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The Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention / Clinic

2018 Convention Schedule [Dates/Times Are Subject To Change]


2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kathy Johnson

Prior to retiring, Kathy Johnson taught at Argyle High School for 11 years, and for 20 years in the Lewisville Independent School District at Griffin Middle School, Arbor Creek Middle School, and McKamy Middle School. During her time in the public school system her responsibilities included directing the high school Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and teaching the beginner classes. Mrs. Johnson’s duties in overseeing all aspects the instrumental music program in both middle school and high school included serving as Director of Instrumental Music, Band Department Head, building, presenting, and maintaining a five year plan for the band program, budgeting, scheduling, and observing band staff for the TTESS evaluation,

Bands under the direction of Kathy Johnson, earned the honor of performing at the Texas Music Educators Conference as the State Honor Band, earned the UIL State Marching Championship, performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, consistently earned Superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Marching and Concert and Sight-reading Contests and Superior, “Best in Class” awards at various festivals, ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Winner, and National Wind Band Honors Winner. While under her direction, the Argyle Band program was awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award by the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association and the Texas Bandmasters Associations Exemplary High School Band award. Most recently, Mrs. Johnson was presented with the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award from the University Interscholastic League.

Mrs. Johnson plays flute in the Dallas Winds, where she is a founding member. She is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas and is co-author of the recently published Musical Mastery teaching series. Mrs. Johnson earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from The University of North Texas.

Mrs. Johnson’s professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu where she is on the board representing the small schools of Texas, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association where she is the representative for Region 2, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Women’s Band Directors International, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mrs. Johnson resides in Flower Mound, TX.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Michael Lemish

Michael Lemish is in his 16th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Argyle ISD. His responsibilities include teaching all percussion students in grades 6-12 as well as teaching and cleaning all aspects the marching band’s visual program. Mr. Lemish graduated from Central Noble High School in Albion, Indiana in 1997 and began his collegiate career at the University of North Texas in the fall of that year. While at UNT he performed in the UNT Drumline, the basketball band and was part of various percussion ensembles. His teachers included Dr. Robert Schietroma, Jeff Prosperie, Christopher Deane and Ed Soph. In the fall of 2001, Mr. Lemish was contracted to assist the starting of the Argyle High School Marching Band. In the spring of 2002 he completed his student teaching assignment in Argyle and upon graduating joined the staff at his current position.

Under his direction, the Argyle Drumline has earned first place at the Plano Drumline competition in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 in addition to many "Best Percussion" awards at various marching competitions. Mr. Lemish has played a key role in the numerous awards that the Argyle High School Bands have been awarded including 6 UIL State Marching Championships, 3 TMEA Honor Bands, and a performance at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mr. Lemish is a member of the TMEA, TBA and the Percussive Arts Society and is an educational endorser of Encore Mallets. He is an active percussion arranger, performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout Texas. Michael resides in Denton, TX with his wife Erin, daughters Morgan and Zoe, and son Cooper.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician

Cheryl Floyd celebrated her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017 and retired after 35 years as a middle school band director/music educator. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990 her Austin Murchison Middle School Band was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band presented performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, Music For All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2012, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2014. Her bands have been a finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition on 12 occasions.

Throughout her career she has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with such internationally recognized composers as Frank Ticheli, Cajun Folk Songs, Shenandoah, Bob Margolis, Renaissance Fair, Dana Wilson, Sang!, Ron Nelson, Courtly Airs and Dances, Steven Barton, Hill Country Flourishes, Chris Tucker, Twilight in the Wilderness. Catherine McMichael, Cape Breton Postcard, John Mackey, Undertow, Donald Grantham, Spangled Heavens, a consortium commission for TMEA's MS Region 18 by Viet Cuong entitled Diamond Tide, and most recently, Sparkle by Scott McAllister. The works generated by these collaborations have been acclaimed as being among the most significant works in the young band repertoire.

Mrs. Floyd enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and author throughout the United States with engagements in over 20 states. . Mrs. Floyd has conducted all-state bands in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina. In 1998 she served as one of the first women guest conductor of the United States Navy band in Washington, DC.
In addition she routinely serves as a conductor on the University of Texas at Austin band camp faculty and has been a member of summer music faculties at Music For All's Summer Symposium, Arkansas Tech University, Baylor University, Texas Lutheran College, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

In 2003, Mrs. Floyd was elected to the American Bandmasters’ Association. When elected she was only the fifth female member of this 225 member organization and the first middle school band director to be invited to ABA membership.

Since 1985 Cheryl has served as co-principal flute with the Austin Symphonic Band and in that position has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1989, 1997 and 2007, the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2005 and before the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association on numerous occasions.

In 2016, Mrs. Floyd was named a Yamaha Master Educator, one of only 18 in the nation. In this role she will appear throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.
Paramount in her life is her twenty-four year trombone performance graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and a graduate of the Icon Collective Electronic Music program in Burbank, California.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician

Richard Floyd is presently in his 53rd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. In 2014 Floyd retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 30 years. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 44 American states and in 9 other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, countless other state conferences and has presented five conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts considered to be the “academy award” for wind band conductors. The same year he was also honored with the Kappa Kappa Phi Distinguished Service to Music medal. Most recently the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin conductor, recognized him as the 2017 Texas Legendary Bandmaster.

Publications include co-authorship of Best Music For Beginning Band and contributing author for The Musician’s Walk by James Jordon. In addition his articles have appeared in numerous national and international publications. In 2006 he was featured on the GIA Produced DVD entitled Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting From The Inside Out. Other conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray. In 2015 GIA Publications published his book entitled The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music to critical acclaim.

During Mr. Floyd’s professional career he served as National Secretary of the College Band Directors National Association from 1979 to 2007 and has played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organization’s many projects and services for over three decades. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Music For All, as a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2016 was named a Yamaha Master Educator.

Paramount in his life is his wife Cheryl, who enjoys her own distinguished career as one of the premier middle school directors in the nation, their son Weston who is pursuing his own musical journey and Dick’s daughter Chris and her extended family.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Frank Ticheli-Featured Composer

Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.

Frank Ticheli's orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.

Frank Ticheli is the recipient of a 2012 "Arts and Letters Award" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, "bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America," and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, "given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America." At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean's Award for Professional Achievement.

Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Equilibrium, Klavier, Koch International, Mark, Naxos, and Reference.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music. Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick's Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions. Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child. His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants). He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama. In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Corey Graves

Corey LaMon Graves is in his tenth year of teaching and has been with the Roma Independent School District since 2010. Prior to moving to Roma Middle School, he taught two years with La Joya ISD. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds, teaching beginner euphonium and low reed for the district, and assisting with the Symphonic Band. Mr. Graves received his Bachelor of Music Education degree as a summa cum laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University (2007) and earned a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University as a graduate fellow (2008).

Mr. Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and the Region XV Middle School Coordinator. Bands under his direction have consistently received superior sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, and have also earned high levels of recognition at state, national, and international stage. The RMS Symphonic Winds have been consistent state finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, being honored as a Top 4 Finalist four consecutive cycles. The Symphonic Winds were also selected to perform at the 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Graves was chosen as Roma ISD’s 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year and was selected as the Phi Beta Mu Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year for 2017. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest euphoniumist, and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Black Music Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Robert Herrings

Robert Herrings has been teaching at Artie Henry Middle School in Leander ISD since 2004. At Henry Middle School, Mr. Herrings conducts the Honors Band, assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, and teaches beginning flute and trumpet. Mr. Herrings’ bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as unanimous first division ratings, Best In Class, and Overall Outstanding Band honors at festivals around the state. From 2009-2017, the program at Henry earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner, and in 2008 and 2013, the Henry Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic. The program was named the 2010, 2014 and 2018 TMEA Class CCC Honor Band and was also selected to perform at the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In June 2011, Mr. Herrings and his program were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, and in July of the same year, Mr. Herrings was named the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year. In May of 2014, the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award to the Artie Henry MS Band Program, and in November of the same year, the Henry MS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Herrings is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Herrings also serves as the TMEA Region 32 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 32 TBA representative.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Alicia DeSoto

Alicia DeSoto is starting her tenth year as Associate Director of Bands at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. Her responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting Honor Winds, and teaching the beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet and saxophone classes. Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2010-2017), and have performed at The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Honor Winds has been a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests 2014 & 2016. Most recently, the Shadow Ridge Middle School band program has been named a 2017 recipient of The John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup. Mrs. DeSoto earned her Bachelor degree from the University of North Texas, and her Masters degree from Southern Methodist University. Current projects include Rhythm Rockers: a rhythmic progression for young musicians and the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Chris Meredith, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Katie Lewis

Katie Lewis is in her eighth year as the Director of Bands at Maus Middle School. Bands under her direction have consistently received UIL “Sweepstakes” awards and have been named “Best in Class" and “Most Outstanding Band” at various North Texas music festivals. Most recently, the Maus Wind Ensemble placed 7th runner up in the Texas Music Educators Association State CC Honor Band Competition in 2017-2018. In 2014, 2016, and 2017 the Maus Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. Mrs. Lewis earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree with Magna Cum Laude and Distinguished Honors from the Honors College at the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, she performed with the Concert and Symphonic bands. She served in many capacities with the “Green Brigade” marching band as librarian, drill technician, flute section leader, and as Assistant to the Director. She served as the Vice President of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and helped found the UNT chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Mrs. Lewis is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer in the area. She recently presented at the TMEA annual conference in San Antonio. Mrs. Lewis is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Texas Flute Society. She currently serves as the Region 24 Secretary and as the Middle School Band Co-chair. Mrs. Lewis currently resides in McKinney with her husband, Nathan, and her sons Jackson and Micah.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Nicole Neugent

Nicole Neugent is in her fifth year as the Assistant Band Director at Cross Timbers Intermediate School in Mansfield ISD. Her responsibilities include teaching all of the 6th grade beginning woodwind classes, as well as 5th grade Pre-Band. Mrs. Neugent is also the Summit High School Colorguard Director and still maintains a small private flute studio. Prior to CTIS, she taught elementary music in Irving ISD and has served as a Colorguard Director and flute private lesson instructor for the past 15 years. Mrs. Neugent also taught Colorguard and flute at Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX from 2000-2007.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in Flute Performance. While at UNT, she was a member of the UNT Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migilaro Corporon. Mrs. Neugent was a student of Dr. Mary Karen Clardy and also a member of the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anshel Bruselov.

Mrs. Neugent was a member of the L. D. Bell High School Band under the direction of her father, Joseph Grzybowski. She is a native of Royal Oak, Michigan where her father was a band director and her mother was a private flute teacher before moving to Texas in 1984. Mrs. Neugent is a member of TMEA, TBA and SAI. Nicki resides in Mansfield with her husband Nathaniel who is also a band director, and her son Connor who will attend OSU in the fall majoring in Music Education.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

David Jennison

David Jennison is the former Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the Round Rock Independent School District where he supervised and supported the instrumental music programs. Prior, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Westwood High School from 2002 to 2015 where he conducted the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and was Associate Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenure at Westwood these ensembles were consistent sweepstakes winners and the Warrior Marching Band qualified for the 2014 Texas State Marching Band Contest for the first time in school history. Additionally, Mr. Jennison assisted at Grisham Middle School with their Honor Band.

Throughout his time at Westwood, ensembles from Westwood High School and Grisham Middle School performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and as TMEA honor ensembles. Mr. Jennison has had the great honor of guest conducting these fantastic musicians for many prestigious performances. In 2015 Jennison became the Associate Music Director and Conductor of the Vivace Youth Orchestra which serves the greater Round Rock, Georgetown and central Texas area. A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mr. Jennison attended New Mexico State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Jennison is a member of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Brigette Parsons

Brigette Parsons has been a music educator for ten years. She has been the head director of the Canyon Vista Middle School (CVMS) Band for two years after having previously served as the assistant director at Grisham Middle School (GMS) and CVMS in Austin, TX. Mrs. Parsons also served as adjunct instructor of French horn for three years at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Mrs. Parsons is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelors degree in Music and Human Learning and a Masters degree in Music Performance. Her bands have consistently received Sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest & Superior ratings at festivals around Texas. The CVMS Honors Band was also named a 2017 Commended Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Festival. At GMS and CVMS, she has been able to be a part of award winning band and orchestra programs, conducting at TMEA (Honor Middle School Full Orchestra 2011), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago 2013), and the Western International Band Clinic (Seattle 2015).

During the summer, Mrs. Parsons enjoys serving on the faculty at The UT Austin Longhorn Music Camp, either as a conductor or a brass specialist, and the RRISD Summer Youth Band Academy. Mrs. Parsons is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Educators Association. She and her husband John, also a music educator, have two young sons, Arch & Joe.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bob Chreste

Bob Chreste is the Director of Bands at Weiss High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Prior to starting the Weiss band program in 2017, Mr. Chreste was the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas where he helped the marching band qualify to go to the UIL State Marching Contest twice. Before that, Bob was an associate band director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas. Under his direction, the marching band won numerous BOA Regional class championships, was a finalist at the 2010 BOA Grand National Championships, and was named the 2011 UIL 4A State Marching Band Champion. Prior to Cedar Park, Bob began his teaching career as an associate band director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.

Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass faculty for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps based in Canton, OH. He spent several years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps based in Fort Mill, SC. Bob has also served in a caption head role for both The Cadets and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Bob is also an active music arranger, drill writer, and clinician in Texas with his own small business, BC Band Solutions, which provides services for band programs across the United States. Mr. Chreste is an active clinician and adjudicator across the country for both marching bands and concert bands. He has also recently become a judge for the Winds Division of Winter Guard International.

Bob received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003. Bob’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeremy Spicer

Jeremy Spicer is the owner of SASI-The Leadership People, a student leadership education firm that focuses on the inspiration of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed when they are equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes. This concept is presented annually to thousands of students nationwide.

Mr. Spicer also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Cedar Park Winds. Initially created to provide free concerts to Northwest Austin music students, the band also serves as an outlet for local music educators to continue developing their individual musicianship through performance. In its short existence, the band has grown rapidly in both size and quality and celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a performance at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. While at Vandegrift, the staff and students worked to develop all aspects of musical artistry. The Wind Ensemble placed third at the 2013 Texas Music Educator's Association State Honor Band Competition. The marching band was named the 2013 University Interscholastic League 4A State Marching Band Champion and was a consistent Class Champion and Finalist in Bands of America Competitions.

Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer served as Conductor of the Symphonic Band and Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles at Cedar Park High School. During his tenure, the marching band was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and BOA competitions, and is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Leander with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Coral and Aiden.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Rory Davis

Rory Davis is in his 25th year as a music educator and is in his 1st year as Associate Director of Bands at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.

Mr. Davis received his B. Mus. in Music education from Sam Houston State University. His ensembles have received state and national recognition, including three performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL; Outstanding Band Awards at numerous festivals, 15 consecutive Sweepstakes Awards in the Texas U.I.L. band evaluation for Cinco Ranch JH band from the inception of the program. Under his direction, the Cinco Ranch JH Honors Band was a multiple TMEA State Honor Band finalist, including two top five rankings. The program was awarded the awarded the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition as one of the most outstanding junior high band programs in the United States.

Having taught at every socio-economic level and demographic population, Rory realizes his talent is a God given gift and his calling to teach extends beyond the classroom. His life is dedicated to serving and he is actively involved as a worship Pastor/teacher, and is the facilitator for the Fellowship of Christian Musicians Texas (FCM). Mr. Davis maintains a very active clinician and adjudicator schedule. His music affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi and The Fellowship of Christian Musicians. He has been married for 22 years to Stephanie and has two children, Noah and Naya [Ny-ah].

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Carol Simpson

Dr. Simpson, a shareholder in our Plano office, received her Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law at the Southern Methodist University after a prestigious career in public education. Dr. Simpson holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and
Instruction (Educational Technology) from the East Texas State University, Master degrees in both Library Science and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and French from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

She began her teaching career as an Art and French teacher at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas and from there found a niche as a Librarian and library administrator in the Mesquite Independent School District. Dr. Simpson has also taught at the graduate level at the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University. Dr. Simpson has devoted a vast portion of her efforts on Library and Media Services. An accomplished author of ten publications, Dr. Simpson is a highly sought lecturer on all aspects of copyright issues and library technology. She has presented for school districts, curriculum organizations, and library associations across the country.

She represents clients in employment matters, student discipline, real estate,
intellectual property, governance, and public records, among other issues.
Dr. Simpson's article, Intellectual Property: Mining Gold in Your Backyard, has been published in The School Administrator, a publication of the American Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Simpson’s email address is csimpson@edlaw.com.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician

Cheryl Floyd celebrated her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017 and retired after 35 years as a middle school band director/music educator. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990 her Austin Murchison Middle School Band was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band presented performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, Music For All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2012, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2014. Her bands have been a finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition on 12 occasions.

Throughout her career she has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with such internationally recognized composers as Frank Ticheli, Cajun Folk Songs, Shenandoah, Bob Margolis, Renaissance Fair, Dana Wilson, Sang!, Ron Nelson, Courtly Airs and Dances, Steven Barton, Hill Country Flourishes, Chris Tucker, Twilight in the Wilderness. Catherine McMichael, Cape Breton Postcard, John Mackey, Undertow, Donald Grantham, Spangled Heavens, a consortium commission for TMEA's MS Region 18 by Viet Cuong entitled Diamond Tide, and most recently, Sparkle by Scott McAllister. The works generated by these collaborations have been acclaimed as being among the most significant works in the young band repertoire.

Mrs. Floyd enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and author throughout the United States with engagements in over 20 states. . Mrs. Floyd has conducted all-state bands in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina. In 1998 she served as one of the first women guest conductor of the United States Navy band in Washington, DC.
In addition she routinely serves as a conductor on the University of Texas at Austin band camp faculty and has been a member of summer music faculties at Music For All's Summer Symposium, Arkansas Tech University, Baylor University, Texas Lutheran College, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

In 2003, Mrs. Floyd was elected to the American Bandmasters’ Association. When elected she was only the fifth female member of this 225 member organization and the first middle school band director to be invited to ABA membership.

Since 1985 Cheryl has served as co-principal flute with the Austin Symphonic Band and in that position has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1989, 1997 and 2007, the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2005 and before the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association on numerous occasions.

In 2016, Mrs. Floyd was named a Yamaha Master Educator, one of only 18 in the nation. In this role she will appear throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.
Paramount in her life is her twenty-four year trombone performance graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and a graduate of the Icon Collective Electronic Music program in Burbank, California.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Robert Selaiden

Robert Selaiden is currently the Director of Bands at Leander High School in Leander, Texas. Mr. Selaiden is in his 10th year at Leander and his 3rd year as head director, and in that time the Leander Band has become one of the preeminent marching programs in the country. Most recently, the program has been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest, a finalist at the 6A State Marching contest, and was named the class 3A National Champion and received 6th place at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Before coming to Leander High School, Mr. Selaiden attended The University of Texas where he received his degree in Music Studies and Human Development, studied saxophone under Harvey Pittel, and served as Drum Major of The University of Texas Longhorn Band. During each summer, Mr. Selaiden has been active as a facilitator for the SASI Drum Major and Leadership Camps for the last seven years, and remains active as a clinician and music arranger around the state.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Serena Finnigan

Serena Finnigan is a middle school band director in Central Texas and recently joined the faculty at Wiley Middle School in Leander Independent School District. Mrs. Finnigan’s teaching responsibilities include teaching the Symphonic Band, Beginning Double Reeds, Flute, Euphonium and assists with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands. In addition to teaching, she coordinates the woodwind curriculum for the Rouse HS Band Cluster, sixth through twelfth grade. Mrs. Finnigan holds a Master's degree in Oboe Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Oboe Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She began her teaching career as a private lesson instructor in the Austin area during her time at the University of Texas, Austin and then continued teaching after moving to Guadalajara, Mexico. While in Mexico she was the oboe professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco and also taught elementary music and middle school band at the International American School Foundation of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Once returning from Mexico, Mrs. Finnigan taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas as the adjunct professor of oboe. Wanting to be closer to her husband she decided to stay in Austin and began her Texas teaching career in Austin ISD. Most recently she taught at Canyon Vista Middle School in Round Rock ISD.
Mrs. Finnigan is a current member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Double Reed Society and alumni of Sigma Alpha Iota, Simga A Province. She also just completed her 13th year as second oboist in the Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Finnigan enjoys spending time with her husband Corey and 2 year old son Cailan as well as talking walks to the playground and grilling on the back porch!

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jessica Maus

Jessica Maus is in her tenth year of teaching. Jessica earned a Bachelors of Music degree and Masters of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. At SMU, she studied music education with Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill, and studied oboe with Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboist of the Dallas Symphony. She began her teaching career at North Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD in 2009. At NRMS, Jessica taught beginner classes and directed the non-varsity band. Also during her five years at NRMS, the non-varsity band earned first-division ratings at UIL contest every year. Jessica began teaching at Keller Central High School in Keller ISD in 2014. She currently works with the marching band, assists with all concert bands, coordinates the woodwind pedagogy, and directs the sub non-varsity band. Under her direction, the band has earned all first-division ratings. In addition to teaching at the KCHS, she teaches the beginner oboe class and assists with the beginning woodwind classes at Parkwood Hill Intermediate. As a student at Richland High School, Jessica earned positions in the Texas All-State ensembles on oboe for three consecutive years. She was awarded the TBA Malcolm Helm Memorial Scholarship in 2008. Jessica resides in North Richland Hills. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jed, a band director at Keller Middle School, and their newborn son Liam.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Garth Gundersen

Garth Gundersen is in his fifteenth year as Director of Bands at Robert E. Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Mr. Gundersen started the band in 2003 at the opening of the school. Under his direction, the Hendrickson High School Band has earned Texas UIL Sweepstakes Awards every year since its inception. The Hawk Band is a consistent Bands of America Regional Finalist, making the San Antonio Super Regional Finals in 2016 and 2017. The Hendrickson High School Band has appeared in the UIL State Marching Contest multiple times, most recently in 2016. The Hendrickson High School Wind Ensemble has been a TMEA Honor Band Finalist multiple times. The Concert Bands have performed at WIBC in Seattle and Midwest in Chicago. The 2017 Wind Ensemble won the ‘Mark of Excellence’ from The Foundation for Music Education.

The Hendrickson High School Band has invitational performances at the ABC Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, the Magic Music Days Parade at Disney World, the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Mr. Gundersen earned his Master’s degree in Music Education and Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Jerry Junkin, Bob Duke, and Paula Crider. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Frank Wickes and was the drum major of the Golden Band from Tiger Land. Prior to becoming the band director at Hendrickson High School, Mr. Gundersen was an assistant at Westlake High School and became the first Band Director at W. Charles Akins High School in Austin. Mr. Gundersen resides in Cedar Park, Texas with his wife, Kim, and their 2 boys, Aiden and Reese.

Mr. Gundersen is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, TMAA and Pi Kappa Lambda.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Roman Lechuga

Music is my passion. Ever since I can remember, I have been involved in music. I come from a family of musicians so music has been a part of my entire life. I have performed in many local groups and shared stages with a few famous professional acts in El Paso, TX as well as Albuquerque, NM and Palm Springs, CA. I currently perform with local groups Fungi Mungle and Azucar. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in Music Education. I love teaching high school band! My goal is to pass all my knowledge onto the young musicians of tomorrow and also help them in becoming good, responsible human beings so they can continue being successful in life.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Larry Wade

Larry D. Wade, Jr. is currently the Fine Arts Chair and Director of Bands at John Tyler High School in Tyler, TX. He just finished his 8th year at JT and 11th overall in education. Larry attended Tyler Junior College(2 AA degrees) and Prairie View A&M University (BA in Music). While at Prairie View A&M, he was a Drum Major in the Marching Storm. There is where he learned many skills to transfer to his former High School Band, The John Tyler Big Blue Band. He along with his staff have been able to turn a 60 piece band into over 200 members. Larry is also a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Alpha Psi.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music. Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick's Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions. Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child. His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants). He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama. In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jordan Stern

Jordan Stern is a lecturer on the Music Education faculty of the Texas State University School of Music. His responsibilities include teaching methods courses, teaching a course on arranging for concert band, instructing the Bobcat Marching Band Drumline, and supervising student teachers.

In addition to his duties at Texas State, Jordan is an active arranger for both marching and concert bands. He also keeps a busy performance schedule and teaches a small private studio.

Jordan previously worked as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the band was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest.

Jordan received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification, as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

William Owens

William Owens is a native of Gary, Indiana. His career as a music educator spans three decades and he is very active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositions for young ensembles display a practical, erudite approach which has firmly established him as a leader in the field.

Since 1993, William has written over 200 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Midwest Clinic, and appears on required/recommended music lists nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Chicago Public School Bureau of Cultural Arts, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Indiana Bandmasters Association and the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts. Several of his compositions are recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band while numerous others have become staples of the young band repertoire.

William is a 1985 graduate of Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music and the recipient of numerous awards and grants for composition. In 2014, he was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association as the Feature Composer and named Distinguished Alumnus by his Alma Mater. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), Phi Beta Mu, the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

In 2014, William retired from duty as a band director in Texas after 30 years of service. He now serves as Deputy Editor of Instrumental Publications for the FJH Music Company (FL). In his spare time, he enjoys sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biography. A proud Chevrolet Corvette owner/enthusiast, he holds membership with Cowtown Vettes, a non-profit charitable organization in the DFW Metroplex. Owens resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife and best friend, Georgia.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mirelle Acuna

Mirelle Y. Acuna has over 20 years of performance experience. She began her musical studies at the age of six by taking private piano lessons. At the age of eleven, she joined her school orchestra and began to play violin. She was selected for UIL State Solo & Ensemble throughout high school as well as TMEA All-Region Orchestra for 6 years. She continues to play professionally with the "Valley Symphony Orchestra" and the award-winning "Mariachi Mariposas" where she also serves as a lead vocalist.

She is currently in her tenth year as an orchestra and mariachi teacher with Edinburg CISD in which she has taught elementary, middle school, and high school. She holds a Bachelors Degree from The University of Texas Pan American, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and TEA certifications in All-Level Music and Principalship.

Mrs. Acuna loves to promote musical education and strives to further music programs in Texas. Mostly recently she served as TMEA Region 15 Mariachi Chair which she did for 6 years from 2012-2018 and is the current President for the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators (TAME). She has also served in orchestra and mariachi curriculum writing committees for her district for several years and is currently working on a district Fine-Arts Handbook.

Her performance experience has allowed her to perform at prestigious venues and perform throughout the United States and Mexico and she hopes to motivate her students to have the same musical experiences that she has had.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Marcos Garcia

Marcos Gaona Garcia began his musical career at the early age of 12. Mastering fluency on a variety of instruments throughout this career, he currently flourishes on the Mariachi genre. Garcia’s strong respect and appreciation for Mariachi music is exemplified through his works. Combined with his musical knowledge and performing experience, he developed a passion for Mariachi music he hopes others will soon share.

Marcos received a Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He is currently certified as a Generalist Educator, as well as an All-Level Music Specialist. Garcia has an extensive teaching resume that ranges from pre-school through college. He has been teaching Mariachi Music since 1996.

With over 20 years of performing experience, Marcos Garcia has an extensive list of prestigious venues on his resume. Memorable career highlights include performances at: the White House for President Bush, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Walt Disney Center Concert Hall. Garcia has toured numerous locations across the United States including: Texas, California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington D.C.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Adrian Padilla

Mr. Padilla started playing Mariachi music at age 14 in junior high under the guidance of Mr. John Vela in Alice Tx. He graduated from Texas A&I University in Kingsville with his BA in Music Ed. He has been involved with mariachi education for the last 26 years and is currently serving as the Lead Mariachi Director for the summer UT Mariachi camp, His group from Zapata Tx was featured in the PBS Documentary “Mariachi High” Currently he is the Head Mariachi director with the state medaling Mariachi “ Nuevas Raices” from Hidalgo Early College High School in Hidalgo TX.. Mr. Padilla is an active member, adjudicator and 2nd Vice President for the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gary Markham

Mr. Markham is recently Retired Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Cobb County School District in Marietta, GA. He is the former Director of Bands at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has over four decades of experience in music education with 25 years as a high school band director and 20 years as a music supervisor. He currently serves internationally as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. The Cobb County Music program has been named one of the “BEST Communities for Music Education in America, 12 times.
Mr. Markham received his B. S. degree from Mansfield State University, M. Ed. degree from Penn State University, and studied for Ph. D (ABD) in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University with Tony Maiello and Arnald Gabriel. His leadership experience includes membership on several state and national music education executive boards including the MidWest Clinic Advisory Committee. He is currently the Senior Education Consultant and Chief Judge for Bands of America, Executive Director of the Music Administration Collaborative, Judge Education Director for Drum Corps International, and an author of “Band Expressions” published by Alfred Music. He is a 1992 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's "Sudler Order of Merit" and the Robinson Symphonic Band is the 1992 recipient of the "Sudler Flag of Honor.” In 2006, Mr. Markham was presented with the Georgia Music Educators Administrative Leadership award and was inducted into the Bands of America “Hall of Fame.” In 2007, Mr. Markham received the DCI & Coltrin & Associates “Excellence in Music Education Award.” In 2009, NAfME presented the first “Excellence in Marching Music Education” to Mr. Markham for serving as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission for writing National Standards and a lifetime devoted to marching music excellence.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Alicia DeSoto

Alicia DeSoto is starting her tenth year as Associate Director of Bands at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. Her responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting Honor Winds, and teaching the beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet and saxophone classes. Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2010-2017), and have performed at The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Honor Winds has been a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests 2014 & 2016. Most recently, the Shadow Ridge Middle School band program has been named a 2017 recipient of The John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup. Mrs. DeSoto earned her Bachelor degree from the University of North Texas, and her Masters degree from Southern Methodist University. Current projects include Rhythm Rockers: a rhythmic progression for young musicians and the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Chris Meredith, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kathy Johnson

Prior to retiring, Kathy Johnson taught at Argyle High School for 11 years, and for 20 years in the Lewisville Independent School District at Griffin Middle School, Arbor Creek Middle School, and McKamy Middle School. During her time in the public school system her responsibilities included directing the high school Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and teaching the beginner classes. Mrs. Johnson’s duties in overseeing all aspects the instrumental music program in both middle school and high school included serving as Director of Instrumental Music, Band Department Head, building, presenting, and maintaining a five year plan for the band program, budgeting, scheduling, and observing band staff for the TTESS evaluation,

Bands under the direction of Kathy Johnson, earned the honor of performing at the Texas Music Educators Conference as the State Honor Band, earned the UIL State Marching Championship, performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, consistently earned Superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Marching and Concert and Sight-reading Contests and Superior, “Best in Class” awards at various festivals, ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Winner, and National Wind Band Honors Winner. While under her direction, the Argyle Band program was awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award by the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association and the Texas Bandmasters Associations Exemplary High School Band award. Most recently, Mrs. Johnson was presented with the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award from the University Interscholastic League.

Mrs. Johnson plays flute in the Dallas Winds, where she is a founding member. She is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas and is co-author of the recently published Musical Mastery teaching series. Mrs. Johnson earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from The University of North Texas.

Mrs. Johnson’s professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu where she is on the board representing the small schools of Texas, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association where she is the representative for Region 2, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Women’s Band Directors International, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mrs. Johnson resides in Flower Mound, TX.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Gary Garner

Dr. Gary Garner retired in 2002 after 39 years as Director of Bands at West Texas A&M University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and the Master of Music and DMA degrees from the University of Southern California.

He began his teaching career in Lubbock at Hutchinson Jr. High School and at Monterey High School. From there he went to the University of Southern California asmarching band director for four years before accepting a position at WTAMU.

During his tenure the WTAMU Symphonic Band appeared a record ten times before the
Texas Music Educators Association, twice at the national conventions of the College
Band Directors National Association, and twice in Carnegie Hall, where famed New York
Times critic John Rockwell called the band “remarkably accomplished” and termed their
performance “ a refreshing change from our usual provincial concert fare.”

Among the awards and honors he has received are: the WTAMU Faculty Excellence Award; the WTAMU Phoenix Club award for teaching excellence; the Minnie Piper Stevens Award; Amarillo High School Hall of Fame; Texas Bandmaster of the Year; Bohumil Makovsky Award for outstanding service to college bands; Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster; and the Gene Hemmle Award as an outstanding
music alumnus from Texas Tech. He was chosen the 2005 Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Percy Grainger Award and he was designated the 2012 Legendary Bandmaster by the Dallas Wind Symphony.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Eddie Green

Eddie Green has been dedicated to instrumental pedagogy for over fifty years. He has experience teaching all levels of instrumental ensemble performance, from small school programs, to very large junior and senior high school programs. His university experience includes work at Western Michigan University and the University of Houston. He has many students from these universities who are leading music educators today.

The concepts conceived with the staff at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, have served as the cornerstone of his philosophy of instrumental music education throughout his career. They have been very helpful to many successful bands throughout Texas. Mr. Green’s bands have performed at many conventions, and were chosen to record the works of Percy Grainger by the International Grainger Society. The recordings of Merlin Patterson’s transcriptions by the University of Houston Wind Ensemble have received very good reviews from major audiophile magazines. The first Grainger recording was chosen as one of the “Records to Die For” by Stereophile Magazine.

Mr. Green is identified by the concepts conceived with his friends and fellow teachers. Many people use these concepts with very excellent results. His students have won many contests and state championships in Texas, and have performed many concerts at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention.

Mr. Green is a member of the Texas Bandmasters’ Hall of Fame; was selected Bandmaster of the year by the Texas Bandmasters Association; and received the Legendary Bandmaster Award from the Dallas Winds. He was awarded the A. A. Harding Award by ASBDA, and received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Houston. He now presents contest preparation clinics in middle and high schools for many school districts.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Brittney Cook

Brittney Cook is the Associate Band Director at Briarhill Middle School. She teaches the Concert Band, assists with the Symphonic Band and teaches beginner woodwind classes.

From 2010-2016, Ms. Cook was the Assistant Band Director at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville, Texas. While at Byrd Middle School, she taught the Symphonic II band, assisted with the Symphonic I and Symphonic III band, and taught a 7th grade beginner woodwind class. In addition to her responsibilities at Byrd, she taught 6th grade beginner woodwind classes at Daniel Intermediate and assisted with the Duncanville High School Marching Band.

In 2015, the Byrd Symphonic I band placed 4th in the TMEA CCC Honor Band Competition. The Byrd Symphonic I band was also named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Competition in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. As a student at NSU, Ms. Cook was a four year member of the NSU Wind Symphony and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and the principal piccolo player of these groups for three years. She also performed with many chamber ensembles and served as the Head Drum Major of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. Ms. Cook was also a three-time member of the CBDNA Louisiana All-State Intercollegiate Band.

A native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Ms Cook graduated from Lamar High School where she was a member of the Lamar Symphony Orchestra, named the 2004-2005 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra.

Ms. Cook remains an active musician in the DFW area. She is currently plays flute for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. She also plays in many local community bands and in pit orchestras. Ms. Cook has also presented clinics over Flute Pedagogy at the TMEA and TBA Clinics/Conventions.

Ms. Cook holds professional memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the National Flute Society and the Texas Flute Society.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bryn Roberts

Bryn Roberts is the Assistant Band Director at Reedy High School in Frisco ISD, where she conducts the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. Ms. Roberts has been at Reedy since the school opened in 2015. Before coming to Reedy, Ms. Roberts spent seven years as an Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Westlake High School in Austin. During Ms. Roberts’ time at Westlake, the Westlake marching band advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest four times, making finals three of those times. They also made the finals at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional four times. In 2012, they won the Sudler Shield recognizing outstanding marching bands. The Westlake Wind Ensemble was selected to play at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2013. In addition, all four Westlake concert bands received Sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest for six consecutive years, and all four bands performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and 2013. All thirteen years of Ms. Roberts’ career have been spent directing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bands. Ms. Roberts graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music and received a Master of Music Education from Texas Tech in 2014. She has presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. She has had articles published in the Southwestern Musician and online with Texas Music Education Research, the SmartMusic blog, and Band Directors Talk Shop.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Daniel Dowling

Originally from Houston, Texas, Daniel Dowling is a percussionist with the United States Air Force Band of the West and is currently stationed at Lackland AFB. Prior to his career with the Band of the West, he worked as a freelance audio engineer, electronics consultant, sound designer, percussion instructor, lessons teacher, percussion arranger, and drum set and percussion performing artist. Daniel attended Texas State University from 2008-2012 where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Sound Recording Technology. During this time Daniel also studied jazz drum set with the legendary Butch Miles, formerly of the Count Basie Band, and studied percussion with Bobby Lopez and Kari Klier. Additionally, Daniel worked at The Zone Recording Studio in Dripping Springs, Tx.

Daniel currently does electronics consulting for Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, and previously worked as a consultant and designer for Dripping Springs HS, Dripping Springs Winter Percussion, Lake Travis High School, Temple HS, Roosevelt HS, Manor HS, and Ann Richards School for young women leaders. As an educator, he served as a percussion tech and lessons teacher for Dripping Springs ISD from 2010-2017, including four seasons of indoor drumline in the TCGC and WGI circuits (2013 Silver Medalist TCGC A Class, 2014 gold medalist TCGC A Class, 2015 silver medalist TCGC Open Class). He also taught lessons in AISD, HAYS CISD, CCISD, and NEISD. As a percussion arranger Daniel has done work for Dripping Springs HS, Lake Travis HS, Roosevelt HS, and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jarrett Lipman

Jarrett Lipman is the Director of Bands at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently on the Brass Staff at the Boston Crusaders of Boston, MA. Prior to instructing the Boston Crusaders, Lipman taught on the brass staff at The Cadets from 2010-2016.

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Marching Band is a two-time Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Champion (2014, 2016), a two-time Grand National Finalist (2011, 2016), and earned the Bronze Medal at the 2014 UIL 6A State Marching Contest. In addition, the band advanced to the 2010 and 2012 UIL State Marching Contest, and was named a State finalist in 2012. Since 2010, the band has been a consistent Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist.

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Wind Ensemble advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest in 2012 placing 5th overall, and again in 2014 placing 3rd overall. The Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands at Johnson have earned consistent Sweepstakes ratings since the school opened in 2008. The Wind Ensemble also served as a demonstration group and featured group for the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention (2010, 2014) and the New Jersey Music Educators Association conference (2013).

Lipman graduated with dual degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2007. In 2014, Lipman was selected as the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Texas Chapter's “Outstanding Young Bandmaster.”

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Rob Lozano

Rob Lozano is an Assistant Band Director and the Percussion Director at Johnson High School. Mr. Lozano graduated from Winston Churchill High School and went to the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, Mr. Lozano studied under the direction of world class percussion instructors Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards, as well as conductors Robert Carnochan and Jerry Junkin.

Mr. Lozano was a member of the University of Texas Percussion Group, which attended and performed at the PASIC Convention in 2012.

Mr. Lozano was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a marimba player in 2012 and 2013. He was instructed by expert front ensemble instructors Ryan Kilgore, Brad Palmer, and Craig Loeffler. In 2015 and 2016, Mr. Lozano taught the front ensemble at Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Lozano was previously the percussion director at Forney High School. Under his direction, the percussion section accrued numerous awards and accolades in the marching and concert percussion arenas. In addition, Mr. Lozano instructed one of the concert bands at Forney the last two years, and will direct the Symphony Band at Johnson High School.

In his spare time, Mr. Lozano enjoys the great outdoors, hiking the parks and taking in the beautiful scenery that San Antonio and the surrounding area has to offer.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Alan Sharps

Alan Sharps is in his tenth year as a band director at Johnson. He co-conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds and is the director of the school's three jazz ensembles and jazz combo. In addition to his instruction duties with the marching band woodwind section, he oversees all of the technical and electronics aspects of the band program. Prior to his time at CTJ he served as a director at Winston Churchill for eleven years. He also taught for sixteen years in Florida and Virginia Beach, VA.

Mr. Sharps has been a recording engineer with Mark Custom Recording Service since 1989. He and his wife, Kathy, operate Alan Sharps Recording. His expertise with electronic music production began in 1983. He creates the sound samples used in marching productions for CTJ and various clients.

Mr. Sharps received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Miami. He was a composition student of Dr. Alfred Reed, Graduate Assistant Director of the “Band of the Hour,” and was assistant director of the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps during his time in South Florida.

Students in Mr. Sharps’ bands have earned finalist honors at the BOA Grand National Championships six times, BOA Regional Champions twelve times and medaled at the Texas State Marching Band Championships four times. The bands also marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2005 and 2014.

His most famous student is singer-producer Pharrell Williams. Pharrell has gone on to solo artist success with hit songs such as Get Lucky and Happy and appeared as a judge on the NBC show, The Voice.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jordan Stern

Jordan Stern is a lecturer on the Music Education faculty of the Texas State University School of Music. His responsibilities include teaching methods courses, teaching a course on arranging for concert band, instructing the Bobcat Marching Band Drumline, and supervising student teachers.

In addition to his duties at Texas State, Jordan is an active arranger for both marching and concert bands. He also keeps a busy performance schedule and teaches a small private studio.

Jordan previously worked as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the band was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest.

Jordan received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification, as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Keith Dye

Keith Dye is Professor of Music Education and currently Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University. He has been published in leading journals and regularly presents nationally topics including best practices, assessment, teacher preparation and technology applications. Dr. Dye is a Past President of the Texas Music Education Association (TMEA).

At Texas Tech University, Dr. Dye teaches undergraduate classes in Band Techniques of Instruction and Brass Instructional Methods. Formerly, Dr. Dye was Assistant Director of Bands working with all aspects of the athletic and concert band activities at TTU.

Dr. Dye serves as an instructional consultant to school districts across Texas. Formerly a public school band director, he has almost 40 years of successful experience with musical ensembles on all levels of instruction. Dr. Dye's ensembles have earned numerous awards and a reputation for a consistently high level of musical excellence. He has presented clinics on topics including instrumental music education techniques, assessment, teacher preparation and technology applications at state and national conventions and served as conductor of various regional and all-state ensembles.

As a scholar, consultant, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, Dr. Dye is in demand as a qualified music educator equally at ease with any age level.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Asa Burk

Asa Burk is the Associate Director of Bands at Argyle High School. Over his 26 year career he has taught at middle school, junior high, and high school. His bands have been selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic as well as advanced to the state level of the honor band process.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Chris Meredith

Chris Meredith is in his tenth year as Director of Bands at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. His responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Jazz Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba classes.

Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project seven times and have been awarded grand champions of various music festivals in the DFW area. In 2012, the Shadow Ridge Honor Winds performed at The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and most recently has placed 3rd in 2014 and 5th in the 2016 Texas CC Honor Band Contest.

Meredith is an alum of the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) and Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). He has performed as a solo competition finalist for the International Trombone Festival (Helsinki, Finland) and has performed as principal bass trombone of multiple groups including San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, North East Orchestra and at the Pierre Montuex School. Meredith has also been a multiple recipient of the Lewisville Education Foundation’s “Foundation Award”, awarded with the Texas PTA Lifetime Member Award, and was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Shadow Ridge Middle School.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Justin Sullivan

Justin Sullivan is in his fifth year with Cedar Park High School and Leander ISD. Justin is a native of Florida where he taught for eight years prior to moving to TX. Justin's groups have made BOA, DCI, and WGI Championship Finals throughout his teaching and design career. Justin is currently the Program Coordinator and Color Guard Director at Cedar Park High School.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Steve Wessels

Steve Michael Wessels is in his twenty-first year at Cedar Park High School and fifteenth year as Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in the Leander Independent School District. This is his thirty-second year as a Texas music educator. He taught in the Spring Branch, Galena Park and Shamrock school districts prior to teaching at Cedar Park. He has taught band in C, CC and CCC middle schools and AA, AAAA and AAAAA high schools.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Evan VanDoren

Evan VanDoren is a freelance arranger, composer, designer, and educational consultant living in Austin, Texas. After graduating with honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Evan joined the band staff at Cedar Park High School. During his tenure, Cedar Park’s marching band has been named a UIL Texas State Marching Champion three times, as well as a BOA Grand National Finalist twice.

Evan has been involved in the drum corps community since 2001, concluding his marching experience as the drum major of the Carolina Crown in 2008. Since then, he has served on the faculties of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, he serves on the brass faculty of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, Evan enjoys working as a leadership facilitator for SASI Leadership, based in Austin, Texas. Visit Evan's website at www.VanDoren-Music.com!

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Christopher Yee

Christopher Yee is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School and the co-founder and conductor of the Cedar Park Winds.

Born and raised in Klein, Texas, Christopher received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he studied trumpet with Frank Campos. Upon graduation in 2005, he began teaching middle school band in Austin, Texas as an associate band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School. In 2010, Christopher opened Four Points Middle School as its Director of Bands and served in that position until 2017. The Four Points Middle School Wind Ensemble, under Mr. Yee’s leadership, was invited to perform at the 2015 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is now thrilled to serve on staff at Cedar Park High School.

Christopher co-founded the Cedar Park Winds in 2007 with Manuel C. San Luis. Since then, the band has grown rapidly in both size and quality performing free concerts for local music students. The Cedar Park Winds was invited to perform at the 2013 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and at the 71st Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Christopher enjoys conducting all-region bands, teaching summer band camps, serving as a clinician for local band programs, and teaching/writing curriculum for the SASI Leadership Company. Christopher lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Jenna and two sons Noah and Ashton.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Lauren Ambeau

Lauren Ambeau is starting her fourth year as the principal at Brookside Intermediate. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She was named 2017 Principal of the Year in Clear Creek ISD. Lauren is an enthusiastic supporter of the fine arts department, and she was asked by the Brookside Intermediate band directors to speak with them previously at TMEA and the Midwest Clinic. Her remarks on relationships and classroom management from the administrator's perspective were well-received. She has also spoken at other conventions on the topics of restructuring resource classrooms, readers and writers workshop, and instructional and collaborative leadership. Lauren's educational philosophy is "We teach students, not subjects." Lauren is married to Kole, and they have two sons named Kade and Kyle.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers has been teaching band for 12 years, nine of which have been with her former teacher and mentor, Andie Troutman, at Brookside Intermediate. Andie and Jennifer have seen their beginner band numbers triple since they've worked together, a fact they attribute to their focus on building relationships within the community. Jennifer is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Houston area. She is a freelance musician and plays trumpet regularly with the Arpeggio Brass quintet. Jennifer has been a guest writer for the Smart Music Blog, the Band Directors Talk Shop blog, and the Southwestern Musician. She has presented clinics on recruiting and classroom management at the Midwest Clinic and at TMEA. Jennifer graduated from Sam Houston State University and also marched soprano in the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. She is married to Bryan Rogers, and they have two daughters named Susanna and Caroline.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Anderia Troutman

Andie Troutman, a University of Houston graduate, is beginning her 41st year of teaching intermediate school band. She is the head band director and fine arts department chair at Brookside Intermediate in Clear Creek ISD, where her bands consistently earn first divisions at UIL contest. She is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Houston area. She is frequently called on to be a mentor to student teachers and young band directors, and she has previously been awarded Brookside Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year. Andie has been a presenter twice at the TMEA conference and once at the Midwest Clinic with her associate, Jennifer Rogers. Andie is active in her church where she leads the hand bell choir and is a member of the music group Spirit of Peace. She is married to Tom Troutman and has two children, Jacob and Kristina, and five grandchildren.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Hargrave

Jason Hargrave is a graduate of the University of Houston. While there he studied with Eddie Green, Tom Bennett, and John Benzer. He has been teaching at Pearland Junior High East with Priscilla Bell for 9 years. In that time, he has helped develop a program at his school that not only is successful at UIL but has a thriving step-up instrument program.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bill Watson

Bill Watson is a graduate of the University of Houston, earning both his Music Degree and a Masters' Degree in Conducting with Eddie Green. Mr. Watson spent the first 16 years of his Band Director career in Spring ISD. His jobs in Spring consisted of being the Director of Bands at Wells Middle School, Assistant Director at Westfield High School under Phillip Geiger, and the Director fo Bands at Spring High School. The last 14 years of his teaching career were spent at Richland High School in the Birdville ISD, followed by 8 years as the Director of Fine Arts for the Lewisville ISD. Mr. Watson has been fortunate to work with mentors such as Eddie Green and Richard Crain and band directors such as Charlotte Royall, Phil Geiger, Diane Vasquez, Bryan Christian, Jason Bird, Jed Weeks, Kevin McNulty, Greg Rinehart, Evan Blackard, Cindy Lansford, Melodianne Mallow, James Smith and many others. As the Director of Fine Arts for Lewisville ISD, he has observed the best band programs and clusters that he has witnessed. Mr. Watson has been fortunate enough to teach numerous TMEA Honor Band finalists, including the 1985 Class C Honor Band for Wells Middle School. Other honors include teaching 5 UIL State Marching Championships, BOA Regional Championships, and the 1993 Bands of America Grand National Championship for Spring High School.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Raul Escobedo

Raul Escobedo is currently in his fifth year of teaching at Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy as the associate band director. He teaches beginning trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, the Full Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Band. Raul’s Symphonic Band has earned consecutive sweepstakes recognition at the University Interscholastic League for the past four years.

Raul Escobedo is originally from Houston, TX, where he received his high school diploma from Cypress Falls High School. He played the tuba all through middle and high school, and competed twice in the All-State level. Frank Troyka, John Morrison, and Bud Johnson were a few of his greatest musical influences during his time in Houston.

In 2006, Raul attended the University of North Texas and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. At North Texas, he studied with Donald Little and Dr. Brian Bowman, and performed with the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.

In 2012, Raul received his master’s degree in tuba performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he studied with Rex Martin. His graduate assistant position was to assist the basketball band, which he also took them to the Big 10 championship game in Indianapolis, IN. He had the opportunity to perform with the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson and the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

Raul currently resides in Pflugerville, TX with his wife Kaitlin, four year old son Leo, and two year old daughter Rachel.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

James Hairston

James Hairston is entering his twelfth year of teaching and has taught at Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy in the Austin Independent School District since 2009. Prior to AISD, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Bassett Middle School in El Paso, Texas. In 2004, Mr. Hairston received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he studied under Rhonda Taylor and Dr. Kenneth Van Winkle. In 2008, he received a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Mr. Harvey Pittel. While at The University of Texas, Mr. Hairston was a member of the UT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Jerry Junkin.

At Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy, Mr. Hairston conducts the Symphonic Winds, Jazz Factory and assists with the Symphonic Band. He also teaches Beginning Woodwinds. Mr. Hairston’s bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as best in class, and overall outstanding band honors at festivals around the state. In 2015, the Symphonic Winds performed at the Music for All National Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana; in 2018 they invited to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, the Jazz Factory performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and in 2017 they were invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Hairston is currently a member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and the Austin Theatre Project.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Shane Goforth

Shane Goforth is in his 22nd year of teaching and is currently the Director of Bands at North Shore Senior High School in Houston, Texas. Under his direction the bands of NSSH have advanced to the Texas State Marching Band Championships four times and were a State Finalist and UIL Area F Champion in 2016. In 2017 the band was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. The band has earned numerous and consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, Best in Class recognitions and was named as a Commended Winner in the Foundation For Music Education’s Nation Wind Band Honors project. Shane previously served as the Director of Bands at Holliday and Aubrey High Schools where his bands competed at the Texas State Marching Band Championships and were awarded first place in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series. He serves as the TMEA Region 33 Band Division Chair, is an active adjudicator, guest conductor a nd clinician and has presented clinics at both the Midwest, TMEA and TBA conventions.

A native of Frisco, Texas, Mr. Goforth started his musical carrier under the direction of Dr. Daryl Trent and studied saxophone with Brad Leali. He continued his education earning an Associates of Music in Jazz Saxophone at Weatherford College and a Bachelor of Music with honors from the University of North Texas. As a saxophonist Shane has had the privilege to perform with wide range of incredible artists and musicians including; Branford Marsalis, Winton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Jon Faddis David Fathead Newman, James Clay, Dewey Redman, Roy Hargrove, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol and many others.

Shane currently makes his home in the North Shore area of Houston with his lovely wife Lawren and their three children. He is an active member of River Pointe Church where he serves as a deacon, plays saxophone, sings and along with his wife is involved in couples ministry and counseling. In his spare time Shane enjoys reading, bible study, golf, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Nicki Chappell

Nicki Chappell just finished her tenth year of teaching middle school band. She is the Associate Band Director at Murphy Middle School in Plano ISD where she teaches beginning woodwind classes and the Symphonic Band. Ms. Chappell has worked with many young bassoonists in her woodwind classes, section rehearsals, All Region clinics, and Middle School Summer Band Camps. Ms. Chappell is also an active performer as a bassoonist with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Plano Community Band.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Lorna Quintanar

Lorna Quintanar currently serves as a middle school band director at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville ISD. Prior to her job in Duncanville, she taught in Garland ISD as an elementary music specialist.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, where she studied bassoon under Kathleen Reynolds. There, she performed with the UNT Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert Orchestra. While in college, she maintained a private lesson studio made up of students from districts across North Texas.

As a student at Duncanville High School, Lorna was selected as an All-State musician in 2008, and performed with the TMEA 5A All-State Concert Band. She was also a member of the Duncanville Wind Ensemble when they were named the 2008 TMEA 5A Honor Band.

Lorna currently performs with the Mansfield Wind Symphony from Mansfield, Texas under the direction of Brian Merrill. When she is not teaching band or playing bassoon, she enjoys exercising, riding her bike, and spending time with friends.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Christopher Sebesta

Christopher Sebesta is in his 17th year of teaching and second year as the Head Band Director at Haltom Middle School. His responsibilities include teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone, and double reed beginner classes, directing the Honors Band, and assisting with the Symphonic Band. Prior to teaching at Haltom Middle School, Mr. Sebesta taught for 6 years at South Keller Intermediate and Indian Springs Middle School. During his time there, the Indian Springs Band program was awarded the Sudler Silver Cup, performed at The Midwest Convention, and performed at the Texas Music Educator's Association as the 2016 CCC Middle School Honor Band. He also taught for two years at Aledo Middle School and seven years at Holub Middle School. During his time at Holub Middle School, the band program was also awarded the Sudler Silver Cup. Mr. Sebesta graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston where he was the principal bassoonist for four years in the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Eddie Green. Mr. Sebesta has received several UIL Sweepstakes and “Best in Class” awards at various Concert Band and Jazz Band festivals. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Marcus Neudigate

Marcus has been an active performer and educator in the Kansas City area for several years. He recently served as the Drumline Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Missouri. In addition to his work at UCM, Marcus has worked with many groups in the Midwest as an arranger, educator, and electronic designer.

Marcus has a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Central Missouri, as well as an M.A.T. in Education. Marcus was a member of the Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble (2011, 2012) and became the section leader in 2012. He received the Zildjian player of the year award in 2011 and was also nominated for the Mark Glasscoe member of the year award. Marcus served on the percussion staff for the Sacramento Mandarins (2014 – 2016), Gateway Percussion (2015 – 2017), Monarch Independent (2018), and Carolina Crown (2015 - 2018). Marcus is a proud Innovative Percussion Educator.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Fran Kick

Fran Kick is an author, educational consultant and professional speaker who knows What Makes Kids KICK! He is the creator and presenter of KICK IT IN a series of self-motivational personal leadership presentations and materials. Since taking an educational leave of absence from teaching band at Centerville High School (Ohio), he has developed his part-time speaking adventure into a full-time mission. Every year Fran presents programs across the U.S. and Canada to thousands of college/university, high school, junior high/middle school students, plus the many people who work with them. Since 1998, Fran has served as the leadership coordinator with the Music for All Summer Symposium http://www.kickitin.com/boa/. He also works with Drum Corps International every summer to help music students, their directors and parents Kick Start their season with DCI! http://www.kickitin.com/dci/

Outside the music education world, he works with schools, associations, conventions
and corporate organizations who are actively engaged in teaching and reaching today's kids. Fran speaks at many state, regional and national conferences about What Makes Kids KICK and how they can KICK IT IN & TAKE THE LEAD. He has his B.A. in Music Education and a M.A. in Educational Psychology. His involvement at TBA has been graciously sponsored in part by Drum Corps International and Music for All.






2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician

Cheryl Floyd celebrated her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017 and retired after 35 years as a middle school band director/music educator. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990 her Austin Murchison Middle School Band was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band presented performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, Music For All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2012, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2014. Her bands have been a finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition on 12 occasions.

Throughout her career she has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with such internationally recognized composers as Frank Ticheli, Cajun Folk Songs, Shenandoah, Bob Margolis, Renaissance Fair, Dana Wilson, Sang!, Ron Nelson, Courtly Airs and Dances, Steven Barton, Hill Country Flourishes, Chris Tucker, Twilight in the Wilderness. Catherine McMichael, Cape Breton Postcard, John Mackey, Undertow, Donald Grantham, Spangled Heavens, a consortium commission for TMEA's MS Region 18 by Viet Cuong entitled Diamond Tide, and most recently, Sparkle by Scott McAllister. The works generated by these collaborations have been acclaimed as being among the most significant works in the young band repertoire.

Mrs. Floyd enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and author throughout the United States with engagements in over 20 states. . Mrs. Floyd has conducted all-state bands in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina. In 1998 she served as one of the first women guest conductor of the United States Navy band in Washington, DC.
In addition she routinely serves as a conductor on the University of Texas at Austin band camp faculty and has been a member of summer music faculties at Music For All's Summer Symposium, Arkansas Tech University, Baylor University, Texas Lutheran College, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

In 2003, Mrs. Floyd was elected to the American Bandmasters’ Association. When elected she was only the fifth female member of this 225 member organization and the first middle school band director to be invited to ABA membership.

Since 1985 Cheryl has served as co-principal flute with the Austin Symphonic Band and in that position has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1989, 1997 and 2007, the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2005 and before the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association on numerous occasions.

In 2016, Mrs. Floyd was named a Yamaha Master Educator, one of only 18 in the nation. In this role she will appear throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.
Paramount in her life is her twenty-four year trombone performance graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and a graduate of the Icon Collective Electronic Music program in Burbank, California.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeff King

Jeff King is currently the Director of Fine Arts and Enrichment for the Irving Independent School District where he oversees band, choir, orchestra, mariachi, elementary music, theater arts, visual arts, dance, cheerleading, physical education and health.

Prior to this position, Mr. King was a Texas band director for 31 years. His last 26 years were in the Duncanville Independent School District. Mr. King was the Director of Bands for the Duncanville ISD for 5 years where he oversaw the instrumental program for the district and conducted 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 28 years.

Prior to teaching in Duncanville, he taught in the Irving ISD (Irving HS & Sam Houston MS) and Dallas ISD (Skyline HS).

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, Australia, Japan and China.

He 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). He earned a Masters in Trumpet Performance degree, studying with Thomas Booth (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), from Southern Methodist University.

His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Art Education Association, Texas Dance Educators Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Texas Theatre Administrators Conference, National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, and the honorary music fraternity Phi Beta Mu. Mr. King is currently the Immediate Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Cody Myers

Cody Myers recently retired as Director of Fine Arts in Amarillo ISD following a thirty-eight year career as band director and fine arts administrator. His bands in Tulia, Dimmitt, Dumas, and Midland achieved notable success, including honor band semifinalists in 3A and 5A, an appearance in the UIL State Marching Band Contest, and participation as a featured band in the George W. Bush Gubernatorial Parade.
As an administrator Myers has been a mentor to scores of young directors, truly a labor of love. Cody Myers is in frequent demand as clinician and adjudicator. Cody is former President of both the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Administrators Conference. He has twice been recognized a Texas Music Administrator of the Year. Cody is married to Starrla, a retired elementary teacher. They make their home near Amarillo.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Peter Warshaw

Peter J. Warshaw is the Fine Arts Director in Leander ISD. He received the TBA Lifetime Administrator Award in 2016 and was named Music Administrator of the Year by the Texas Music Administrators Conference in 2014. Previously, Mr. Warshaw was Director of Bands at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson ISD, which earned the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2000 and was named the TMEA Class 4A Honor Band in 2001. He is a life member of the International Percy Grainger Society and received the Grainger Medallion in 1998. Under his leadership, Leander ISD fine arts programs have earned a reputation for excellence and artistry. He is in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and speaker and is a published writer, music transcriber, and poet.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Michelle Hanegan

Michelle Hanegan is the Director of Bands at Reed Middle School in Duncanville ISD where she has taught since 2005. She also teaches 6th grade brass classes at Hardin Intermediate School and assists the Duncanville High School Marching Band.

Under her direction, the Reed Middle School Symphonic I Band has received consecutive Division I Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading, advanced to the state area level of the Texas Music Educators Association CC Honor Band Competition in 2017, and was recognized by the Foundation for Music Education as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Contest in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Individually, students in the Reed Middle School Band consistently receive many of the highest chairs in the TMEA Region 20 Middle School All- Region Band and Division I Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest. Reed Band students continuing their music education in the Duncanville High School Band have a long history of earning placement in the TMEA All- State Bands and receiving college music scholarships.

Ms. Hanegan is a trombonist in the Mansfield Wind Symphony in Mansfield, Texas under the direction of Mr. Brian Merrill. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in Music from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where she studied trombone with Mr. Don Lucas.

Her professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Women Band Director International, International Trombone Association, and National Association for Music Education, in which she was previously the College State Vice- President.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Chris Pineda

Chris Pineda is in his eleventh year of teaching and tenth year as the Director of Bands at Liberty Junior High, in Richardson, TX. Under his direction, the Liberty Symphonic Band has received consecutive Sweepstakes awards at the annual UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, as well as First Division and “Best in Class” awards at area festivals. In 2013, the Liberty Symphonic Band was selected as a finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association CC Honor Band Competition, placing 8th in the state. In December of 2016, the Liberty Symphonic Band was invited as a demonstration group to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Pineda is a Cum Laude Graduate from Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University, where he received a Bachelor of Tuba Performance Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education. In the spring of 2011, SMU named Mr. Pineda the Meadows School of the Arts Young Music Educator of the Year. In 2014, Mr. Pineda was named Teacher of the Year at Liberty Junior High and was one of ten teachers selected as a STARS Teacher of the Year for Richardson ISD. Mr. Pineda was also named the Phi Beta Mu 2016 Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Wallace

Jason Wallace is currently the Director of Bands at Wilson Middle School in Plano, Texas. He previously taught for 10 years at Cain Middle School in Rockwall and 4 years at Coyle Middle School in Rowlett. Jason started his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington under the guidance of Richard Murrow, his first tuba teacher. He continued his education at Eastfield College where he studied tuba and bass trombone with Keith Meek. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he studied tuba with Ed Jones and bass trombone with Jimmy Clark. Other important influences in his education include Matt Good and Patrick Sheridan. Jason is currently the principal tuba in the Dallas Winds and the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra. Jason is active as a freelance musician/clinician in the DFW area. He resides in Fate, TX with his wife Kara, and their daughter Grace.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician

Richard Floyd is presently in his 53rd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. In 2014 Floyd retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 30 years. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 44 American states and in 9 other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, countless other state conferences and has presented five conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts considered to be the “academy award” for wind band conductors. The same year he was also honored with the Kappa Kappa Phi Distinguished Service to Music medal. Most recently the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin conductor, recognized him as the 2017 Texas Legendary Bandmaster.

Publications include co-authorship of Best Music For Beginning Band and contributing author for The Musician’s Walk by James Jordon. In addition his articles have appeared in numerous national and international publications. In 2006 he was featured on the GIA Produced DVD entitled Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting From The Inside Out. Other conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray. In 2015 GIA Publications published his book entitled The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music to critical acclaim.

During Mr. Floyd’s professional career he served as National Secretary of the College Band Directors National Association from 1979 to 2007 and has played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organization’s many projects and services for over three decades. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Music For All, as a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2016 was named a Yamaha Master Educator.

Paramount in his life is his wife Cheryl, who enjoys her own distinguished career as one of the premier middle school directors in the nation, their son Weston who is pursuing his own musical journey and Dick’s daughter Chris and her extended family.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jim Cude

Jim Cude is in his 31st year of teaching and his 16th year in Whitesboro. His teaching responsibilities include, the high school Marching Band, Honors Band, Jazz Band, and WMS Varsity Band. He is also responsible for the instrumental music program at WISD and fine arts chair at Whitesboro High School. Bands under his direction have consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes award and the Whitesboro Band qualified for the UIL State Marching Contest in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013 and 2015. The Whitesboro Band was a finalist in 2006, 2013, 2015, and 2017. In 2013 was named Class AA State Marching Champion and 2015 Class AAA State Marching Champion. In 2017 the Bearcat Band was named Bronze medalist.

Mr. Cude’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Association of Texas Small School Bands. Mr. Cude has served on the TMEA State Board as the Region 2 President.

Currently, Jim Cude, is serving as Immediate Past-President of ATSSB and serves on the UIL Technical Advisory Committee. He also serves as an adjudicator and clinician across the state of Texas. In 2014 Mr. Cude also served as a presenter both at the TMEA Clinic, TBA Clinic in San Antonio, AMEA Clinic in Montgomery Alabama and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He also serves as contemporary worship leader at First Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Mr. Cude is married to Linda and they have two children, Lauren 25 and Caleb 20.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Seth Thomas

S. Hansen Thomas, a native of Whitesboro, Texas, is an active instructor and choreographer in the North Texas area serving various marching band and winter guard programs, including Whitesboro HS, Flower Mound HS, Lebanon Trail HS and Princeton HS. Seth is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University - Commerce where he was a Liberal Studies student concentrating in music education and visual communication. As a performer, Seth was a member of the 2015 Madison Scouts and currently is a member of the World class winterguard CGT Dallas.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mike Howard

Mike Howard is currently the Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School in Austin, TX. Mr. Howard is in his 10th year at Vandegrift High School and in his 16th year of teaching high school band. He was one of the founding directors of the band when VHS opened in 2009 and became Head Band Director in the Fall of 2014. While at Vandegrift, the band has been consistent BOA Regional and Super Regional Finalists, BOA Regional and Super Regional Class Champion, UIL 6A State Marching Competition Finalists, UIL State Marching Band Champion, UIL State Marching Band Silver Medalist, 8 time UIL Concert and Sightreading Sweepstakes Award winner, and 2nd Place in the State TMEA Honor Band Competition. At Vandegrift, Mr. Howard is the director of the Viper Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.

Aside from being the Director of Bands at VHS, Mr. Howard is an active Leadership Consultant and Workshop Presenter. He has been a leadership facilitator and marching instructor for SASI for the last 13 years. In this time, Mr. Howard has had the opportunity to work with thousands of students and directors from around the United States. As a lead facilitator for SASI, he is heavily involved with the operations of all Drum Major camps as well as teaching several site-based workshops throughout the summer.

Before coming to Vandegrift, Mr. Howard taught at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. As Associate Director of the JE Taylor HS Band his responsibilities included directing the Jazz Band and Concert Band. Mr. Howard, a native of Hondo, TX, started his teaching career at Morton Ranch High School, where he was a band director and helped open the school in 2004. Before teaching at Morton Ranch, Mr. Howard was an instructor for the Cedar Park High School Band in Cedar Park, Texas and an instructor for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Howard graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Suma Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He lives in Leander with his wife Amber, his daughter, Madison and his son, Justin.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gabe Musella

Gabe Musella is Director of Bands at Spring High School in Spring, Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University, he holds a B.M. in Composition and M.M. in Conducting where he studied with James Sudduth. He has been frequently honored as a Spring ISD Distinguished Educator, and he is the recipient of the Spec's Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education given by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and a 2017 recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association. His bands have earned UIL Sweepstakes in eight separate varsity and non-varsity categories and placed in the finals of the TMEA Honor Band competition. They have performed twice at The Midwest Clinic and the Music For All National Concert Festival, and been named National Winners in the Mark of Excellence Windband Honors on multiple occasions. An active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, he has presented sessions at The Midwest Clinic, TBA, TMEA, TCDA, The South-Central Region Music Conference, and several universities. Gabe serves as Vice President for The Foundation For Music Education and President of TMEA Region 33. The Spring Band is a Houston Symphony Residency School, and they were featured in the November 2010 issue of The Instrumentalist. The Spring Music Department was recognized as a 2016 Grammy Signature School.

Mr. Musella is an active composer published by RBC, C. Alan, Row Loff, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, KJOS, and TRN. His instrumental works have been performed internationally and at major music conferences throughout the United States, and his compositions are found on the Texas PML and on similar lists in several states. His affiliations include ASCAP, Phi Beta Mu, TMEA, TBA, TMAA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Conn-Selmer VIP program, and the Texas Tech Band and Orchestra Camp where he has been on the staff for over 30 consecutive years. He is a background vocalist for the “shoo-bop” group JC and The Cruisers. Gabe resides in Tomball with his wife Alice, also a Red Raider alum, and their cat, Shiva. Their son, Alex, is a graduate of Texas A & M – Corpus Christi.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Smith

Jason A. Smith serves as Assistant Band Director at Spring High School. In addition to assisting with the marching band, he co-conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. He is the lead woodwind instructor and director of the chamber music program. Mr. Smith’s ensembles have been recognized for outstanding musicianship, and received superior ratings at numerous festivals. The Zorion Clarinet Quartet, the Veritas Saxophone Quartet, and the Tuba-Euphonium ensemble were all featured at the 2016 Music For All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis. Spring HS Chamber Ensembles have been featured in demonstration clinics at The Midwest Clinic, TMEA, and at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention. Under his direction, the Enigma Saxophone Quartet has won the Houston Underground Saxophone Quartet Competition and performed at The Midwest Clinic in 2013. In 2014 they were semi-finalists at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition where they won the Outstanding Junior Wind Prize. Mr. Smith has been an invited clinician at the annual conference of TBA, TMEA, and the Midwest Clinic.

Jason, a Spring alumnus, received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston’s Moores School Music.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dena Laurel

Mrs. Dena Laurel is a graduate of Baylor University and the Florida State University and holds both Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees in Music Performance. Mrs. Laurel’s solo and symphony performances have taken her to Missouri, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Florida, Texas, London, England, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Dena began working for Roma ISD in 1997. Under her direction, the horn studio has more than tripled in size and in the last 18 years can claim 35 TMEA Texas All-State horn players. Mrs. Laurel has been the director of bands for Roma Middle School from 2000 -2004 and returned to this position 2007-2009. In 2008, Dena became the director of bands at Roma High School. Under Mrs. Laurel’s direction, the Roma Middle School and Roma High School Marching and Concert bands have been awarded consistent Texas U.I.L. Sweepstakes awards, numerous festival grand champions, BOA regional and super regional class champions, and recently performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage in New York City. Under her tenure, the Roma bands have advanced to state 8 times in the TMEA Honor Band process and 5 times to the UIL Texas State Marching Contest.

Mrs. Laurel is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, has served as the Region 15 Middle School Band Chair and is currently the Region 15 TMEA Band Division Chair. Most recently, she was selected as the Roma High School 2018 teacher of the year. Dena attributes her love for teaching music to her first music teacher, her mother; her drive to succeed to her first band director, Greg Hull, and her ability to teach band to her mentor, Rudy Barrera. Dena resides in Rio Grande City with her husband Abel, and is a proud mother of two boys: 12 year old Brandon Amando, a cornet player, and 16 year old Nathan Abel, a French horn player.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Amber Moore

Amber Moore joined the Rice Band Staff in 2013, first as a Director Intern, then as Associate Band Director. During her tenure at Rice, bands under her direction earned UIL sweepstakes awards as well as first-division and Best in Class recognition at several North Texas music festivals including the Peak Music Festival contest at the Eisemann Center and the Beach Within Reach contest in Fort Worth.

Ms. Moore is a graduate of Greenwood High School in Midland where she was a four year ATSSB All State hornist, selected as a TSSEC outstanding soloist and was awarded the prestigious John Phillip Sousa award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor of Music degree. During her time at SFA, Ms. Moore participated in numerous ensembles and was named principal horn of the SFA Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines and SFA Opera Orchestra. She completed her Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree and Principal's certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Ms. Moore lives in Lewisville, Texas with her husband Nathan and cat, Belle. She enjoys spending time with family, baking, and taking Disney vacations.

Ms. Moore's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is the Associate Band Director at Lone Star High School in Frisco ISD. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she graduated summa cum laude with honors. Mrs. Lewis is actively involved in the marching arts, most recently as the Wellness Coordinator and Visual Technician at the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps. Following a series of injuries, Mrs. Lewis became interested in performing arts medicine research. She has won numerous awards for her research on marching band, and her first published work appeared in the Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal in 2013. Her area of research interest lies in maximizing performance and reducing injury in marching band. Mrs. Lewis is currently working towards her Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Ronnie Rios

Ronnie Rios is a graduate of Alice High School, Texas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from Texas A & M University- Kingsville. At 21, he began teaching in the Kingsville ISD where his middle school and high school Concert Bands received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards and Best in Class awards at various State and National festivals. His Jazz Ensembles also received Best in Class and numerous “Outstanding Band of the Festival” awards. He had All-State Band and Jazz Band students and led the Marching Band to the Texas State Marching Band Championships in his last year.

As Director of Bands at Harlingen High School for 21 years, all Six Concert Bands received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, Best in Class, State and National awards and All-State Band and Jazz Band students. The Harlingen High School “Big Red” Cardinal Marching Band made Ten consecutive appearances at the Texas State Marching Band Championships, qualifying every opportunity since 1998. The group also earned positions in the finals of Bands of America Regional Championships, where they won the school’s first Regional in 2005. The Marching Band has also won numerous 1st Place Festival Awards and Grand Champion Marching Band Awards throughout South and Central Texas. The Concert Band advanced to the Texas 6A Honor Band Finals four times finishing as high as 9th in Texas. The Jazz Ensemble has received consistent Best in Class and numerous “Outstanding Band of the Festival” awards. The Jazz Ensemble was a featured performing group at the IAJE convention in New York City. The y also performed and served as a featured group to Duke Ellington’s music with guest Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. The Jazz Ensemble has also performed Twice at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and was recently named the Honor Jazz Ensemble for the State of Texas and showcased at TMEA in San Antonio. The Jazz Ensemble has also shared the stage with artists Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Mike Steinel, Woody Witt, Armin Marmolejo, Dennis DiBlisio and most recently, Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Rios’ groups have performed throughout Texas, as well Florida, California, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Central Park in NY City. In 2011, the Harlingen HS band was named the Texas Bandmasters Association “Exemplary High School Band Program of the Year” in Texas.

Mr. Rios is currently the Director of Music Programs in the Harlingen CISD, Texas. He has been named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers numerous times and was also named Teacher of the Year in the Harlingen CISD. Mr. Rios received the Distinguished Citizen Award by the community of Harlingen and is also a past Texas Young Bandmaster of the year recipient. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, TMAA, TJEA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is the Past President of IAJE-Texas, TJEA, past TMAA Vice-President and served as the TMEA Texas State Band Chair. He is currently the TMEA Area G Band Chair. Mr. Rios has served as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Indiana. He currently serves as an active adjudicator for UIL, DCI, and BOA.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

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2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Doice Grant

Doice Grant is the President and owner of Tatum Music Company, Inc, with locations in Longview and Tyler Texas. Mr. Grant is a former band director who taught for eleven years and had eleven consecutive sweepstakes awards. Mr. Grant's bands where TMEA honor band finalist three times in his short tenure in the band directing arena. Doice Grant is a graduate of Longview High School and Stephen F. Austin State University where he played trumpet for John "Pete" Kunkel and Melvin Montgomery, respectively. Over the past 25 years Mr. Grant has averaged about one hundred complimentary clinics a year in his efforts to help the East Texas band programs flourish as his father, Neil Grant, did before him. Mr. Grant feels that he has learned as much from the outstanding teachers and students as they have learned from him.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Larry Ward

Larry Ward started band in the 5th grade under Band Director Albert Neal at Leverett's Chapel Schools where he learned to play Baritone. His Sophomore year he transferred to Kilgore High School and continued band under Band Director W. J. Burr. During his last three years in High School he was selected as a member of the All-Region, Area and All-State Bands as well as being awarded First Division Ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Upon graduation high school Larry attended Kilgore College where he earned an Associate of Applied Arts Degree. At the beginning of his Junior year he enrolled as an undergraduate student at Stephen F. Austin State University where he completed a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts Degrees. His teaching career began at Moore Junior High School in the Tyler Independent School District. Other school districts where Larry taught included Dekalb, Whitehouse, Lufkin, Spring Hill, Ennis and Humble. During his 41 year career Larry amassed 37 Sweepstakes Awards with his band qualifying for the U.I.L State Marching Contest as well as being competitive at the Area and State level for the T.M.E.A State Honor Band Competitions. Larry is a member of T.M.E.A, T.B.A., N.A.M.M.B., and Phi Beta Mu. Upon retirement in 2015 Larry has devoted his time to mentoring Band Directors in the Northeast Texas Area as well as writing marching drills and music arrangements for several band directors. He serves frequently as a clinician for band programs, conducted All-Region Honor Bands and served as U.I.L Concert and Sight-Reading, Marching and Solo and Ensemble Contests.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician

Richard Floyd is presently in his 53rd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. In 2014 Floyd retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 30 years. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 44 American states and in 9 other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, countless other state conferences and has presented five conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts considered to be the “academy award” for wind band conductors. The same year he was also honored with the Kappa Kappa Phi Distinguished Service to Music medal. Most recently the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin conductor, recognized him as the 2017 Texas Legendary Bandmaster.

Publications include co-authorship of Best Music For Beginning Band and contributing author for The Musician’s Walk by James Jordon. In addition his articles have appeared in numerous national and international publications. In 2006 he was featured on the GIA Produced DVD entitled Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting From The Inside Out. Other conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray. In 2015 GIA Publications published his book entitled The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music to critical acclaim.

During Mr. Floyd’s professional career he served as National Secretary of the College Band Directors National Association from 1979 to 2007 and has played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organization’s many projects and services for over three decades. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Music For All, as a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2016 was named a Yamaha Master Educator.

Paramount in his life is his wife Cheryl, who enjoys her own distinguished career as one of the premier middle school directors in the nation, their son Weston who is pursuing his own musical journey and Dick’s daughter Chris and her extended family.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Jim Frankel

Dr. Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher for 15 years in New Jersey Public Schools. Jim is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. He is the author of The Teachers Guide to Music, Media & Copyright Law, co-author of YouTube in Music Education, contributing author for Critical Issues in Music Education and co-author of Making Music with GarageBand & Mixcraft. In addition to his writing, Jim is a highly sought-after clinician and keynote speaker in the local, national and international music education community. He is on the Board of Directors for NJMEA, TI:ME and is the past president of ATMI.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Christopher Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales, a native Houstonian, has proudly served in Spring Independent School District since 2005. Since becoming the Director of Bands at Dueitt Middle School in 2011, Mr. Gonzales’ bands have received superior ratings at UIL and Best in Class Awards at local festivals. The Symphonic Band was a state finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Texas 2C State Honor Band Competition, was named a national winner (Band 2015/Percussion 2016) and commended winner (Band 2016) in the Mark of Excellence National Contest. The Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble also performed at the Music for All National Concert and Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, March of 2017.

Mr. Gonzales' duties include directing the Symphonic Band, teaching beginner woodwind classes, aligning the curriculum for the entire band program, and bringing the love of music to his students. In addition to his teaching duties, he is an active clinician in surrounding school districts and also serves as the Orchestra Director at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Klein, Texas. Mr. Gonzales is passionate about teaching and mentoring those in low socioeconomic schools and districts. He has presented clinics at TMEA on the category of Title 1 and is presenting at the 2017 Midwest Clinic this December.

Mr. Gonzales attended Sam Houston State University where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During his studies, he had the privilege to study under, and to be mentored by, Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Carol Smith, Dr. Patricia Card, and Mr. Chester Rowell. Other mentors and influential people in his musical journey include Eddie Green, Joe Dixon, Marion West, Gabriel Musella, Shelley Durbin, Warren Seago, Victor Flowers, Thomas Mensch, Victor Aguilar, Michael Warny, and Nicholas Gonzales.

Mr. Gonzales lives in Klein, TX with his beautiful wife, Kim, and three amazing children, Evan, Aubrie and Elise.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Michael Warny

Michael Warny received his degree in Music Education from the University of Houston, studying trombone with Al Lube and euphonium with William H. Rose. He also studied with the Empire Brass Quintet at the Tanglewood Music Festival; and both studied and performed with Summit Brass at the Keystone Institute. Mr. Warny spent 15 years on faculty at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and The Texas Music Festival. In addition, for 10 years, he was a faculty member of the International Festival Institute at Round Top. Michael has been teaching in Spring ISD since 1980 as a private instructor, consultant, and since 2013 has been full time at Dueitt Middle School. Michael has helped advance the performing, recording and teaching careers of numerous musicians. He currently spends his summers on faculty at the American Festival for the Arts. As a founding member, Michael spent 20 years performing and recording with The Housto n Grand Opera Orchestra. He has performed and toured both nationally and internationally with the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Opera Vista, Chicago Chamber Brass, Texas Opera Theatre, and Theatre Under the Stars. Michael has been a featured performer and clinician at International Trombone Association and International Tuba-Euphonium Association events; as well as The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators’ Association and Texas Bandmasters’ Association Conventions. Mr. Warny was inducted as a 2018 Honoree for The Foundation for Music Education and awarded the Foundation Award. The Foundation Award was established to honor private teachers of instruments and voice that have provided quality teaching, leadership, and passion for excellence over a sustained period of time in Texas. Mr. Warny is in great demand as a performer, clinician, consultant and Brass Specialist.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

June Bearden

Mrs. June Bearden has enjoyed 29 years in public schools teaching band. Recently retired as Director of Bands at Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, Texas. Mrs. Bearden graduated from Wichita Falls High School, followed by Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education with primary study on French Horn.

Her bands have been consistent festival and University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award winners. She enjoys serving as clinician and judge across the state. Mrs. Bearden was selected as Teacher of the Year at Atkins Junior High School in Lubbock and awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers. Mrs. Bearden has been involved with the Texas Tech Summer Band/Orchestra Camp for 30 years as a camper, drum major instructor or middle school director. She has served as Region XVI Middle School Band Coordinator and several TMEA committees for several years. Her teaching career has included the Texas school districts of Monahans, Plainview, Lubbock and Frenship.

Mrs. Bearden’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International president of the Texas chapter, life memberships in Tau Beta Sigma & Mu Phi Epsilon; Kappa Kappa Psi honorary member.

Mrs. Bearden is married to Keith Bearden and they attend Westminster Presbyterian Church and enjoy sharing life with family & friends in Lubbock, Texas. Her hobbies and interests include travel, outdoor activities, cats, photography/scrapbooking and she enjoys driving her 1966 Ford Mustang.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Carter Biggers

Dr. Biggers is Director of Bands at Texas Woman's University. He holds a BME and a MM in Band Conducting from Texas Tech University as well as a DMA in Band Conducting from The University of Iowa.

Prior to his appointment to the TWU faculty in 2016, Biggers served as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Penn State University, and as a Graduate Fellow at The University of Iowa. In addition to his university teaching experiences, Biggers was a band director in Texas for seven years, where his students and ensembles consistently received top ratings at local and state contests.

Biggers is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and author of articles in several journals. His professional affiliations include CBDNA, NBA, TMEA, TMAA, NAfME, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Carol Brittin Chambers

Carol Brittin Chambers is currently the owner and composer of Aspenwood Music, LLC. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she is also on the music faculty at Texas Lutheran University. She maintains an active performance schedule, including appearances with the Mid-Texas and San Antonio Symphonies.

Chambers is commissioned each year to compose and arrange works for concert band, marching band, and various other ensembles. Her most recent 2017 concert commissions include “To Create a Voice” (CA) and “Rainbow in the Clouds” (TX), and she looks forward to upcoming concert commissions in TX, MN, and IA. Her concert works are published through Carl Fischer, RBC Music, and Aspenwood Music. She has arranged and orchestrated marching shows for numerous high school bands across the country, as well as The Crossmen Drum Corps.

Before coming to TLU, Chambers taught middle school and high school band for many years in the North East Independent School District, San Antonio, TX (Ed White MS, Robert E. Lee HS, and Barbara Bush MS.) She also taught private lessons in NEISD.

Chambers received a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Tech University. She studied under Vincent Cichowicz, John Paynter, Arnold Jacobs, James Sudduth, and Will Streider.

Chambers is a member of TMEA, TBA, and ASCAP. In college, she served as Treasurer of Mu Phi Epsilon and President of Tau Beta Sigma.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Frank Ticheli-Featured Composer

Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.

Frank Ticheli's orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.

Frank Ticheli is the recipient of a 2012 "Arts and Letters Award" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, "bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America," and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, "given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America." At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean's Award for Professional Achievement.

Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Equilibrium, Klavier, Koch International, Mark, Naxos, and Reference.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bob Chreste

Bob Chreste is the Director of Bands at Weiss High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Prior to starting the Weiss band program in 2017, Mr. Chreste was the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas where he helped the marching band qualify to go to the UIL State Marching Contest twice. Before that, Bob was an associate band director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas. Under his direction, the marching band won numerous BOA Regional class championships, was a finalist at the 2010 BOA Grand National Championships, and was named the 2011 UIL 4A State Marching Band Champion. Prior to Cedar Park, Bob began his teaching career as an associate band director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.

Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass faculty for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps based in Canton, OH. He spent several years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps based in Fort Mill, SC. Bob has also served in a caption head role for both The Cadets and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Bob is also an active music arranger, drill writer, and clinician in Texas with his own small business, BC Band Solutions, which provides services for band programs across the United States. Mr. Chreste is an active clinician and adjudicator across the country for both marching bands and concert bands. He has also recently become a judge for the Winds Division of Winter Guard International.

Bob received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003. Bob’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bob Magnuson

Bob Magnuson performs on saxophones,double reeds,flutes,clarinets,wind synth. Bob has played on the soundtracks of hundreds of television commercial campaigns including Coca Cola, Macy's, AT&T, J.C. Penney, and Chevrolet. He's recorded and performed with popular artists :Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Patti Austin, Phoebe Snow, Cleo Laine, Marc Cohn, David Byrne, Michael Bolton, B.B. King, Issac Hayes, Eddie Murphy, Expose, Tony Bennett and Frank Zappa's Universe. As a studio musician Bob has enjoyed playing next to saxophone greats David Sanborn, Lenny Picket, Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, and Ronnie Cuber. As a jazz musician Bob has traveled the world and played as a sideman with many great jazz musicians. His long time association with Mike Longo, pianist for Dizzy Gillespie has given him the opportunity to record 3 big band CD`s playing lead alto and several sextet recordings with Mr. Longo. Bob has also produced 3 Cd`s for the Mike Longo Trio. His professional career supports his love for jazz and ethnic musics. Constant study is his passion.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Bradley Genevro

Dr. Bradley Genevro is Director of Bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his duties at UTEP, Dr. Genevro actively oversees all aspects of the Band Program. Prior to his appointment at UTEP, he served on the faculties of Messiah College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of North Texas. Ensembles, under Dr. Genevro’s leadership, have performed multiple times at state and international conventions. In addition, his groups have recordings released under both the Mark Custom and Klavier Record labels. His recordings have been reviewed in Fanfare Magazine with the following comments: “A superb disc,” “a magnificent statement of the highest professionalism possible from student ensembles.”

Dr. Genevro maintains a very active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor and recording producer having worked across the US, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and mainland China. As a recording producer, he has worked with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Symphony, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony and a variety of professional ensembles, colleges and universities.

Dr. Genevro holds professional memberships in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, College Band Directors National Association and was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Alyssa Grey

Alyssa Grey is an active musician, educator, and composer. She completed undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Theory & Composition from the University of Miami and a Master's degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music where she studied Improvisation with Chris Azzara and Music Education with Richard Grunow. Alyssa has presented sessions and research with the College Music Society, NJMEA, FMEA, OKMEA, ArkMEA, and TMEA. She currently teaches woodwind beginners, team-teaches the Honor Band, and directs the second band at Sam Houston Middle School. Alyssa also performs professionally in the Dallas Symphony Chorus.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Darcy Vogt Williams

Darcy Vogt Williams is the head director at Stiles MS in Leander ISD. Since opening Stiles in 2012, her Honors Band has performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2015, placed 3rd at TMEA CC Honor Band in 2015, and placed 7th at TMEA CCC Honor Band in 2017. Darcy is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. When not teaching she loves working with power tools, gardening, traveling with her husband, and playing
with their daughter Caroline.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jenna Yee

Jenna Yee is an assistant director at Stiles MS. Her Symphonic Band consistently earns sweepstakes at UIL and was selected as a Citation of Excellence recipient in 2017. Jenna is graduate of Ithaca College with degrees in music education and horn performance. When not teaching, she loves working out, spending time with her family, and entertaining friends.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeremy Spicer

Jeremy Spicer is the owner of SASI-The Leadership People, a student leadership education firm that focuses on the inspiration of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed when they are equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes. This concept is presented annually to thousands of students nationwide.

Mr. Spicer also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Cedar Park Winds. Initially created to provide free concerts to Northwest Austin music students, the band also serves as an outlet for local music educators to continue developing their individual musicianship through performance. In its short existence, the band has grown rapidly in both size and quality and celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a performance at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. While at Vandegrift, the staff and students worked to develop all aspects of musical artistry. The Wind Ensemble placed third at the 2013 Texas Music Educator's Association State Honor Band Competition. The marching band was named the 2013 University Interscholastic League 4A State Marching Band Champion and was a consistent Class Champion and Finalist in Bands of America Competitions.

Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer served as Conductor of the Symphonic Band and Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles at Cedar Park High School. During his tenure, the marching band was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and BOA competitions, and is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Leander with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Coral and Aiden.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mario Ferrer Jr.

Mario Ferrer Jr. was born in Weslaco, TX. He quickly discovered his love for mariachi music at the young age of 12, when he was asked to join an up and coming group called Mariachi Mundial. His experience with that group gave him the tools early on to be successful throughout high school, earning many awards such as Division 1’s in Solo/Ensemble and first chair in the All Region Mariachi in all four of his high school years. Mario attended The University of Texas Pan American and received his bachelor’s degree in 2006. While at the university, Mario earned a scholarship with the university mariachi at Pan American and went on to perform at many venues across the country as well as win many awards at a variety of different mariachi competitions. In 2000, Mario began playing with world-renowned Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. He continues being an integral part of Los Arrieros as a violin player and main vocalist. Throughout his 16 year career with Mariachi Los Arrieros, Mario has played all over the United States and in Mexico. He has also earned many awards and most recently has been Grammy Nominated for the 3rd time as a part of Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. Mario Ferrer is in his 11th year of teaching in South Texas and has attended and taught at many mariachi festivals and workshops throughout the country. He is currently in his fourth year at Edcouch Elsa Independent School District, teaching his students the wonderful genre of mariachi music.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Marcos Garcia

Marcos Gaona Garcia began his musical career at the early age of 12. Mastering fluency on a variety of instruments throughout this career, he currently flourishes on the Mariachi genre. Garcia’s strong respect and appreciation for Mariachi music is exemplified through his works. Combined with his musical knowledge and performing experience, he developed a passion for Mariachi music he hopes others will soon share.

Marcos received a Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He is currently certified as a Generalist Educator, as well as an All-Level Music Specialist. Garcia has an extensive teaching resume that ranges from pre-school through college. He has been teaching Mariachi Music since 1996.

With over 20 years of performing experience, Marcos Garcia has an extensive list of prestigious venues on his resume. Memorable career highlights include performances at: the White House for President Bush, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Walt Disney Center Concert Hall. Garcia has toured numerous locations across the United States including: Texas, California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington D.C.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Michael Sital

Michael Sital is a native of Victoria, Texas. For several years, he lived in Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked as a mariachi director with Las Vegas ISD. In 2013, Sital moved back to the Rio Grande Valley where he know continues his career in music education as a mariachi director with award-winning Edcouch-Elsa High School mariachi program. His experience as a musician includes over 20 years of experience in the world of mariachi. Sital has had the opportunity to perform with numerous renowned groups and learn from well-established musicians and teachers over the 12 years of his music education career. Through this, he has also been able to enrich and touch the lives of many students. Michael is currently a member of the Grammy Nominated “Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle”. He is currently studying trumpet performance at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) where he is also a member of “Mariachi Aztlan”. Michael’s experience as a student, an educator, and a performer, has molded him into the reputable musician he is today. Aside from performing and teaching, Sital also writes and arranges music as well as teaching violin, voice, and various mariachi clinics.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Joe Muñoz

Mr. Muñoz became Director of Bands at Pearland High School in 2013 and been a music educator since 1993. Under his direction, the Pearland High School Band has been a Bands of America Regional Championship finalist, qualified for the UIL State Marching Band Contest, been selected a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Wind Band Honors Project and has consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes Award. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, at TMEA as Honor Full Orchestra, consistently qualified to the TMEA State Honor Band competition and been selected as “Best in Class” at national and state festivals.

Mr. Muñoz has been very active as a leader in the Texas Music Educators Association. He has been a Region Band Chair, Area Wind/Percussion Audition Chair, Vice President and Band Division Chair and currently serves TMEA President Elect.

Mr. Muñoz is a graduate of University of Houston and has taught at Clear Lake High School, Oak Ridge High School and as an assistant director at The Woodlands High School prior to his current position. He is an active adjudicator and clinician. Professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority (Honorary Member). He is supported by his loving wife D’Juana and children, Alexandra, Jared and Lindsey.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Corey Graves

Corey LaMon Graves is in his tenth year of teaching and has been with the Roma Independent School District since 2010. Prior to moving to Roma Middle School, he taught two years with La Joya ISD. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds, teaching beginner euphonium and low reed for the district, and assisting with the Symphonic Band. Mr. Graves received his Bachelor of Music Education degree as a summa cum laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University (2007) and earned a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University as a graduate fellow (2008).

Mr. Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and the Region XV Middle School Coordinator. Bands under his direction have consistently received superior sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, and have also earned high levels of recognition at state, national, and international stage. The RMS Symphonic Winds have been consistent state finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, being honored as a Top 4 Finalist four consecutive cycles. The Symphonic Winds were also selected to perform at the 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Graves was chosen as Roma ISD’s 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year and was selected as the Phi Beta Mu Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year for 2017. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest euphoniumist, and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Black Music Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Robert Herrings

Robert Herrings has been teaching at Artie Henry Middle School in Leander ISD since 2004. At Henry Middle School, Mr. Herrings conducts the Honors Band, assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, and teaches beginning flute and trumpet. Mr. Herrings’ bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as unanimous first division ratings, Best In Class, and Overall Outstanding Band honors at festivals around the state. From 2009-2017, the program at Henry earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner, and in 2008 and 2013, the Henry Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic. The program was named the 2010, 2014 and 2018 TMEA Class CCC Honor Band and was also selected to perform at the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In June 2011, Mr. Herrings and his program were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, and in July of the same year, Mr. Herrings was named the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year. In May of 2014, the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award to the Artie Henry MS Band Program, and in November of the same year, the Henry MS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Herrings is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Herrings also serves as the TMEA Region 32 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 32 TBA representative.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Beth Bronk

Beth Bronk serves as Director of Bands at Texas Lutheran University, where she teaches conducting, instrumental music education courses, and directs the TLU Bands. Professor Bronk earned her Bachelor of Music, performance certificate, and teaching certification at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas, and is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Texas Lutheran University, she completed eighteen years of public school teaching and administration, primarily in New Braunfels, Texas. Ms. Bronk is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer, and has served on the State Board of the Texas Music Educators Association and as the Vice-President for Professional Relations on the National Council for Tau Beta Sigma. Most recently, Bronk helped to coordinate Youth Day at the International Trumpet Guild held in San Antonio, Texas last May.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt

Mary Ellen Cavitt is Professor of Music Education and Assistant Vice President for Academic Services at Texas State University where she recently received the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor, Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award, Presidential Awards of Distinction in Service and Teaching, and the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity. Dr. Cavitt received Bachelor and Master degrees in horn performance from The Juilliard School and Ph.D. in music education from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a 2013 graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program for higher education leaders. She has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music and Associate Director of the School of Music at Texas State University.

During her tenure in the Texas public schools, she was named Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year at the Texas Bandmaster Convention in San Antonio. Dr. Cavitt has served on the music education faculties of Michigan State University, The University of Arizona, and The University of Texas at San Antonio and as an administrator of instrumental music for North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Raul Escobedo

Raul Escobedo is currently in his fifth year of teaching at Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy as the associate band director. He teaches beginning trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, the Full Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Band. Raul’s Symphonic Band has earned consecutive sweepstakes recognition at the University Interscholastic League for the past four years.

Raul Escobedo is originally from Houston, TX, where he received his high school diploma from Cypress Falls High School. He played the tuba all through middle and high school, and competed twice in the All-State level. Frank Troyka, John Morrison, and Bud Johnson were a few of his greatest musical influences during his time in Houston.

In 2006, Raul attended the University of North Texas and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. At North Texas, he studied with Donald Little and Dr. Brian Bowman, and performed with the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.

In 2012, Raul received his master’s degree in tuba performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he studied with Rex Martin. His graduate assistant position was to assist the basketball band, which he also took them to the Big 10 championship game in Indianapolis, IN. He had the opportunity to perform with the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson and the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

Raul currently resides in Pflugerville, TX with his wife Kaitlin, four year old son Leo, and two year old daughter Rachel.

2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

James Hairston

James Hairston is entering his twelfth year of teaching and has taught at Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy in the Austin Independent School District since 2009. Prior to AISD, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Bassett Middle School in El Paso, Texas. In 2004, Mr. Hairston received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he studied under Rhonda Taylor and Dr. Kenneth Van Winkle. In 2008, he received a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Mr. Harvey Pittel. While at The University of Texas, Mr. Hairston was a member of the UT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Jerry Junkin.

At Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy, Mr. Hairston conducts the Symphonic Winds, Jazz Factory and assists with the Symphonic Band. He also teaches Beginning Woodwinds. Mr. Hairston’s bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as best in class, and overall outstanding band honors at festivals around the state. In 2015, the Symphonic Winds performed at the Music for All National Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana; in 2018 they invited to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, the Jazz Factory performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and in 2017 they were invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Hairston is currently a member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and the Austin Theatre Project.

Thursday, July 20                                                                                   


Thursday, July 20: 10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

UIL Mariachi Committee Meeting
Room: CC 218

Presider: Dr. Bradley Kent


Thursday, July 20: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

NAMMB Membership Meeting
Room: CC 008

Presider: Jim Jones

Friday, July 21                                                                                   


Friday, July 21: 12:00 NOON - 3:00 PM

TMEA All Region Band Luncheon/Training
Room: Marriott Riverwalk


Sponsor: TMEA

Wednesday, July 25                                                                                   


Wednesday, July 25: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TMAA Ad Hoc Marching Band Study Committee
Room: CC 218

Presider: Mark McGahey


Wednesday, July 25: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

TMEA/UIL Music Advisory Committee Meeting
Room: CC212, CC213

Presiders: Dr. Bradley Kent, Andy Sealy

Thursday, July 26                                                                                   


Thursday, July 26: 7:00 AM

TBA Fun Run/Health Walk    

Start time 7:00 AM (Registration at 6:30 AM)
Starts at the Grand Hyatt
Coordinator: Sue Fletcher


TBA Golf Tournament    

Registration at 7:00 AM - Shotgun starts at 8:00 AM
The Quarry Golf Club
444 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio 78209
Coordinator: Ruben Adame


TMEA Honor Band Panel Chairs Meeting
Room: CC 208

Presider: John Carroll, TMEA Band Division Vice President


Thursday, July 26: 8:00 AM

TMEA Honor Band Judges Meeting
Room: CC 208

Presider: John Carroll, TMEA Band Division Vice President

ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Judges Meeting
Room: CC 004

Presider: Collin Anderson, OPS State Chair
Sponsor: ATSSB


Thursday, July 26: 8:30 AM

ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series    

Presider: Collin Anderson, OPS State Chair

Room: CC 004 Class 1C (8:30 AM); 3A (11:00 AM)

Room: CC 005 Class 2C (8:30 AM); 1A/2A (11:00 AM) followed by SARC Meeting

Room: CC 218 Class 4A (8:30 AM)

Room: CC Green Room ATSSB Office


Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA Honor Band Sessions    

Room: CC 205 Class 6A

Room: CC 206 Class 4A

Room: CC 207 Class 1A/2A

Room: CC 213 Class 1C

Room: CC 208 TMEA Office

Sponsor: TMEA


Thursday, July 26: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Convention/Clinic Registration
Room: Convention Center Lobby




Thursday, July 26: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
TBA Academy for New Band, Choir, and Orchestra Directors
Room: Bridge Hall

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Opening Session
Coordinator: Brian Merrill


Thursday, July 26: 9:00 AM

TBA Tennis Tournament    

Registration and Start time 9:00 AM
Blossom Tennis Center - NEISD
12002 Jones-Maltsberger Rd. San Antonio 78216
Coordinator: David Rollins



Thursday, July 26: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

How to Get the Resources Needed for Your Program: Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a 5 Year Plan
Room: CC 216  •    •  
Clinician(s): Kathy Johnson  [-Bio-], Michael Lemish  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will provide information to directors on how to use demographic studies, historical data, and known needs of a program in order to obtain the necessary capital outlay items, staffing, and a realistic budget for your program by developing, implementing, and sustaining a 5 year plan.


Kindred Spirits
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-], Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-], Frank Ticheli-Featured Composer  [-Bio-], Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser  [-Bio-]
     Commissions, clinics, concerts, sailing adventures and much more. The lives of Frank, Dick and Cheryl have been richly intertwined for over 30 years. Hear Dr. Tim engage these three “kindred spirits” in a fascinating glimpse into their shared lives of musical collaborations and vision.
Sponsor: Director's Choice-Music Across Texas, The Foundation for Music Education, National Wind Band Honors

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Corey Graves  [-Bio-], Robert Herrings  [-Bio-]
     From the students’ very first note to their final concert, the middle school years can be tricky to navigate. This clinic will explore the necessity of setting expectations that will seamlessly bridge the gap between each milestone in their middle school band career. 


San Antonio Jazz Orchestra - New Jazz Music Reading Session
Room: CC 217ABC

Organizers: George DeRocher, Roland Sandoval


Thursday, July 26: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

TMAA Executive Committee
Room: CC 212

Presider: Greg Countryman
Sponsor: TMAA


Thursday, July 26: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Childcare Provided by Kids Quest
Room: CC 209 & 211

Free of Charge. No meals provided.
Sponsor: Pride of Texas Music Festivals, World View Travel


Thursday, July 26: 11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Foundations for Fantastic Flutes 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Alicia DeSoto  [-Bio-], Katie Lewis  [-Bio-], Nicole Neugent  [-Bio-]
     Learn how to set up a fantastic flute section from middle school beginner band directors. They will share tips and techniques to create a strong foundation from day one of flute class, as well as provide additional troubleshooting tools for both beginner and advanced students. 


Maximizing Student Engagement, Advocating for Your Program and Getting the Most out of the T-TESS Process
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): David Jennison  [-Bio-], Brigette Parsons  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Canyon Vista MS
     This clinic will explore two major areas - First, it will provide a brief orientation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-Tess) and offer advice on how to use this process to emphasize the rigorous and sequential nature of fine arts education as well as advocate for the skills this provides students throughout their secondary education. And second, we will focus on the student engagement "piece" of T-Tess through demonstration by the Canyon Vista Middle School Band and their director, Brigette Parsons. We will focus on student engagement in both the fundamentals and literature refinement portions of a typical band rehearsal, with the goal of developing higher level questioning and feedback skills. 


Presenting the New Charms Screen Layout and Features 
Room: CC 217D  •    •  

     Charms is launching a new website layout, with improved feature efficiency and new screen looks. We will demonstrate the new version, and discuss some of the changes - as well as the plans for allowing users to switch between versions for a particular time period. 

Sponsor: Charms

The Complete Marching Season - Part 1: The Spring Semester - Planning to Succeed 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Bob Chreste  [-Bio-], Jeremy Spicer  [-Bio-]
     Organization and planning are keys to the success of any endeavor. In the first part of our series, we will highlight details to address in the Spring Semester prior to the marching season you are preparing for. Our discussion will center largely around show design, with additional dialogue on contest selection, staffing, end-of-year camps, spring equipment orders, and band registration. 



Thursday, July 26: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

TMEA All-State Jazz Audition Music
Room: CC 216  •    •  

Presider: John Carroll, TMEA Band Division Vice President

1:00 PM Drums
Clinician: JD Guzman, Spring High School
1:30 PM Trumpet
Clinician: Dr. Adrian Ruiz, University of Texas at San Antonio
2:00 PM Bass
Clinician: Dr. Utah Hamrick, Texas State University
2:30 PM Guitar
Clinician: Greg Petito, Houston Guitarist
3:00 PM Improvisation
Clinician: Steve Mohacey, US Army Retired, San Antonio ISD
3:30 PM Saxophone
Clinician: Gene Centeno, Austin Area Private Teacher and Saxophonist
4:00 PM Piano
Clinician: Josh Hanion, Dallas-area Jazz Pianist
4:30 PM Tenor Trombone
Clinician: Mark Hill, University of the Incarnate Word
5:00 PM Bass Trombone
Clinician: Dr. Martin McCain, Texas State University


Sponsor: TJEA


Thursday, July 26: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

A New Wrinkle on an Old Idea: Using Diamonds to Balance Your Ensemble 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Rory Davis  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Johnson HS, Tejeda MS (Northeast ISD)
     Resonance and balance are two of the most elusive aspects of ensemble performance. Using JH and HS demo groups Rory will explain his original technique of "Performance Diamonds" to achieve this result. Combined with proper instrumental pedagogy, the diamond balance concept gives students a tangible understanding of these seemingly illusive concepts, creating the resonance and tonal color directors seek to achieve, regardless of level of the ensemble. 


Legal Concerns for the Music Educator
Room: CC 217D  •    •  
Clinician(s): Carol Simpson  [-Bio-]
     An experienced school attorney will share information about the types of situations that can land music educators in court and ways to avoid those legal traps. Time for Q & A at the end.

Rehearsal Strategies for the Young and the Restless
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-]
     How do we keep even the most restless of student musicians more engaged in every rehearsal? Certainly students need routine but they also welcome variety, inquiry, innovation and surprise. Come discover diverse ways to involve students in the quest for both technical achievement and musical growth. We can do this!


The Complete Marching Season - Part 2: Summer Band - Systems and Processes are the Key! 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Robert Selaiden  [-Bio-]
     Setting the culture from day 1 of summer band is imperative, and student ownership is key. In part 2 of our series we will discuss systems and processes, and how setting them up from the beginning will help you succeed in the end. The staff will discuss a wide variety of systems ranging from marching fundamentals, to the "how to's" of the daily operations surrounding the program. 



Thursday, July 26: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

TMAA Marching Band Judging Workshop
Room: CC 212

Presider: Steve M. Wessels
(Registration fee required.)
Sponsor: TMAA


Thursday, July 26: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Beginning Oboe: Fundamentals for Your Future Oboists 
Room: CC 217D  •  
Clinician(s): Serena Finnigan  [-Bio-], Jessica Maus  [-Bio-]
     Learn how to set the foundation and culture for young oboists. Drawing on their teaching experience at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, the clinicians believe in the importance of starting beginners with the end in mind. This clinic will provide non double-reed players with tools and strategies to feel comfortable starting beginner oboists and developing mature musicians with the skills to be soloists in your ensemble. 


Creating a Great Friday Night Football Game Experience! 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Garth Gundersen  [-Bio-], Roman Lechuga  [-Bio-], Larry Wade  [-Bio-]
     Band Directors Garth Gundersen (Hendrickson HS, Pflugerville), Roman Lechuga (El Paso High School, El Paso) and Larry Wade (John Tyler HS, Tyler) will discuss what they do in their schools to promote school spirit and create a great Friday night football game experience. There are many ways to create an experience that are positive for your team, administration, boosters and students. The clinicians will discuss what works for them and include video examples of the Friday Night Football experience on their campuses. 


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
Room: CC 214CD  •    •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser  [-Bio-]
     What is the magic potion that guarantees a great band program?  Facilities? Budget? Demographics? Scheduling? Location? and/or a host of other possibilities.  There is no question all of these have a major impact on the growth-and-development of every band program, from beginners to the top level professionals.  However all of the great ones have one thing in common; A MASTER TEACHER….an educator who believes everyone can learn based on the understanding of how students develop in a positive-enriching environment. 


Refining Ensemble Intonation Using the Yamaha Harmony Director 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jordan Stern  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Johnson HS (Northeast ISD)
     Refining ensemble intonation can be a challenging task for even the most seasoned band director. Fortunately, tools such as the Yamaha Harmony Director keyboard exist that make it easier to apply the concept of Just Intonation to ensemble training. This clinic will demonstrate intonation exercises and rehearsal strategies utilizing the Yamaha Harmony Director with a demonstration group. 



Thursday, July 26: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Thursday, July 26: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TMAA Concert Band Judging Workshop
Room: CC 212

Presider: James L. Drew
(Registration fee required.)
Sponsor: TMAA


Thursday, July 26: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Doing "Within" When You're Doing "Without"! Practical Scoring Solutions for Small Bands
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): William Owens  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Eastland HS
     With the myriad of challenges presented by today's diverse and fast-paced school environment, band programs of small size are no longer the exception; they're the rule! This comprehensive workshop will offer practical, easy-to-apply strategies to help bands of modest resource achieve successful and satisfying performances in any situation. 

Sponsor: ATSSB

Mariachi Classrooms Beyond Pedagogy: Ideas, Materials and Resources
Room: CC 217D  •    •  
Clinician(s): Mirelle Acuna  [-Bio-], Marcos Garcia  [-Bio-], Adrian Padilla  [-Bio-]
     Learn what tools and resources are needed to have a successful mariachi program aside from curriculum and music. Participants will discover different ways to promote successful programs in a variety of ways and for a variety of different programs, from small to large schools.

Sponsor: TAME

Planning for Success with Bands of America System of Competition 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Gary Markham  [-Bio-]
     This session discusses the BOA judging system and the evaluation expectation for bands. Mr. Markham will also share insight into the expectation for BOA judges and their responsibilities to the system. 

Sponsor: Bands of America

Solid Start: Setting up Beginning Band Woodwind Students for Success in the First Semester 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Alicia DeSoto  [-Bio-], Kathy Johnson  [-Bio-]
     This session will offer sound stratagems for sequentially introducing and layering instrument specific concepts used to develop master musicians. Implementing a thoughtfully paced curriculum will create a culture that yields highly advanced and motivated musicians by the end of their first instructional year. 



Thursday, July 26: 7:15 PM

TBA Board of Directors Award Program    

Lila Cockrell Theatre
Presider: Chico Portillo, TBA President


Thursday, July 26: 7:30 PM

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE WEST CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Major David A. Alpar, Conductor
First Lieutenant Christina Muncey, Associate Conductor



Sponsor(s): The United States Air Force

Friday, July 27                                                                                   


Friday, July 27: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Phi Beta Mu Meeting and Breakfast
Room: Marriott Riverwalk, Salon C

Host: Steven Moore


Friday, July 27: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Convention/Clinic Registration
Room: Convention Center Lobby



7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Student Day
Room: Stars At Night Ballroom

7:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM Opening Session
Clinician: Frank Troyka

Sponsor(s): Conn-Selmer, Inc.


Friday, July 27: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Childcare Provided by Kids Quest
Room: CC 209 & 211

Free of Charge. No meals provided.
Sponsor: Pride of Texas Music Festivals, World View Travel


Friday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

"And then there were two..." 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Gary Garner  [-Bio-], Eddie Green  [-Bio-]
     Past Texas Bandmasters of the Year, Dr. Gary Garner, director emeritus WTAMU, and Mr. Eddie Green, director emeritus University of Houston, share the stage for a town hall style question and answer session moderated by Michael Roberts. Demystifying band directing is not as complicated as an Agatha Christie novel. This session will prove to be one of humor, inspiration, and some concrete clues to making your band great again. 


Creating a Culture of Excellence in Your 2nd and 3rd Bands 
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Brittney Cook  [-Bio-], Bryn Roberts  [-Bio-]
     The strength and depth of a band program is dependent upon the vitality of its 2nd and 3rd bands. Roberts and Cook will discuss how these lower bands can provide an opportunity for every student to experience success while supporting the goals of the total band program. 


Integrating Electronics into Your Marching Band Show - Perspectives of the C.T. Johnson H.S. Band Staff
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Daniel Dowling  [-Bio-], Jarrett Lipman  [-Bio-], Rob Lozano  [-Bio-], Alan Sharps  [-Bio-], Jordan Stern  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will present perspectives from five C.T. Johnson team members that play a critical role in creation and implementation of the electronic soundscapes. 


Introducing the TMAC Individual Student Music Assessment of Knowledge and Skills 
Room: CC 206
Clinician(s): Dr. Keith Dye  [-Bio-]
     Join us and discover a new assessment resource being made available by the Texas Music Administrators Conference to any program, campus, cluster or district at a very affordable cost; bring your Internet accessible device and see from the student perspective how we can elect to administer a TEKS based, grade and area appropriate assessment beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. This assessment will be a source of powerful advocacy data which, for the first time will measure and document individual student growth in both knowledge and performance; it is entirely cloud-based, can be completed on any device and will be archived digitally with unlimited storage. Come see how Texas will lead the way in music once again; this time through authentic musical assessment.

Sponsor: TMAC

Solid Start: Setting up Beginning Band Brass Students for Success in the First Semester 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Asa Burk  [-Bio-], Chris Meredith  [-Bio-]
     This session will offer sound strategies for sequentially introducing and layering instrument specific concepts used to develop master musicians. Implementing a thoughtfully paced curriculum will create a culture that yields highly advanced and motivated musicians by the end of their first instructional year. 


Telling the Story: Utilizing The Color Guard To Enhance Your Show 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Justin Sullivan  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Cedar Park HS Color Guard
     The Cedar Park High School Program Coordinator and Color Guard Educational Team will discuss various choices made within the design and training process. These choices range from costuming and flag design, to staging and effects crafted to enhance and maximize the success of the overall marching band program. 


TMEA Region Jazz Coordinator Meeting
Room: CC 218

Presider: Sarah Roberts



Friday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

TMAA Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices
Room: CC 205

Presider: Jeff Turner
Sponsor: TMAA


Friday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club
Room: CC 217D

Clinician: Dr. David W. Vandewalker
Sponsor(s): Conn-Selmer, Inc.


Friday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

TBA Commuters Lounge
Room: CC 208




Friday, July 27: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)

ATSSB All State Audition Music       •    •  

CC Room: 305
9:00 AM Percussion
Clinician: Matthew Holm, Kent State University
9:30 AM Flute
Clinician: Cindy Walls, Lone Star College, Tomball
10:00 AM Clarinet
Clinician: Dr. Tricia Card, Sam Houston State University
10:30 AM Bass Clarinet
Clinician: Dr. m Houston State University
11:00 AM Bassoon
Clinician: Dr. Nathan Koch, Sam Houston State University

CC Room: 303
10:30 AM Oboe
Clinician: Season Summers, Sam Houston State University



Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 302
9:00 AM Percussion
Clinician: Juan Mendoza, McMurry University
9:30 AM Tuba
Clinician: Scott Roeder, UT/Rio Grande Valley
10:00 AM Cornet/Trumpet
Clinician: Jake Walburn, Stephen F. Austin State University

CC Room: 303
9:00 AM Flute/Piccolo
Clinician: Shauna Thompson, Texas Christian University
9:30 AM Oboe/English Horn
Clinician: Sally Bohls, Private Instructor
10:00 AM Bassoon/Contra Bassoon
Clinician: Nathan Koch, Sam Houston State University


Sponsor: TMEA


Friday, July 27: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Friday, July 27: 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

PHI BETA MU DIRECTORS BAND�NEW CONCERT MUSIC READING SESSION � GRADES 1, 2, 3
Room: CC 217ABC

Organizer: Todd Clearwater
Technology Facilitator: June Bearden
Conductors:
Randy Vaughn - Grade 3 (10:30 AM-11:00 AM)
Cheryl Floyd - Grade 2 (11:00 AM-11:30 AM)
Cindy Lansford - Grade 1 (11:30 AM-12:00 NOON)

Sponsor(s): Phi Beta Mu


Friday, July 27: 11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

A Team Approach to Teaching a Successful Marching Band 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Steve Wessels  [-Bio-], Evan VanDoren  [-Bio-], Christopher Yee  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Cedar Park HS Band
     The Cedar Park High School Band Staff will discuss and showcase rehearsal techniques focused on improving high school musicians during the marching band season. From movement to music, the entire staff will break down strategies to affect change in your students and simplify your routine. Students from the Cedar Park Marching Band will serve as a demonstration group.


It Takes a Village: Creative Classroom Management Strategies 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Lauren Ambeau  [-Bio-], Jennifer Rogers  [-Bio-], Anderia Troutman  [-Bio-]
     How can classroom disruptions be managed more effectively, and how can they be prevented in the first place? The clinicians — two band directors and their principal — will show you how to build a village of support and discuss how strong professional relationships can have a significant positive impact in your classroom. The presenters will offer creative solutions to help you make a useful classroom management plan that you can implement immediately. 


Stepping Up to the Plate 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jason Hargrave  [-Bio-]
     Getting students/parents to invest in a step-up instrument and remain committed to band can be a daunting task.  Hargrave will go over strategies to encourage parents and students in your program to invest in these instruments.  He will give multiple instrument options to present your band community and ideas to help create a culture of "Stepping-Up" and staying in in your program.  

Sponsor: Music and Arts

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 40 years in the Band Business 
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Bill Watson  [-Bio-]
     Bill Watson will recall his 30 years as a Band Director and Music Administrator, with all the good, bad and ugly moments of his career. Watson will provide information to help Band Directors not make the same mistakes as he, along with providing ideas that could help band programs. 

Sponsor: American Classic Music Tours

The IPS: The Beginning Band Guide to Success 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Raul Escobedo  [-Bio-], James Hairston  [-Bio-]
     The Individual Progress System is designed around the AISD Student Performance Standards for Middle School Instrumental Music: Beginning Band. Each level represents the standards from a 6 week's grading period. Band instructors, Mr. Hairston and Mr. Escobedo, will demonstrate how the Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy Band utilizes the IPS sheet in their beginning band program.


AUSTIN SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Richard Floyd, Conductor


Texas Jazz Educators Association Open Membership Meeting
Room: CC 205

Presider: Sarah Roberts


Friday, July 27: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Spouses Luncheon
Room: LDR (Lonesome Dove Room)

Luncheon Host: Reagan Portillo -TBA Spouses Division President
Entrance by ticket only. All seated guests, including children, must have a ticket.
Free Childcare in Room: CC 209 & 211


Friday, July 27: 12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

TBA Nominating Committee Luncheon
Room: CC 005

Host: Chico Portillo, TBA President

TBA Past Presidents and Past Bandmasters Of the Year Luncheon
Room: CC 220 Cantilever Room

Host: Jeff King, TBA Past President

TBA Region Reps Luncheon
Room: CC 004

Host: John Morrison, TBA President Elect


Friday, July 27: 12:30 NOON - 1:30 PM

Women Band Directors International Meeting-Texas Chapter
Room: CC 205

Presider: Carol Turner, President
Sponsor: WBDI


Friday, July 27: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Texas Community College Band Directors Association General Membership Meeting
Room: CC 218

Presider: Mr. Derrick Logozzo


Friday, July 27: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

A Tonal Obsession - Pursuing the Perfection of our Musical Voice 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Shane Goforth  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: North Shore Senior High Wind Ensemble
     Mr. Goforth, his staff and the North Shore Senior High Wind Ensemble will discuss their ongoing pursuit of tonal perfection and the incredible impact it has had on all areas of their music making both in the band hall and on the marching field. The North Shore Wind Ensemble will demonstrate a number of fundamental exercises and techniques that lead to the continual development of tone quality, range, articulation, and dynamic contrast; all focused on building the musical phrase. 


Beginner Bassoon Toolbox-A Guide to Starting Successful Bassoonists 
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Nicki Chappell  [-Bio-], Lorna Quintanar  [-Bio-], Christopher Sebesta  [-Bio-]
     During this panel presentation, three middle school bassoon teachers will focus on methods and techniques targeted for the beginner bassoon student. Also discussed will be how to pace your instruction throughout the beginning year to allow your bassoon students to flourish in performing ensembles in the future. Our goal is to fill up your toolbox with tips and strategies that will allow you to successfully support the musical growth of the bassoonists in your classroom.


Cedar Park Drum Line Clinic
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Marcus Neudigate  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Cedar Park HS Drum Line
     To be determined

Infusing Student Leadership Development Year-round
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Fran Kick  [-Bio-]
     What if you could have more student initiated leadership in your band program year-round? Rather than just selecting student leaders before marching band, imagine if you could infuse leadership (and followership) development throughout your program in all your ensembles. Fran Kick will bring his energy, enthusiasm, and facilitating expertise to TBA once again so you can grow, develop, and encourage more students to make things happen—whether they have a leadership title or not.

Sponsor: Drum Corps International, Music for All

Picking Pieces for Picky People
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Cheryl Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-]
     Have you ever noticed that young musicians like what they know? In truth, they are more than willing to play a piece they have already performed or to play a piece that sounds the same. Come find out the secrets to picking pieces for the pickiest of people…the middle school band student!!! The goal is to select music that will challenge them to grow artistically as well as technically while maintain their interest? That music is out there. Let’s find it?

Sponsor: Director's Choice-Music Across Texas, The Foundation for Music Education, National Wind Band Honors

SUGAR LAND WINDS BAND CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Larry Matysiak, Rick Yancey Conductors


Friday, July 27: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

ATSSB All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 305
1:30 PM Tuba/Euphonium
Clinician: Everett Hinote, Tuba Instructor, Houston Area Private Schools
2:00 PM Trombone
Clinician: Ben Osborne, Sam Houston State University
2:30 PM French Horn
Clinician: Ronald Todd, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD
3:00 PM Saxophone
Clinician: Dr. Scott Plugge, Sam Houston State University

CC Room: 303
3:00 PM Trumpet
Clinician: Steve Warkentin, Sam Houston State University

Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 302
1:30 PM Bass Trombone
Clinician: Brian Kauk, University of Houston
2:00 PM French Horn
Clinician: Richard Lambrecht, University of Texas El Paso
2:30 PM Tenor Trombone
Clinician: John Shanks, West Texas A&M University
3:00 PM Euphonium
Clinician: Daniel Chapa, University of North Texas
CC Room: 303
1:30 PM Soprano Clarinets
Clinician: Kristin Ward, Abilene Christian University
2:00 PM Saxophones
Clinician: Jordan Freeman, Nimitz MS
2:30 PM Low Clarinets
Clinician: Gary Whitman, Texas Christian University

Sponsor: TMEA


Friday, July 27: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UIL Band Sight-Reading Committee
Room: CC 004

Presider: Dr. Bradley Kent


Friday, July 27: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Friday, July 27: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

ATSSB General Session
Room: CC 213

Presider: Mike Bartley, ATSSB President


Friday, July 27: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

UIL PML Committee
Room: CC 004

Presider: Dr. Bradley Kent


Friday, July 27: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Texas Association of Mariachi Educators Business Meeting
Room: CC 212

Presider: Mirelle Y. Acuña

Texas Music Administrators Conference Business Meeting
Room: CC 210

Presider: Pat Moreno




Friday, July 27: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Avoiding Trouble at Work –Understanding the Ins and Outs of Finances, Hiring, and Administrative Expectations 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jeff King  [-Bio-], Cody Myers  [-Bio-], Peter Warshaw  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will focus on aspects of being a band director that can be problematic for young teachers (and some more experienced ones as well!). 

Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu

Beginning Euphonium & Tuba: Make It Good to Make It Last 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Michelle Hanegan  [-Bio-], Chris Pineda  [-Bio-], Jason Wallace  [-Bio-]
     Creating and maintaining a strong euphonium and tuba section can be a challenge. This clinic will provide you with useful information regarding pedagogy and retention to establish a low brass culture of excellence. 


Do You Hear What I Hear?
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Austin Symphonic Band
     If we go into a rehearsal listening primarily for technique, rhythm, intonation and other rudiments of the craft of our music making do we run the risk of overlooking the intangible emotional content of the music? In other words the magic of how the music goes. The Austin Symphonic Band will demonstrate ways to enhance our aural awareness to embrace the less tangible essentials of expressive, artistic music making.

Sponsor: Director's Choice-Music Across Texas, The Foundation for Music Education, National Wind Band Honors

Marching Band to Marching Art: Moving into the World of Pageantry 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Jim Cude  [-Bio-], Seth Thomas  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Whitesboro High School 
     The clinicians will focus on how we recruited and retained our color guard through non-traditional recruiting methods. We will also share basic movement that you can incorporate to transform your fall production. This clinic will feature a demonstration group from Whitesboro High School 


The Complete Marching Season - Part 3: The Fall Semester: ALL Things Matter 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Mike Howard  [-Bio-]
     An overview of the fall semester including the coordination of program systems/processes, academic eligibility, all-state music preparation, marching contests, music pass-off's and more. The pacing of the season while balancing all of these tasks can make or break the culture of band program. Staying positive and focusing on the things that matter and that we have control over helps keep the culture of the band thriving. 


Using Multi-Media to Enhance Your Band Concerts
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Gabe Musella  [-Bio-], Jason Smith  [-Bio-]
     Spring Band members perform a live soundtrack to a multi-media presentation touting the benefits of music education. 


TBA College Advisory Meeting
Room: CC 205

Presider: Phillip Clements


Friday, July 27: 7:30 PM

THE "PRESIDENT'S OWN" UNITED STATES MARINE BAND CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Colonel Jason Fettig, Director

Sponsor(s): The United States Marines

Saturday, July 28                                                                                   


Saturday, July 28: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Fellowship of Christian Musicians Devotional
Room: CC 212

Host: Rory Davis
Come and enjoy faith boosting, non-denominational fellowship with fellow musicians and directors. This meeting is free and everyone is welcome!


Saturday, July 28: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Convention/Clinic Registration
Room: Convention Center Lobby




Saturday, July 28: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Childcare Provided by Kids Quest
Room: CC 209 & 211

Free of Charge. No meals provided.
Sponsor: Pride of Texas Music Festivals, World View Travel


Saturday, July 28: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Beginner Horn Show and Tell 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Dena Laurel  [-Bio-], Amber Moore  [-Bio-]
     Why listen to someone tell you how they teach when you can watch? Dena Laurel, Roma HS, and Amber Moore, Rice MS, will present video examples of their beginner horn classes. This show and tell clinic with tips from north and south Texas will include a step by step guide of concepts and challenges in the beginning horn class. 


Health and Wellness Concerns for Marching Band 
Room: CC 205  •  
Clinician(s): Melissa Lewis  [-Bio-]
     Recent additions to the 9-12 Music TEKS state that students must apply health and wellness concepts related to music. However, it is not always clear to music educators how to provide appropriate health and wellness information in the context of a marching rehearsal. This lecture will present information from the field of performing arts medicine, which views various medical specialties through the lens of the performer, and the author’s own research in marching band epidemiology. 


Making the Big Band a School's Best Friend
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Ronnie Rios  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra
     This clinic will explore how the use of a Big Band (Jazz Ensemble) can help promote instrumental pedagogy, ensemble pedagogy, stylistic refinement but most of all, performance development in the band program. These concepts will be discussed and brought to life using the demo group-Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra. 


Strauss on Snare
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Matthew Strauss  [-Bio-]
     Missing
Sponsor: D'Addario

The Modern Musical Mystery: How do I Style a March? 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Doice Grant  [-Bio-], Larry Ward  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will address the basics on how to style a march. 

Sponsor: NAMMB

The Three E’s of Rehearsal Better Ways To Work Your Band
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Richard Floyd-Featured Clinician  [-Bio-]
     Everyone desires rehearsals that are productive, fun and collaborative. And, yes rehearsals that go beyond the notes and rhythms to be musically focused. To do so requires a palette of techniques and strategies that supersedes repetition and drill. Join me as we explore ways to make rehearsals more efficient, effective and engaging.

Sponsor: Director's Choice-Music Across Texas, The Foundation for Music Education, National Wind Band Honors

TMEA Audition Tabulation Training
Room: CC 213

Presider: Frank Coachman
Sponsor: TMEA

Texas Association of Mariachi Educators Judges Training
Room: CC 212

Presider: Mirelle Y. Acuña
Sponsor: Texas Association of Mariachi Educators


Saturday, July 28: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

TBA Commuters Lounge
Room: CC 208




Saturday, July 28: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Saturday, July 28: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Saturday, July 28: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Saturday, July 28: 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Marine Band Chamber Music Concert
CC 214CD
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Sponsor(s): The Marine Corps


Saturday, July 28: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Assessing Students in the Cloud - Any Time, Anywhere, Any Device 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Jim Frankel  [-Bio-]
     With state and national standards focusing on assessment, as well as parents and administrators asking for quantifiable results, music educators need efficient and effective methods of evaluating students. In this session, Jim Frankel will discuss challenges that teachers are facing with assessment, performance preparation, and grading based on his own experience as well as the experience of the teachers in the session. He will then demonstrate the benefits of the MusicFirst Online Classroom and integrated software tools and explore how cloud-based technology can facilitate a more efficient music classroom. 

Sponsor: MusicFirst

Creating a Successful Title I Middle School Program 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Christopher Gonzales  [-Bio-], Michael Warny  [-Bio-]
     School districts around the U.S. have seen an influx of lower socioeconomic communities in their school zones. The change of culture and atmosphere is usually uncomfortable for educators who don’t understand the poverty mindset and tend to be hesitant to adapt to change. All is possible with a strong vision, positivity, and time. This presentation is designed to help foster the vision of your program, understand the culture of the students in your community, and provide useful and motivating teaching strategies for teaching in Title 1 school. 


Girl Power! - The Impact and Influence of Females on the Wind Band 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): June Bearden  [-Bio-], Dr. Carter Biggers  [-Bio-], Carol Brittin Chambers  [-Bio-]
     Women have had a long history of influencing the development of Western Art Music. From band directors and music educators, to composers, clinicians and judges, women have also been a vital part of the development of the modern day wind band. Come and learn about the historical and present-day impact these women have had on our profession and the possibilities for the future. 

Sponsor: Women Band Directors International

Let The Good Times Roll: Ticheli’s Trilogy of Cajun Inspired Works
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Frank Ticheli-Featured Composer  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Austin Symphonic Band
     Composer Frank Ticheli shares thoughts and stories on his lifelong interest in Cajun folk music and the various ways he has appropriated that music in three of his works. He will play early 20th-century field recordings and videos of authentic Cajun folk songs and dances, and he will demonstrate their usage in his music via the Austin Symphonic Band.

Sponsor: Director's Choice-Music Across Texas, The Foundation for Music Education, National Wind Band Honors

The Complete Marching Season - Part 4: The Cleaning Process: Excellence is in the Details 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Bob Chreste  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Audience Members will be Invited to Participate
     The details matter! In this part of our series, we will offer creative ways to help you clean your marching band, both musically and visually. As creativity evolves in the marching activity, we must also create ways to ensure that our students are still able to achieve at a high level. 


The Undefined Career 
Room: CC 205  •    •  
Clinician(s): Bob Magnuson  [-Bio-]
     My goal is to share my knowledge of being a contemporary musician and the many obtainable avenues that are available to every creative artist if they incorporate new ways of thinking. My way of becoming a unique player and finding much success in the New York Studio scene and now on the internet is my story to motivate young people to find their own exciting path. 

Sponsor: Dan Ryder Field Drills


Saturday, July 28: 12:00 NOON - 1:15 PM

TBA Active & Retired Members Luncheon and Business Meeting
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B

(Entrance by Active or Retired Member Badge only.)
Host: Chico Portillo, TBA President


Saturday, July 28: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Saturday, July 28: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Room: Marriott Riverwalk Salon C

Host: Steven Moore
Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu

HEART OF TEXAS NEW CONCERT MUSIC READING SESSION GR. 3, 4, 5
Room: CC 217ABC

Conductors: Mark Rogers, Mike Olson
Sponsor(s): U S Army


Saturday, July 28: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Creating the Engaged Listener 
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Bradley Genevro  [-Bio-]
     Creating a sequential process allowing increased student aural awareness in a performance environment. Once awareness is heightened, we will discuss developing tools that allow the student to make informed performance decisions based upon their heightened awareness. 


Heterogenous Beginning Band 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Alyssa Grey  [-Bio-]
     Grey shares insights for being the only director in a program and teaching mixed instrumentation beginning band. Learn how to guide students from day one through a successful year via interactive demonstrations of methods and techniques. Over four years, Grey's program grew from 35 students to over 150. 


Success Without Self-Sacrifice: Balancing Work & Home 
Room: CC 205  •    •  
Clinician(s): Darcy Vogt Williams  [-Bio-], Jenna Yee  [-Bio-]
     Creating and maintaining a successful band program does not require sacrificing yourself or sanity, but it DOES require focused, detailed effort and efficient time management within reasonable work hours. Darcy and Jenna will discuss how they have built a band program from its infancy to a TMEA Honor Band Finalist without living at the band hall or working from home. They will outline strategies for working smarter, not longer, addressing topics such as setting work hours and HOME hours, creating timelines for projects/email, working from previous years as a template, delegating, the importance of NON-BAND time, hobbies, self-care, and mental separation from the band hall. 


The Complete Marching Season - Part 5: Student Leadership: "If a student can they should..." 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Jeremy Spicer  [-Bio-]
     A successful student leadership program will bring harmony to your organization and cultivate the individual and ensemble artistry of your most treasured asset - the students. In the final session of our series, we will discuss the essentials needed to maximize your student leaders while also addressing fundamental leadership principles that will engage your student musicians and unlock the potential of your organization. 


The Moanin' Frogs Concert
CC 214AB
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TMEA JH/MS Band, Choir and Orchestra Coordinators Meeting
Room: CC210, CC 212, CC213

Co-Presiders: John Carroll, Derrick Brookins, Brian Coatney
Sponsor: TMEA


Saturday, July 28: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Aligning The Elements For A Successful Mariachi Program 
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Mario Ferrer Jr.  [-Bio-], Marcos Garcia  [-Bio-], Michael Sital  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Edcouch-Elsa High School Mariachi group
     Gain insight on strategies and procedures to grow and sustain a successful Mariachi program. Aligning 4 key elements can be crucial in obtaining consistent results. Directors will feature the Edcouch-Elsa High School Mariachi group to outline key points and information. 

Sponsor: TAME

Planning Every Rehearsal for Maximum Effect - If It's Not Written Down, It Won't Happen 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Joe Muñoz  [-Bio-]
     Rehearsals that produce maximum efficiency and productivity come from thoughtful, effective planning. This session will focus on using the tools available to help directors develop a method for producing written rehearsal plans to help their students, programs and themselves stay on track for continued growth. 

THIS CLINIC NEEDS TO BE MOVED SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!
Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu

Slow and Steady Wins the Race (REPEAT)
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Corey Graves  [-Bio-], Robert Herrings  [-Bio-]
     From the students’ very first note to their final concert, the middle school years can be tricky to navigate. This clinic will explore the necessity of setting expectations that will seamlessly bridge the gap between each milestone in their middle school band career. 


Successful Programming and Performing with a Small Band 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Beth Bronk  [-Bio-], Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt  [-Bio-]
     Cavitt and Bronk share ways to program, balance, and restructure parts to accommodate the small wind ensemble. Flexible repertoire, balancing techniques, tone quality, and differentiated instruction for small bands will be discussed. 


YOUNG BAND DIRECTOR CLINIC
Room: CC 206  •    •  

      



Saturday, July 28: 5:00 PM

Bobby Goff Memorial Washer Chunkin'
Room: La Villita, Plaza Nacional




Saturday, July 28: 6:30 PM

TBA Barbeque
Room: Convention Center River Level, Lonesome Dove Room

(Free River Boat rides included with admission. Entertainment by San Antonio Jazz Orchestra Combo, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, face painting, balloon artist, and jugglers. Entrance by ticket only for all guests including children.
Extra tickets may be purchased for $12 at the TBA Registration Area. )

Sunday, July 29                                                                                   


Sunday, July 29: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Product Showcase
Company: Music & Arts
Title: Tips for Quick & Easy Instrument Repair
Presenter: Hal Hall

Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: ECS Publishing Group
Title: In Their Own Words: A Closer Look at African-American Spirituals
Presenter: Mark W. Lawson

Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Product Showcase
Company: Tama Marching
Title: Tama Marching Product Overview
featuring GENESIS Drum and Bugle Corps
Presenter: Andy Wozniak

Room: Exhibit Hall 4    

Product Showcase
Company: J. W. Pepper & Son Inc.
Title: Cut Time - Manage Your Music Program in One Place, in Less Time
Presenter: Scott McCormick

Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.)
Title: The Bornoff Approach for School Orchestras-Session 1
Presenter: Debbie Lyle
Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Product Showcase
Company: J. W. Pepper & Son Inc.
Title: Cut Time - Manage Your Music Program in One Place, in Less Time
Presenter: Scott McCormick

Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: Educational Travel Adventures
Title: Successful Performance Tours
Presenter: Michael Holzer and Michelle Gordon


Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Tempo Press
Title: Introducing Expressive Sight-Reading for Orchestra
Presenter: Dr. Michael Alexander

Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: Fine Arts Travel
Title: Planning the Perfect Trip to Orlando!
Presenter: Ryan Cavazos
Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Product Showcase
Company: WorldStrides OnStage
Title: WorldStrides OnStage + Universal Studios: Putting Your Students in the Spotlight
Presenter: Katelyn Bozada
Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.)
Title: The Bornoff Approach for School Orchestras-Session 2
Presenter: Debbie Lyle
Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Product Showcase
Company: QuaverMusic.com
Title: Your Elementary Choral Toolkit: Technique, Technology, and Transformation!
Presenters: Amanda Reilly and Michele Hobizal

Room: CC 216    


Sunday, July 29: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Building a Middle School Jazz Program
Room: CC 217ABC  •  
Clinician(s): Raul Escobedo  [-Bio-], James Hairston  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Lamar MS Jazz Band
     The Jazz Factory at Lamar Middle School (Jazz Band) will perform 3 selections. Band instructors, Mr. Hairston and Mr. Escobedo, along with student performers, will illustrate the importance of Jazz Education beginning at a young age and how it impacts the entire band program. Topics to be discussed: Scheduling, Improvisation, Jazz Style, Combo's, Gigs and Recruitment.



Sunday, July 29: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Luck's Music Library
Title: Old Becoming New: Little Known "Gems" of the String Orchestra Repertoire
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Dackow

Room: Room: CC 302