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The Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors is comprised of professional band directors / administrators from across the state of Texas. The Board is responsible
for the administration of all activities of the association. The Board convenes four times a year to discuss, guide, and implement the goals of the association.
Richard Herrera is the Director of Bands at Louis D. Brandeis High School in the Northside I.S.D. in San Antonio.
Richard is in his 30th year of teaching. A native of El Paso, Herrera graduated from El Paso Jefferson HS in 1979.
Herrera earned his BME in 1983 and MA in 1984 from West Texas State University (West Texas A&M). He completed a
Master of Education in Administration in 2009 from Lamar University. Richard is an active clinician and adjudicator.
In addition, he has served as the TMEA Region 11 Band Chair, TMEA Region 16 President, ATSSB Region 16 Band Chair,
TBA Region 11 Representative, Chairman of the TBA Nominating Committee, has served as a member of the UIL Marching
Band Committee and the TMAA Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices. Most recently he has
been a member for the Board of Directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association where he currently serves as President.
In 1992, Mr. Herrera was honored with the Certificate of Marching Excellence given by the National Band Association. Mr. Herrera has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2009. Mr. H was named Teacher of the Year for the Earl Warren HS Fine Arts Department in 2005-2006 and in 2006-2007. Mr. Herrera was a finalist for the UIL Sponsor of Excellence award in 2007 and 2012.
Mr. Herrera has had both marching and concert bands consistently rank top 5 in the state while at Rankin High School and Brownfield High School. In 1992-1994, the Brownfield HS Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Herrera, won the 3A UIL State Marching Contest. Mr. Herrera has had the privilege of opening two new 5A high schools while at Northside ISD, Earl Warren High School in 2002 and Louis D. Brandeis High School in 2008. Both programs have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winners in both marching and concert band and have won several first division, first place, second place, and "Best in Class" awards at festivals throughout Texas and Florida.
Mr. Herrera's professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Association of Texas Small School Bands.
Mr. Herrera is married to Lucinda, his wife of 21 years. Lucinda is an elementary librarian in the Northside ISD. They have a 14 year old son named Baylor who plays the trombone and is a freshman at Brandeis High School.
Bruce Beach is beginning his thirtieth year as a band director, nineteen at Franklin High School in the El Paso ISD.
He oversees all aspects of the band program which includes marching, jazz, and concert bands as well as all
color guard and winter guard activities. Mr. Beach co-directs the marching band with Mr. Danny Allen conducts
the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band 1 and assists with all other bands.
Bruce keeps a very busy schedule outside of the band room. He is past Band Chairman for Texas Music Educators Association, Region 22, a position he held for sixteen years. He is currently Principal Trombone, Assistant Conductor and Personnel Manager for the El Paso Wind Symphony. Bruce also performs regularly with the orchestra at Cielo Vista Church. He is an active member in the following organizations: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity and The Texas Bandmasters Association where he is currently President Elect.
Bruce and his wife Alma will celebrate their twenty fifth wedding anniversary this November. Alma is also a very successful band director at Mountain View High School in the Clint ISD. Alma is currently the Region Band Coordinator for the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Region 22. When they have spare time, they enjoy spending time in their huge yard, time at the family cabin in Arizona, and taking care of nieces and nephews. Over the years, they have hosted 22 foreign exchange students!
Mr. Beach is a 1984 graduate of The University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Music and he also holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Steven Moore is the Director of Bands at Lindale ISD and is in his 23nd year of teaching.
He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, TMEA, TBA, ATSSB, NAMMB, TMAA, and TCTA.
He is also an Eagle Scout and serves and worships at Lindale First Baptist Church.
Mr. Moore is an active clinician and adjudicator. In addition, he has served as the ATSSB President, President Elect, State Chair Audition Coordinator, NAMMB President, TMEA State Board, Region XXI Secretary, Chairman of the TBA Nominating Committee and has served as a member of the UIL Sight-reading Committee. Most recently he has been name to the Board of Directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association where he currently serves as Treasurer. His bands have consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes Award, have been UIL State Marching Band participants, OPS runner-up and winner in 2005 and 2006, have been a TMEA Honor Band finalist, and were the 2006-2007 TMEA 3A State Honor Band. In addition the Lindale Band was named the 2008 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary High School Band.
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Jeff King is in his 29th year to teach band in Texas, 24 of which have been in the Duncanville Independent School District. Mr. King is the Director of Bands for the Duncanville Independent School District where he oversees the instrumental program for the district and conducts the Wind Ensemble.
Mr. King has had the privilege of teaching at all levels of band in the Duncanville School District. In 2008, Mr. King was co-conductor of the Wind Ensemble, which was selected as the state honor band for 5A high school bands. While teaching at the middle school level, Mr. King's bands advanced to the Texas Honor Band finals four times. Mr. King's concert bands have achieved superior ratings in concert and sight-reading for the past 25 years.
Prior to teaching in Duncanville, he taught in the Irving and Dallas Independent School Districts Mr. King has co-authored a band warm-up and technique book entitled Foundations for Superior Performance and The Complete Instrument Reference Guide for band directors . These texts are widely used throughout North America and the world.
Mr. King has presented workshops in over 25 States as well as Australia and Canada. In 2007, Mr. King was the Chief Adjudicator for the Melbourne Band Festival held in Melbourne, Australia. In the summer of 2011, Mr. King traveled to China to present clinics to band directors and students across the country.
Jeff King earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, studying trumpet with James Darling (Cleveland Orchestra) and Mary Squire (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra) and a Masters in Trumpet Performance degree, Thomas Booth (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), from Southern Methodist University.
Currently Mr. King serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Bandmasters Association. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, National Band Association, and the honorary music fraternity Phi Beta Mu.
Jeff King has served as the TMEA Region 20 Band Chairman and Middle School Coordinator.
Chico Portillo is beginning his fifth year as the Coordinator of Fine Arts for
the Pflugerville Independent School District. During his twenty-one years of teaching,
the students in his bands consistently maintained a high level of excellence as they
received U.I.L Sweepstakes and "Best in Class" awards for both marching and concert
performance. Under his leadership, the Connally Marching Band competed in the
biannual UIL 4A State Marching Contest finals from 2003-2007, earning the bronze
medal in 2003 and a silver medal in 2007. In 2006 -07, Mr. Portillo was named Teacher
of the Year at John B. Connally High School.
Mr. Portillo is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the honorary fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He has served on numerous UIL committees and is an active clinician, consultant and adjudicator around the state and country. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied saxophone performance with Harvey Pittel. In addition, he holds a Masters of Education degree from Concordia University.
John Morrison is in his 20th year of teaching and his 8th year as Director of Bands at Hamilton Middle
School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Mr. Morrison holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of
Houston and a Masters in Education Administration degree from Lamar University.
In 2010, Mr. Morrison was selected as the Hamilton Middle School "Spotlight Teacher". Under his direction, the Hamilton band program has grown from 250 members to a current 340 members. The Hamilton band is a consistent Sweepstakes Band in UIL contests and local music festivals annually. The Symphonic Band was a TMEA CCC Area Honor Band participant in 2013.
Prior to his appointment at Hamilton MS, Mr. Morrison held positions at Sugar Land Middle School and Cypress Falls High School. While an assistant band director at Cypress Falls HS, members of his second bands participated with great success at all levels of student performance, including the placement of students in the TMEA AllRegion, All-Area, and All-State Bands. Additionally, as an assistant director, the Cypress Falls HS band program was a regular participant in the UIL State Marching Contest, and performed as invited ensembles for the Bands of America National Concert Band and Percussion Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the inaugural Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. His middle school and high school bands were perennial University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes winners.
Currently Mr. Morrison serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Bandmasters Association. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu International Band Directors Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma. Mr. Morrison previously served as the TMEA Region 27 Band Division Chairman. He continues to serve as a clinician and an adjudicator in the Houston area.
Mr. Morrison's wife, Dena, is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Black Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. In 2011, Dena was selected as the "Spotlight Teacher" for Black Elementary. They have two children, Rebecca, a 4th grader, and her brother Brandon, an 8th grade euphonium player.
Alfredo Vélez III is Director of Bands at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He directs
the renowned Kingwood Big Band, the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and
also conducts the LSC-Kingwood Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. In addition to
these ensemble responsibilities he supervises all aspects of the band program and teaches
courses in music education.
Mr. Vélez has held positions as Director of Bands at Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Assistant Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, Interim Director of Bands at Texas Christian University and Associate Director at Sam Houston State University. Mr. Vélez taught in the Plano Independent School District for seventeen years where his concert and jazz ensembles were noted for their outstanding performances.
Throughout his career, Alfredo Vélez has been widely recognized for his concert, jazz ensemble and marching band's performances. The Texas A&M-Kingsville Wind Symphony received extraordinary reviews for their performance at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Conference. He conducted the inaugural concert of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas at the Meyerson Symphony Center. His dedication to advancing the arts is only surpassed by his strong advocacy for music education in the state of Texas.
Alfredo Vélez holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Angelo State University. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the College Band Directors National Association. He is currently serving as President of Texas Bandmasters Association, the largest band director organization in the world.
Michael Brashear assumed the position of Texas Bandmasters Association Executive Director in September, 2008. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the operation of TBA including management of the association's office located in San Antonio. Mr. Brashear works with the Board of Directors to present the annual TBA Clinic/Convention which is the largest convention of its kind for band directors. TBA also presents professional growth outreach sessions for band directors throughout the year. Other responsibilities include serving as editor of the association's publication The Bandmasters Review. Mr. Brashear served on the TBA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004 and was President of TBA in 2003.
Prior to this position, Mr. Brashear was the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD. Before serving in this role, Mr. Brashear completed his thirtieth year as a band director and his thirteenth year as Director of Bands at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson. Before his tenure in Richardson, Mr. Brashear taught in the Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring Branch, and Irving public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.
Bands under Mr. Brashear's leadership have won many awards, including selection as "Best in Class" at numerous festivals, selection as finalists in the Texas Music Educators State Honor Band competitions, and selection as finalists in the Texas State Marching Contest. In December 2000, the Berkner Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2005, the Berkner Band was presented the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor.
In 1998, Mr. Brashear was one of fifteen teachers in Texas to win the UIL-Southwestern Bell Sponsor Excellence Award, and one of eight Richardson ISD teachers awarded the RISE Foundation "Excellence in Teaching" award. He is an active member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2004, he was honored by being elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. In 2006, Mr. Brashear was further honored by being awarded the TBA Meritorious Achievement Award. Michael and his wife Priscilla, a retired Richardson ISD music teacher, reside in Spring Branch with their daughter Sarah, a student at Smithson Valley High School. Their son, Robert, is an elementary PE teacher in Katy ISD where he resides with his wife, Leah and daughter, Cecilia.
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