A native of Boston Massachusetts, Jeff began his studying drum set in 1997, mostly playing along to CD's stolen from his much cooler older brother. Growing up in Boston afforded the opportunity of live music, both at all ages rock clubs and at universities like Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory.
In 2002, Jeff graduated from Boston College High School and moved to New Orleans, earning a Bachelor's in Music Education from Loyola University. After a brief Hurricane Katrina related diversion, Jeff graduated Cum Laude in 2006 and moved to Austin TX. He began his teaching career at Cedar Creek Middle and Intermediate Schools in Bastrop ISD., serving as Assistant Director for six years before becoming Director of Bands in 2013, His efforts charted a new course of success for the program. Upon promotion to Director of Bands in 2013 the Cedar Creek MS Band went on to achieve two consecutive UIL Superior ratings, or "sweepstakes awards", the first two in the school's 15 year history. As an assistant he founded the schools first jazz band and percussion ensemble, as well as taking the non-varsity band to its first ever UIL competition. Additional accomplishments include raising over $25,000 in various local, state, and national grants as well as the establishment of the High Flyer Scholarship, which has since provided more than 35 extraordinary students the opportunity to attend summer music camps at the University of Texas and Texas State.
Jeff began his Paredes tenure in 2016. Since then, the Paredes Puma Band has experienced unprecedented growth in both quality and size. The 2018 and 2019 Paredes Wind Ensemble earned consecutive UIL sweepstakes, their first since 2014 and just the third and fourth in school history. Since 2017, Eleven Paredes students have been selected to the greater Austin Region 18 All-Region Band- more than the previous decade combined. Puma Band enrollment has steadily grown from less than 200 to more than 325 students. Additionally, Mr. Hefler received a 2019 AustinED Fund Student Opportunity Grant for the 2019-20 school year. He is excited about furthering the potential of the Paredes Puma Band to new heights, standards, and accomplishments.
Previous instructors have included Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (New England Conservatory; drummer with Charles Mingus, Pat Metheney, Jaco Pastorius, Keith Jarrett), Johnny Vidacovich (Author, New Orleans Jazz & Second Line Drumming), Ayn Inserto (Berklee School of Music, Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra), Alexei Tsiganov (NEC), and Dr. Joseph Hebert (NY Philharmonic). Recording credits include Love the Future by Chester French, produced by Pharell Williams, released on Interscope/Star Trak records
In his spare time Jeff is also a Martial Arts dork, achieving the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Oki Ryu Kenpo, Level 1 Jau Gau in Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and Jo Kyo Nim (1st degree Black Belt) in Pyon Moo Do.
Mr. Hefler directs the Wind Ensemble, beginning Trumpet, French Horn,, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba classes.
Clarinetist Luis Corpus is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He is a sought-after performer and educator in Austin and surrounding communities. He currently holds the position as Associate Band Director for Paredes Middle School in Austin, TXLuis received his Bachelor of Music degree at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where he studied with international award-winning clarinetist Dr. Vanguel Tangarov. Luis furthered his education, receiving a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of virtuoso clarinetist Professor Jonathan Gunn. Luis has performed with numerous ensembles including the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Maestro Jerry Junkin. At the University of Texas, Luis also performed with outstanding chamber ensembles. Before his time at The University of Texas, Luis Corpus appeared in concerts serving as principal clarinetist for the Texas State Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty, the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, the Texas State Opera, the Texas State Clarinet Choir, and the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band. Among his repertoire, he performed with the Mary Hardin Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony and The Common Experience: a Fine Arts Collaboration between Texas State University and Julliard School of Music. Luis has participated in masterclasses with artists including Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra), Jon Guist (University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley), Michael Norsworthy (Boston Conservatory), Charles Neidich (Juilliard School of Music), Andre Mason (Montreal Symphony), Philippe Cuper (National Opera House in Paris), Boris Allakhverdyan (Metropolitan Opera), David Hould (American Ballet Orchestra, NY), Mitchell Estrin (University of Florida) , Shannon Scott (Washington State University), Gary Whitman (Texas Christian University) , and Ted Lane (University of Texas Pan-American now University Texas at Rio Grande Valley), Dr. Nancy Kingsanders (Texas A&M-Kingsville), and Stephen Girko (Austin Symphony Orchestra). Luis also studied cello with Dr. Rebecca Tast and violin with Dr. Lynn Ledbetter at Texas State University. Luis has also studied string pedagogy under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Tast. In the summer of 2016, Luis was accepted and attended the “Balabanov’s House Music Days International Festival” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where he studied with some of the top performing clarinetists around the world including Philippe Cuper, Vanguel Tangarov, Petko Radev, and Ilian Iliev. Mr. Corpus directed the beginner elementary ensemble class for the Texas State String Project for four years, directed by Dr. Ames Asbell and master teacher Dr. Karla Hamelin. Mr. Corpus also taught at Startzville Elementary School with the Startzville Violin Program. He taught at Hendrickson High School as the woodwind instructor, Akins High School as the clarinet instructor/woodwind specialist, and Weiss High School as the clarinet instructor.
Mr. Corpus directs the Symphonic Band and beginning Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone classes.