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The Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention / Clinic

2019 Convention Schedule [Dates/Times Are Subject To Change]


2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Todd Dixon

Todd Dixon is in his twenty third year of teaching and twelfth year as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas. Concert bands under the direction of Mr. Dixon have earned consistent first division ratings in the Texas UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest since 1996 and have been awarded Best in Class and Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble at all festivals they have attended. The WHS Wind Symphony has performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic, 2004 Music For All National Festival, 2008 Music For All National Festival, 2014 Music For All National Festival, numerous performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and three different performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition, the group has been a 3-time Texas Honor Band Finalist in 2012, 2014 and 2019, as well as a 2018 National Winner for the Foundation for Music Education’s National Wind Band Honors. Mr. Dixon is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and serves as the TMEA Region 25 President as well as TMEA Area C Chairman.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mark Schroeder

Mark Schroeder is the Assistant Band Director at Wylie High School. Mr. Schroeder's responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, co-directing Symphonic Bands, assisting Wind Symphony, assisting the TWB Marching Band, assisting Symphonic Winds, assisting Jazz Band, and assisting at McMillan JH/Davis IS & Cooper JH/Draper IS. Mr. Schroeder attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he performed as principal horn and pianist in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. After completing his student teaching at Duncanville High School and graduating from Texas A&M University-Commerce, Mr. Schroeder helped open Kennemer Middle School in Duncanville ISD. Mr. Schroeder was an assistant middle school director at Kennemer for 3 years and the head director at Kennemer for 6 years from 2005-2014. Mr. Schroeder holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master's of Music from Southern Methodist University. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Schroeder lives in Rockwall with his wife, Sarah, and newborn daughter.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

David Brandon

David Brandon has taught in Duncanville since 1996 and is currently the Director of Bands for the Duncanville Independent School District. As Director of Bands, Mr. Brandon oversees the instrumental program for the district and conducts the DHS Wind Ensemble. Prior to this, he taught in the Spring ISD for seven years before coming to Duncanville as the head director at Byrd Middle School for nine years. Over the course of his 30 years as a band director he has taught every grade (6-12) and all levels of bands. Mr. Brandon is the Band Division Chair for TMEA Region 20 and is a member of Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Fraternity, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (B.F.A.) and the University of Southern Mississippi (M.M.Ed.).

2019 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, receiving college music scholarships, and majoring in music education and/ or music performance.

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, Texas where she studied trombone with Mr. Don Lucas.

Her professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Luzviminda Pascasio

Luzviminda S. Pascasio is in her fifth year as Head Director at Kennemer Middle School in Duncanville and currently in her eighteenth year of teaching. She is a 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year and was a Music & Arts Educator of the Year Finalist in 2016. Under her direction, the Symphonic 1 Band was selected as a 2015 and 2016 commended winner in the Mark of Excellence competition. In 2017, the Symphonic 1 Band was named a 3C State Honor Band finalist. Prior to Duncanville, Ms. Pascasio taught seven years in Argyle ISD and was the Color Guard Coordinator. She is grateful for her successful journey there especially as an assistant director of the UIL 3A State Champion Marching Band in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Before Argyle, Ms. Pascasio taught three years in Lindale ISD and was actively involved with the Wind Ensemble’s TMEA 3A State Honor Band experience in 2006-2007. She started teaching in Crosby ISD where she spent three years as an assistant director. Throughout her career, Ms. Pascasio’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings at UIL contest and festivals. In 2001, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She’s thankful for influential mentors such as Fred J. Allen, David Brandon, Eddie Green, Melodianne Mallow, and Tom Shine. During the summers, Ms. Pascasio works at the Stephen F. Austin State University Band Camps as a military drum major instructor and leadership coordinator. She also enjoys being an active clinician and judge. Her professional affiliations include Women Band Directors International where she serves as MS Editor, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Russell Porter

Russell Porter has just completed his third year teaching in Duncanville ISD. He is the director of the Symphonic I band at Byrd Middle School and teaches beginner classes at Daniel Intermediate. Prior to his time in Duncanville, he spent 9 years as director at Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD. Bands under his direction have been a consistent sweepstakes winner at UIL as well as festivals in the DFW area. Mr. Porter completed his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band and several chamber ensembles. Mr. Porter is a member of Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Educators Association. He lives in Duncanville with his wife Jennifer and their 5 children.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Corey Parks

Corey Parks has been an assistant band director in Highland Park ISD for ten years. He directs the Symphonic Band and the HP Jazz Band at Highland Park High School, assists with and writes the drill for the Highlander Marching Band, and teaches beginner clarinet and double reed classes at McCulloch Intermediate School. Before working in Highland Park, he was the assistant band director at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX for three years. Mr. Parks attended Texas Christian University where he received a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music (Instrumental Conducting).

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Andrew Weak

Andrew Weak is in his tenth year of teaching and his eighth year as Head Band Director at Apollo Junior High in Richardson. Under Mr. Weak’s direction, the Apollo Band has earned consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests and multiple “Best in Class” designations at other contests around the DFW area. In 2015, the Apollo Band was named a TMEA CC State Honor Band Finalist.

Prior to teaching at Apollo, Mr. Weak taught for two years at Berkner High School. His Symphonic Band III consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests, and in his first year of teaching, his band was named “Best in Class” at the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi.

Mr. Weak received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he graduated summa cum laude. At Baylor, he studied clarinet with Richard Shanley and was a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble under Eric Wilson. Mr. Weak completed his student teaching with Frank Troyka and Lynne Jackson at Berkner High School.

Mr. Weak is an active member of TMEA and TBA, and has presented a number of clinics for both organizations. He has also presented at The Midwest Clinic, and for the Ministry of Education of Singapore. In 2016, Mr. Weak received one of ten STAR Teacher of the Year awards for the Richardson ISD and was further named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Andrew, his wife, Michelle, and their sons, Caleb and Jonathan, live in Richardson.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Brad Kent

Dr. Bradley Kent serves as State Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League, where he oversees a system that annually provides educational based competition and events for some 750,000 student participants in Texas. Prior to his UIL appointment, he held the position of Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson Independent School District, where he was the administrator for all Band, Choir, Orchestra, Visual Art, and Theatre programs. Dr. Kent began his career as a band director in the Lewisville Independent School District and went on to serve on the faculties of Texas A&M University at Commerce and Lamar University. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Conferences, and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. He has presented guest lectures and clinics across Texas and at events such as the International Wind Music History Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Dr. Kent also serves as the Conductor and Music Director of the Texas Youth Wind Symphony, a group comprised of high school musicians from throughout the greater Austin, TX area.

Dr. Kent holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and the Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University. He enjoys serving as a conductor, clinician, and evaluator for ensembles of all levels and is active as an advocate for the arts and arts education.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Amanda Drinkwater

Amanda Drinkwater currently serves as Director of Fine Arts for the Lewisville Independent School District. Lewisville ISD schools include 61 campuses designated into five feeder patterns: Flower Mound, Hebron, Lewisville, Marcus, and The Colony High Schools.

Ms. Drinkwater formerly served twenty-three years as a Texas band director, with teaching opportunities at Leander High School (1996-2001), The Colony High School (2001-2003), and Marcus High School (2003-2018). She received her academic training at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, respectively.

Ms. Drinkwater’s concert bands consistently earned superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight Reading evaluations. Under her direction the Marcus Wind Symphony was named a TMEA Honor Band finalist in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, and performed as the TMEA 5A Honor Band at the 2015 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.  The Marcus Wind Symphony was a featured ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2007 and 2012 and was recognized five times as a National Wind Band Honors finalist.  Ms. Drinkwater’s marching ensembles earned eleven consecutive trips to the 5A/6A Texas State UIL Marching Contest and were consistent Bands of America finalists and recipients of various caption honors.  In 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 (5A), and 2014 (6A) the Marcus Marching Band earned the UIL Texas State Marching Championship, and in 2016, the group earned third place at the State Marching Band Contest. The program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield for excellence in marching band performance and the Sudler Flag for excellence in concert band performance in 2008 and 2014 respectively.

Ms. Drinkwater was named five times to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", and is a member of TMEA, TBA, and the American Bandmasters Association. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Music Educators National Conference "Excellence in Teaching Music" Award, and in 2011 she received prestigious Bayard H. Friedman “Hero” Award for her contributions to Music Education in the state of Texas. In 2015 Ms. Drinkwater was named a 'Sponsor of Excellence' by the University Interscholastic League.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mike Howard

Mike Howard is in currently 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, Mr. Howard’s bands have been consistent UIL Concert Competition Sweepstakes Award Winners. Most recently, the Vandegrift Wind Ensemble was chosen as the 2018-2019 TMEA 6A Honor Band and performed at the 2019 TMEA State Convention. Mr. Howard has also been instrumental in several marching band high honors such as BOA Regional Champion, BOA Super Regional Finalist, BOA Super Regional Class Champion, multiple invitational marching contest championships, UIL State Marching Contest Finalist, 5A UIL State Marching Contest Silver Medalist and 4A UIL State Marching Contest Champion. 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 facilitator and marching instructor for SASI for the last 15 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 Program, conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Marching Band, and coordinating and teaching the drumline. 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. At Morton Ranch, he taught the Concert Band, Jazz Band, assisted with the marching band. 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. As a performer, Mr. Howard has performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera and several bands around the Austin/San Antonio area. Mr. Howard graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife Amber, his daughter, Madison and his son, Justin.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jerry Junkin

Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2013 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.

Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.

Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kerry Taylor

Kerry Taylor currently serves as Director of Bands for Westlake High School and Fine Arts Director for Eanes ISD. Mr. Taylor is beginning 38th year as a band director in the Texas public schools; having completed five years in Katy ISD and 32 in Eanes ISD. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Waterloo Wind Band, a community band in South Austin comprised of musicians aged 16-80. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Under Mr. Taylor's direction, the Westlake High School Band has been named 'Best in Class' or 'Runner-up' at numerous concert band festivals. The Westlake Band has been a Finalist in the Texas 5A and 6A State Marching Contest and at BOA Regionals and Super-Regionals. In addition, the Westlake Band has made concert tours to the Pacific Northwest, Canada and the British Isles.

In 1997 the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Westlake Band with the Sudler Flag of Honor and in 2010 the Sudler Shield. The Westlake Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2002 and 2013 Midwest Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. In 2003, and again on January 2, 2017, the Westlake Chaparral Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. In 2016, the Phi Beta Mu international band fraternity honored the Westlake band with the inaugural “Program of Distinction Award.”

Mr. Taylor is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas and states throughout the South. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association in many positions including President of the 10,000+ member organization. His other professional memberships include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association and Phi Mu Alpha and the American Bandmasters Association. He has received the UIL “Sponsor of Excellence” Award, and the Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor” and “Sudler Order of Merit” awards. He is currently Vice-President of the American Bandmasters Association.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Chris Clifton

Chris Clifton is the Director of Bands at Carlisle High School in Price, TX. The Carlisle H.S. Band was recently the 2019 Class 2A Honor Band and also under his direction appeared twice at the UIL Class 2A Marching Contest, placing third in 2015. Overall the Carlisle Band has been named Honor Band five times and appeared at the State Marching Contest six times. Mr. Clifton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, and received a graduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2011.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Randy Jones

Randy Jones is Director of Bands at North Lamar ISD. Mr. Jones is in his 33rd year of teaching in the North Lamar school district. He has served as the Director of Bands for the past 32 years and is the Director of Fine Arts for the North Lamar school district. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard Payne University and a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from East Texas State University. He currently serves as TMEA Region IV Band Chairman. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Smith

Jason R. Smith is a 1992 graduate of North Lamar High School in Paris, Texas. He attended college at Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, and a Masters of Education Degree from East Central University. He taught in Oklahoma for 13 years, having earned OMEA MS honor band, was recognized as outstanding jazz educator, was the marching band coordinator and was finalist at state marching contest, earning sweepstakes and many regional marching awards.

At North Lamar, he has been designing the marching shows for the North Lamar Marching Band who placed 2nd at UIL SMC in 2010, 5th in 2012, 2nd in 2014, State Champion in 2016, and 3rd in 2018 along with several best in class awards at regional marching band contest. The North Lamar Concert Band (non-Varsity) also earned UIL Sweepstakes every year under his direction since 2010, and was a state finalist in OPS in 2017 & 2018; and has earned recognition from the Mark of Excellence foundation in the non-varsity competition two times.

Mr. Smith belongs to Phi Beta Mu, TMEA, TBA, ATSSB, TMAA, & OMAA, and is an active judge and clinician across Texas and Oklahoma for all region bands as well as marching bands and concert bands. He has served as TMEA Symphonic Band Chairman in Region 4 for three years, ATSSB All state band organizer for three years, Region 4 secretary/treasurer from 2016-present, and 4A representative to ATSSB Board of Directors 2017-present.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kristen Thompson

Kristen Thompson studied at Northwestern State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She is in her fourteenth year as the Atlanta Middle School Symphonic Band director. In addition to teaching the AMS Symphonic Band, Mrs. Thompson also assists in teaching the Atlanta Middle School Concert band, beginning flute, beginning clarinet, beginning saxophone classes, and worked with the Atlanta High School band program. Mrs. Thompson is dedicated to helping the Atlanta Band program achieve the highest level of performance.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Tiffany Galus

Tiffany J. Galus currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in undergraduate conducting and wind band literature. A native of northern Indiana, Dr. Galus holds a Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin as well as both a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. Dr. Galus is also a freelance transcriber, editor, arranger, and composer, having written and designed for wind ensemble, marching band, pep band, chamber ensembles, and show choir. Recent projects include a critical edition of Michael Martin’s Lontano: Symphony for Wind Ensemble (2018), an original brass choir work entitled Hail (2018), and her wind ensemble transcription of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto was premiered in Austin,Texas in January 2019. She also serves as the Operations Director for Ultimate Drill Book and her professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, International Trombone Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Josh Gall

Joshua R. Gall serves as Director of the Symphony Band, Associate Director of the Longhorn Band, and Director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin. In the Butler School of Music he also teaches academic courses in wind band literature and marching band methods. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Professor Gall served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at The University of Florida. Gall previously taught in the public schools of Virginia and Florida where ensembles that he conducted were chosen for VMEA, FMEA and Midwest Clinic performances. In addition to his work in the public schools, he has regularly designed for and taught some of the world’s finest marching ensembles. His extensive background in the marching arts has allowed him to work with the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, Genesis Drum Corps, and the Bluecoats Drum Corps where he is currently on staff.

A native of central Virginia, Gall received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master of Music Degree from The University of Florida in Instrumental Conducting where his primary conducting teachers were Dr. Terry Austin, Professor Daniel Myssyk and Dr. David Waybright.

He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida. Professor Gall’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Luke Gall

Luke Gall is a founder and owner of My Design Team, inc., a design and education company that operates out of Austin, TX. This firm encompasses his work as a consultant, program coordinator, visual designer, and videographer for music ensembles around the world.

Luke has a comprehensive background in the arts as a teacher and performer. He has served as a program coordinator, visual designer, and consultant for over 50 programs around the country. Luke has helped design over 75 shows that have received honors in BOA (Bands of America), USSBA (U.S. Scholastic Band Association), TOB (Tournament of Bands), and WGI (Winter Guard International). He performed for 5 years as a member of The Cadets, Crossmen, and Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.

Luke’s work as an entrepreneur led to the creation of Ultimate Drill Book – a company that creates educational tools for marching ensembles. Luke led the development of all products that have supported Carolina Crown, The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, Boston Crusaders, The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and hundreds of other drum corps, high school, and collegiate programs annually. He now oversees all business operations and serves as the designer for all Ultimate Drill Book products and mobile applications.

As a media creator and consultant, Luke has worked with companies and musical groups all across the globe. Luke recently worked with Perform International in Ireland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Japan to create social media content for musical groups. In the Spring of 2017, Luke planned and oversaw the media creation for a Kickstarter campaign that helped the Dallas Winds raise over $90,000 towards their John Mackey recording project. Luke has also created content for Stiletto Brass Quintet, Zzyzx Quartet, and many other groups in the United States. He also serves as Administrative Associate at The University of Texas at Austin where he oversees media and content creation for all University of Texas Bands.

Luke is a founder of FivE, a nationally touring euphonium quartet. FivE performed their popular shows “NEON” and “#hashtags” in over a dozen cities in 2015-2017. Highlight performances included a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The group released their first full album in 2017. FivE is a sponsored ensemble with Buffet Crampon and Besson Instruments, and Luke plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium.

Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at The University of Texas at Austin.



2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gary Markham

Gary 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.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Joe Dixon

Joe Dixon is well known as a trombonist, lecturer on brass pedagogy, and authority on teaching techniques for young instrumentalists. He presents masterclasses throughout the United States to thousands of young performers each year and has served as a Brass Consultant for dozens of Texas school music programs.

Joe Dixon is a recipient of the 2018 Foundation Award from The Foundation for Music Education for "a career of exemplary music teaching, leadership, and passion for excellence in music.”

His principal teachers were Leon Brown (University of North Texas) and Allen Ostrander (New York Philharmonic, NBC Symphony Orchestra). Additional study was with Roger Smith (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Glenn Dodson (Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra).

His studio students have been welcomed at many of the world's great music schools including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Indiana University, University of North Texas, Harvard University, and the Royal Academy of Music (London). His students have performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles in North & South America, Europe, and Asia.

Joe Dixon is an Edwards Trombone Artist / Clinician.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Harvey

Jason Harvey is the Director of Brass at Mitchell Intermediate School, as well as a low brass private instructor, clinician, and freelance bass trombonist in the Greater Houston area. He has a BA in Music from Sam Houston State University, and has studied music education at both the University of Houston and the University of North Texas, performing in both universities’ top Wind Ensembles. Jason is a 5-time lecturer on beginning trombone at the SHSU Summer Workshop, “Teaching the Middle School Band.”

In 1999 he participated in the University of Houston Wind Ensemble’s recording of “The Planets,” which was a semifinalist in the process for three Grammy Awards. Jason was also a member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble’s 2002 TMEA performance under Tom Bennett, and can also be heard on the North Texas Wind Symphony’s albums “Rendezvous” and “Convergence” under Eugene Corporon, as well as the Sam Houston State University’s 2013 TMEA performance, under Matthew McInturf as a guest performer. From 2002-2004 Jason performed as a cast member for the Mason Entertainment Group in the Tony and Emmy Award-winning musical Blast!, as well as the sequels Blast II: Shockwave, and Cyberjam. He has performed in over 60 U.S. cities, as well as in London’s West End and in Tokyo, Osaka, and Matsumoto, Japan.

Currently Jason maintains a studio of over 25 talented students, as well as serving as the director of The Woodlands Trombone Choir, a 2014 TMEA Showcase Performing Ensemble. His students have been selected for numerous All-Region ensembles, the Texas All-State ensembles, and have gone on to receive music scholarships at Baylor University, Blinn College, Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, Oklahoma University, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Alabama, the University of Houston, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Texas. Jason’s students regularly perform with the Houston Youth Symphony, the American Festival for the Arts, and have been selected for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. In addition, students of his have won state, national and international solo competitions, including the Texas State University Trombone Solo Competition, the Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competition, and the International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Competition. Recently, one of Jason's former students won a full-time bass trombone position with the Indianapolis Symphony.

Jason lives in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife Deborah and their precocious toddler, Catherine.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Dr. Tim serves as Vice President of Education/Chief Education-Development Officer for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is the Senior Educational Consultant for Steinway & Sons, Inc. He is also the Senior Educational Adviser for Music for All/Bands of America and the Senior Educational Consultant for NAMM. Tim is presently the “Visiting Scholar in Music Education” at Butler University. His popular books are published by GIA, Inc., and he is co-author Hal Leonard’s “Essential Elements” band method. Tim is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors, the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors, and he is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Holly Wardell

Holly Wardell is a Shareholder in her Austin office. Holly graduated cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University in 1992 and earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law in 1996. Holly has an impressive litigation background in whistleblower cases and civil rights cases including gender, race, and national origin, and disability discrimination claims. Her work on position statements, motions, and briefs has resulted in numerous victories for school districts at every level conceivable. Additionally, she regularly attends ARD and Section 504 Committee meetings and represents clients at due process hearings. Holly's outgoing personality, enthusiasm, and thoroughness combine to make her a popular lecturer on a variety of topics related to school law, including special education, Section 504, education records, sexual harassment, student discipline, and search and seizure. Holly has published numerous articles for state and firm publications on special education and other issues. Holly is licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts; the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, School Law, Administrative, and Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Texas Bar, Texas Council of School Attorneys, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Holly has also served on the State Bar's Disabilities Issues Committee and the Texas Education Agency's State Supervision Committee & Complaints Management System.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kristin Hames

Kristin Hames received her Bachelor of Science in Music from Texas A&M University - Commerce in 1999 and her Masters of Music in Music Education from SMU in 2016. Mrs. Hames began her teaching career as the Associate Director of Bands at Shepton High School in Plano, where she was named Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1999. She then spent 13 years as the Director of Bands at Richardson North Junior High where the Symphonic Band was runner-up in the 2005 Honor Band competition. Mrs. Hames was named as a Richardson ISD Teacher of the Year in 2006 and the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster in 2008. Mrs. Hames spent one year at Stafford Middle School in Frisco and has been the Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin for the past two years. In addition to teaching the woodwind classes and Symphonic Band at Hill Country, Mrs. Hames also assists with the HCMS Full Orchestra, who was invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic in 2017. Mrs. Hames has conducted bands throughout the United States and in China, including a summer at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Mrs. Hames’ professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TMAA, Phi Beta Mu, and Alpha Chi. She currently resides in Austin with her husband Greg and is the proud pet-mom of Scout and Atticus.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Katie Lewis

Katie Lewis will begin her tenth year as the Director of Bands at Maus Middle School this school year. Mrs. Lewis serves as the Elective Team lead on her campus and as the Middle School Band lead in her district. Prior to her position in Frisco ISD, Ms. Lewis served as the Associate Director of bands at Hendrick Middle School in Plano ISD for 5 years. 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. Under her direction, the Maus Wind Ensemble was selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project four years (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018) and they earned the Commended Winner title as well in this prestigious contest in 2013 and 2016. Most recently, the Maus Wind Ensemble was named the 7th runner up in the class CC 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band contest.

Mrs. Lewis graduated magna cum laude and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. She is an active band clinician, adjudicator and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 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 serves as the TMEA Region 24 Secretary and the TMEA Region 24 Middle School Band Co-Chair.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kenneth Capshaw

Kenneth Capshaw is currently a lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso, directing the Jazz Ensemble 1 and teaching brass methods. He has been involved in music education for 47 years, and was a band director in the El Paso Independent School District for twenty five years. His concert, jazz, and marching bands at all of his schools were consistent sweepstakes winners. The Coronado High School Band received the Texas Bandmasters Exemplary High School Band Award in July of 2012. Mr. Capshaw has been a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for 43 years, and is member of the UTEP faculty brass quintet. He has been a guest soloist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the Southwest for many years. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, and TMAA. Mr. Capshaw received the Band World Legion of Honor Award in October of 2010 and the Texas Bandmasters Meritorious Achievement Award in July of 2011. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in July of 2013, and was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in March of 2016. Mr. Capshaw was selected as the 2018 Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association in July of 2018.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Julie Duty

Julie Duty completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She then taught high school and middle school band and served as a mentor teacher for nine years in Arizona. Julie currently serves as the founder and Executive Director of United Sound, Inc. working with teachers, parents, and administrators to bring meaningful participation and inclusivity to the instrumental music classroom. Julie is still an active musician. Currently serving as a board member, she has performed as a member of the Tempe Winds for 21 years, works regularly for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association as a clinician and adjudicator, and is a mother to three adorable musicians of her own.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Lynne Jackson

Lynne Jackson is currently in her 49th year as a music educator. She has degrees from the University of Michigan and Vandercook College of Music. Ms. Jackson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education at Southern Methodist University and also teaches wind pedagogy at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. After beginning her career in southwestern Michigan, Lynne moved to Texas and spent 26 years teaching in Richardson as a member of the J.J. Pearce staff. In 1983, Ms. Jackson was selected as a Richardson ISD Teacher of the Year.
In 1995, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Ms. Jackson a grant to study Mozart in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. Since that time, Ms. Jackson has traveled and taught extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. Recently, Ms. Jackson served as a faculty member for CSI Chengdu, China where she has worked closely with music educators and students on two separate occasions. In 2010, Ms. Jackson was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2016, Lynne was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame. In addition to her membership in the Texas Bandmasters Association, Ms. Jackson’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu and the Texas Music Educators Association. Lynne is the founder of Young Educator Seminars, YES, which offers continuing professional development to North Texas music educators. Lynne is widely known throughout Texas as a clinician, and mentor to young students and teachers.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Chris Pineda

Chris Pineda is beginning his thirteenth year of teaching and twelfth year as the Director of Bands at Liberty Junior High, in Richardson, TX. Under his direction, the Liberty Symphonic Band has received consistent 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.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Charlie Munsell

Charlie Munsell retired from public school teaching in 2007 after 31 years as a Band Director in the great state of Texas. Upon retirement, he began working as a financial representative, with the main goal of helping teachers understand and prepare for retirement. Mr. Munsell claims that working with educators is like an extension of an education career in that he is teaching how to plan for retirement. He now works with clients and businesses in every walk of life. Starting in September 2017, Mr. Munsell joined Dahse Financial Group and is continuing, and broadening, his career as a financial representative.

Active in the professional community, Mr. Munsell served seven years on the Board of Directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association and was President of that organization in 2004. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu Alpha Chapter, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association. Mr. Munsell is active as a band clinician and conductor throughout Texas. He frequently serves as an adjudicator for UIL Band events and invitational festivals.

Charlie and his wife Melissa, who works as a Health and PE Curriculum Coordinator in the North East ISD, reside in Spring Branch with daughter Megan, a member of the Smithson Valley Ranger Band. Their son, Corby, is a graduate of Texas Tech University and former member of The Goin' Band from Raiderland.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mike Howard

Mike Howard is in currently 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, Mr. Howard’s bands have been consistent UIL Concert Competition Sweepstakes Award Winners. Most recently, the Vandegrift Wind Ensemble was chosen as the 2018-2019 TMEA 6A Honor Band and performed at the 2019 TMEA State Convention. Mr. Howard has also been instrumental in several marching band high honors such as BOA Regional Champion, BOA Super Regional Finalist, BOA Super Regional Class Champion, multiple invitational marching contest championships, UIL State Marching Contest Finalist, 5A UIL State Marching Contest Silver Medalist and 4A UIL State Marching Contest Champion. 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 facilitator and marching instructor for SASI for the last 15 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 Program, conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Marching Band, and coordinating and teaching the drumline. 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. At Morton Ranch, he taught the Concert Band, Jazz Band, assisted with the marching band. 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. As a performer, Mr. Howard has performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera and several bands around the Austin/San Antonio area. Mr. Howard graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife Amber, his daughter, Madison and his son, Justin.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Matt Knight

Matt Knight is in his 26th year at Abernathy ISD where he served 3 years as the assistant before moving into the head director position. Knight was the 2009 recipient of the First State Bank Teacher of the Year Award in Abernathy and currently serves on the Abernathy High School Leadership Team. He has also served as music director/coordinator for FUMC Abernathy and is an active member in the Abernathy community. Professionally, Knight has maintained Abernathy’s tradition of excellence with consistent sweepstakes bands. Abernathy has appeared numerous times in the area finals and was a 2005 State Marching Band Contest participant. The Abernathy Band has qualified over 1000 students in the last 15 years for the TSSEC contest. Multiple recordings have advanced to the state level in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series. Knight has served ATSSB as Region 16 Band Organizer, Region 16 Coordinator and as the current ATSSB President-Elect.

Matt enjoys working with his wife of 20 years, Anna Jo, who is the elementary music teacher and an assistant band director in the Abernathy program. Their son, Keelan, will be a senior at Abernathy. He is currently drum captain and was a member of the 2019 ATSSB All-State Band. Knight is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and is a member of TMEA, TBA, ATSSB, TMAA, Phi Beta Mu, and the Goin’ Band Association.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jim Rhodes

Jim Rhodes recently retired as Director of Bands from Forsan ISD, after 22 years with the school district. His 44 years of teaching in public schools also included stops in Alpine, Grandfalls-Royalty, and Monahans. He is a 1971 graduate of Humble High School and a 1975 graduate of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

Mr. Rhodes’ bands have been consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners, and the Forsan Band just recently earned their 21st consecutive Sweepstakes. His bands qualified for the State Marching Contest 3 times in Grandfalls-Royalty. In Forsan, his bands qualified for the State Marching Contest 11 times and made finals 8 times. Mr. Rhodes and the Forsan Band won one Gold medal and three Silver medals during his time in Forsan. His bands have also been selected as the TMEA Class A Honor Band while he was at Grandfalls in 1987 and in Forsan in 2007.

Under the direction of Mr. Rhodes, the Forsan High School Band represented the State of Texas in the 2005 Fourth of July Parade in Washington DC.

Mr. Rhodes received the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award for Music in 2010, and the McEntyre Zoffuto Hero Score A Goal in the Classroom Award in 2011. He was also awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award at TBA in 2014.

While at Forsan, Mr. Rhodes was the UIL Coordinator for Forsan High School. He also directed the Junior High and High School One Act plays, during which he took Forsan to the State OAP meet in Austin twice.

Mr. Rhodes is a member of ATSSB, TMEA, TBA, TMAA, and Phi Beta Mu. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 29 years and have one daughter, Elizabeth. They are active members of Forsan Baptist Church. Mr. Rhodes plans on staying active in the band world by adjudicating, clinicing bands, and being the number one supporter of the Forsan Buffalo Band.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dr. Charles Trayler (Moderator)

Dr. Charles Trayler retired after forty-one years of directing bands at Petersburg, Sunray, Abilene Christian University, and Dalhart.

The ACU band grew to a membership of over three hundred during Dr. Trayler’s tenure. The marching band performed at halftime four times each for the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Oilers. The symphonic band played two concerts each for the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Trayler’s public school bands were consistent Sweepstakes winners, the first time in school’s history at both Petersburg and Sunray. His bands marched in five Texas Gubernatorial Parades and the Texas Sesquicentennial Parade. His bands were named Outstanding or Best in Class at contests and festivals in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Missouri.

Dr. Trayler is past president of Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu Alpha Chapter, and TMEA Region I. He served three terms as Marching Vice-President of Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and was a member of the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee. Dr. Trayler was awarded the TBA Meritorious Achievement Award in 2001 and inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dr. Trayler and his wife Judi reside on their Hartley County farm. He remains active as a clinician and adjudicator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Rick Ghinelli

Rick Ghinelli currently serves as the Educational Support Manager, Southwest Region, in the Division of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. Prior to coming to Conn-Selmer, he worked in the Spring Independent School District (Houston, TX) for 31 years as a band director, an elementary and middle school assistant principal, and a middle school principal. He completed his last 13 years prior to retiring as the Director of Performing and Visual Arts. While serving in this position, fine arts programs in Spring ISD gained notoriety for their excellent work and were frequent recipients of the highest honors at the local, state, and national levels of competition.

A native of Warren, Michigan, Rick earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston where he studied trumpet with James Austin and ensemble techniques and conducting with Eddie Green. He earned his Masters of Education in Administration from Sam Houston State University. He is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Rick has been very active in many aspects of music education throughout his career and has done keynotes, presentations, and staff development sessions for a number of school districts, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is a Past President of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, and was recently selected to receive the Texas Bandmasters Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award.
Rick is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and Phi Beta Mu.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

John Benzer

John Benzer is on the music education faculty at the University of Houston, where he teaches undergraduate woodwind instrument pedagogy classes and band director methods classes, and assists the performing ensembles. Through the music education department, he is the Student Teacher Coordinator and is very active in providing beginning teacher job placement in school districts throughout Texas.

During his ten years as Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in the Lewisville ISD, his Symphonic Band was named the Texas Class CC Middle School Honor Band in 1993 and 1997. In 1997, the Griffin Middle School Band Program was awarded the Sudler Silver Cup, the most prestigious international award to recognize junior high and middle school band programs of outstanding musical excellence.

At the 1995 TBA Convention, Mr. Benzer was named “Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.” He was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Mu in 2001, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education through the UH Moores School of Music in 2012. Mr. Benzer is an active clinician, adjudicator and inservice presenter throughout Texas.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Christopher Evetts

Mr. Evetts began teaching as a second career after having worked in the D/FW television/film industry for a number of years. Prior to teaching, he toured nationally with "Barney The Dinosaur" in 1996-97 and then with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1999-2000. Mr. Evetts left the GMO to accept a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the University of Liverpool UK where he earned a Masters in Popular Music.

Upon returning to the States, he began teaching in East Texas at Clarksville ISD before moving on to Frisco ISD, and then taking over the jazz program at Lake Highlands High School in 2006. Mr. Evetts then led the Lake Highlands Junior High program for 3 years and then returned to the high school ranks at Highland Park ISD in 2010.

The perfect re-building opportunity presented itself in 2012 when Mr. Evetts pursued the band position at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas ISD where he is today, having built that program from 20 students to 120+, earned UIL Sweepstakes and even been featured in the Dallas Morning News and on NBC's The Today Show.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jason Robb

Jason Robb is currently the Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. He received his Bachelors of Music in Education and Trumpet Performance from Sam Houston State University under Matthew McInturf, Alfredo Velez, and Randal Adams. Before assuming his position at Rouse, he held the position as Associate Director at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas and at Knox Junior High School in The Woodlands, Texas. While at Cedar Park, the Timberwolf Marching Band won the UIL State Championship in 2016 and earned the Silver Medal at the UIL State Contest in 2013. In 2017 the Rouse Band advanced to the Texas State Marching Contest for the first time in school history, advancing to finals and placing 9th overall. In 2018, the Rouse Band was named the Bands of America Super Regional AA Class Champion. In 2017, Mr. Robb was honored by Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu as the “Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.”

Mr. Robb currently serves as a leadership facilitator with the SASi Leadership Company. He spends his summers presenting leadership training to students all over the country. Jason has been very actively involved in the Drum Corps activity. He marched Mellophone with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, Wisconsin and then served as a brass faculty member for the Scouts from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Robb is an active clinician and consultant, he coordinates marching productions and writes drill for band programs across the country through his company J•Robb Designs. His professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Jackie and their son Joseph, who serve as the constant inspiration in his life for his work in education.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Ryan Johnstone

Ryan Johnstone is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. Prior to his position at Rouse, Mr. Johnstone served as Director of Bands at Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas, for two years. Mr. Johnstone also served as Director of Bands of the Aledo (TX) Middle School Band program for five years and as an Associate Director at Aledo High School, 2006-2009. In addition to his graduate degree in Trombone Performance from Yale University, Mr. Johnstone holds a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In 2012, Mr. Johnstone was honored by Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu as the “Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year.”

His bands at Rouse and previous schools were consistent sweepstakes award winners at UIL and invitational festivals. Top groups at Canyon Vista and Aledo Middle Schools also advanced to the Texas Music Educator Association’s State Honor Band Competition three times under his direction, placing 4th in 2011, 2nd in 2013, and 6th in 2015 (his first year at Canyon Vista). Additionally, the AMS Honor Winds were invited performers at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2013.

In addition to teaching at Rouse, Mr. Johnstone is active as a guest clinician and music education consultant for other public school music programs. He has also been a guest conductor/teacher for the Baylor University and TCU Summer Music Camps and has served on the brass staff for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in San Antonio, Texas. Johnstone has served on the UIL Sightreading Committee and is currently serving on the UIL PML Committee. His professional affiliations include memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Josh Gall

Joshua R. Gall serves as Director of the Symphony Band, Associate Director of the Longhorn Band, and Director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin. In the Butler School of Music he also teaches academic courses in wind band literature and marching band methods. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Professor Gall served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at The University of Florida. Gall previously taught in the public schools of Virginia and Florida where ensembles that he conducted were chosen for VMEA, FMEA and Midwest Clinic performances. In addition to his work in the public schools, he has regularly designed for and taught some of the world’s finest marching ensembles. His extensive background in the marching arts has allowed him to work with the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, Genesis Drum Corps, and the Bluecoats Drum Corps where he is currently on staff.

A native of central Virginia, Gall received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master of Music Degree from The University of Florida in Instrumental Conducting where his primary conducting teachers were Dr. Terry Austin, Professor Daniel Myssyk and Dr. David Waybright.

He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida. Professor Gall’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Luke Gall

Luke Gall is a founder and owner of My Design Team, inc., a design and education company that operates out of Austin, TX. This firm encompasses his work as a consultant, program coordinator, visual designer, and videographer for music ensembles around the world.

Luke has a comprehensive background in the arts as a teacher and performer. He has served as a program coordinator, visual designer, and consultant for over 50 programs around the country. Luke has helped design over 75 shows that have received honors in BOA (Bands of America), USSBA (U.S. Scholastic Band Association), TOB (Tournament of Bands), and WGI (Winter Guard International). He performed for 5 years as a member of The Cadets, Crossmen, and Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.

Luke’s work as an entrepreneur led to the creation of Ultimate Drill Book – a company that creates educational tools for marching ensembles. Luke led the development of all products that have supported Carolina Crown, The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, Boston Crusaders, The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and hundreds of other drum corps, high school, and collegiate programs annually. He now oversees all business operations and serves as the designer for all Ultimate Drill Book products and mobile applications.

As a media creator and consultant, Luke has worked with companies and musical groups all across the globe. Luke recently worked with Perform International in Ireland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Japan to create social media content for musical groups. In the Spring of 2017, Luke planned and oversaw the media creation for a Kickstarter campaign that helped the Dallas Winds raise over $90,000 towards their John Mackey recording project. Luke has also created content for Stiletto Brass Quintet, Zzyzx Quartet, and many other groups in the United States. He also serves as Administrative Associate at The University of Texas at Austin where he oversees media and content creation for all University of Texas Bands.

Luke is a founder of FivE, a nationally touring euphonium quartet. FivE performed their popular shows “NEON” and “#hashtags” in over a dozen cities in 2015-2017. Highlight performances included a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The group released their first full album in 2017. FivE is a sponsored ensemble with Buffet Crampon and Besson Instruments, and Luke plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium.

Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at The University of Texas at Austin.



2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox is Director of Bands at Eastland High School in Eastland, TX where he team teaches with Jett Lowrance and Juan Hernandez. In the last few years the band has advanced to state marching contest and earned its 10th consecutive sweepstakes. In 2017-2018 Eastland performed as a demo ensemble at The Midwest Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic in conjunction with composer William Owens. In 2018 the Eastland High School Band's contest recording of "Ride" by Sam Hazo was the ATSSB OPS 3A concert winner. Mr. Cox is married to Eastland High School art teacher Stephanie Cox and father to two destructive/adorable dogs, Nellie and Annie, and two parrots, Henri and Gus.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jon Schriver

Jon Schriver is the Director of Bands in Valley Mills ISD. The Valley Mills High School Band has received six consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Awards and is a two-time TMEA 2A Honor Band Finalist. The Eagle Marching Band was the 2017 UIL 2A Marching Band Silver Medalist and the 2018 UIL 2A State Marching Champion.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jennifer Webber

Jennifer Webber received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from McMurry University in Abilene ,TX in 2006. Upon graduation she worked for Hawley ISD for one year before joining her husband, Dean Webber, at Cisco ISD. While at Cisco, her bands were consistently on the state list for the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series and received runner up in both the march and concert selection in 2011. In 2012 the band finished fifth in the TMEA Honor Band Competition. After Cisco, Mrs. Webber and her husband went to Canadian Texas to become the directors of the Canadian Wildcat band. Mrs. Webber is in her seventh year at Canadian High School. In that time the band has been on the state list for the ATSSB Outstanding Performance series several times. The band received ninth place in the 2013 TMEA Honor Band competition in class 2A, seventh place in the TMEA Honor Band Competition in 2016 in class 2A, and 10th place in 2017 in class 3A. The marching band also advanced to the 2017 class 3A State Marching Contest. She has served as guest conductor for the McMurry University summer music camp and Junior High Symphonic band clinician for the region 16 and region 6 all region bands. Mrs. Webber and her husband Dean Webber have recently accepted the band director positions at Clyde ISD for the 2019-2020 school years. Mrs. Webber resides in Abilene, Texas with her husband Dean Webber and their nine year old son Derek and their twenty-one month old son Dawson.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones has completed her seventh year of teaching and her third year as Director of Bands at Colleyville Middle School. Prior to her current role, she was the Assistant Band Director at Colleyville Middle for four years. Ms. Jones graduated from Texas Christian University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at TCU, she studied clarinet with Gary Whitman and was a member of the TCU Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby Francis. She continues to be a part of the TCU Band Camp Faculty each summer. Ms. Jones’ responsibilities at CMS include being the primary conductor of the Honors Band as well as assisting with the Symphonic Band. She also teaches sixth grade beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone classes. Both the Symphonic and Honors Bands at Colleyville Middle have consistently received first division ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest as well as first division ratings at band festivals and competitions throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The CMS Honors Band has been selected as both Class A National and Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. In 2018, the Colleyville Middle School Honors Band was selected as one of three middle school bands to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Ms. Jones is professionally affiliated with Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. She has previously served as the Region 24 Middle School Band Division Secretary and Treasurer and is currently the Treasurer for the Band Division of Region 31.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jedidiah Maus

Jedidiah Maus is in his eleventh year of teaching and has been the Director of Bands at Keller Middle School and Bear Creek Intermediate since 2013. Prior to working in Keller ISD, he was a band director in Duncanville ISD. In 2008, Mr. Maus earned both a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, he studied music education under the direction of Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill, and he studied trumpet with Tom Booth, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony. He also earned a Master of Music Education degree from SMU in 2014. He oversees the KMS and BCI band programs, including two jazz bands and a colorguard, which consist of more than 320 students. Mr. Maus has been fortunate enough to direct bands that have received unanimous first-division ratings at UIL Contest for his entire career. In 2018 the KMS Band performed as a feature ensemble at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago under the direction of Mr. Maus. Additionally, the KMS band earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner in 2017 and 2018. Mr. Maus is a member of TMEA, TBA and TMAA. He has guest conducted honor groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is a faculty member at the SHSU Band Camp. He has previously served as the TMEA Region 20 Middle School Band Coordinator. Mr. Maus loves teaching and considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He is thankful for the support of his wife, Jessica. They enjoy spending time together with their son, Liam.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Chris Meredith

Chris Meredith is in his twelfth year at Shadow Ridge Middle School and tenth as Director of Bands. His responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Jazz Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning brass 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 (2010-2018). The Shadow Ridge Band has performed twice at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2012 and 2018. The Shadow Ridge Band has also been a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contest on multiple occasions and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Cup in 2017.

Meredith is an alum of the University of North Texas College of Music and Southern Methodist University. Meredith has been a recipient of the Lewisville Education Foundation’s “Foundation Award”, honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Member Award, and was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Shadow Ridge Middle School.

Mr. Meredith is an active adjudicator, guest clinician and lecturer, and is honored to have professional affiliations with Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu. Current projects include the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Alicia DeSoto, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca. Meredith resides in Highland Village, Texas with his wife Kimberly and their daughter Charlotte.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mirelle Acuña

Mirelle Y. Acuña has been an orchestra and mariachi director in Edinburg CISD for 11 years. She started the first middle school mariachi in the district and has had proven success with both her orchestra and mariachi programs. Her musical training began as a classical violinist and later progressed to also studying mariachi music. Her passion for mariachi grew when she became a member of the award-winning Mariachi Aztlan from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She worked hard to learn and excel in the field of mariachi and it has allowed her to travel the country performing in venues like the Santa Barbara Bowl, the Sandia Casino Amphitheatre, The Kennedy Center, the National Mall, the U.S Capitol in Washington D.C, and the NRG Stadium for an audience of 90,000 at the Houston Rodeo. She has also had the privilege of opening concerts for Mariachi Los Camperos, Mariachi Cobre, Mariachi Vargas, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan and Mariachi Sol de Mexico. She toured with Mariachi Sol de Mexico performing throughout Mexico. For six years, Mrs. Acuña served as TMEA Region Chair for Region 15 which is the region with the most mariachi programs. Mrs. Acuña has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, with principal certification. She continues to play professionally as a violinist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and as a violinist and vocalist with Mariachi Mariposas. Currently, she serves as president for the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bryan Christian

Bryan Christian has been the Director of Bands at Vista Ridge High School since its opening in 2003. Under his supervision, the Marching Band has been to the Texas State Marching Contest six times, placing 7th in 2007, 3rd in 2013, 4th in 2015, and in 2018 was named the 6A State Champion. The Ranger Band has also been a perennial participant and frequent finalist in BOA Regional and Super Regional Championships. In 2017, Vista Ridge was also named as a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s coveted Sudler Shield. A frequent National Winner of The Foundation for Music Education’s National Wind Band Honors, the Vista Ridge Wind Ensemble performed at The Midwest Clinic in 2014 and has placed in the top five in the TMEA Honor Band process. Mr. Christian received his BMEd from Abilene Christian University and his Master of Arts Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has enjoyed serving our profession as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator as well as UIL and TMEA contest host and as a Region Officer for TMEA.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Reid Atkinson

Reid Atkinson serves as the Marching Director and Associate Director of Bands at Vista Ridge High School. In addition to overseeing the marching program, his teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony and overseeing the student leadership program. Under his direction the Ranger Band was honored to be named the 2018 UIL 6A State Champions as well as finalists at BOA Austin and San Antonio Super Regional. Prior to his appointment at Vista Ridge, Mr. Atkinson served as the Director of Bands at Grain Valley High School in Missouri. His concert bands received consistent superior ratings at the state festival and was honored as the 2014 and 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association 4A Honor Band. The marching band earned multiple AA Division Championships and BOA Super Regional Finals performances including a Top 5 finish at the St. Louis Super Regional in 2017. In 2016 the Marching Eagles were honored to perform in the 90th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade which included a featured performance on the Today Show. In 2015, Reid was recognized as Missouri’s “Outstanding Young Music Educator” by the Missouri Music Educators Association. Mr. Atkinson is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Hector Gil

Hector Gil joined the staff at Vista Ridge High School and Henry Middle School as the Director of Percussion in 2008. He attended Texas A&M University – Commerce where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2001. He was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997 and 1998 and was also a member of the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition winning collegiate ensemble with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble under Dr. Brian West.

After college, Mr. Gil began his teaching career at United High School in Laredo, TX. He then moved to Fort Worth to teach at Texas Christian University as the Drumline Instructor for the TCU “Horned Frog” Marching Band. After leaving TCU in 2007, he moved to Austin and is now in his 12th year as a music educator in Leander ISD. Mr. Gil’s students and ensembles have achieved numerous accolades that include being named the 2018 UIL 6A Texas State Marching Band Champion, the 2014 and 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition Winner, the 2010, 2014, and 2018 TMEA Honor Band Winner, the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Performer, the 2018 Mark of Excellence National Percussion Ensemble Winner, and the 2017 Black Swamp Percussion Ensemble Showcase Winner.

Mr. Gil is an active composer/arranger for various high school programs, adjudicates for many competitions, and has served as a clinician for numerous percussion programs throughout the state. His professional affiliations include The Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a proud Education Artist with Innovative Percussion Inc.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Erin Kosman

Erin Kosman began her performing arts career at the young age of four as a baton twirler. A multi-time NJ State Champion she performed and competed for ten years throughout the country. Highlights of her performances include NBTA World Championships at Notre Dame University, Twirl Mania Championships at Walt Disney World, The Miss America Parade, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In 2003, Erin began her DCI marching career with the Crossmen. The following summer in 2004, Erin earned a spot with the Phantom Regiment, marching 2004, 2006, and aging out in 2007. In the winter months, Erin was a member of the Black Watch, one of the longest running winter guard programs in WGI. As a member from 2004–2014 Erin was a seven-time WGI World Class Finalist. She served as captain in 2009–2010 and staff member 2011-2012.

In 2004, Erin began her color guard teaching career. She worked with many award-winning programs in the state of New Jersey. In 2008, Erin started the Essence Winter Guard program to meet the needs of young local performers. She directed and choreographed for Essence for five years. Within the realm of DCI, Erin taught the Colts from 2008–2009, served as lead guard instructor for Spirit of Atlanta 2010-2013, and caption head for the Jersey Surf 2016–2017. Erin also had the pleasure of choreographing for United Percussion in 2013 and Phantom Regiment in 2015. She is thrilled to be starting her third year as Vista Ridge’s Color Guard Director.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Zach Santos

Zach Santos graduated from Round Rock High School in 2014. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music studies in 2018. While attending UT he also earned his trumpet performance certificate as well as his business foundations certificate from the McCombs School of business. Zach is currently one of the associate band directors at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas. His responsibilities include choreographing for the marching band, assisting in rehearsal, and conducting the symphonic and concert bands. Zach student-taught in Leander ISD at Glenn HS with Ms. Kim Shuttlesworth and Running Brushy Middle School with Mr. Van Robison. While attending UT, Zach worked with several high school marching bands in the area including Leander High School, Cedar Ridge High School, and Austin High School. His performance experience includes marching with the Guardians (2013), Crossmen (2014), Blue Knights (15-16), and most recently with the world championship Blue Devils (2017). He performed in the UT Wind Ensemble under Jerry Junkin, as well as the UT symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. In his free time he enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and road trips.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jerry Junkin

Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2013 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.

Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.

Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Erin Kosman

Erin Kosman began her performing arts career at the young age of four as a baton twirler. A multi-time NJ State Champion she performed and competed for ten years throughout the country. Highlights of her performances include NBTA World Championships at Notre Dame University, Twirl Mania Championships at Walt Disney World, The Miss America Parade, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In 2003, Erin began her DCI marching career with the Crossmen. The following summer in 2004, Erin earned a spot with the Phantom Regiment, marching 2004, 2006, and aging out in 2007. In the winter months, Erin was a member of the Black Watch, one of the longest running winter guard programs in WGI. As a member from 2004–2014 Erin was a seven-time WGI World Class Finalist. She served as captain in 2009–2010 and staff member 2011-2012.

In 2004, Erin began her color guard teaching career. She worked with many award-winning programs in the state of New Jersey. In 2008, Erin started the Essence Winter Guard program to meet the needs of young local performers. She directed and choreographed for Essence for five years. Within the realm of DCI, Erin taught the Colts from 2008–2009, served as lead guard instructor for Spirit of Atlanta 2010-2013, and caption head for the Jersey Surf 2016–2017. Erin also had the pleasure of choreographing for United Percussion in 2013 and Phantom Regiment in 2015. She is thrilled to be starting her third year as Vista Ridge’s Color Guard Director.

2019 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.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Nathaniel Neugent

Nathaniel Neugent is Director of Bands at T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD. His duties include conducting the Honor Band and assisting with the Symphonic and Concert Band. The Howard Honor Band has been a five-time CCC State Honor Band finalist placing in the top seven each time and finishing as First Runner-Up in 2017-2018. They have been awarded the Mark of Excellence National Wind Bands Honors eight years. Mr. Neugent has continued the long tradition of UIL Sweepstakes Awards with the Howard Honor and Symphonic Bands earning First Division ratings eleven years in a row. The Howard Honor Band was also invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest International Clinic.

Mr. Neugent previously served as Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX. While there, his bands consistently earned superior UIL ratings and the Mustang Marching Band twice advanced to the AAAAA State Marching Contest. They were also Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalists.

Mr. Neugent began his career in Lewisville ISD at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, under the mentorship of Clay Paul and Dick Clardy. Mr. Neugent is a native Texan, having begun his musical training under Joe Gunn at Harwood Junior High and his father, Tom Neugent at Trinity High School in the HEB school district. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education, graduating cum laude, from the University of North Texas. Nathaniel was recently honored to be inducted into Phi Bet Mu International and is a member of TMEA and TBA.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mike Bartley

Mike Bartley has been Director of Bands/Fine Arts for Canton Independent School District for five years. Previously, he served five years as Associate Band Director for Canton ISD. Mr. Bartley is a 1993 High Honors graduate of the University of Arkansas and has completed 26 years of teaching. He has held teaching positions in Owasso, Oklahoma, Alma, Arkansas, and Spearman, Texas. Immediately prior to coming to Canton, Mr. Bartley held a position as assistant band director in Wills Point where he served as percussion instructor, seventh grade band director, and director of the high school concert band. During the time that he assisted in Wills Point, the program grew and became competitive at UIL Region, Area, and State levels, attending the Texas AAA state marching competition three times and winning the silver medal in 2006. While Mr. Bartley assisted at Canton, the band attended the AAA state marching competition twice, finishing 5th place in 2010 and 4th place in 2012. Under Mr. Bartley's direction, the Canton Band has competed three times in the Texas AAAA state marching competition, finishing in 6th place in 2014, 12th place in 2016, and 1st place in 2018, winning the gold medal. Bands under Mr. Bartley's direction have consistently received sweepstakes awards throughout his career. Mr. Bartley's bands have also competed in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series, having recordings move to the Area level, as well as being a State Finalist. In addition to his duties at Canton ISD, Mr. Bartley also serves as the ATSSB Region 3 Coordinator, ATSSB Area North Coordinator, and ATSSB Immediate Past-President, as well as having served as the ATSSB AAA State Representative from 2012-2014. He is an active adjudicator in Texas and serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp. Mr. Bartley is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Bartley and his wife, Jenny, a music educator in Grand Saline ISD, have two sons. Daniel, age 17, is a senior at Canton High School who plays euphonium, and Matthew, age 14, is a freshman at Canton High School who plays percussion.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Rob Toups

Rob Toups is retired Director of Bands and Fine Arts for the Canton Independent School District in Canton, Texas. His tenure lasted 23 years before retiring in 2014. Under Mr. Toups’ direction, Canton bands earned 20 years of consecutive Texas UIL Sweepstakes awards and from 1998 through 2012, have been finalists in the Texas State UIL marching championships, TMEA Concert Honor Band and ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series competitions. His Canton High School bands have performed in Dublin Ireland, Montreal Canada, throughout the United States, most notably West Point Military Academy and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Under his direction, the Canton High School Symphonic Band was named the 2003 TMEA State AAA Honor Band, and in addition to earning two UIL State Bronze medals and one Silver medal, his CHS marching bands were named the three-time consecutive UIL Texas State Marching Champions in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Mr. Toups is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Central States Judges Association and Phi Beta Mu. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has 32 years of experience teaching public and private school music. During his tenure at Canton ISD, Mr. Toups served as the Association of Texas Small School Bands 3A representative and State President from 1998 to 2010, and also served as the Texas Music Adjudicators Association marching band Vice-President from 2004-2008. He is a recipient of the prestigious Texas University Interscholastic League Sponsor Excellence award and the Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Bandmaster award. Rob conducts, adjudicates and clinics throughout Texas and nationally.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

John Mackey

John Mackey has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles (the fancy name for concert bands), and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Trent Cooper

Trent Cooper has been a music educator in Texas for 32 years. He began his career in the Spring Independent School District as an assistant director at Wells Middle School and returned to the district in the fall of 2003 to serve as an assistant director at Westfield High School. That year, the band was selected as the Bands of America Grand National Champion. He has presented at The Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Convention, TMEA Clinic/Convention, the Sam Houston State University Summer Music Workshops, as well as various school district training sessions throughout Texas. Bands under his direction have appeared at The Midwest Clinic three times, been competitive in the TMEA Honor Band process, received numerous UIL Sweepstakes Awards, and won Best In Class at numerous festivals. Mr. Cooper has served on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List Committee serving as chairman four years. He has benefited from the mentorship of Eddie Green, Matthew McInturf, Joe Dixon, Richard Floyd, Larry Livingston, Richard Crain and Philip Geiger. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of TMEA, TMAA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He and his wife Angela reside in The Woodlands, Texas.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight is the Director of Bands for Crosby ISD. He serves as the head director for Crosby High School and works with all bands throughout CISD. Mr. Knight is a graduate of Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he was a student of Randy Nelson and Chad Hannah. At the Florida State University College of Music, he earned a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education, where he studied with Patrick Dunnigan and David Plack. As a French horn player, Knight was a member of the Florida State University Horn Studio, under the mentorship of Michelle Stebleton. Under Mr. Knight's leadership, Crosby High School Band students have earned numerous All-Region Band placements, Area advancements, TMEA All-State achievement and Solo & Ensemble medals each year. During Knight's tenure, the Crosby Band Program has increased the number of students involved and the number of yearly performances in the community and the greater Houston area. In recent years, the band has traveled and performed in Los Angeles, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, New York City and the Walt Disney World Parade in Orlando. Recently, the band has performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Knight is an active adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician. Mr. Knight holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Richard Crain

Richard C. Crain retired in 2000 after 44 years in public school music education. He is currently serving as president of the Board of Directors of The Midwest Clinic. Crain graduated from Charlotte High School in 1952 and attended Trinity University in San Antonio and received a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Mr. Crain was band director in Mercedes, Belton, Spring, and Westfield High Schools in Texas. The Belton High School Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1974, and in 1980, the Spring High School Band performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois under his direction. Bands he directed won awards with performances in Colorado, California, Louisiana, Florida and Virginia. In 1982, he became Director of Music Programs for the Spring Independent School District near Houston. During his tenure in Spring ISD the band programs won numerous awards in Texas and nationally. Crain is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, served 32 years as Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, is past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Texas Bandmasters Association. He and his wife Gayle served as coordinators of the National Concert Band Festival for 17 years and are members of the Music for All/Bands of America Hall Of Fame. In May of 2017, he received the Honorary Doctorate Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and last April received the A.A. Harding Award from the ASBDA. This past August, Crain received the “Arkansas Traveler Award” from the Arkansas Bandmasters Association. During the 2018 Midwest Clinic, Crain was informed that he will be the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Academy of Wind and Percussion Award by the National Band Association. Crain lives in The Woodlands, Texas, and his three sons and six grandchildren reside in the greater Houston area. He also serves as a deacon at Spring Baptist Church.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Eric Sabach

Eric Sabach, lives in The Woodlands, TX and has been involved in the marching arts for over 40 years. He is a Regional Sales Manager for Stanbury Uniforms and the National Sales Manager for www.digitalmarchingfx.com

He attended West Chester University in West Chester, PA for Music Education. Soon after college, he was hired by Jostens, Inc. There his design success was marked by working with some of the company’s highest profile accounts: The United States Military Academy at West Point, Cornell University, Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Technology and many others. Eric has been awarded high honors for design from many associations, including the Printing Industry of America. He has also won national awards for creativity in marketing. He has managed projects with the NFL, MLB, NHL, and many Fortune 1000 companies in the NJ/NYC area.

Eric marched with the Garfield Cadets during their early DCI championship years. He was part of the faculty of the Star of Indiana and Phantom Regiment. The Director of the Blue Stars when they ascended back into DCI Finals and, most recently, the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Carolina Crown, helping them further develop their brand strategy, while creating new products/markets to support their non-profit.

Eric's adjudication background includes DCI, BOA, and WGI and he is a designer/clinician across the United States with many state and national finalists and championships.

An avid sports and live music fan, he enjoys traveling and hanging out with his Golden Retrievers, Madison and Jake.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bob Chreste

Bob Chreste is an active arranger, consultant, and adjudicator residing in Pflugerville, Texas. Bob spent 16 years as a high school band director in Texas. During his teaching career, he taught in the Richardson, Leander, Fort Bend, and Pflugerville school districts. In that time, his marching bands qualified for the UIL State Marching Contest every year that the contest was held for his school’s classification. His marching bands were also regular finalists at Bands of America events across Texas. Additional highlights include being named the 2011 UIL 4A Texas State Marching Champion, and being a finalist at the 2010 Bands of America Grand National Championships while at Cedar Park HS. In 2018, in their second year of existence, Weiss HS became the youngest school to ever make the finals of Bands of America Super Regional event.

Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass staff for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. He also spent nine years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. Bob is also one of only a few instructors in DCI that have been both a brass caption head and a visual caption head for a finalist corps. In 2008, he was the brass caption head for the Santa Clara Vanguard, and in 2016, he was the visual caption head for The Cadets.

Bob is also an adjudicator for both marching and concert competitions across the United States. He is currently judging for Bands of America, Winter Guard International, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and several other local, regional, and state level competitions.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeremy Spicer

Jeremy Spicer is a magna cum laude graduate from Texas State University and is the owner of SASI, The Leadership People, LLC. SASI is a student leadership consulting firm focusing on in the empowerment of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes.

Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. Under Mr. Spicer’s direction, the marching band was named the 2013 UIL 5A State Marching Band Champion, Class Champion (Class A, AA, and AAA) and Finalist in Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Competitions. The Wind Ensemble placed third in the state at the 2013 TMEA Honor Band Competition and was named a National Winner in the 2012 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Competition.

Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure the marching band was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and BOA Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Mr. Spicer has been very active in DCI, beginning his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. After performing, Mr. Spicer has been on the brass staffs of the Carolina Crown, Southwind, Boston Crusaders, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Mr. Spicer has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, Coral Amber, and their son, Aiden Joseph.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Hector Gil

Hector Gil joined the staff at Vista Ridge High School and Henry Middle School as the Director of Percussion in 2008. He attended Texas A&M University – Commerce where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2001. He was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997 and 1998 and was also a member of the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition winning collegiate ensemble with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble under Dr. Brian West.

After college, Mr. Gil began his teaching career at United High School in Laredo, TX. He then moved to Fort Worth to teach at Texas Christian University as the Drumline Instructor for the TCU “Horned Frog” Marching Band. After leaving TCU in 2007, he moved to Austin and is now in his 12th year as a music educator in Leander ISD. Mr. Gil’s students and ensembles have achieved numerous accolades that include being named the 2018 UIL 6A Texas State Marching Band Champion, the 2014 and 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition Winner, the 2010, 2014, and 2018 TMEA Honor Band Winner, the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Performer, the 2018 Mark of Excellence National Percussion Ensemble Winner, and the 2017 Black Swamp Percussion Ensemble Showcase Winner.

Mr. Gil is an active composer/arranger for various high school programs, adjudicates for many competitions, and has served as a clinician for numerous percussion programs throughout the state. His professional affiliations include The Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a proud Education Artist with Innovative Percussion Inc.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jerry Junkin

Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2013 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.

Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.

Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Boston Brass

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensemble, brass bands, marching bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states, 30 countries, and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and has been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Japan Band Clinic, Music Educators National Conferences, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio's Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded many diverse albums. Their latest recording “Concerto Grosso” is a collaboration with Eric Rombach-Kendall and University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble, “Reminiscing” is a tribute to Rolf Smedvig of the Empire Brass, “Rewired” features new arrangements by the members of Boston Brass, Latin Nights, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder andWithin Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others.

Boston Brass has two holiday recordings, Christmas Bells are Swingin', and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year featuring many of the charts from these two albums, combined with a variety of solo and combo selections and some fun surprises, which has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite.
2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and was celebrated with the "25 Fanfares Project," wherein 25 fanfares were premiered by composers from all over the country. Boston Brass also premiered a new major commission by noted wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass was very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate in the 2010/2011 season with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled "Sketches of Spain," featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In the 2012/2013 season the quintet began touring their "Notes from the Balcony" program with the Enso String Quartet. The program features music based on "Romeo and Juliet".

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Nick Flood

Nick Flood is in his eleventh year as a band director, and his first at Jackson Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. Previously he was the band director at Indian Ridge Middle School in El Paso, Texas. Under his direction, the bands at Indian Ridge consistently earned "Superior" ratings. In addition, the Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 5th and 9th Jazz Education Network Annual Conferences in 2014 and 2018 respectively, and the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic in 2014. Mr. Flood received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Education degrees from Texas Tech University, where his primary teachers were David Dees, Brad Leali, and Keith Dye.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Sherry Poteet

Sherry Poteet has over 35 years of experience as a middle school band director in Region 4 and continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Music at Kilgore, Kilgore, TX and as well as a working in public schools as a mentor and music consultant. Ms. Poteet holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas A&M, Commerce. During her career, her bands have earned numerous awards and outstanding performance recognition. She is constant demand as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for bands in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Her professional affiliations include: Phi Beta Mu Honor Fraternity, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Ms. Poteet serves as an elder at Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Longview, TX and has served as a member of the International Missions Ministry Team for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church as well as Women’s Ministry Convention Coordinator. She has enjoyed serving in Colombia, Guatemala, and numerous areas throughout the United States on mission work trips and sharing the gift of music with the children in these areas.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Peter Warshaw

Peter J. Warshaw is the Fine Arts Director for 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 served as the Coordinator of Fine Arts in Bryan ISD, as well as Director of Bands at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, TX from 1993-2002. During his tenure at Pearce, the band performed twice by invitation in Carnegie Hall, was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2000, and was selected as 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, in recognition of his distinctive contribution to the music of Percy Grainger. Under his leadership, Leander ISD fine arts programs annually present district-wide events showcasing the work of student artists and performers, and LISD groups have performed at TMEA, TBA, WIBC, and ACDA conventions, and The Midwest Clinic. Mr. Warshaw is a frequent presenter at TMEA, TBA, CEDFA, the Midwest Clinic, and the Sam Houston State University Center for Music Education, and has served as a guest lecturer in music education and in humanities at Sam Houston State University and The University of Texas at Austin. He is in great demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and speaker throughout the state and is a published writer, music transcriber, and poet.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gerard Miller

Mr. Miller serves as Director of Instrumental Music for Coppell ISD and Director of Bands/Fine Arts Department Chair at Coppell HS. Under his leadership, the Coppell High School Band has been recognized as a UIL 6A State Marching Band Finalist, a Bands of America Regional Finalist and Medalist, as well as a TMEA 6A State Honor Band Finalist.

From 2006-2016, Mr. Miller served as the founding Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Wakeland High School in Frisco ISD. Mr. Miller taught for 10 seasons on the staff of DCI’s 10-time World Champion Drum Corps – The Cadets. Mr. Miller currently serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International.

Since 2014, he has served on the Editorial Board for The Instrumentalist Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Miller serves as an Educational Consultant for Perform America Texas.

Mr. Miller received his Bachelors of Music Education at Loyola University - New Orleans. His primary teachers include Dr. Joseph G. Hebert and Col. John R. Bourgeois (conducting), Prof. Sue Loegering (bassoon), and Prof. John Reeks (clarinet). Mr. Miller was awarded the prestigious UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2017, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

Mr. Miller and his wife Lori live in Frisco, Texas. Lori is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Gabriel Catholic Community in McKinney. Their 18-year-old son Gerry is a Music Major (tuba) at the University of North Texas. Their 11-year-old son Benjamin is a bassoonist at Griffin Middle School.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Adrian Caswell

Adrian Caswell serves as an Associate Director of Bands at Coppell HS. He conducts the Symphonic Band 1, Concert Band 1, directs the Jazz Ensemble, and oversees the visual caption of the marching band. This will be his thirteenth year teaching and fourth year at Coppell. Prior to joining Coppell, Mr. Caswell taught at Wakeland HS. During his tenure, the marching band became one of the leading visual ensembles in the country, culminating in 5th place overall visual at the 2014 BOA Grand National Championships and receiving a perfect marching technique score at the UIL State marching contest. Mr. Caswell began his teaching career at Stephen F. Austin HS in Sugar Land, Texas. While at SFA, the band was a 2-time Bands of America Grand Nationals Finalist and three-time Bands of America Houston Regional Champion.

Mr. Caswell attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Bachelors in Music Education. He studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki and performed in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, conducted by Jerry Junkin and Dr. Robert Carnochan. Mr. Caswell served as a section leader in the Longhorn Band and was featured as a soloist during his junior and senior years. Mr. Caswell also performed as a five-year member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as the horn sergeant in 2004 and 2005 and joined the visual staff in 2009. Adrian Caswell is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He currently resides in McKinney with his wife, Jenny, and children, Lilah and Will.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Rusty Gray

Rusty Gray is in his 25th as a Music Educator. He began his teaching in Odessa, TX in 1987 at Bonham Junior High School. He worked at Greenwood High School, DeSoto MS East, Highland Park Middle School, and is currently in his 13th year in Coppell ISD. As the head director at these schools Mr. Gray has earned multiple UIL Sweepstakes, Outstanding Band awards, Outstanding in Class, and most recently a National Winner of the Foundation for Music Education. He also spent 2 years as a private lesson instructor for Scott Mason, John Benzer, and Dick Clardy. Mr. Gray is currently the director of bands at Coppell Middle School East.

Mr. Gray earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at West Texas A&M University in 1987. He studied trumpet with Ray Crisara at the University of Texas, Dave Ritter at West Texas A&M, Britt Theuerer (Currently the Vanderbilt Trumpet professor), and his first trumpet teacher, Dick Clardy. He began his teaching in Odessa, TX. where he worked with people who mentored and shaped him into the teacher he is today. J.R. McEntyre, Charles Nail, Van Ragsdale, Dr. Gary Garner, Cindy Bulloch, and Dick Clardy are big influences in his musical career. While working in Coppell he was influenced by Scott Mason, Jason Brents, and the current high school director, Gerry Miller.

Rusty Gray lives in Coppell, TX with his wife Linda. His daughter, Leah, and her husband Eric live in Chicago. His son Daniel just graduated from Belmont and is living in Nashville. Mr. Gray also works at Irving Bible Church as their Music Director where you can find him most Sundays. He loves working and living in Coppell. He is excited every day to work with the best students ever!

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeremy Lindquist

Jeremy Lindquist is completing his seventh year as Director of Bands at Coppell Middle School North. Under his leadership, the North Band has earned numerous awards including being named a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project as well as the TMEA CC Honor Band for the State of Texas in 2015. The North Honor Winds has earned consistent UIL superior ratings under his leadership.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands, Jeremy Lindquist served five years as Associate Director of Bands at Coppell Middle School North. During this time, the North Non-Varsity Symphonic Band earned five consecutive UIL sweepstakes awards under his direction. Jeremy began his career in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD in 1999 at Dan F. Long Middle School where he served as Assistant Band Director for 5 years. After his time at Dan F. Long, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Creekview High School for two years.

Mr. Lindquist graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami (FL) with a Bachelor of Music Education. Today, he serves often as a clinician and adjudicator around the State of Texas. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, Mindy and their two beagle puppies, Ray and Charles.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Greg McCutcheon

Greg McCutcheon is in his 15th year of teaching band in Texas and 5th year at Coppell Middle School West. His teaching responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Concert Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching beginning clarinet, saxophone, french horn, and co-teach beginning flute. Mr. McCutcheon graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He previously taught in the Pasadena, Waller & Birdville school districts. Ensembles under his direction have earned “Superior” Sweepstakes ratings and “Best In Class” awards including an invitation to perform at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival held in Indianapolis. Recently, Honor Winds was selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2018). Mr. McCutcheon was also a marching member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the 2002 DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an active adjudicator and guest clinician. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies fan. He is also a huge soccer fan and bleeds Chelsea F.C. BLUE!

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mike Bartley

Mike Bartley has been Director of Bands/Fine Arts for Canton Independent School District for five years. Previously, he served five years as Associate Band Director for Canton ISD. Mr. Bartley is a 1993 High Honors graduate of the University of Arkansas and has completed 26 years of teaching. He has held teaching positions in Owasso, Oklahoma, Alma, Arkansas, and Spearman, Texas. Immediately prior to coming to Canton, Mr. Bartley held a position as assistant band director in Wills Point where he served as percussion instructor, seventh grade band director, and director of the high school concert band. During the time that he assisted in Wills Point, the program grew and became competitive at UIL Region, Area, and State levels, attending the Texas AAA state marching competition three times and winning the silver medal in 2006. While Mr. Bartley assisted at Canton, the band attended the AAA state marching competition twice, finishing 5th place in 2010 and 4th place in 2012. Under Mr. Bartley's direction, the Canton Band has competed three times in the Texas AAAA state marching competition, finishing in 6th place in 2014, 12th place in 2016, and 1st place in 2018, winning the gold medal. Bands under Mr. Bartley's direction have consistently received sweepstakes awards throughout his career. Mr. Bartley's bands have also competed in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series, having recordings move to the Area level, as well as being a State Finalist. In addition to his duties at Canton ISD, Mr. Bartley also serves as the ATSSB Region 3 Coordinator, ATSSB Area North Coordinator, and ATSSB Immediate Past-President, as well as having served as the ATSSB AAA State Representative from 2012-2014. He is an active adjudicator in Texas and serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp. Mr. Bartley is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Bartley and his wife, Jenny, a music educator in Grand Saline ISD, have two sons. Daniel, age 17, is a senior at Canton High School who plays euphonium, and Matthew, age 14, is a freshman at Canton High School who plays percussion.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Madison Fowler

Madison Fowler is originally from Canton, TX and attended the University of Texas at Tyler for the past four years. She received her degree in Instrumental Music Education, graduating summa cum laude in May 2019. While in college, Ms. Fowler performed in the Wind Ensemble, took private flute lessons from Sue Bugg, and secondary lessons on saxophone from Dr. Sarah Roberts.

While in college, Ms. Fowler worked as a marching technician for three years at Canton High School. She also worked at different band camps over the summers, including freshman marching camps at Bullard High School and Mineola High School. She has taught private flute lessons in Canton where many of her students made it to the Region, Area, and State level. Many of her students also made 1st divisions in UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest which also allowed them to advance to the State level.

Ms. Fowler will begin her career this fall at Canton High School and will be teaching color guard, beginning woodwinds, and conducting the High School Non-Varsity Concert Band.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Dean Surface

Dean Surface is the Director of Bands at Trinity Springs Middle School in Keller TX. He began his career 16 years ago in Keller ISD and moved to Trinity Springs upon its opening in 2006. Under Mr. Surface’s direction, the Trinity Springs Wind Ensemble has been awarded Superior ratings at UIL, Peak Festivals, Ovation band contests and the Beach Within Reach festivals. They have also been awarded as outstanding ensemble and best in class at these various contests. The TSMS Wind Ensemble has also been awarded as National Winners in the Mark of Excellence band contest. This coming March the TSMS Wind Ensemble will be performing at the Music for All National Band Festival in Indianapolis.

Mr. Surface is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He has guest conducted honor groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is a faculty member at the Baylor Summer Music Camp. He has presented clinics for fellow KISD teachers and has previously served as the TMEA Region Middle School Band Coordinator elect, and TMEA Region 30 and 2 Middle School Band Technology Coordinator. On his campus Mr. Surface serves on the leadership council. Mr. Surface is a member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association and adjudicates Pre-UIL, UIL, and various festivals in the DFW area. He will also be presenting two clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic, The Paperless Bandhall, and Daily Sight Reading Strategies for Successful Musicianship.

Mr. Surface holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University.

Mr. Surface resides in Keller with his wonderful wife, Courtney, and his two beautiful daughters, Kennedy and Mckinley. Courtney teaches music at Ridgeview Elementary, and his daughters play French horn and piano.

Mr. Surface enjoys teaching band to middle school students because this is where the adventure begins. He also enjoys composing music for middle school students through his publication company technologication.com.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jordan Freeman

Jordan Freeman is currently in his fourth year of teaching and the third year as the director of bands at Nimitz Middle School in Odessa, TX. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, assisting the Concert Band, as well as teaching beginner saxophone, low brass, clarinet, and percussion classes. Mr. Freeman’s bands have earned superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading, as well as earning the best in class and best in contest awards at the Cormack Music Festival in Dallas, TX in 2018. In addition to teaching at Nimitz, Mr. Freeman is also adjunct saxophone instructor at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and at Odessa College. Mr. Freeman received his Master of Music in Saxophone Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music All-Level Certification from West Texas A&M University where he studied with Don Lefevre and Russ Teweleit. Mr. Freeman lives in Odessa, TX with his wife Channing.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Anthony Rivera

Anthony Rivera is currently in his seventh year of teaching and second year as the director of bands at Richland Middle School in Richland Hills, TX. His responsibilities include directing the Honor Winds, assisting the Concert Band, and instructing beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, trumpet, euphonium, and tuba classes. Before arriving to Birdville ISD, Mr. Rivera taught in Monahans and Amarillo. In Amarillo ISD, Mr. Rivera was the director of bands for four years at Travis Middle School – a Title 1 campus in North Amarillo. Mr. Rivera’s bands have been named best in class in festivals in the Panhandle and DFW areas, earned unanimous superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading, and has advanced to the area level of the TMEA CCC Honor Band process. Mr. Rivera was a Teacher of the Year finalist in 2017 and serves as a band director at the West Texas A&M Summer Band Camps. Mr. Rivera is a 2011 graduate of West Texas A&M University and received his Master of Arts from WTAMU in 2018. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, TMEA, TBA, and TMAA.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Ralph Hicks

Ralph Hicks (b. 1976) is Founder and Executive Director of Let Them Drum. A native of Spring, TX, Mr. Hicks has a degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and has been a public school teacher for 20 years. The high quality of his public education experience led to a string of performance achievements, winning state and national marching band titles, international ensemble competitions at both the high school and collegiate level, and was the youngest to ever win the Percussive Arts Society International Vibraphone Solo Competition at 20 years old.
His competition days behind him, Mr. Hicks lives his life drumming and connecting with people from all walks of life in a variety of settings; as a percussion teacher at Mitchell Intermediate in The Woodlands, TX, weekly drumming events throughout the community, education publications available worldwide through Tapspace Publications, and presenting clinics and workshops across the country. In 2012, Mr. Hicks was Mitchell Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year and named Conroe ISD Outstanding Teacher in the Arts by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.
Mr. Hicks now resides in Magnolia, TX, with his wife and two children. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, Texas Music Educators Association, the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, serves on the Board of Advisors, Education Committee, and Diversity Alliance of the Percussive Arts Society, is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, and is a Remo Recreational Music Partner.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Eric Rath

Eric Rath is the Director of Bands at Canyon JH and the Director of Percussion for the Canyon High School Cluster. He is an active educator, guest conductor-clinician, adjudicator, arranger and composer. In 2019, he was named the Teacher of the Year at Canyon JH. As a composer, Mr. Rath's music has been described as "very exciting for performers and audiences alike." His music is regularly performed nationally and internationally. Mr. Rath and Ralph Hicks are the co-authors of several percussion resources including the wildly popular percussion ensemble collection, "Beyond Basic Percussion." Mr. Rath is a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and is a proud graduate of West Texas A&M University, where he received both his Bachelor of Music Education and his Master of Arts Degree. Mr. Rath resides in Canyon, Texas, with his wife Kayla, and their five children Regan, Grant, McKinley, Jackson and Harrison. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and also an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bryan Christian

Bryan Christian has been the Director of Bands at Vista Ridge High School since its opening in 2003. Under his supervision, the Marching Band has been to the Texas State Marching Contest six times, placing 7th in 2007, 3rd in 2013, 4th in 2015, and in 2018 was named the 6A State Champion. The Ranger Band has also been a perennial participant and frequent finalist in BOA Regional and Super Regional Championships. In 2017, Vista Ridge was also named as a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s coveted Sudler Shield. A frequent National Winner of The Foundation for Music Education’s National Wind Band Honors, the Vista Ridge Wind Ensemble performed at The Midwest Clinic in 2014 and has placed in the top five in the TMEA Honor Band process. Mr. Christian received his BMEd from Abilene Christian University and his Master of Arts Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has enjoyed serving our profession as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator as well as UIL and TMEA contest host and as a Region Officer for TMEA.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Reid Atkinson

Reid Atkinson serves as the Marching Director and Associate Director of Bands at Vista Ridge High School. In addition to overseeing the marching program, his teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony and overseeing the student leadership program. Under his direction the Ranger Band was honored to be named the 2018 UIL 6A State Champions as well as finalists at BOA Austin and San Antonio Super Regional. Prior to his appointment at Vista Ridge, Mr. Atkinson served as the Director of Bands at Grain Valley High School in Missouri. His concert bands received consistent superior ratings at the state festival and was honored as the 2014 and 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association 4A Honor Band. The marching band earned multiple AA Division Championships and BOA Super Regional Finals performances including a Top 5 finish at the St. Louis Super Regional in 2017. In 2016 the Marching Eagles were honored to perform in the 90th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade which included a featured performance on the Today Show. In 2015, Reid was recognized as Missouri’s “Outstanding Young Music Educator” by the Missouri Music Educators Association. Mr. Atkinson is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Hector Gil

Hector Gil joined the staff at Vista Ridge High School and Henry Middle School as the Director of Percussion in 2008. He attended Texas A&M University – Commerce where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2001. He was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997 and 1998 and was also a member of the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition winning collegiate ensemble with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble under Dr. Brian West.

After college, Mr. Gil began his teaching career at United High School in Laredo, TX. He then moved to Fort Worth to teach at Texas Christian University as the Drumline Instructor for the TCU “Horned Frog” Marching Band. After leaving TCU in 2007, he moved to Austin and is now in his 12th year as a music educator in Leander ISD. Mr. Gil’s students and ensembles have achieved numerous accolades that include being named the 2018 UIL 6A Texas State Marching Band Champion, the 2014 and 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition Winner, the 2010, 2014, and 2018 TMEA Honor Band Winner, the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Performer, the 2018 Mark of Excellence National Percussion Ensemble Winner, and the 2017 Black Swamp Percussion Ensemble Showcase Winner.

Mr. Gil is an active composer/arranger for various high school programs, adjudicates for many competitions, and has served as a clinician for numerous percussion programs throughout the state. His professional affiliations include The Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a proud Education Artist with Innovative Percussion Inc.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Erin Kosman

Erin Kosman began her performing arts career at the young age of four as a baton twirler. A multi-time NJ State Champion she performed and competed for ten years throughout the country. Highlights of her performances include NBTA World Championships at Notre Dame University, Twirl Mania Championships at Walt Disney World, The Miss America Parade, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In 2003, Erin began her DCI marching career with the Crossmen. The following summer in 2004, Erin earned a spot with the Phantom Regiment, marching 2004, 2006, and aging out in 2007. In the winter months, Erin was a member of the Black Watch, one of the longest running winter guard programs in WGI. As a member from 2004–2014 Erin was a seven-time WGI World Class Finalist. She served as captain in 2009–2010 and staff member 2011-2012.

In 2004, Erin began her color guard teaching career. She worked with many award-winning programs in the state of New Jersey. In 2008, Erin started the Essence Winter Guard program to meet the needs of young local performers. She directed and choreographed for Essence for five years. Within the realm of DCI, Erin taught the Colts from 2008–2009, served as lead guard instructor for Spirit of Atlanta 2010-2013, and caption head for the Jersey Surf 2016–2017. Erin also had the pleasure of choreographing for United Percussion in 2013 and Phantom Regiment in 2015. She is thrilled to be starting her third year as Vista Ridge’s Color Guard Director.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Zach Santos

Zach Santos graduated from Round Rock High School in 2014. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music studies in 2018. While attending UT he also earned his trumpet performance certificate as well as his business foundations certificate from the McCombs School of business. Zach is currently one of the associate band directors at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas. His responsibilities include choreographing for the marching band, assisting in rehearsal, and conducting the symphonic and concert bands. Zach student-taught in Leander ISD at Glenn HS with Ms. Kim Shuttlesworth and Running Brushy Middle School with Mr. Van Robison. While attending UT, Zach worked with several high school marching bands in the area including Leander High School, Cedar Ridge High School, and Austin High School. His performance experience includes marching with the Guardians (2013), Crossmen (2014), Blue Knights (15-16), and most recently with the world championship Blue Devils (2017). He performed in the UT Wind Ensemble under Jerry Junkin, as well as the UT symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. In his free time he enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and road trips.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Richard Dunscomb

J. Richard Dunscomb is one of the leading authorities in the field of Jazz music and music education. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, author, adjudicator, clinician, and consultant. He has presented more than 200 workshops including conducting and jazz clinics throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Europe, Canada, Sweden, Japan and South America.

Throughout his career, Professor Dunscomb has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. The International Association of Jazz Educators elected Dunscomb to its Hall of Fame. The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra clinic awarded Dunscomb the prestigious Medal of Honor. He also received numerous awards for his outstanding conducting, teaching and service from several universities. He was the North American Coordinator for the Montreux (Switzerland) International Jazz Festival for 18 years.

His most recent publications include, with Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. “Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide,” a publication designed to provide a foundation and structure to plan and implement a successful Jazz program, available from Alfred/Belwin Music. His newest publication is, “ JAZZ ZONE ...THE BEGINNING” a beginning jazz method for big bands, available in April 2019 from Print Music Source and J.W. Pepper.

Dunscomb is Professor Emeritus of Music at Columbia College Chicago. He is Vice President of the board of directors for the Midwest Clinic, an annual event in Chicago, Illinois with more than 18,000 participants. Dunscomb is also an educational consultant for the Conn-Selmer Company.

2019 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. She is passionate about working with non-varsity bands and creating a positive experience for every student in the band program.

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, the Bandmasters Review, and online with Texas Music Education Research, the SmartMusic blog, and Band Directors Talk Shop.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Karen Houghton

Karen Houghton has been a private horn instructor over forty years. Many former students now hold teaching and playing positions across the country. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and loves to see each student reach their potential on the horn. She has held positions in orchestras in the United States, Colombia and Germany. Karen holds a degree in Horn Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Currently, in addition to freelancing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Karen is an owner of Houghton Horns, a brass pro-shop in Keller, Texas

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Janet Nye

Janet B. Nye has been blessed with over twenty years of teaching and playing horn professionally. She especially enjoys starting beginners and working with them into adulthood. She is currently a permanent member of three regional symphonies, freelances throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area, and has toured for seven summers throughout Germany with Eurobrass. She received her B.M.E from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her M.M. in Horn Performance from Baylor University.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Scott Coulson

Scott Coulson retired as Director of Bands at Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas in 2011. He was the director since the school’s opening in 1986. Under his direction, the Poteet High School bands received the UIL Sweepstakes Award for 23 consecutive years. In 2008, the Poteet Honors Band was named the TMEA State 4A (now 5A) Honor Band. In 2009, the Poteet Honors Band was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s “Sudler Flag of Honor”, and was named the Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary High School Band Program in 2010. His marching bands also excelled, winning Best in Class and Best in Contest awards at marching festivals in the North Texas area. The Pirate Band won the Texas UIL 4A (now 5A) State Marching Championship three times under Mr. Coulson’s tenure: 1997, 2005, and 2007, and was a state finals medalist 6 times. He currently serves as Executive Secretary for UIL Region 20 Music. He is involved with marching and concert bands in Texas as a show designer and as a clinician/consultant. He is also an active adjudicator throughout the Southwestern United States. Mr. Coulson’s affiliations and awards include: American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Secretary-Treasurer of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity- Alpha Chapter, Past Concert and Marching Band Vice President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and was named to the John Philip Sousa Foundation's "Legion of Honor" in 2005.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Greg Hames

Greg Hames taught band for over 30 years in the Richardson and Plano school districts. Most recently Mr. Hames was director of bands and Fine Arts Coordinator at J. J. Pearce High School. He also spent several years as the TMEA Region 3 Band Division Chair, the TMEA Area C Band Division Chair, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association’s Concert Band Vice-President. Mr. Hames is the Executive Secretary for UIL Region 32, an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the state of Texas, a frequent guest conductor of the Imperial Brass, and is otherwise enjoying his retirement.

Mr. Hames' Pearce bands have twice participated in the UIL State Marching Contest and have advanced to the state level of the TMEA Honor Band Competition on several occasions. The J. J. Pearce HS Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in The Foundation for Music Education's National Wind Band Honors Program, Mark of Excellence in 2011 and 2013.

As a percussionist, Mr. Hames has performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Allen, Irving and Richardson Symphonies, the Imperial Brass, and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include TMAA, TMEA, and TBA. He is also a member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and is twice listed in Who's Who Among America's teachers. Mr. Hames was honored to be the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year for J. J. Pearce, a finalist for the RISD STARS Teacher of the Year, and the recipient of the 2007-2008 Bursting with Pearce Pride Award.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Brian Merrill

Brian Merrill currently serves as Conductor of the Mansfield Wind Symphony, an all-volunteer organization of adult musicians who have the passion and ability to perform advanced wind literature. He also serves as a consultant and clinician for over 30 DFW area middle school and high school bands. Merrill taught band for seven years in the Irving ISD and 23 years at Duncanville High School. After retiring from public school teaching, Merrill served for eleven years as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education at Southern Methodist University. Merrill is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and serves TBA as the Coordinator of the Academy for New Band, Choir and Orchestra Directors. In 2013, the Texas Bandmasters Association recognized Merrill with the Meritorious Achievement Award.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jerry Junkin

Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2013 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.

Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.

Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

John Mackey

John Mackey has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles (the fancy name for concert bands), and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Steven Moore

Steven Moore currently serves as the Director of Bands for Lindale ISD. His duties include the supervision of all bands for the district and the management of the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center. Mr. Moore began his 29 year teaching career in Lindale as the assistant director from 1990-93, head middle school director from 1993-96, and as Director of Bands for Lindale ISD from 1996 to present. He and his wife Monica have been married for 29 years and have two daughters: Jami and Kaci.

Mr. Moore is a 1985 graduate of Jacksonville High School where he was a student of Bob Parsons, received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1989 from Stephen F. Austin State University, studying with both Mel Montgomery and John Whitwell, and a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1995.

Mr. Moore is an active clinician and adjudicator and his bands have consistently received UIL first division ratings, have been UIL State Marching Band participants, ATSSB OPS runner-up and winner in 2005 and 2006, TMEA Honor Band finalists, and in 2007 performed at the TMEA Clinic and Convention as the TMEA 3A State Honor Band. In addition, the Lindale Band was selected as the Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary High School Band in 2008.

His professional affiliations include TBA, TMEA, ATSSB, NAMMB, TMAA, and the International Bandmasters fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. He is also an Eagle Scout and serves and worships at Lindale First Baptist Church.

During his career, Mr. Moore has had the good fortune to serve the directors and students of Texas at many levels. He was a member of the TBA Board of Directors from 2010 -2017 and served as President in 2016. In addition, he serves as President of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and is the Region XXI TMEA Band Division Chairman. Service to other associations include ATSSB President in 2006, and President of the National Association of Military Marching Bands in 2003.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Weston Fisher

Weston Fisher is an Assistant Band Director at Lindale High School where he directs the concert band and assists with the marching band. He also teaches beginning low brass at EJ Moss Intermediate and assists at Lindale Junior High. He is in his 11th year of teaching. Weston is a 2001 graduate of Brownsboro High School in Brownsboro, Texas. In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University where he studied French horn under Dr. Charles Gavin and was under the baton of Mr. Fred Allen. Weston continued his studies at SFA and received his Masters of Music Performance in the Spring of 2008. He began teaching in 2008 in Teague as an assistant band director before moving to Chapel Hill Middle School in Tyler as head middle school band director for the next seven years. During his time at CHMS, the program over doubled in size enrolling half of the middle schools population and began consistently earning 1st division ratings and sweepstakes honors at UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest as well as at several festival competitions in grades six through eight. Weston is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, an active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and enjoys serving as a clinician for bands in the region as well as teaching at various summer band camps. Weston is married to Melissa Fisher, who is a band director at Lindale Junior High School, and they have a two year old son, Grant, and a nine year old chihuahua, Max.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Susan Scott

Susan Scott has recently completed her 16th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Lindale High School and her 27th year of teaching. Prior to becoming a high school assistant, she was the Director of Bands at Lindale Junior High for three years. Her responsibilities in Lindale currently include the High School Symphonic Band, assisting with the High School Marching Band, and two 6th grade classes consisting of French Horns and Trombones. Ms. Scott’s bands are consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners, and her 8th Grade Symphonic Band twice won the Outstanding Performance Series in class CC. Ms. Scott is a 1986 graduate of Carthage High School where she was a student of Stuart Bird. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1990 and a Master of Arts in Horn and Conducting Performance in 1992 from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Mr. John Whitwell and Dr. Charles Gavin. During her time at SFA, Ms. Scott was privileged to perform at TMEA and CBDNA. She was also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society as well as Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Ms. Scott’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, TCTA, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Daniel Morrison

Dan Morrison is currently the Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX where he manages and teaches the Marching Band and conducts the Wind Ensemble. In addition, he assists with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band and various chamber ensembles. In his time at Reagan, the concert bands have received superior ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest, and the Marching Band has been a consistent Bands of America Regional, Super Regional and Grand National Finalist as well as a UIL State Marching Contest finalist. Under Mr. Morrison’s direction, the Marching Band is a multiple time BOA Regional Champion and was selected to march in the 2018 Rose Parade and the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2018 Midwest Clinic and has been named a TMEA State Honor Band Finalist as well as a Mark of Excellence National Winner. Mr. Morrison graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music Education. As a student at U of I, he studied with James Keene, Joseph Manfredo, Ronald Romm and Michael Ewald. Dan currently resides in San Antonio with his beautiful wife Ellie and their dog Pudge.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Mason Daffinee

Mason Daffinee is an Associate Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School and is in his fifteenth year as a professional educator. His duties include co-directing the Symphonic and Concert Bands and assisting with all other administrative and musical facets of the band program. In addition to his responsibilities at Reagan, Mason is also a workshop presenter and facilitator for SASI.

Mr. Daffinee is a native of Binghamton, New York and a graduate of Ithaca College where he earned a BM in Tuba Performance and Music Education. He was a four year member and ten year staff member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois. As a marching member of the Phantom Regiment Mason was the 2002 DCI Tuba Solo Contest Gold Medalist and was named the Mark Glasscoe Memorial Member of the Year. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Daffinee toured North America and Japan with the Tony Award-Winning Broadway show Blast! His passion for the marching arts continues today through his drill design for Reagan High School and other bands across Texas.

Mason is an educator and military spouse. He happily supports his wife, Dr. Jennifer M. Daffinee, who is a Regional Bandsman in the Air Force Band of the West stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Greg White

Greg White has been the Associate Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX since 2011. He currently conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Bands and directs an active Chamber Music program. Under his direction, bands have consistently received Superior Ratings and “Best in Class” honors at contests and festivals across the state.

As an active advocate for the proliferation of Chamber Music in public schools, Mr. White has cultivated a program of chamber music that has included winners at State, National, and International competitions. Mr. White had the privilege of directing the first public school chamber ensemble to win the prestigious M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, Mr. White has directed multiple ensembles that have advanced to the quarter and semi-finals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, including the winner of the 2018 American Brass Quintet Junior Wind Prize. In December of 2015, Mr. White directed the Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet in a featured concert in the 69th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Students under Mr. White’s instruction have been winners of Music Teacher National Association National Solo competitions, and have been featured performers on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”.

Mr. White received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Texas Tech University, where his primary instructors were David Dees, Dr. Sarah McKoin, Dr. Keith Dye, and Dr. Eric Allen. Professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Music Teachers National Association, and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

José Diaz

José Antonio Díaz, MacArthur HS Director of Bands and Founder of the Díaz Music Institute, is a Grammy top 10 finalist for the Music Educator Award, winner of Berklee College of Music’s John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award and a recipient of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award. Newly inducted into Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame and recipient of the City of Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award, Díaz has performed with such artists as Candido, Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sánchez, and Arturo Sandoval. One of music education’s most sought after clinicians, Díaz has presented workshops for The Midwest Clinic, Jazz Education Network, Berklee College of Music, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Conservatorium aan Zee in Oostende, Texas Music Educators Association, the Western International Band Clinic, and National Association for Music Education. Díaz’s success as a music educator was a featured cover story in SBO and Band Director’s Guide Magazines. José was inducted into the Texas Christian University Band of Fame and received the prestigious Jefferson Award. Díaz has received four Individual Artist Grants from Houston Arts Alliance and composed the music for Creative Child’s Magazine’s 2016 book of the year “Freddie the Frog and the Invisible Coquí” (Mystic Publishing).

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Bob Chreste

Bob Chreste is an active arranger, consultant, and adjudicator residing in Pflugerville, Texas. Bob spent 16 years as a high school band director in Texas. During his teaching career, he taught in the Richardson, Leander, Fort Bend, and Pflugerville school districts. In that time, his marching bands qualified for the UIL State Marching Contest every year that the contest was held for his school’s classification. His marching bands were also regular finalists at Bands of America events across Texas. Additional highlights include being named the 2011 UIL 4A Texas State Marching Champion, and being a finalist at the 2010 Bands of America Grand National Championships while at Cedar Park HS. In 2018, in their second year of existence, Weiss HS became the youngest school to ever make the finals of Bands of America Super Regional event.

Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass staff for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. He also spent nine years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. Bob is also one of only a few instructors in DCI that have been both a brass caption head and a visual caption head for a finalist corps. In 2008, he was the brass caption head for the Santa Clara Vanguard, and in 2016, he was the visual caption head for The Cadets.

Bob is also an adjudicator for both marching and concert competitions across the United States. He is currently judging for Bands of America, Winter Guard International, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and several other local, regional, and state level competitions.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jeremy Spicer

Jeremy Spicer is a magna cum laude graduate from Texas State University and is the owner of SASI, The Leadership People, LLC. SASI is a student leadership consulting firm focusing on in the empowerment of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes.

Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. Under Mr. Spicer’s direction, the marching band was named the 2013 UIL 5A State Marching Band Champion, Class Champion (Class A, AA, and AAA) and Finalist in Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Competitions. The Wind Ensemble placed third in the state at the 2013 TMEA Honor Band Competition and was named a National Winner in the 2012 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Competition.

Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure the marching band was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and BOA Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Mr. Spicer has been very active in DCI, beginning his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. After performing, Mr. Spicer has been on the brass staffs of the Carolina Crown, Southwind, Boston Crusaders, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Mr. Spicer has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, Coral Amber, and their son, Aiden Joseph.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Greg Dick

Greg Dick has taught band in Texas for 40 years. He just completed 19 years as Director of Bands at Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas. The Friendswood High School Band is a consistent Texas UIL “Sweepstakes” Winner. The Friendswood Marching Band has earned nine straight appearances at the UIL Texas State Marching Band Contest with Silver Medal finishes in 2003, 2005, and 2009. The Friendswood Wind Ensemble was the Texas Music Educators Association 4A Honor Band for 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 and performed for the TMEA Convention/Clinic. The Friendswood Wind Ensemble performed at the 60th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2007. Greg formerly taught at Space Center Intermediate School of the Clear Creek Independent School District. The Space Center Band was the Texas Music Educators Association CCC Honor Band in 1994-1995 and 1998-1999. The Space Center Band performed at the 54th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1999 and was awarded the Sudler Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2000. Greg began his career in Dickinson ISD at McAdams JH as assistant to Wade McDonald. The Dickinson Band program produced two TMEA Honor Bands and UIL State Marching Championships at that time. Greg is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He maintains professional affiliations with TMEA, TBA, TMAA, Phi Beta Mu, and ABA. He currently serves as the President of Region 17. Greg has been happily married to Glenda, for thirty 39 years. Glenda is the music librarian at Sagemont Church. Glenda and Greg have two children, Michael and Lauren. Michael is married to Amy and they have two children, Kennedy and Kent. Lauren lives and works in Houston.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Eric Jimenez

Eric Jimenez, music educator and educational leader, has revitalized several band programs throughout the Houston Independent School District. His programs at Sharpstown MS, Hamilton MS, Waltrip HS, Davis HS, and Heights HS increased both student participation and instrument inventory, as well as earned Division I and “Best in Class” ratings at UIL and numerous other festivals. Most recently, the Heights HS Band advanced to UIL Area Marching Contest for the first time in school history. Jimenez is the recipient of Hamilton Middle School’s Teacher of the Year award in 2012, LULAC- League of United Latin American Citizens- Educator of the Year in 2015, and a Grammy Educational Award for his work at Davis HS in 2015. He is an active clinician, mentor, and consultant for arts educational programs within the Houston area and across Texas. Eric is a 2009 graduate of Prairie View A&M University and earned his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2014. He is currently a Doctoral Music Education student at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

José Diaz

José Antonio Díaz, MacArthur HS Director of Bands and Founder of the Díaz Music Institute, is a Grammy top 10 finalist for the Music Educator Award, winner of Berklee College of Music’s John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award and a recipient of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award. Newly inducted into Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame and recipient of the City of Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award, Díaz has performed with such artists as Candido, Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sánchez, and Arturo Sandoval. One of music education’s most sought after clinicians, Díaz has presented workshops for The Midwest Clinic, Jazz Education Network, Berklee College of Music, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Conservatorium aan Zee in Oostende, Texas Music Educators Association, the Western International Band Clinic, and National Association for Music Education. Díaz’s success as a music educator was a featured cover story in SBO and Band Director’s Guide Magazines. José was inducted into the Texas Christian University Band of Fame and received the prestigious Jefferson Award. Díaz has received four Individual Artist Grants from Houston Arts Alliance and composed the music for Creative Child’s Magazine’s 2016 book of the year “Freddie the Frog and the Invisible Coquí” (Mystic Publishing).

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Greg Countryman

Greg Countryman retired in 2019 after being a band director in Texas for 35 years. For the last 18 years, he was Director of Bands at Fort Settlement Middle School in the Fort Bend ISD. He is a native of Decatur, Alabama, where his music career began under the direction of his father, Jerry Countryman. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Houston.

The Fort Settlement Band has been a state finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition five times, chosen “Best in Class” at the “Festival at the Falls” ten times, a recipient of the National Wind Band Honors Award, awarded the 2009 Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup, performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis and was the 2012 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Middle School Band Program. Mr. Countryman was previously Director of Bands at Quail Valley Middle School where the band was selected to perform at the 2000 Midwest Clinic in Chicago and also chosen as the 2001 Texas Music Educators Association CCC Honor Band for the state of Texas. Mr. Countryman has presented clinics at the TBA and TMEA Conventions, the Midwest Clinic and for the TBA Professional Development Series. He served many years as the Middle School Band Coordinator for TMEA Region 13, is a Past President for the Texas chapter of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity and Past President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Countryman is currently the Executive Secretary for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and is an active clinician and adjudicator.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

John Hinojosa

John Hinojosa is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Mary Carroll High School. Mr. Hinojosa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. While a percussion student at UT, John studied percussion with George Frock. As a FMM of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps he studied with James Campbell. He has taught band students in Texas for over 25 years. Currently, John is Director of Bands at McAdams Jr. High School in Dickinson ISD. The 2016 McAdams JH Honors Band achieved recognition in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band competition as a National Winner in 2016. The 2016 McAdams JH Honors Band was also selected to perform at the “Music For All” National Middle School Band Festival in Indianapolis in March of 2017. John started teaching at Eisenhower High School, in the Aldine ISD. He has now completed his twenty-eighth year overall and twenty-fifth in the Dickinson ISD. John teaches at the Sam Houston State University Summer Music Camp. With Lou Boldrighini, John has also created their own “Summer Drumming” percussion camps in the Houston area. John is an Artist with Innovative Percussion and a member of PAS, TMEA, TBA, TMAA. John has presented clinics at TBA and TMEA conventions, as well as Professional Development workshops for TBA and is an active UIL adjudicator. John resides in League City with his wife Denise and Caryn, Sydney, Lulu, and Bentley.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gloria Ramirez

Gloria Ramirez is the Director of Bands at Langham Creek High School which is located in the Cypress Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Ms. Ramirez has enjoyed a distinguished career at both the middle and high school levels having completed 38 years of consistently successful instruction as a Texas Music Educator. Ms. Ramirez's concert ensembles have received superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contest and has been recognized at both the state and national level. The Langham Creek Band has previously been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Hall. Ms. Ramirez is listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", was presented the Texas Music Educators Association Leadership and Achievement Award, Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Award Winner, nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award, was the featured article and cover of the International Musician Instrumentalist Magazine and has twice been named "Teacher of the Year." Ms. Ramirez is a highly sought after clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Her professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Adjudicators Association and National Band Association. Ms. Ramirez is most grateful for her parents Juan and Oralia Ramirez and her sister Cecilia Parker for their support throughout her life. Ms. Ramirez is also thankful for her mentors Eddie Green, Richard Crain, James Austin, Marion West and Tom Bennett.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Alex Denton

Alex Denton is the Head Director of Bands at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas. Alex is about to begin his 7th year of teaching, with his first six years being an Assistant Director at Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He consistently receives a Superior ratings from all judges at both UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and UIL Marching Contests. Mr. Denton graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Houston, where he also served as the Drum Major for the Cougar Marching Band from 2011-2013. Additionally, he spent the summers of 2008-2010 marching with the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps. During his last year there, Alex was appointed to the role of Horn Sergeant. Alex Denton began his career and love of music at Hebron High School from the years of 2004-2008.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Marshall Thomas

Marshall Thomas currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion at Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music. Marshall is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and an is educational artist with Innovative Percussion.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Corey Parks

Corey Parks has been an assistant band director in Highland Park ISD for ten years. He directs the Symphonic Band and the HP Jazz Band at Highland Park High School, assists with and writes the drill for the Highlander Marching Band, and teaches beginner clarinet and double reed classes at McCulloch Intermediate School. Before working in Highland Park, he was the assistant band director at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX for three years. Mr. Parks attended Texas Christian University where he received a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music (Instrumental Conducting).

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Andrew Weak

Andrew Weak is in his tenth year of teaching and his eighth year as Head Band Director at Apollo Junior High in Richardson. Under Mr. Weak’s direction, the Apollo Band has earned consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests and multiple “Best in Class” designations at other contests around the DFW area. In 2015, the Apollo Band was named a TMEA CC State Honor Band Finalist.

Prior to teaching at Apollo, Mr. Weak taught for two years at Berkner High School. His Symphonic Band III consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests, and in his first year of teaching, his band was named “Best in Class” at the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi.

Mr. Weak received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he graduated summa cum laude. At Baylor, he studied clarinet with Richard Shanley and was a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble under Eric Wilson. Mr. Weak completed his student teaching with Frank Troyka and Lynne Jackson at Berkner High School.

Mr. Weak is an active member of TMEA and TBA, and has presented a number of clinics for both organizations. He has also presented at The Midwest Clinic, and for the Ministry of Education of Singapore. In 2016, Mr. Weak received one of ten STAR Teacher of the Year awards for the Richardson ISD and was further named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Andrew, his wife, Michelle, and their sons, Caleb and Jonathan, live in Richardson.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Albert Vela

Albert Vela has been involved in many facets of music education over his decade of teaching, including Assistant Director of Bands at Oak Ridge High School, Brass Staff with the Blue Devils, and the Curriculum and Media Specialist at TonalEnergy. At Oakridge, Mr. Vela leads instruction for the marching band and conducts/co-conducts three of the concert bands.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Miguel Guzman

In the Mariachi sphere, Miguel Guzman, is a renowned Mariachi musician and educator, with 34 years experience as a professional musician and 29 years as a Mariachi educator. Guzman is a repeat instructor and performer at conferences such as the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular; Guadalajara’s El Encuentro de Mariachi y Charreria; TMEA regional state clinics; New York Mariachi Conservatory and the Chicago Mariachi Project. As a public school Mariachi educator, Guzman taught Pre K -12 with San Antonio ISD for 26 years. He taught and directed community Mariachi with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts center. Guzman has also taught or directed Mariachi at OLLU, San Antonio College, and Texas State University. He currently directs and teaches at the Miguel Guzman Mariachi Conservatory.

As a musician, Guzman has distinctly accompanied Lucha Villa, Lola Beltran, Vicky Carr and Placido Domingo among many others. Guzman is also a studio musician recording on “Siempre Selena” –Selena; Grammy nominated “Llegaron los Camperos” –Mariachi Los Camperos; Grammy nominated “Que Paso” -Little Joe; and Grammy winner “Sigue El Taconazo” -Chente Barrere. Guzman has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Tonight Show, Tejano Music Awards, Jazz at the Lincoln Center and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara among other venues. Presently, Miguel Guzman is the co-founder and musical director of San Antonio’s premiere Mariachi Los Galleros where he continues to cultivate and elevate Mariachi as a proper art form. Most currently, Guzman has been added as a lecturer in the School of Music at Texas State University.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Amy Allison

Amy Allison is in her 21st year of teaching and her 19th year in Leander ISD. Since the opening of the school in 2004, Ms. Allison has been the head band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School. Under her direction, the CRMS Honor Band performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December of 2014 and the band program was awarded The Sudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in December of 2017. Ms. Allison has taken the CRMS Honor Band to perform in a clinic at TBA in the summer of 2015. The band program placed tenth at the state level of the CC Honor Band competition in 2006 and was named a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors through the Foundation for Music Education for the past several years. Throughout her teaching career, her bands have consistently received sweepstakes ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest. Ms. Allison received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She performed as the piccolo player with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania before pursuing her career in teaching and is currently the piccolo player for the Cedar Park Winds. Ms. Allison’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu, and she served as the Region 26 Middle School Coordinator from 2006-2009.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Jedidiah Maus

Jedidiah Maus is in his eleventh year of teaching and has been the Director of Bands at Keller Middle School and Bear Creek Intermediate since 2013. Prior to working in Keller ISD, he was a band director in Duncanville ISD. In 2008, Mr. Maus earned both a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, he studied music education under the direction of Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill, and he studied trumpet with Tom Booth, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony. He also earned a Master of Music Education degree from SMU in 2014. He oversees the KMS and BCI band programs, including two jazz bands and a colorguard, which consist of more than 320 students. Mr. Maus has been fortunate enough to direct bands that have received unanimous first-division ratings at UIL Contest for his entire career. In 2018 the KMS Band performed as a feature ensemble at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago under the direction of Mr. Maus. Additionally, the KMS band earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner in 2017 and 2018. Mr. Maus is a member of TMEA, TBA and TMAA. He has guest conducted honor groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is a faculty member at the SHSU Band Camp. He has previously served as the TMEA Region 20 Middle School Band Coordinator. Mr. Maus loves teaching and considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He is thankful for the support of his wife, Jessica. They enjoy spending time together with their son, Liam.

2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic / Convention

Gary Williams

Gary Williams is the head band director at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney, TX where he has been since its inception in 2008. Ensembles under his direction have consistently earned Superior ratings at U.I.L. Concert and Sight-Reading Contests and have been awarded “Best in Class” at festivals around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The Cockrill Middle School Honors Band has been named a “National Winner” multiple times in the National Wind Band Honors Project. In 2015 and 2017, the Cockrill Middle School Honors Band advanced to the state level of the TMEA Honor Band competition and in December of 2016, the CMS Honors Band was invited to perform at The 70th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Most recently the John Phillip Sousa Foundation named the Cockrill Middle School Honors Band the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup.

Prior to his appointment at Cockrill, Mr. Williams taught in Duncanville ISD and Clear Creek ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he was a saxophone player in the Wind Ensemble. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, TMAA, and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Williams was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Cockrill Middle School and was named 2nd runner up for all of McKinney ISD.

Mr. Williams resides in McKinney with his wife Brittney, who is the head band director at Evans Middle School and their two kids, Olivia Paige and Joshua Grant.

Wednesday, July 24                                                                                   


Wednesday, July 24: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators
Room: CC 220

Cost is $199. You may register at this event. This is not included in your TBA registration fee.
The Conn-Selmer Division of Education has teamed up with The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business to offer a 2 day intensive certification course on Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators! During the seminar attendees will learn the step-by-step process of putting together a grant proposal. Sessions will cover understanding the grant seeking process and all the steps included from defining clear objectives, putting all the pieces together, and sustaining relationships with funders after the grant proposal submission. This unique and hands on seminar will be led by Dr. Angela Logan, St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, Associate Teaching Professor of Management & Organization in the Mendoza College of Business at The Univ. of Notre Dame.
Sponsor: Conn-Selmer & The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business


Wednesday, July 24: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Presiders: Dr. Bradley Kent, Joe Muñoz

Thursday, July 25                                                                                   


Thursday, July 25: 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


The Al Sturchio 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 25: 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 303

Presider: Collin Anderson, OPS State Chair
Sponsor: ATSSB


Thursday, July 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators
Room: CC 220

Cost is $199. You may register at this event. This is not included in your TBA registration fee.
The Conn-Selmer Division of Education has teamed up with The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business to offer a 2 day intensive certification course on Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators! During the seminar attendees will learn the step-by-step process of putting together a grant proposal. Sessions will cover understanding the grant seeking process and all the steps included from defining clear objectives, putting all the pieces together, and sustaining relationships with funders after the grant proposal submission. This unique and hands on seminar will be led by Dr. Angela Logan, St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, Associate Teaching Professor of Management & Organization in the Mendoza College of Business at The Univ. of Notre Dame.
Sponsor: Conn-Selmer & The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business


Thursday, July 25: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Convention/Clinic Registration
Room: Convention Center Lobby




Thursday, July 25: 8:30 AM

ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series    

Presider: Collin Anderson, OPS State Chair

Room: CC 302 Class 1C (8:30 AM); 3A (11:00 AM)

Room: CC 303 Class 2C (8:30 AM); 1A/2A (11:00 AM) followed by SARC Meeting

Room: CC 304 Class 4A (8:30 AM)

Room: CC 305 ATSSB Office


Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA Honor Band Sessions    

Room: CC 205 Class 5A

Room: CC 210 Class 3A

Room: CC 212 Class 2C

Room: CC 213 Class 3C

Room: CC 208 TMEA Office

Sponsor: TMEA


Thursday, July 25: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Academy for New Band, Choir, and Orchestra Directors
Room: CC 004

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Opening Session
Coordinator: Brian Merrill
Sponsor(s): Charms-a Vanco Company, Cut Time-A Service of J. W. Pepper, Director's Choice Festivals: Showcase of Music & Music Across Texas, Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks, Fruhauf Uniforms Inc., Music for All, Stanbury Uniforms Inc., StylePlus Band


Thursday, July 25: 9:00 AM

The Charlie Mayes Memorial Tennis Fellowship    

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



Thursday, July 25: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anticipate Success: Cultivating Excellence & Culture Through a Procedure Based System
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Todd Dixon  [-Bio-], Mark Schroeder  [-Bio-]
     Students rely on positive and thoughtful procedures to thrive in school. Intentionality in this allows students to let down their guard, receive information and apply knowledge in a way that takes most conflict out of the equation. A positive culture gives way for excellence to be the standard.


Great Middle School Band Teams: How Successful Staffs Work Together on Campuses and Across Campuses 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): David Brandon  [-Bio-], Michelle Hanegan  [-Bio-], Luzviminda Pascasio  [-Bio-], Russell Porter  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will explore how the three middle school staffs in Duncanville work together to effectively face the challenges of split feeders, schools of choice, and the ever changing socio-economic levels of their communities. It will also explore how each of the head directors has organized their individual programs within context of the overall goals of the Duncanville Band Program. 

Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu

Reed My Lips: Answers to Improving Your Beginning Clarinetists 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): Corey Parks  [-Bio-], Andrew Weak  [-Bio-]
     “Why are they squeaking so much?” “What is their tongue doing in there?” “Yeah, I’m totally ‘over the break’, too.” If you’re suffering from “clarinet confusion” in your beginner class, Parks and Weak will offer multiple ways to address issues pertaining to embouchure, tone, articulation and technique.


The Importance of Maintaining Marching Band's Relevance to Music Education
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Brad Kent  [-Bio-], Amanda Drinkwater  [-Bio-], Mike Howard  [-Bio-]
     With all the creative and technological resources available for today’s marching bands we must remember the importance of keeping music education at the forefront of the activity. The panel will discuss strategies for embracing technology and innovation within the framework of music education and some of the potential unintended consequences of not doing so. 

Sponsor: UIL Music


Thursday, July 25: 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

TMAA Executive Committee
Room: Stars At Night Ballroom B4

Presider: Jeff Turner
Sponsor: TMAA


Thursday, July 25: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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

Presiders: Warren Sneed and James Cook

9:00 AM Drums
Clinician: J D Guzman, Lone Star College - University Park

9:30 AM Trumpet
Clinician: Dr. Adrian Ruiz, University of Texas at San Antonio

10:00 AM Bass
Clinician: Dr. Utah Hamrick, Texas State University

10:30 AM Piano
Clinician: Dr. Benjamin Haugland, Texas Tech University

11:00 AM Improvisation
Clinician: Steve Mohacey, US Army Retired, San Antonio ISD

11:30 AM Saxophone
Clinician: Warren Sneed, Kinder HSPVA

Noon Guitar
Clinician: Greg Petito, Kinder HSPVA

12:30 PM Tenor Trombone
Clinician: Mark Hill, University of the Incarnate Word

1:00 PM Bass Trombone
Clinician: Andrew Lee, Fulshear High School
Sponsor: TJEA


Thursday, July 25: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Art of Rehearsing and Conducting Workshop
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jerry Junkin  [-Bio-], Kerry Taylor  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Westlake HS Wind Ensemble
     Selected participants will have two 15-minute conducting/rehearsing sessions with the Westlake HS Wind Ensemble while receiving coaching and feedback from clinicians. Music selections will be "Sheltering Sky" by John Mackey and "Symphonic Dance No. 3 `Fiesta`" by Clifton Williams. All TBA attendees are invited to observe the workshop.
Sponsor: Perform America-TX, LLC


Thursday, July 25: 9:00 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 25: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

(Entrance by badge only.)


Thursday, July 25: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Thursday, July 25: 11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Excellence in the Small School Band Program
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Chris Clifton  [-Bio-], Randy Jones  [-Bio-], Jason Smith  [-Bio-], Kristen Thompson  [-Bio-]
     A round table discussion of the things we do daily to help our students and programs be successful. Each panel member will be giving insight to techniques and concepts that they feel are important to their programs. Covering topics from leadership in the band, staff involvement, sharing students, efficiency in rehearsals, building relationships with administration and other teachers, building a complete band program, and community support. 


LIVE! in 3-2-1: Creating an Engaging Online Concert Experience 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Tiffany Galus  [-Bio-], Josh Gall  [-Bio-], Luke Gall  [-Bio-]
     One of the primary goals of the concert experience is to share it with as many people as possible. With the right tools and strategies, it has never been easier to connect and engage with the massive online community. Join our presentation to learn how to easily create quality online content, capitalize on social media algorithms to maximize your audience, and begin livestreaming your groups using tools you already have in the palm of your hands. Attendees will also be given access to an online Users Group with resources such as livestream design templates, sample content, and more.

Sponsor: Ultimate Drill Book, Perform America

Making Your Show Memorable
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Gary Markham  [-Bio-]
     This session presents some helpful information to generate show success by making it something to remember and separate from so many others.
Sponsor: Bands of America

Trombone 2020: Creating a Culture of Success for the Modern Beginning Trombonist
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Joe Dixon  [-Bio-], Jason Harvey  [-Bio-]
     In an insightful hour of discussion/demonstration, Joe Dixon and Jason Harvey lay the framework for a successful beginning trombone class in the Modern Era. Utilizing nearly 75 combined years of evolving instruction, Dixon and Harvey will provide the goals, possibilities, and realities of beginning trombone pedagogy.


Thursday, July 25: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

IT'S ABOUT TIME! 
Room: CC 214AB  •    •    •    •  
Clinician(s): Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser  [-Bio-]
     TIME is a priceless commodity. We can’t bank it, we can’t buy more of it, we can’t stretch it, we can’t save it; we either USE IT or we LOSE IT. The emphasis on “making the most of time” is imperative in the ongoing quest to attain excellence in every aspect of our lives. To maximize our effectiveness as band directors, we must maximize our use of TIME; in doing so we can create a positive learning-growing-artistic culture for our students: IT’S ABOUT TIME! 

Sponsor: Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Legal Concerns for the Music Educator
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Holly Wardell  [-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.

Music Literacy-Easy as ABCDEFG! 
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Kristin Hames  [-Bio-], Katie Lewis  [-Bio-]
     Teaching students to read music from day one can be fun and easy! Clinicians Hames and Lewis will speak about innovative and creative ways to teach music literacy in a beginner curriculum. They will discuss transferring these methods into preparing students for a successful first experience at the UIL Sight Reading evaluation. 


Practical Daily Routines for the Average Middle and High School Trumpet Player
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Kenneth Capshaw  [-Bio-]
     The clinic will include presentation of practical fundamental routines for the average middle and high school trumpet students, who may or may not have the opportunity to study with a private instructor. These exercises are organized in a progressive manner that will allow students to work at their own skill level, and will help to develop better tone, range, technique, and endurance. 



Thursday, July 25: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TMAA Marching Band Judging Workshop
Room: Stars At Night Ballroom B4

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


Thursday, July 25: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Solo-Ensemble.com
Title: Web Software to Manage Solo and Ensemble Contests
Presenter: Douglas Abernathy

Room: CC 216    


Thursday, July 25: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

(Entrance by badge only.)


Thursday, July 25: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Thursday, July 25: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Dr. Albert Lo, Director


Thursday, July 25: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Product Showcase
Company: MusicFirst
Title: Music Tech Tools for Marching Bands
Presenter: Dr. Jim Frankel
Room: CC 216    


Thursday, July 25: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Julie Duty  [-Bio-]
     This session will discuss United Sound, a peer mentorship program that enables students with disabilities to get involved in secondary instrumental music. Attendees will learn strategies for inclusion and a simple process through which all students can build leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging through music. 

Sponsor: Conn-Selmer, Inc.

The Complete Beginning Trumpet Classroom: Pedagogy, Management and Curriculum 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Lynne Jackson  [-Bio-], Chris Pineda  [-Bio-]
     Jackson and Pineda will share their experience, based upon their 10 years together, as successful teachers of brass beginners. In addition to trumpet pedagogy, the thoughtful sequencing of curriculum and the essential components of classroom management will be addressed. This session promises to be relevant to all beginning band classrooms.


Understanding the Teacher Retirement System and How to Prepare 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Charlie Munsell  [-Bio-]
     This session will provide an understanding of the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS).  After outlining the requirements of TRS, strategies will be provided to help prepare for retirement. 


Vandegrift HS Concert Bands: Culture, Musicianship and Fundamentals 
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Mike Howard  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will provide insight into the success of the Vandegrift High School Wind Ensemble and other concert ensembles. Directors of the Vandegrift Bands will overview fundamental exercises, ensemble rehearsal techniques and culture building. 


AIR FORCE BAND OF THE WEST DIMENSIONS IN BLUE
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Jazz Band Concert

TBA College Advisory Meeting
Room: CC 218

Presider: Phillip Clements


Thursday, July 25: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TMAA Concert Band Judging Workshop
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom B4

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


Thursday, July 25: 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

BOA in Texas: Planning for Growth
Room: CC 214AB

Presented by Music for All

As interest in Bands of America Championships grows beyond capacity in several Texas shows, we want your feedback on what’s next. Share your thoughts and ideas with Music for Allin this collaborative discussion about enrollment and how to provide access and opportunity to the bands who wish to participate in BOA Championships in Texas
Sponsor: Music for All


Thursday, July 25: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

SAN ANTONIO JAZZ ORCHESTRA - NEW JAZZ MUSIC READING SESSION
Room: CC 217ABC

Organizer: Roland Sandoval


Thursday, July 25: 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

TBA Reception
Room: LDR (Lonesome Dove Room)

TBA invites Young Band Directors of Texas, TBA Academy Members, and TBA College Students to a meet and greet reception.


Thursday, July 25: 7:15 PM

TBA Board of Directors Award Program    

Lila Cockrell Theatre
Presider: John Morrison, TBA President


Thursday, July 25: 7:30 PM

BOSTON BRASS CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre




Sponsor(s): Yamaha Corporation

Friday, July 26                                                                                   


Friday, July 26: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Phi Beta Mu Meeting and Breakfast
Room: LDR (Lonesome Dove Room)

Host: Steven Moore


Friday, July 26: 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 26: 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 26: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

A Successful and Rewarding Career in a School of "Few A's" in a Town With No Walmart-Why? How?
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Matt Knight  [-Bio-], Jim Rhodes  [-Bio-], Dr. Charles Trayler (Moderator)  [-Bio-]
     Clinicians Jim Rhodes and Matt Knight discuss their combined sixty plus years teaching in small school districts identifying the benefits that influenced their decisions. They will suggest methods to deal with obvious disadvantages of small schools: limited staff (possibly no additional staff); students involved in athletics, vocational agriculture, one-act play, etc.; and limited after-school time for sectionals and full band rehearsals. A question/answer period will conclude the session.


Communicating With Your Administrators: How To Talk So Principals Will Listen 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Rick Ghinelli   [-Bio-]
     Having trouble getting your administrators to understand what you do? In this session, Rick Ghinelli will share tips on advocacy and provide suggestions on how to communicate more effectively with your administrators in order to gain their support and understanding of your program. Real examples will be given from over 30 years of experience as a band director, a campus administrator, and a district fine arts director. 


Sponsor: Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Establishing Priorities While Teaching Beginning Wind Instruments 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): John Benzer  [-Bio-]
     Mr. Benzer will bring attention to and demonstrate various aspects of posture, hand position, instrument carriage, embouchure and sound production for wind instruments. Issues of sound placement, natural body awareness and important breathing information will be discussed. Head directors will also be provided with ways to monitor what is going on in the classes taught by other staff members. 


How To Succeed With Your Band In The Urban School Setting 
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Christopher Evetts   [-Bio-]
     Evetts will share his approach to taking a program considered to be in an "urban" setting from low-performing and small membership to a thriving band family that earns UIL Sweepstakes, fosters strong student leadership and is supported by a vibrant booster club.


Promoting a Culture of Excellence Through Change
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jason Robb  [-Bio-], Ryan Johnstone  [-Bio-]
     Clinicians will discuss designing program wide systems and processes to effect sweeping change across your band program. Through investment in student leadership, designing student assessment systems, program logistics, and both vertical & horizontal fundamental expectations, clinicians will show and discuss techniques to create a more successful performance based culture in your band program. 


TMEA Region Jazz Coordinator Meeting
Room: CC 213

Presider: Preston Pierce


Product Showcase
Company: MusicFirst
Title: URL to UIL: Preparing Students for Contest & Festival
Presenter: Dr. Jim Frankel
Room: CC 216    

Product Showcase
Company: LungTrainers.com
Title: LungTrainers: The Science of Breathing
Presenter: Bill Rose
Room: CC 212    


Friday, July 26: 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 26: 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 26: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

TBA Commuters Lounge
Room: CC 208




Friday, July 26: 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: Jesús Pacheco, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

9:30 AM Flute
Clinician: Kathy Daniel, Sam Houston State University

10:00 AM Trombone
Clinician: Ben Osborne, Sam Houston State University

10:30 AM Bass Clarinet
Clinician: Chris Bennett, Berry Miller JH, Pearland ISD

11:00 AM Bassoon
Clinician: Dr. Nathan Koch, Sam Houston State University

CC Room: 304

10:30 AM Oboe
Clinician: Alecia Lawyer, Founder and oboist for ROCO


Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 303
9:00 AM Bass Trombone
Clinician: Joshua Stover, Walsh MS Round Rock ISD

9:30 AM Tuba
Clinician: Jeffrey Meyer, Sul Ross State University

10:00 AM Cornet/Trumpet
Clinician: Andrew Stetson, Texas Tech University

CC Room: 304
9:00 AM Flute/Piccolo
Clinician: Terri Sánchez, University of Texas at Arlington

9:30 AM Oboe/English Horn
Clinician: Ashley Rollins, Collin College

10:00 AM Bassoon/Contra Bassoon
Clinician: Lee Goodhew Romm, Stephen F Austin State University


Sponsor: TMEA


Friday, July 26: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Friday, July 26: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Friday, July 26: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learning and Perfecting Drill with Ultimate Drill Book
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Josh Gall  [-Bio-], Luke Gall  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Vista Ridge HS Band
     Josh Gall and Luke Gall in a live demonstration teach and show the learning process using the new technology inside the Ultimate Drill Book APP.
Sponsor: Ultimate Drill Book / Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

Product Showcase
Company: Cut Time-A Service of J W Pepper
Title: Not Enough Time? Let Cut Time Keep Your Music Program Organized
Presenter: Scott McCormick
Room: CC 216    


Friday, July 26: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NAMMB Membership Meeting
Room: CC 212

Presider: Jim Jones


Friday, July 26: 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

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

Organizer: Steven Moore
Technology Facilitator: June Bearden
Conductors:
Rick Yancey - Grade 3 (10:30 AM-11:00 AM)
Susan Scarborough - Grade 2 (11:00 AM-11:30 AM)
Jim McDaniel - Grade 1 (11:30 AM-12:00 NOON)

Sponsor(s): Phi Beta Mu


Friday, July 26: 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Patti DeWitt, Inc.
Title: A Cappella and Sightreading Practice Music
Presenters: Dr. Patti DeWitt

Room: CC 302    


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

Creating a Successful Band Program in a Rural Community
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Stephen Cox  [-Bio-], Jon Schriver  [-Bio-], Jennifer Webber  [-Bio-]
     How do you engage a community and foster a culture of excellence when you’re also fighting a less than desirable budget and lack of access to the things that most band programs consider essentials? Come join this clinic to hear from some successful small school directors about what works for their rural programs.




Creating Excellence at the Middle School Level 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Lauren Jones  [-Bio-], Jedidiah Maus  [-Bio-], Chris Meredith  [-Bio-]
     Preparation and planning go hand-in-hand with pedagogy and performing. The panel will present approaches and strategies for effectively teaching the middle school band. They will give insight into their band programs, all 2018 Midwest Clinic performing groups, as well as share thoughts on how to cultivate student excellence. 


Guide to the Beginning Mariachi
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Mirelle Acuña  [-Bio-]
     The clinician will present resources, curriculum, and strategies to help start or grow the beginning mariachi ensemble.
Sponsor: TAME

Maximizing Efficiency in Fundamentals and Rehearsal with the Vista Ridge HS Band 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Bryan Christian  [-Bio-], Reid Atkinson  [-Bio-], Hector Gil  [-Bio-], Erin Kosman  [-Bio-], Zach Santos  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Vista Ridge HS Band
     The Vista Ridge HS Band Staff will discuss and demonstrate music, marching, and dance fundamentals. Focus will be given to how fundamentals are introduced and developed over the course of the marching season to maximize efficiency of student repetition and mastery. 

Sponsor: Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

The Origin of the Species: The Family Tree of Band Conducting
Room: CC 214AB  •    •    •  
Clinician(s): Jerry Junkin  [-Bio-]
     In this presentation, Mr. Junkin will discuss the continuing evolution of bands and band conducting, with audio and video excerpts.

Sponsor: Director's Choice Festivals: Showcase of Music & Music Across Texas, The Foundation For Music Education

CENTRAL WINDS CONCERT
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Andrew Perry & James Tapia, Directors



Texas Jazz Educators Association Open Membership Meeting
Room: CC 205

Presider: Preston Pierce

Product Showcase
Company: Educational Travel Adventures
Title: How to Plan a Successful Performance Trip
Presenter: Michael Holzer
Room: CC 216    


Friday, July 26: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Spouses Luncheon
Room: LDR (Lonesome Dove Room)

Luncheon Host: Dena Morrison, TBA Spouses Division President
Entrance by ticket only. All seated guests, including children, must have a ticket. Free Childcare in Room: CC 209 & 211
Sponsor: Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks, Fred J. Miller Inc., Fruhauf Uniforms Inc.


Friday, July 26: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Starr Music Academy
Title: Sight Read to Succeed
Presenter: Efrain Munguia
Room: CC 006    

Product Showcase
Company: Patti DeWitt, Inc.
Title: The Music of Patti DeWitt
Presenter: Dr. Patti DeWitt
Room: CC 302    


Friday, July 26: 12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

TBA Nominating Committee Luncheon
Room: CC 005

Host: John Morrison, TBA President

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

Host: Chico Portillo, TBA Past President

TBA Region Reps Luncheon
Room: CC 004

Host: Phil Clements, TBA President Elect


Friday, July 26: 12:00 NOON - 3:00 PM

TMEA Region/Area Band Luncheon
Room: Marriott Riverwalk Valero


Sponsor: TMEA


Friday, July 26: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Achieving Success with the Beginner Guard Program 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Erin Kosman  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Vista Ridge HS Color Guard
     This clinic will highlight the elements that are essential for success with a new color guard program. Discussion will include recruitment tips, training musts, choreography secrets, equipment choices, and more. Additionally, the Vista Ridge HS Color Guard will demonstrate fundamental exercises that develop proper movement and equipment technique. 


Sponsor: Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

Balancing Your Band WITH Your Personal Life
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Fran Kick  [-Bio-]
     In 2014, Fran Kick started gathering “secret insider insight” during the Texas Bandmasters Spouses Luncheon. He followed up with TBA directors that same year (and every year since) along with band directors from across the country. By utilizing an active research approach Fran has compiled questions “your spouse will never ask you, yet really wants to ask you!” Providing a framework for solutions, you will gain practical ideas on balancing your band WITH your personal life. Utilizing updated video interview footage from directors and their spouses, along with an interactive Q+A, discover how you can make both your relationships and your career last. 



Sponsor: Drum Corps International, Music for All

From Greenwillow to Green Bushes in Five Years 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Nathaniel Neugent  [-Bio-]
     Rarely are we given the ideal set-up (staffing, scheduling, facilities, instrumentation, etc.) so we have to fight for them by constantly and consistently educating students, parents, teachers, and administrators with a long-term plan in mind. Then, you have to have a long-term vision of how to progress your student’s individual and ensemble skills using progressive fundamental exercises, literature choices, and planning of rehearsals, all with performance goals in mind. To grow your program beyond typical middle school literature into the stratosphere of the elite band programs, you have to have a long-term vision and the patience to execute it. 


Maintaining Success in a Small School Band Program When the Director Retires or Leaves 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Mike Bartley  [-Bio-], Rob Toups  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will describe the process of establishing a director to take over a successful band program when someone leaves or retires. The positive and negative aspects associated with the administration, students, and community will also be discussed. 


Sponsor: ATSSB

Taking the Redline with John Mackey: A Composer’s 15-Year Journey with the Wind Band
Room: CC 214AB  •    •    •  
Clinician(s): John Mackey  [-Bio-]
     Composer John Mackey reflects on his unique history of writing for band, including insights into his interactions with conductors and players at all levels. Mackey, who is not a conductor (nor performer) himself, will discuss common issues he encounters that will help conductors to inform rehearsals and performances with a composer's intent and more musical impact. The session will include a Q&A.
Sponsor: Director's Choice Festivals: Showcase of Music & Music Across Texas, The Foundation For Music Education

Teaching Musicianship Through Unison-Line Tunes
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Trent Cooper  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Dekaney HS Alumni Band
     This clinic will focus on how unison-line tunes develop musicianship, music literacy, and listening skills vital to the musical success of individual students and ensembles. Teaching styles and techniques of unison-line tunes will be demonstrated by the clinician and the Andy Dekaney HS Alumni Band.
Sponsor: Hal Leonard Corporation

Product Showcase
Company: Print Music Source
Title: Jazz Zone…The Beginning
Presenter: Dick Dunscomb
Room: CC 216    


Friday, July 26: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

ATSSB All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 305
1:30 PM Tuba/Euphonium
Clinician: Everett Hinote, University of Saint Thomas

2:00 PM Clarinet
Clinician: Dr. Tricia Card, Sam Houston State University

2:30 PM French Horn
Clinician: Ronald Todd, Horn Instructor, FBISD

3:00 PM Saxophone
Clinician: Dr. Masahito Sugihara, Sam Houston State University

CC Room: 304
3:00 PM Trumpet
Clinician: Wesley Smith, Alief ISD
Sponsor: ATSSB

TMEA All State Audition Music      •    •  

CC Room: 303
1:30 PM Percussion
Clinician: Mark Ford, University of North Texas

2:00 PM French Horn
Clinician: Brandon Houghtalen, Abilene Christian University

2:30 PM Tenor Trombone
Clinician: Jamey Van Zandt, Southwestern University

3:00 PM Euphonium
Clinician: Stephen Haddad, University of Texas El Paso

CC Room: 304
1:30 PM Soprano Clarinets
Clinician: Carrie Smith, Private Instructor

2:00 PM Saxophones
Clinician: Ron Davis, Private Instructor

2:30 PM Low Clarinets
Clinician: Roberto De Guzman, Texas A&M University Kingsville
Sponsor: TMEA

Phi Beta Mu Chat Room
Room: CC 212  •    •  

Presider: Priscilla Bell and Joe Clark
Bring your questions for these master teachers. Attendees are free to ask questions outside these topics.

1:30PM – 2:30PM Robert Herrings and Corey Graves: Hindsight is 20/20: 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Beforehand

2:30PM – 3:30PM Cindy Lansford and Susan Scarborough: Tips for Head Directors: Guiding Your VERY YOUNG TEACHERS Through These Early (and Most Critical) Years
Sponsor: Perform America-TX, LLC/Ultimate Drill Book


Friday, July 26: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

(Entrance by badge only.)

UIL Band Sight-Reading Committee
Room: CC 004

Presider: Dr. Bradley Kent


Friday, July 26: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

ATSSB General Session
Room: CC 205

Presider: Eric Gray, ATSSB President

Women Band Directors International Meeting-Texas Chapter
Room: CC 210

Presider: June Bearden, President
Sponsor: WBDI

Product Showcase
Company: Green Light Group Tours
Title: Student Travel - Your Number One Recruiting and Retention Tool
Presenter: Apryl Black

Room: CC 216    


Friday, July 26: 2:45 PM - 3:45 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: CC 006    


Friday, July 26: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Product Showcase
Company: Heritage Music Press
Title: Activate Your Elementary Music Classroom
Presenter: Mari Schay
Room: CC 302    


Friday, July 26: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Building Community Relations and Promoting Your Program: What's in the Secret Sauce?
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Kevin Knight  [-Bio-], Richard Crain  [-Bio-]
     A look into the philosophy of education in the Crosby ISD Band Department with a focus on how to build district, parent and community relations. Also, thoughts on the positive and professional use of social media to promote your program. 


Creating Your Digital Environment...aka Flags, Props, and Other Cool Stuff
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Eric Sabach  [-Bio-], Bob Chreste  [-Bio-], Jeremy Spicer  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will help you make better choices when it comes to using props in your production and will answer these questions: What materials are the best? What to do with wind and rain? What are the differences between the many companies? What are the best products for my dollar spent? What looks great on the field? Is cheaper better? When should I place my order? Shutterstock versus an artist? Many other questions will be answered in this round-table session.
Sponsor: Stanbury Uniforms Inc.

Performance and Rehearsal Techniques with the Vista Ridge HS Drumline 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Hector Gil  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Vista Ridge HS Drumline
     The Vista Ridge HS Drumline will demonstrate how they approach their fundamental program, how it applies to the marching band show music, and how to blend and balance the marching percussion ensemble through demonstration of their 2019 marching production. Focus will be given to how fundamentals are introduced and developed over the course of the marching season to maximize efficiency of student repetition and mastery. 

Sponsor: Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

Rehearsal Techniques (Both the Trees and the Forest)
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jerry Junkin  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Central Winds
     In this session with the Central Winds, Mr. Junkin will discuss and demonstrate rehearsal techniques and concepts applicable to all levels of ensembles.
Sponsor: Director's Choice Festivals: Showcase of Music & Music Across Texas, The Foundation For Music Education

Rewired
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Boston Brass  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Boston Brass
     Boston Brass will present the incredible benefits of getting back to the basics.

Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation

Starting Beginner Saxes Off Right 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Nick Flood  [-Bio-], Sherry Poteet  [-Bio-]
     Not a sax player, and not sure what to tell them? Don't worry...we will help you find the sound you are looking for. We will discuss proper tone production, pacing, alternate fingerings, vibrato, and answer questions specific to your needs. 



Friday, July 26: 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Product Showcase
Company: MusicFirst
Title: Engagement and Accountability: A Cloud-Based Solution
Presenter: Dr. Keith Dye
Room: CC 216    


Friday, July 26: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

UIL PML Committee
Room: CC 004

Presider: Dr. Bradley Kent


Friday, July 26: 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: Jay Lester




Friday, July 26: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Addressing and Managing the Stress of Your Students, Staff, and Yourself 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Peter Warshaw  [-Bio-]
     The intent of this session is to increase awareness of mental wellness and depression, as well as help erase the stigma of mental illness and suicide. The session will look at this topic from three perspectives: from one who has depression, from a survivor of the suicide of a loved one, and from someone who knows someone who is suffering and is looking for ways to help. 


Clear and Consistent: Developing a Common Language for Ensemble Instruction in Grades 7-12 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Gerard Miller  [-Bio-], Adrian Caswell  [-Bio-], Rusty Gray  [-Bio-], Jeremy Lindquist   [-Bio-], Greg McCutcheon  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Coppell HS Wind Symphony
     The panel, with directors from the three Coppell Middle Schools along with Coppell HS will highlight ensemble skills techniques that are carried from grades 7 through 12 in preparation for a continued growth in the quality and quantity of literature approached each year. The Coppell HS Wind Symphony will serve as a demonstration group for the clinic. 


Marching Band with Canton HS Band 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Mike Bartley  [-Bio-], Madison Fowler  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Canton HS Band
     This clinic will demonstrate many of the fundamentals used by the Canton HS Band. 

Sponsor: Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

Paperless Band Hall 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Dean Surface  [-Bio-]
     This thought-provoking clinic will provide opportunities for music educators to utilize technology in order to be more efficient and paper conscious. Teachers will be able to identify the benefits of automation, search ability, and efficiency within their program. The clinic will utilize the school calendar year to demonstrate how technology can transform a music program throughout the year. 


The First Years of Teaching - Making the Most! 
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jordan Freeman  [-Bio-], Anthony Rivera   [-Bio-]
     From classroom management and confidence in teaching, to student success and administrative observations, the first years of teaching can be downright intimidating! We will share tools we developed, borrowed from other successful directors, and learned from veteran mentors. These tools may be incorporated into your teaching to confidently meet these challenges .
Sponsor: Young Band Directors of Texas

The Great Divide: Making the Percussionists' Middle School Years Count
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Ralph Hicks  [-Bio-], Eric Rath  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Percussionists from Canyon HS (Canyon ISD), Wagner HS (Judson ISD), Let Them Drum (The Woodlands)
     After the beginning band year, percussionists are often neglected until high school drumline -- but, the time during the middle school years can be the most formative. Rath, Hicks and student performers will discuss and demonstrate integrating essential techniques into the band warm-up, capitalizing on percussion ensemble and developing a plan for daily skill advancement. Especially geared to non-percussionist band directors, everyone will walk away with ready-to-use strategies! 


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


Friday, July 26: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

TMEA State Board Training
Room: CC 220


Sponsor: TMEA


Friday, July 26: 7:30 PM

Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus of the U. S. Army Field Band
Lila Cockrell Theatre
Colonel Jim R. Keene, Director



Saturday, July 27                                                                                   


Saturday, July 27: 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 27: 7:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

Convention/Clinic Registration
Room: Convention Center Lobby




Saturday, July 27: 7:30 AM - 5:00 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 27: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Developing the Moment 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Bryan Christian  [-Bio-], Reid Atkinson  [-Bio-], Hector Gil  [-Bio-], Erin Kosman  [-Bio-], Zach Santos  [-Bio-]
     The clinic will focus on the creative decisions being made beyond the initial coordinates and notes to elevate moments with artistic merit. We will look at a few key moments from the 2018 Vista Ridge show at various points throughout the season and discuss how they were developed beyond the drill page/music score. It will highlight the various aspects of body layering, staging, choreography, and score adjustments that were made to elevate each moment into artistry and how you may be able to apply similar creative decisions to your fall show. 


Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Richard Dunscomb  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Dekaney HS Alumni Band
     Dunscomb will present a workshop designed to provide a foundation and structure on which to build a successful jazz program using realistic approaches and practical solutions. The session includes: the art of listening, learning the language, jazz styles and articulations, tips for each section, layering techniques, selecting the right music, how to groove, jazz resources, and director’s checklist for rehearsal and performance. 

Sponsor: Print Music Source, Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Success for All: Making Band Work for Every Student! 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Bryn Roberts   [-Bio-]
     Band should be a positive experience for every student who walks through our band hall doors. However sometimes, in our quest for success, we inadvertently neglect some of our weaker students, leaving them to feel discouraged, disengaged, or unimportant. Roberts will show that through a combination of accountability and nurturing, we can guide every student to make a meaningful contribution to the success of the band program. 


Top Ten Secrets For Teaching Horn 
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Karen Houghton  [-Bio-], Janet Nye  [-Bio-]
     With seventy years of combined private horn teaching experience, Houghton and Nye will reveal their top ten secrets for teaching horn players of all levels. They will reveal obstacles that hinder success but often go undetected.

Sponsor: Houghton Horns

What I Listen for as a UIL Concert & SR Judge
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Scott Coulson   [-Bio-], Greg Hames  [-Bio-], Brian Merrill  [-Bio-]
     Experienced UIL adjudicators discuss what they listen for as they assess the performance of ensembles in all levels and classifications in both concert and sightreading evaluations. 



Saturday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

TMEA JH/MS Band, Choir, Orchestra, Mariachi Coordinators Meeting
Room: CC 213

Presider: Frank Coachman
Sponsor: TMEA


Saturday, July 27: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TBA Commuters Lounge
Room: CC 208




Saturday, July 27: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

TMAA Sightreading Revision Committee
Room: CC 218


Sponsor: TMAA


Saturday, July 27: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

(Entrance by badge only.)


Saturday, July 27: 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall 3/4A

(Entrance by badge only.)


Saturday, July 27: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TBA Job Placement Assistance
Room: Across from CC 214

Organizers: Al and Jan Sturchio


Saturday, July 27: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

​Collaborating with Composers - or, How to Avoid Murder
Room: Lila Cockrell Theatre  •    •  
Clinician(s): Jerry Junkin  [-Bio-], John Mackey  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: U S Army Field Band
     The United States Army Field Band will serve as a demonstration group for a presentation by Jerry Junkin and John Mackey on the role of composers and conductors as collaborators. The repertoire to be discussed will be Mr. Mackey’s Asphalt Cocktail and This Cruel Moon.
Sponsor: Director's Choice Festivals: Showcase of Music & Music Across Texas, The Foundation For Music Education

Military Marching Band for Directors and Adjudicators: The ABCs and I, II, IIIs 
Room: Exhibit Hall 4B  •  
Clinician(s): Steven Moore  [-Bio-], Weston Fisher  [-Bio-], Susan Scott  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Lindale HS Band
     This will be a broad based clinic that will help those directors who currently teach military style see what Lindale does and then help them improve their teaching techniques and strategies at home with their military style bands. This clinic will also benefit the non-military style director and adjudicator by helping them to better understand what the military style is, its fundamental elements, drill design and other fundamental concerns. 

Sponsor: Marching Clinic Area Sponsors: Corps Design, Romeo Music, Shure, Sound Projections

Product Showcase
Company: MusicFirst
Title: Assessment: Data Collection & Analysis for Enhancing Instruction
Presenter: Dr. Keith Dye
Room: CC 216    


Saturday, July 27: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Chamber Music: The Why and the How
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Daniel Morrison  [-Bio-], Mason Daffinee  [-Bio-], Greg White  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Reagan HS (North East ISD) Ensembles
     The Ronald Reagan High School Band Directors will present how an active chamber music program can help create a culture of excellence for your band program. You will leave this clinic with concrete strategies for starting a chamber music program at your school without having to spend hours a day in extra rehearsals. 


Developing Latin Percussion Within Your Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): José Diaz  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: The Aldine ISD Jazz Orchestra
     The presentation will demonstrate a step-by-step process of rehearsal techniques including a brief discussion of the type of percussion instruments customarily used. The session will show the use of traditional Latin American rhythms and the fusion with American musical styles such as jazz, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop to enhance the music experience of our students. This session will demonstrate a step-by-step process used to prepare Latin rhythm influenced jazz charts including a brief discussion of the type of percussion instruments usually used. Handouts will be given to the clinic attendees.


Help! Summer Band Starts Next Week! 
Room: CC 214CD  •  
Clinician(s): Bob Chreste  [-Bio-], Jeremy Spicer  [-Bio-]
     This clinic will provide directors with a day to day plan for all summer band rehearsals to help setup their students to have a successful marching season. Directors will receive daily lesson plans and other suggestions on how to ease their students back into rehearsals after summer vacation, a timeline for learning marching & playing fundamentals, a timeline for learning the marching show, and more! 


How to Plan and Structure Your Sectionals
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Greg Dick  [-Bio-]
     Section rehearsals come in all forms, sizes, and purposes. This clinic will discuss the thought process behind the purpose of a section rehearsal, the different types available, and the structure of them to accomplish short and long range goals. 

Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu

TMAA Sight Reading Revision Update (Music Literacy Evaluation)
Room: CC 210

TMAA Executive Committee and Greg Countryman will present updates concerning the new format for Band, Choir, and Orchestra Music Literacy Evaluation (Previously UIL Sight-reading). Time will be given for Q & A during the session.
Sponsor: TMAA

HEART OF TEXAS CONCERT BAND READING SESSION-POP, HOLIDAY, & PATRIOTIC MUSIC
Room: CC 217ABC

Mark Rogers, Director
John Goforth, Assistant Director



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

Product Showcase
Company: Cut Time-A Service of J W Pepper
Title: Not Enough Time? Let Cut Time Keep Your Music Program Organized
Presenter: Scott McCormick
Room: CC 216    


Saturday, July 27: 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: John Morrison, TBA President
Sponsor: Fred J. Miller Inc., Fruhauf Uniforms Inc., Stanbury Uniforms Inc.


Saturday, July 27: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How to Recruit, Retain, and Motivate your Title I Students 
Room: CC 206  •    •  
Clinician(s): Eric Jimenez  [-Bio-]
     Serving a Title I school band program offers challenges that can seem daunting for a director of any experience. In this session, Jimenez will provide practical strategies to foster a positive environment for learning and music-making while increasing student achievement. 


Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal: From An Auditory Tradition 
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): José Diaz  [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: The Aldine ISD Jazz Orchestra
     Jazz is deeply rooted in the auditory tradition of African music. The African approach of master/student relationship is one of observation and imitation. In the African culture, music is taught by rote; and the master teacher insisted that the student imitated in a verbatim manner the exact phrase performed with the same feeling and nuances of the performance. This participatory session will involve listening, scat singing, and instrumental performance and present information and concepts in an academic setting to encourage the “looseness” and “freedom” musicians developed in jam sessions. Handouts will be given to the clinic attendees.


Single Reed Success 
Room: CC 214AB  •  
Clinician(s): Greg Countryman  [-Bio-]
     Producing outstanding single reed players requires the development of strong basic fundamentals. Countryman will discuss specific techniques and exercises for developing these fundamentals for clarinet, bass clarinet, and the saxophone family. Also included, and equally important, will be a discussion of how the playing fundamentals differ between these single reed instruments. 


So... You Wanna Be A Drummer?!?! 
Room: CC 207  •  
Clinician(s): John Hinojosa  [-Bio-]
     This clinic is designed for the non-percussionist band director to understand a comprehensive curriculum schedule and structure for the beginning percussionist. Among the topics addressed include: Fundamentals, techniques, and approach to snare drum, mallet instruments, and accessories. The intention of this clinic is to get students entering the beginner percussion class to become well rounded and proficient percussionists instead of just a drummer. 

Sponsor: Innovative Percussion Inc.

What's the Score?
Room: CC 214CD  •    •  
Clinician(s): Gloria Ramirez  [-Bio-], Alex Denton  [-Bio-], Marshall Thomas  [-Bio-]
     How you do you pick music for your ensemble? When selecting a piece for your ensemble the MOST important thing is to choose music that fits your group in terms of scoring, instrumentation, and skill-level. We will cover step by step techniques to honestly evaluate your ensemble in the process of selecting appropriate concert and contest literature to achieve your goals.

Sponsor: Women Band Directors International


Saturday, July 27: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Room: Stars At Night Ballroom

Inductees: Joe Charles Arsuaga, Michael Brashear, James Coffman, Lowell Graham, Greg Hull, Randall D. Hunsaker, Eldon A. Janzen, Jim C. Jones, Jim McDaniel, Scott Rhame, Elmer Schenk, George Strickland, Glenn Wells and Rick Yancey

Host: Steven Moore
Sponsor: Phi Beta Mu


Saturday, July 27: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Reed My Lips: Answers to Improving Your Beginning Clarinetists (Repeat)
Room: CC 206  •  
Clinician(s): Corey Parks  [-Bio-], Andrew Weak  [-Bio-]
     “Why are they squeaking so much?” “What is their tongue doing in there?” “Yeah, I’m totally ‘over the break’, too.” If you’re suffering from “clarinet confusion” in your beginner class, Parks and Weak will offer multiple ways to address issues pertaining to embouchure, tone, articulation and technique.


Stop! Phones Out of Your Pockets and on Your Stands!!!
Room: CC 214AB  •    •  
Clinician(s): Albert Vela  [-Bio-]
     Make the phone an ally in rehearsal and individual student practice. Albert will demonstrate strategies for using the TonalEnergy app for analysis of multiple aspects of music performance. Its tools, paired with other technologies, can provide instructors a conduit for efficient group rehearsal and rewarding individual practice room experiences! 


Strategies and Techniques to Maximize Your Mariachi Rehearsal
Room: CC 217ABC  •    •  
Clinician(s): Miguel Guzman   [-Bio-]
Demonstration Group: Mariachi Grulla de Plata-Grulla HS
     Learn how to effectively use rehearsal time to bring out the best in your Mariachi group by changing quantity into quality.

Sponsor: TAME

YBDT Q&A Session
Room: CC 207  •    •  
Clinician(s): Amy Allison  [-Bio-], Jedidiah Maus  [-Bio-], Gary Williams  [-Bio-]
     Please join Young Band Directors of Texas for our second Q&A Session. Young directors can learn so much simply by acting as a fly on the wall and listening to "The Greats" talk about band - best practices, opinions, and new ideas. We hope you will enjoy the relaxed setting of an audience-guided discussion featuring three experienced Middle School band directors.
Sponsor: Young Band Directors of Texas


Saturday, July 27: 5:00 PM

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




Saturday, July 27: 6:00 PM

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

(Free River Boat rides from 6:30PM to 9PM included with admission. Entertainment includes The Aldine ISD Jazz Orchestra, Jose Diaz, Director, Seraph Brass, Edcouch-Elsa High School Mariachi group, 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. )
Sponsor: Excelcia Music Publishing, Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks, Stanbury Uniforms Inc.