Director of Bands / Music Director
For over 20 years, Craig Snyder has been an active performer, conductor, clinician and music educator in the Philadelphia area. He is currently the Director of Bands at Penncrest High School where he conducts the marching band, concert band, wind ensemble and jazz band. He also teaches music theory and music technology, as well as serves as the Music Department Coordinator.
Craig’s playing experience spans virtually all genres associated with the trumpet. He has performed in professional situations with big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, wedding bands, salsa bands, brass ensembles, orchestras, concert bands, church services and ceremonial wedding music. He has shared the stage with notable artists such as Allen Vizzutti, Bobby Watson, and Wayne Bergeron, and under the batons of Dr. Alfred Reed, Colonel John Bourgeouis, and Colonel Arnald Gabriel.
Craig is an active clinician of concert band and jazz festivals in the area, and is an adjudicator with Rhythms International. In the summer of 2011, he was selected to be one of the conductors for the American Music Abroad tour, which performed in six different countries in Europe. He is currently President of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 12.
Mr. Alan Reno designs the drill for the Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band. He is also the Director of Bands at Springton Lake Middle School. The ensembles under his direction are the 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands. In addition, he teaches the Jazz Lab and Jazz Band.
Mr. Reno attended Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ. In 1992, after his sophomore year in high school, Mr. Reno marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Reno did his undergraduate studies at West Chester University, where he received his B.S. in Music Education. As an undergrad, he worked with the Washington Township Minutemen Marching Band as an instructor. He also worked with McKean HS marching band part-time. Later, he studied drill design with Lee Geisler and became drill designer for the Owen J. Roberts High School Marching Band. Mr. Reno was then on the drill design team under Todd Marcocci at Under the Sun Productions in West Chester, PA.
Mr. Reno did some graduate work at the University of the Arts/Villanova Summer Program and is currently finishing up his Masters in Music Education : Technology at West Chester University. Mr. Reno served as Band Director at Chichester High School in Boothwyn, PA before accepting the position as the Director of Bands at Springton Lake Middle School.
Mr. Reno is married to Jennifer Reno and resides in Media, PA. When Mr. Reno is not teaching, he is performing in a band on the weekends. In his free time, Mr. Reno enjoys working out, working with power tools, spending time with his family, and watching football.
Ms. Fields is the Color Guard Coordinator with the Penncrest High School Band Program.
Outside of the marching activity Leighann spends her time working at West Chester University as a part of the Conference Services Department.
Will is the Front Ensemble Instructor and Visual Consultant with the Roaring Lions Marching Band and the Penncrest Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
He was a member of the front ensemble for United Percussion in 2007 & 2008. For the past three years, he has been the pit instructor for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, where he currently teaches Latin.
David Hearn is a Front Ensemble Instructor and Percussion Arranger with the Roaring Lions Marching Band and Penncrest Indoor Ensemble.
David graduated with the class of 2015 from Penncrest. During his time at Penncrest he was a member of the Front Ensemble, where he spent his junior and senior year as section leader. Currently David is studying at West Chester University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. David has worked and arranged for many different programs including: West Chester East High School, Downingtown East High School, and Chichester Middle School. On top of teaching and writing, David often works with all of the electronics and audio equipment used in the band. David currently performs with the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band at West Chester University. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, writing music, and working with electronics.