Conductors

Newly Appointed Director and Conductor of the Youth Winds

Andrew Trachsel serves as the Associate Director of Wind Studies and Associate Professor of Music in Conducting and Ensembles at the University of North Texas College of Music. He is the conductor of the Wind Orchestra and teach courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting as well as the history and repertoire of the wind band. An advocate for new music, Trachsel has premiered, commissioned, or co-commissioned more than fifty new works over the past decade. He is interested in developing innovative programming through interdisciplinarity, culminating in the formal establishment of the Ampersand festival to explore new opportunities for authentic collaboration between the contemporary wind band and other creatives.

Prior to this appointment, Trachsel served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at Ohio University for eleven years. He was the conductor of the Wind Symphony, music director for the “Under the Elms” Summer Concert Series, Division Chair of Conducting and Ensembles, and Assistant Director for Recruitment for the School of Music. Under his artistic direction, the Ohio University Wind Symphony performed at numerous music conferences and venues, including the College Band Directors National Association, Ireland and Rome, and New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. The Ohio University Wind Symphony released three commercial albums on the Mark Masters label, which appeared on national syndicated radio and on the Grammy Entry List.

In 2019 Trachsel was named editor of GIA Publications’ landmark Teaching Music through Performance in Band series after serving for fifteen years as the coordinator of research associates and as a contributor to eleven volumes. Trachsel is active internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, advocate, and recording producer, and holds professional or honorary memberships in a variety of music organizations at the state, national, and international levels. A native of Iowa, Trachsel received a bachelor of music education degree from Drake University, a master of music and doctor of musical arts, both in conducting, from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Trachsel taught in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as an assistant director of bands and postdoctoral fellow, and for four years served as a public high school band director in central Iowa.

2019-2020 Youth Winds Guest Conductor

Andrew Trachsel
Andrew Trachsel serves as the Associate Director of Wind Studies and Associate Professor of Music in Conducting and Ensembles at the University of North Texas College of Music. He is the conductor of the Wind Orchestra and teach courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting as well as the history and repertoire of the wind band. An advocate for new music, Trachsel has premiered, commissioned, or co-commissioned more than fifty new works over the past decade. He is interested in developing innovative programming through interdisciplinarity, culminating in the formal establishment of the Ampersand festival to explore new opportunities for authentic collaboration between the contemporary wind band and other creatives.

Prior to this appointment, Trachsel served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at Ohio University for eleven years. He was the conductor of the Wind Symphony, music director for the “Under the Elms” Summer Concert Series, Division Chair of Conducting and Ensembles, and Assistant Director for Recruitment for the School of Music. Under his artistic direction, the Ohio University Wind Symphony performed at numerous music conferences and venues, including the College Band Directors National Association, Ireland and Rome, and New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. The Ohio University Wind Symphony released three commercial albums on the Mark Masters label, which appeared on national syndicated radio and on the Grammy Entry List.

In 2019 Trachsel was named editor of GIA Publications’ landmark Teaching Music through Performance in Band series after serving for fifteen years as the coordinator of research associates and as a contributor to eleven volumes. Trachsel is active internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, advocate, and recording producer, and holds professional or honorary memberships in a variety of music organizations at the state, national, and international levels. A native of Iowa, Trachsel received a bachelor of music education degree from Drake University, a master of music and doctor of musical arts, both in conducting, from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Trachsel taught in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as an assistant director of bands and postdoctoral fellow, and for four years served as a public high school band director in central Iowa.

2018-2019 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Amanda Drinkwater
lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor amanda drinkwaterAmanda Drinkwater is Director of Fine Arts for the Lewisville Independent School District. Prior to that, she was Director of Bands at Marcus High School. A pianist and brass specialist, Ms. Drinkwater is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Ms. Drinkwater received her academic training at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, respectively. She is in her twenty-fourth year as a Texas music educator, with previous teaching opportunities served at Leander High School (TX) from 1996-2001, and The Colony High School (TX) from 2001-2003.

Ms. Drinkwater’s concert ensembles have consistently earned superior division ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight Reading contests. The Marcus Wind Symphony was named a TMEA Honor Band finalist in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, and was performed as the TMEA 5A Honor Band at the 2015 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Marcus Wind Symphony was a featured ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2007 and 2012 and has been recognized five times as a National Wind Band Honors finalist.

Ms. Drinkwater’s marching ensembles have earned eleven consecutive trips to the 5A/6A Texas State UIL Marching Contest and have been 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. In 2016 the marching band earned third place at the State Marching Band Contest. The Marcus Band program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield for excellence in marching band performance in 2008 and the Sudler Flag for excellence in concert band performance in 2014 respectively. Ms. Drinkwater has been named five times to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, and is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, 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 was the recipient of the prestigious Bayard H. Friedman “Hero” Award for her contributions to Music Education in the state of Texas.

Dr. David Robinson

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor david robinsonDr. David Robinson currently serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.  Appointed in 2018, he oversees all aspects of the Tarleton Band Program and serves conductor of the Tarleton Wind Ensemble.  Previously, Dr. Robinson served as Director of Bands at McMurry University.  Under his leadership, the McMurry Marching War Hawks participated in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade, and the McMurry Wind Ensemble performed in a 2018 gala concert at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Robinson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas, where he served as a teaching fellow in the world-renowned Wind Studies program.  He is the conducting student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Thomas O’Neal.  From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Robinson served as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas-based Lone Star Wind Orchestra.

He also holds the Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Missouri and the Bachelor of Music Education degree in Instrumental Music from Arkansas State University.  At the University of Missouri, Dr. Robinson was a member of the MTNA national chamber music finalist Contreras Saxophone Quartet.  His secondary teaching experience includes positions with bands in the Wynne and Jonesboro public schools of Arkansas, both recipients of Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association’s sweepstakes trophies during his tenure.

Dr. Robinson is also active as a composer, performer, and author.  His saxophone quartet, Fantasy on St. James, was commissioned for and premiered by the Marion (AR) High School Saxophone Quartet at the 2005 American School Band Directors Association’s national convention.  He was a contributing author to Volumes 7, 8, 9, and 11 of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and served as recording editor for Teaching Music Through Performance in and: Solos with Wind and Accompaniment.

He is active as a clinician throughout the United States.  His professional affiliations include memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, as well as honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

2017-2018 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Dr. Isaiah Odajima (May 13, 2018)

Dr. Isaiah Odajima is Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University. He is the director of the Golden Wave Marching Band, oversees all Athletic Bands, and conducts the Symphonic Band. Dr. Odajima instructs courses in instrumental conducting, marching band methodology, and serves as an advisor in the Music Education area.

Dr. Odajima joined the Baylor University faculty in 2009. He returned to Baylor from Michigan State University, where for four years he served on the faculty as the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Odajima was Baylor’s Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Golden Wave Marching Band. Before his university posts he taught in the Texas public school system. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. His principal teachers have been John Whitwell, Michael Haithcock, and Kevin Sedatole.

In recent years, Dr. Odajima has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor at dozens of events throughout Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas. He has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as the conductor of the All-State High School Band. He is a professional drill designer of half-time and contest shows for collegiate and public school marching bands, with a clientele list that has included the University of Oklahoma, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at Austin, Clemson University, Iowa State University, Baylor University, and many others. Dr. Odajima is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and an honorary member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association as well as Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma band service fraternities.

Tim Linley (March 4, 2018)

Tim Linley is proud to serve the teachers and students of Dallas ISD as Executive Director of Visual & Performing Arts. Before joining the Dallas ISD, Linley served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Richardson High School Cluster in Richardson ISD and as Director of Bands at Centennial High School in Frisco ISD. Linley received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University. Bands under his leadership have performed at the UIL State Marching Contest, placed Runner-Up at the TMEA Honor Band Contest, been named Grand Champion at various concert band festivals, and have exclusively received UIL Sweepstakes Awards. Linley’s professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Administrators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha.

Eugene Migliaro Corporon (March 4, 2018)

Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the Music Director and Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. In addition, he is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. His performances have drawn praise from colleagues, composers and critics alike. Having recorded over 600 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released 100 recordings on the Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, GIA, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. These recordings, two of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Corporon is a recipient of the International Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion as well as the Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award. He has also received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America.
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2016-2017 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Jeff Bradford (March 5, 2017)

Jeff Bradford currently serves as the Executive Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Richardson Independent School District. Prior to this position, he served 9 years as Director of Bands at Lake Highlands High School and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Lake Highlands Cluster in Richardson ISD. Prior to working in RISD, Mr. Bradford was the head band director at Sherman High School and Cooper Junior Senior High School. Bands under Mr. Bradford’s direction have 3 times performed at the Texas State Marching Contest, placing 2nd and 3rd, been consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners, achieved numerous concert band festival Best in Class finishes, achieved national recognition through the Mark of Excellence Foundation, and been named the Class 2A TMEA Honor Band. Mr. Bradford has presented clinics at the TMEA and TBA conferences numerous times and works with groups across Texas annually. Mr. Bradford is honored to be a part of TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, and TMAA. He has also had the privilege of being named to the Who’s Who in America’s Teachers numerous times, Phi Beta Mu Young Bandmaster of The Year, and the Lake Highlands Exchange Club Teacher of the Year. Jeff’s most wonderful blessings are his wife Kylee and son Cooper.

Anthony Gibson (May 14, 2017)

Anthony Gibson has a long tenure of arts education in Texas.  He currently serves as a music and fine arts consultant throughout the country following retirement as Director of Fine Arts for the Allen Independent School District and fourteen year with the district. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Bands / Performing Arts for Allen ISD, leading the growth of one of the largest band and orchestra programs in the country.  Mr. Gibson has also taught at Cooper High School in Abilene, Coronado High School in Lubbock, and Muleshoe High School in Muleshoe, Texas.

Under the direction of Mr. Gibson, the Allen Escadrille (Band, Color Guard and Drill Team) received the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield (2004), an international award recognizing marching bands of the highest quality. Mr. Gibson was inducted into the Felton F. Wagner Hall of Honor (2004) at his alma mater, Deer Park High School, for having made outstanding contributions to his community and profession. In 2006, Mr. Gibson was guest conductor for the Allen High School Chamber Orchestra at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and was a clinician in 2007.  Mr. Gibson is a graduate of Texas Tech University and his professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TMAA, and Phi Beta Mu.

2015-2016 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Frank Troyka (March 6, 2016)

Frank Troyka began his career in 1984 in the Richardson ISD at Forest Meadow Junior High School where he was the Assistant Band Director. Four years later, he accepted a similar position at Lake Highlands High School where he worked closely with Malcolm Helm. From 1991-1996, Frank was the Assistant Band Director at Westfield High School in the Spring ISD. In addition to conducting the 2nd band, he played a significant role in the instruction and design of the marching band, arranging the wind book for the 1992 State Finalist Big Red Band. From 1999-2006, Frank was the Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Under his leadership, the Cypress Falls Band was selected as a finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, a featured ensemble at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, a featured ensemble at the Midwest Clinic, and it is one of only two band programs world-wide to receive the 2005 Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The percussion ensemble was a showcase group at the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville and has captured five state championship titles in concert and marching percussion competition in the Texas Color Guard Circuit percussion division. In May of 2006, Mr. Troyka accepted the position as Director of Bands at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, a move that took him back to the school district that brought him to Texas in the first place. In his tenure there, the Berkner Band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest each of the four years it was eligible, finished First Runner-Up in TMEA Honor Band competition on two occasions, and returned to the Midwest Clinic following two prior appearances by the Berkner Band under Robert Floyd (1990) and Mike Brashear (2000). Frank is an Educational Specialist with Conn-Selmer, Inc.; the Director of Education for System Blue, the educational arm of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California; and the coordinator of the Generation Next series of presentations for The Midwest Clinic. He was honored as the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year at Cypress Falls High School and, while at Berkner, was one of fifteen recipients in the state of Texas of the 2010 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2014, Frank was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award. In March of 2016, Frank was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

Bobby R. Francis (May 8, 2016)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor bobby francisBobby R. Francis is the Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. Mr. Francis serves as Conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the TCU Band program. Mr. Francis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. As a member, he has served as guest conductor of the US Army Band – “The Pershing’s Own,” Frost School of Music – University of Miami Wind Symphony, The US Coast Guard Band and the Richardson All-Star Band. The TCU Wind Symphony recently performed concerts at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio and the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Houston and in Fort Worth. In recent years, Mr. Francis’ ensembles have performed at many national, regional, and state conferences including a performance at the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Athens, Georgia and at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in College Station, Texas. The TCU Wind Symphony has performed with guest artists such as the American Brass Quintet, Patrick Sheridan, Brian Bowman, Allen Vizzutti, Jon Lewis, Joe Eckert, Gary Whitman, and Markus Theinert. His ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Mr. Francis is in demand as a clinician/consultant at various conventions and conducting workshops including the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, New Mexico State University, and the Arkansas Tech Band Camp Conducting Symposium. Mr. Francis has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and educational advisor across the U.S. In addition, he has conducted research on regional wind band repertoire at the Pannonische Forschungsstelle Kunstuniversität Graz / Expositur Oberschutzen in Oberschutzen, Austria.

Mr. Francis has produced many compact disk recordings of his ensembles. Recordings of the TCU Wind Symphony have recently been broadcast on WRR – Dallas-Ft. Worth’s Classical Radio station. He has conducted concerts in the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), Carnegie Hall (New York, New York), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, Texas), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, Texas), Royal College of Music (London, England), and Hill Auditorium (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), and the Royal College of Music – London (England) and Normandy Beach (France).

For twelve years, Mr. Francis served as the Music Director of the Texas “Lone Star” Ambassadors of Music. During that time, Mr. Francis took over 1000 students on a total of 7 European performance tours. Currently he serves as the Executive Artistic Director of the International Festival of Bands and Percussion Ensembles. Festivals have recently been held in Sydney, Australia; Normandy Beach, France; and London, England. During the summer of 2013, the Festival will take place in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, Spain.

Lone Star Youth Winds Conductor (2014-2015)

Brian Britt

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx

Brian Britt is the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Britt is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the total fine arts instructional program that includes K-6 elementary music and the band, choir, orchestra, and theatre programs in the junior and senior high schools. Mr. Britt’s previous teaching and administrative experiences include positions at The University of Oklahoma, Round Rock ISD, Stephen F. Austin State University, Garland ISD, Texas Christian University, Chickasha (OK) Public Schools, and Norman (OK) Public Schools.

While at The University of Oklahoma, Mr. Britt conducted the marching band, the Symphony Band, and taught classes in the music education curriculum. He also appeared as a guest conductor with the OU Wind Symphony at many state, regional, and national conferences. Under his leadership, The “Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band appeared in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band also appeared at twelve consecutive bowl games: Cotton Bowl (2), Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl (2) Fiesta Bowl (3), Sugar Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Insight Bowl, with three of these appearances occurring in conjunction with BCS National Championship games. In addition to his teaching duties at OU, Mr. Britt served as the Assistant Director of The School of Music, overseeing the undergraduate admissions and scholarship programs.

Mr. Britt is active nationally as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, percussion arranger, drill designer, and consultant. He has presented sessions and served on panel discussions at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association state convention, the Texas Music Educators Association state convention, and the CBDNA National Athletic Band Symposium. Mr. Britt, earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music (percussion) degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa, Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and Kiwanis International.

2013-2014 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Brian Britt (December 15, 2013)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor brian brittBrian Britt is the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Britt is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the total fine arts instructional program that includes K-6 elementary music and the band, choir, orchestra, and theatre programs in the junior and senior high schools. Mr. Britt’s previous teaching and administrative experiences include positions at The University of Oklahoma, Round Rock ISD, Stephen F. Austin State University, Garland ISD, Texas Christian University, Chickasha (OK) Public Schools, and Norman (OK) Public Schools.

While at The University of Oklahoma, Mr. Britt conducted the marching band, the Symphony Band, and taught classes in the music education curriculum. He also appeared as a guest conductor with the OU Wind Symphony at many state, regional, and national conferences. Under his leadership, The “Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band appeared in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band also appeared at twelve consecutive bowl games: Cotton Bowl (2), Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl (2) Fiesta Bowl (3), Sugar Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Insight Bowl, with three of these appearances occurring in conjunction with BCS National Championship games. In addition to his teaching duties at OU, Mr. Britt served as the Assistant Director of The School of Music, overseeing the undergraduate admissions and scholarship programs.

Mr. Britt is active nationally as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, percussion arranger, drill designer, and consultant. He has presented sessions and served on panel discussions at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association state convention, the Texas Music Educators Association state convention, and the CBDNA National Athletic Band Symposium. Mr. Britt, earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music (percussion) degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa, Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and Kiwanis International.

Dr. Douglas Stotter (March 2, 2014)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor douglas stotterDr. Douglas Stotter is Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Wind and Percussion Division in the UTA Music Department. He conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses while overseeing all aspects of the band program. He is active as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and most recently in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Prior to his appointment at UTA, Dr. Stotter served for seven years as Assistant Director of Bands at Indiana University, where he conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands and taught advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses in the IU School of Music. Previously, Dr. Stotter was Director of Bands and head of instrumental music education at Valdosta State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band and taught courses in conducting, marching band techniques and secondary instrumental methods. Dr. Stotter has also served as Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Doane College in Nebraska and at Galesburg (Illinois) High School.

Dr. Stotter’s textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2006 by GIA Publications and is now in use at numerous universities across the country. His other publications include contributions to the text Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), as well as research into the history of Edwin Franko Goldman and the Goldman Band published in the Journal of Band Research. His arrangement for concert band of songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Three Dorset Songs, was published in 2003 by Daehn Music and performed in 2004 at the Midwest Clinic. His latest arrangement, a setting of Percy Grainger’s Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol, was published in 2006 by Daehn Music. Dr. Stotter also served for 9 years as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report.

Dr. Stotter received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Iowa. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association and is an active member of College Band Directors National Association, serving on the National Executive Board as treasurer. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters at Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, Valdosta State University and the University of Michigan.

Matthew McInturf (May 11, 2014)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor matthew mcinturfMatthew McInturf is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He previously taught at Florida International University and in the public schools of Richardson, Texas.

Mr. McInturf is a doctoral candidate in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Eugene Corporon. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Houston.

Throughout his career, Mr. McInturf’s ensembles have been recognized for their musical accomplishment. He has performed throughout the United States and recordings of his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio. In 1991, conducting the J. J. Pearce High School Band, he performed an acclaimed concert at the Mid-West clinic, with trombone soloist Christian Lindberg. He has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX and at the Southwest Regional Convention of the College Band Directors National Association with the SHSU Wind Ensemble.

An advocate of new music, Mr. McInturf has continued to commission new works for wind ensemble. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the World-Wide Concurrent Premiers and Commissioning Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works internationally to form consortiums to commission significant new works from contemporary composers. Mr. McInturf has served on the National Commissioning Committee of the College Band Directors National Association.

Mr. McInturf is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and serves as Region Officer in the Texas Music Educators Association. He is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and is a member of the College Music Society. Mr. McInturf enjoys guest conducting and frequently serves as a clinician, consultant and adjudicator.

2012-2013 Youth Winds Guest Conductors

Bobby R. Francis (December 9, 2012)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor bobby francisBobby R. Francis is the Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. Mr. Francis serves as Conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the TCU Band program. Mr. Francis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. As a member, he has served as guest conductor of the US Army Band – “The Pershing’s Own,” Frost School of Music – University of Miami Wind Symphony, The US Coast Guard Band and the Richardson All-Star Band. The TCU Wind Symphony recently performed concerts at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio and the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Houston and in Fort Worth. In recent years, Mr. Francis’ ensembles have performed at many national, regional, and state conferences including a performance at the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Athens, Georgia and at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in College Station, Texas. The TCU Wind Symphony has performed with guest artists such as the American Brass Quintet, Patrick Sheridan, Brian Bowman, Allen Vizzutti, Jon Lewis, Joe Eckert, Gary Whitman, and Markus Theinert. His ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Mr. Francis is in demand as a clinician/consultant at various conventions and conducting workshops including the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, New Mexico State University, and the Arkansas Tech Band Camp Conducting Symposium. Mr. Francis has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and educational advisor across the U.S. In addition, he has conducted research on regional wind band repertoire at the Pannonische Forschungsstelle Kunstuniversität Graz / Expositur Oberschutzen in Oberschutzen, Austria.

Mr. Francis has produced many compact disk recordings of his ensembles. Recordings of the TCU Wind Symphony have recently been broadcast on WRR – Dallas-Ft. Worth’s Classical Radio station. He has conducted concerts in the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), Carnegie Hall (New York, New York), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, Texas), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, Texas), Royal College of Music (London, England), and Hill Auditorium (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), and the Royal College of Music – London (England) and Normandy Beach (France).

For twelve years, Mr. Francis served as the Music Director of the Texas “Lone Star” Ambassadors of Music. During that time, Mr. Francis took over 1000 students on a total of 7 European performance tours. Currently he serves as the Executive Artistic Director of the International Festival of Bands and Percussion Ensembles. Festivals have recently been held in Sydney, Australia; Normandy Beach, France; and London, England. During the summer of 2013, the Festival will take place in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Bradley Kent (March 3, 2013)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor bradley kentDr. Bradley Kent was appointed Associate Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League in August of 2012 after serving as Director of Fine Arts in the Richardson Independent School District, where he administrated all Band, Choir, Orchestra, Visual Art, and Theatre programs. He also maintains an active guest conducting schedule, serving as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Youth Winds, a group comprised of high school students from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr. Kent began his career as a Band Director at Lewisville High School 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 International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention (twice), the College Band Directors National Association Conference (twice), and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. He has presented lectures and clinics at the International Wind Music History Conference, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, and numerous universities throughout the United States.

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. Dr. Kent serves throughout the United States as both a clinician and evaluator for ensembles of all levels and is active as an advocate for the arts and arts education. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Kent and his wife Laurie, along with daughters Sydney and Marin reside in Cedar Park.

Phillip L. Clements (May 12, 2013)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor phillip clementsPhillip L. Clements is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. In this role, Mr. Clements serves as conductor of the wind ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, and guides the instrumental area within the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Clements served on the faculties of the University of Miami, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas and taught in the public schools at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas.

A proponent of new quality music for wind band, he has been involved in commissions and premieres by prominent composers such as David Maslanka, Libby Larson, Bob Mintzer and David Sampson, as well as regional premieres of works by Michael Colgrass and Don¬ald Grantham. He has collaborated with numerous guest artists including Craig Mor¬ris, Thomas Hooten, John Marcellus, and Allen Vizutti. He is in continuous demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for ensembles across the United States. In addition, Mr. Clements has authored articles for the Instrumentalist and Fanfare magazines and lectured at numerous state conferences across the Southwest. He has also contributed to the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.

Mr. Clements’ ensembles have performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Conference and in New York’s Carnegie Hall. From 2005 until 2008 he served as the Associate Conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band in Miami, Florida. Mr. Clements holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and College Band Director’s National Association and is an elected member of the Phi Beta Mu honorary bandmaster’s fraternity.

Inaugural LSWO Youth Winds Conductor (2010-2012)

Dr. Bradley Kent (2010-2012)

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor bradley kentDr. Bradley Kent was appointed Associate Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League in August of 2012 after serving as Director of Fine Arts in the Richardson Independent School District, where he administrated all Band, Choir, Orchestra, Visual Art, and Theatre programs. He also maintains an active guest conducting schedule, serving as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Youth Winds, a group comprised of high school students from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr. Kent began his career as a Band Director at Lewisville High School 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 International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention (twice), the College Band Directors National Association Conference (twice), and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. He has presented lectures and clinics at the International Wind Music History Conference, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, and numerous universities throughout the United States.

lone star youth winds, youth orchestra dallas tx, conductor bradley kentDr. 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. Dr. Kent serves throughout the United States as both a clinician and evaluator for ensembles of all levels and is active as an advocate for the arts and arts education. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Kent and his wife Laurie, along with daughters Sydney and Marin reside in Cedar Park.

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