Composers

 Kenneth Booker

Ken Booker grew up in Nederland, Texas, and attended Lamar University in nearby Beaumont. After graduating from Lamar in 1984 with an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition, he taught woodwinds in north Houston on a private basis for two years. During this time, he became deeply involved in performing and writing rock music. In 1986, he enrolled in the School of Music at the University of Houston, where his creative efforts turned away from rock and toward the continuation of music in the Western Art Music tradition. He earned a Masters in Composition in 1989.

It was at the University of Houston that he met his wife, Celeste, who is a very talented singer. Upon graduation from U of H, Ken decided to continue his studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Doctorate at UT in 1997. Ken studied saxophone with James M. Simmons, conducting with Charles A. Wiley, Nichlaus Wyss and Timothy Muffitt, and composition with Paul Holmes, Michael Horvit, Morton Subotnick, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Russell Pinkston and Karl Korte.

Ken began working as a Band Director for Everman ISD, close to Fort Worth, in 1997, and the next year he accepted a position as Director of Instrumental Music for the Awty International School in Houston. He has remained active as a composer, and has developed a strong relationship with Avalon Press, his publisher. He currently resides in north Houston with his wife, Celeste, and their son, Travis. Ken's stepson, Stephen Ochoa, is currently enrolled at Blinn College. In 2000, Ken was selected to be composer in residence for an American Music Festival at the University of the Yucatan in Merida, Mexico. In 2001, he was featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle, and in 2002, he was nominated for inclusion in Who's Who among American Teachers.


 Randy Dunn


 Robert Geisler


 Preston Hazzard

Mr. Preston Hazzard is a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and currently serves as the director of bands at Frisco High School. Prior to his appointment at Frisco High School he served as the director of bands and fine arts department chair at Denton High School. While in college, Mr. Hazzard studied conducting with Robert Tucker. Mr. Hazzard served as the college drum major for two years where he did music arrangements and show design for the band. He also served as the president of the Kappa Kappa Psi and MENC chapters. A native of Euless, Texas, Mr. Hazzard grew up under the tutelage of Tom Neugent at Trinity High School. Mr. Hazzard is currently completing his graduate degree in wind conducting at the University of North Texas with Dennis Fisher and Eugene Migliaro Corpron.

During his tenure at Denton High School, Mr. Hazzard has also served as the Texas Music Educators Association Region 24 Band Division Chair. In addition, he is an annual clinician at the Bands of America Summer Symposiumís leadership training week in Bloomington, Illinois. He is an active leadership and team-building consultant throughout the year. Mr. Hazzard spent 10 years heading up the drum major, marching, and leadership tracks at the Howard Payne University Leadership Camp.

Prior to his appointment at Denton High School, Mr. Hazzard worked as the assistant director at Marcus High School in Flower Mound. He was directly responsible for working with the Symphonic, Concert and Varsity Bands. In addition, he created and directed the jazz ensemble, flute choir, and trumpet choir. Mr. Hazzard's bands have participated in many festival events throughout the country some of which include Crested Butte, Disney World, and Bands of America.

Mr. Hazzard's teaching experience prior to his appointment at Marcus High School was at Hedrick Middle School also of the Lewisville Independent School District. Mr. Hazzard directed the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. Throughout his career, Mr. Hazzard's bands have earned consistent Sweepstakes titles at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. In 2003, the Denton High School Wind Ensemble was selected to perform in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. In 2005, the Wind Ensemble was also selected as a state finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Band competition.

Mr. Hazzard is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas. In addition, Mr. Hazzard is a composer and arranger. Performances of his marching band arrangements are performed by some of the top bands throughout the state of Texas. Avalon Press published his original work, Eventide, in 2001. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. He is married to Whitney, a saxophone private teacher in the DFW area. They have two daughters, Caitlyn and Lauren and a son, Cameron.


 Scott Johnson

Born in Brighton, Colorado, Scott D. Johnson has lived a well traveled life. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. He then earned a Master's degree in music from Oklahoma State in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Scott presently teaches middle school band in Granbury, Texas, where he resides with his wife and two cats. Mr. Johnson's musical influences include, Gustav Holst, Anne McGinty, Francis McBeth, and Sergi Rachmaninoff.


 Rob Tucker

Education

Robert Lee Tucker is Dean of Music, Fine Arts, and Extended Education at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. The former director of bands at Howard Payne, he also teaches composition, French horn, score reading, and online music appreciation. He earned his Ph.D. in Fine Arts in 2001 from Texas Tech University, his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting and Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1985, and his undergraduate degree in music education and theory/composition from Hardin-Simmons University in 1983.

He plays professional French horn with symphonies and piano with jazz ensembles in the West Texas area. He is an active adjudicator and clinician through the State of Texas as well as other states. His compositions for band have been published by RBC Music and Avalon Press.

Prior to his employment at Howard Payne University, Tucker was Assistant Director and Director of Bands at Stanton High School from 1990-95. From 1985-1990, he was Assistant Professor Music at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was also Part-time Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Brownwood, from 2003-2006.

Conducting and Professional Engagements

He has conducted 32 Region Bands throughout Texas. He was Baptist All-State Conductor in 1998, 2001, and 2004, and 2006, and has conducted the Abilene All-City band and orchestra three times. He has led more than 80 Marching and Concert clinics in Texas and Louisiana. He conducted the Oakland Ballet Company, and has been co-director of Howard Payne Marching Band Leadership Camp. He was clinician at the 2001 College Band Directors National Association in Denton, Texas. He assisted Kirke McKenzie and directed the Sweepstakes Bands while at Stanton High School, and the band was the winner of State Wind Ensemble Contest in 1993. He was choir Director at Union Presbyterian Church 1995-2000. He was named faculty Member of the Year at Howard Payne for 2000-2001.

Dr. Tuck has played professional Horn with Abilene Philharmonic, San Angelo Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, Kings Brass Quintet, Zephyr Winds, and Midland-Odessa Wind Quintet. He has also played Jazz piano with local bands including Howard Payne Jazz Band, and instituted the Young Person's Guide to the Band series which had more than 1000 children in attendance from 2003 to 2006.

He has performed clinics for a long list of high schools, including: Abilene, Early, Brownwood, Bangs, Ballinger, Burnet, Coleman, Cross Plains, Roscoe, Pampa, Hamlin, Anson, Wall, Iraan-Sheffield, Jim Ned, Stephenville, Dublin, Coahoma, Mineral Wells, Goldthwaite, Hico, Hamilton, Buena Vista, Lubbock Cooper, Alvarado, Grandview, Ranger, Reagan County, Van Horn, Rising Star, Alpine, Shallowater, Roosevelt, Stanton, Midland, Big Spring, Frisco, Marcus, Irion County, Millsap, and Eastland. Dr. Tucker has also been a guest clinician at Hendrix College and Anderson University.


 Clancy Weeks

Dr. Clancy Weeks has been teaching Texas bands since 1985 when he earned his degree in music theory and composition from Lamar University, studying with such composers as William Latham, Merrill Ellis, Robert Culbertson and Paul Holmes along the way. He has composed and arranged for the wind band medium for over 25 years (beginning in high school), and has had over two-dozen band works published by R.B.C. Music and Avalon Press. In 1997 he earned his D.M.A. from the University of Houston in music education and conducting, and in the process created a corrected edition of Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite.  His works have been performed by bands all over the country—including the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Houston Symphonic Band, and the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble— and he was contracted to provide music for the Texas University Interscholastic League Sight-Reading competition.  His most recent publication, Cripple Creek, was performed by the Lone Star Symphonic Band in Houston, TX.

Dr. Weeks has studied conducting with Gary Sousa (currently the Director of Instrumental Music at the University of Tennessee), and conducted in workshops under the watchful eyes of such noted directors as Jerry Junkin, Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Richard Floyd, Kevin Sedatole, and Larry Rachliff just to name a few.  He has taught band at every level from 6th grade through high school, 2A through 5A, and has had successful programs at each of those levels.  Clancy is a member of Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi.  He currently lives in Houston with his wife, Molly, and their son, Leo, and continues to write for bands.

His compositional style is decidedly tonal, with an eye towards craftsmanship and playability, and his works have been commissioned by a growing number of Texas bands. Rhythmic variety—including offset rhythmic patterns, unusual accents, and multiple meters—is a trademark of his latest works, while lush and occasionally complex harmonies is a long-time staple.


 Ron White