Dwight Fontenot has a diverse performance and teaching background. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and his Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida. For the past twenty years he has directed bands from middle school to the university level throughout the United States, Japan, and Indonesia and has consistently received superior ratings in marching, concert and jazz competitions. Dwight marched snare with the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps for two years, serving as section leader his final year. He also marched snare on the University of North Texas championship drum line from 1994-96. He has shared the orchestral stage with the Brubeck Brothers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Scott Piper and many more. He has studied with Paul Rennick, Henry Okstell (under Ed Soph), Jim Chapin, Leigh Howard
Stevens, Tom Float and many others. Dwight has served as a Clinician and judge throughout the U.S. and in Indonesia and Okinawa Japan. He's performed with The NoNo Boys, The New Harold Nichols Big Band, The Pete Wilson Trio, The Diamonds, Nine Lives, The Groove and Fam and many more. He freelances as a percussion arranger, officially endorses Innovative Percussion Inc. and has published a rehearsal method book. He has taught private lessons for over 25 years and is currently teaching in the San Antonio Independent School Disctrict and is responsible for creating and building the successful band programs of the David Crockett Academy and the Young Man’s Leadership Academy.