is active in the church orchestra. Kristin serves as the Children's Music Director and sings in the choir on Sunday mornings. Jiménez began teaching music at the age of 18 and received coaching from many great educators, including world renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Larry ReynoldsPCA Band Director
Larry Reynolds is in his 27th year as a music educator and currently serves as the Director of Bands at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He is originally from Hot Spring, AR and has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education form Henderson State University. He has lived in the North Dallas area since 1991, and he and his family attend Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Previously he has taught in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was the Associate Director of Instrumental Music Studies at Griffin Middle School. In addition Mr. Reynolds has taught at Staley Middle School in Frisco, Kaufman High School, Lone Oak High School, Little Elm High School and Bishop Lynch High School, where his bands took top honors in numerous contests and festivals at the local, state, and national level, including the 2005 Texas Private School Music Educators Association Division 1 State Marching Band Championship. Mr. Reynolds has been married to his wife Robbie for twenty-eight years and they have two children. Luke, who plays Tuba and will be a freshman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and Lydia who plays Trombone and will be a Sophomore at Prestonwood Christian Academy.