Enhance the Arts
Jim Van Zandt recently retired after fourteen years as Director of Fine Arts for Round Rock Independent School District. Prior to serving in this administrative position, Jim was a successful Texas band director for 34 years. His bands earned Best-in-Class or First Division awards in festivals in Colorado, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and California, as well as consistent sweepstakes awards in Texas University Interscholastic League competition. He is active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, and has served in these roles in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, and Arizona.
Jim holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of North Texas. He was Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Westwood High School (Round Rock ISD) from 1995-2001, after serving as Director of Bands at Richland High School (Birdville ISD) for the previous twenty years. He has also taught in Denton, Fredericksburg, Raymondville, and Jayton, all in Texas.
During the 2010-11 school year, Jim was honored by the Texas Music Administrators Conference as “Music Administrator of the Year.” In 2012, Jim received the “Outstanding Music Educator” Award from Section 6 of the National Federation of High Schools.
In 2014, Jim was awarded the “Lifetime Administrator Award” from the Texas Bandmasters Association and in July of 2016, Jim will be inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame, sponsored by Phi Beta Mu.
Jim is Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association and served on the TMEA Executive Board from 1982-1986. He also serves on the Cadre of Trainers for the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts. Jim is currently very involved with fine arts program evaluations as well as professional development for school districts, universities, and state professional associations through his organization called EnhancetheArts.us. Jim is also the Executive Secretary for Region 26 of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which manages the state-sponsored music competitions in Band, Choir, and Orchestra in Texas.