Staff

Andrew Balettie – Director of Bands

Mr. Balettie is excited to begin his first year at BLHS.  Prior to joining the faculty at Bishop Lynch, Mr. Balettie served as the Associate Director of Bands at Frisco High School in Frisco, TX. Ensembles under Mr. Balettie’s direction have consistently earned UIL sweepstakes awards and superior ratings at festivals, and gained national recognition through the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors program. They have achieved the highest levels of marching success and have been named Grand Champion twice at the Little Elm Classic on the Lake Marching Festival.

Mr. Balettie graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. At UNT, he performed with the UNT Concert Band, the UNT Symphonic Band, the Green Brigade Marching Band, the Phi Tau Chorale, Phi Tau Winds, the UNT Secondary Band and the L.A.M.E. Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. Balettie and his wife Liz have a son, Cole, and two dogs, Lucy and Mia.

 

Jay Majernik – Director of Percussion

Jay Majernik is a professional freelance percussionist based in Dallas, TX. A consummate performer, he plays in virtually every musical genre imaginable. Orchestras in which he currently performs include the Plano Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving as well as other local orchestras. He also performs with local theatre companies such as Stage West in Ft. Worth, Theatre Arlington, Coppell Community Theatre, and numerous other professional, community, collegiate, and high school productions. Recently he has performed with the Bob Snook Jazz Trio in Ft. Worth and subbed with the Singapore Slingers jazzband. Jay played the debut show of Daniel Rodriguez’s new album “Unstoppable”, a tour de force of instrumental rock guitar.

As an educator, Jay is in demand in both classroom and private lesson settings. He is at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Arts Magnet HS) in Dallas where he accompanies modern dance classes on hand drums and teaches the classical and Latin percussion classes. Jay also teaches at Bishop Lynch Catholic High School in Dallas. He instructs their state championship winning drumline. He also runs the percussion ensemble which regularly wins at the region level and advances to the state level. He is also a private lesson instructor at John Horn High School in Mesquite. Many of his former students are playing and teaching professionally or are in music programs in colleges and universities across the country.

Jay is married to Laura Leigh and they have 2 sons, John and Noah. They enjoy church activities, watching sports and Christopher Guest movies, gardening, and cooking.

 

James Thomas – Director of Guard

Mr. Thomas is a well known color guard designer and choreographer throughout the United States.  He has had the opportunity to design and work with award winning bands from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma.

He has also worked with several groups on the Drum Corps International circuit throughout the years.  Mr. Thomas also works with Bowl Games of America, where he has choreographed large scale productions for such events as the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and many other large scale productions.   Mr. Thomas is also a judge with the Texas State Judges Association where he serves as an adjudicator throughout the state during the winter guard season.  Mr. Thomas is a native of California where he had the opportunity to perform with some of the top winter guards and drum and bugle corps in the country growing up.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently resides in Carrollton.