James Miculka serves as the Director of Fine Arts for Northside Independent School District, currently the 4th largest school district in Texas. Mr. Miculka is in his 43rd year of fine arts education and administration, with his entire career connected solely to Northside ISD. His current responsibilities include the visual and performing arts education for 87,000 students currently enrolled in Northside fine art courses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Mary’s University, a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master of Arts in Administration from The University of Texas . In addition, James Miculka completed three Texas Certifications in Principalship, Supervision, and Superintendent and is an active member with Texas Music Educators’ Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. James Miculka is a member of Phi Beta Mu (Alpha Chapter) International Honorary Band Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa International Education Fraternity.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Fine Arts, he served as the Director of Bands at John Marshall High School, where The Ram Band was a “top 5 finalist” 3 times at the Texas State Marching Contest, Texas Honor Band finalist 3 times, Grand Champion of 3 different Marching Bands of America Contests, recipient of 3 National Band Citations of Excellence Awards, and the first San Antonio band to perform in The Tournament of Roses Parade. Command performances included a Goodwill Tour Ambassador to China, Grand Opening for SeaWorld of Texas, The United States Olympic Team, and “The United States Marine Band.”
James Miculka is a founding cadre member for both the Texas Center for Education Development in Fine Arts and the Texas Music Administrators Conference. He has served on Texas and national committees regarding the development of Standards for Performance Excellence in Music. James served on state committees in development of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for music as well as the University Interscholastic League committees for evaluation of music performance. He is a highly requested state and national adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. He has served on University Interscholastic League committees in development of performance guidelines and performance literature and on the Texas Music Textbook Adoption Committee. James Miculka has served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio College, and Texas State University.
James is married to his wife Cher for 42 years. Cher is a successful state real estate broker/owner and they have two children, a son Eric and a daughter Elise.