Carmen Chavez – Flute
B.M. Performance - University of Texas at Arlington (In Progress)
Carmen is a Performance Major at the University of Texas at Arlington where she studies flute under Dr. Terri Sanchez. She is a member of the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, which was most recently selected to perform at the 2017 TMEA Convention. She is also a member of the Maverick Flute Choir which was selected to perform at the National Flute Association Convention, August 2015, and will be sending a proposal to perform at the 2017 Convention as well.
Carmen was also part of a quartet consisting of members from the Maverick Flute Choir to perform at the National Flute Association Convention, August 2016, and won the Karen Adrian Scholarship for "Outstanding Undergraduate Soloist" at the Texas Flute Festival in May 2016. Carmen is also an active member of the band service sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, where she serves the bands at UTA and in the community in any way possible.
William Hayter - Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
M.M. p. bass clarinet - Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatoire (The Netherlands)
M.M. p. clarinet - Texas Christian University
B.M. ed. - University of Houston
William Hayter maintains a full schedule of teaching in Birdville ISD. His students routinely earn Superior ratings at solo contests and membership in the exclusive Texas All-State Band.
Mr Hayter has performed as a soloist in the United States, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Finland. He has given the world premiere of Ketting II by Jo Sporck, the European premiere of Au by John Rimmer, and the Netherlands premiere of Karel Reiner's Concerto for Bass Clarinet & Orchestra, among others.
As a chamber musician, he has founded ensembles to capitalize on innovative sound combinations, most notably Duo Idun (bass clarinet & cello) and nu duo (bass clarinet & percussion). With nu duo, he has developed a unique, virtuosic style of free improvisation.
Mr Hayter holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Music in Bass Clarinet Performance from Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatoire (The Netherlands). His teachers include Jeffrey Lerner, Gary Whitman, and Henri Bok. For more information, visit www.williamhayter.com.
David Warren - Clarinet
Eastman School of Music
Texas Christian University -Doctor of Musical Arts candidate
David Warren is the principal clarinetist of The Jackson Symphony in Jackson, TN, where he has played since 2015. In March 2017, he will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Jackson Symphony, under the direction of conductor Peter Shannon. David is an active chamber musician, performing regularly with his wife, violist Laurielle Warren, in The Warren Trio. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Mexico, and can be heard on studio recordings of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, TCU Wind Symphony, and Eastman Broadband.
In addition to an active performing career, David teaches clarinet in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, MI, which he has attended since 2011. David is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and of Texas Christian University, where he is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate. He and his wife live and work in Fort Worth, TX, and in Bay View, MI, during the summer months.
Jonathan Thompson - Oboe
B.M.- Northwestern University
M.M.- Northwestern University
Lecturer, Bienen School of Music 2014-2015
University of North Texas, DMA/Oboe Teaching Fellow
Jonathan Thompson is a performer, collaborator, and educator in Dallas, Texas. He performs across the country as the oboist of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Fonema Consort, based in Chicago, Illinois. He is an advocate of new music, which is a staple in his artistic mission of engaging audiences in performance.
Jonathan is currently working on a Doctorate of Music Arts at the University of North Texas, where he also acts as the oboe studio Teaching Fellow, teaching secondary lessons, reed classes, and chamber ensembles. He received a master's and bachelor's in oboe performance from Northwestern University in Chicago. At Northwestern, he was a Graduate Assistant for the oboe studio, and he became the first recipient of the Ray Still Award.
Charlie Hall – Bassoon
M.M. p. – Florida State University
B.M. p. - University of New Hampshire
Charles Hall is an active teacher, performer, and clinician in the Dallas –Fort Worth Metroplex. He serves as the principal bassoon with the East Texas and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras, and performs regularly with other groups throughout North Texas. He also serves as the bassoon professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. His summers are spent in Daytona Beach, Florida where he performs with musicals and operas with Seaside Musical Theater.
Mr. Hall had toured with the Montovani Orchestra throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. Other tours have included travel to England and Scotland with the American Chamber Winds, and Norway with a group representing the US at the first World Association Symphonic Bands Festival. Mr. Hall currently serves as the Executive Director as well as performer with the Modern Chamber Players of Texas. He has received his Bachelors degree in Bassoon performance from the University of New Hampshire and his Masters Degree from Florida State University studying under William Winstead.
Jason Ellison- Soprano, Alto, Tenor, & Baritone Saxophone
M.M. ed.– Texas Tech University
B.M. ed. – Southwestern College
Mr. Ellison holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern College and Master of Music from Texas Tech University. His primary mentors have been David Dees, Jean Lansing, Michael Wilder, Tim Erlich, Karen Craig and Brad Leali. He has had the honor to perform in master classes for Jean-Marie Londeix and Eric Nestler. As a freelance saxophonist and teacher for over 15 years, Jason has had the privilege to help his students garner accolades at the Region, Area and State levels of the Texas UIL System in both classical and jazz idioms. Some of his students have gone on to have success in the professional world of music as educators and performers. Jason maintains an active studio of students spanning Hurst, Birdville, Mansfield, Kennedale and Ft. Worth Independent School Districts.
Jason has been a contract musician for Princess Cruise Lines, Roswell (NM), Hobbs (NM) and San Angelo (TX) Symphonies. In the metroplex he has performed with various variety bands, the Jazz Monsters, Buddy's Big Band and in the pit orchestra of the Artisan Theater.
Jeff Norman – Trumpet
M.M. – University of North Texas
B.M. ed. – University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Norman is currently in his 13th year of teaching trumpet privately and active freelance playing around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, six of those years have been with the Birdville ISD. Students from his studio regularly make the Texas All-State Band(s) and consistent Superior ratings at various solo contests. He currently is also on the faculty at the Tarrant County Community College in Hurst. A native of Conway, Arkansas, he is an alumnus of the University of North Texas (MM) and the University of Central Arkansas (BME). He has studied under Patrick Hasty, Leonard Candelaria, John Holt and Ryan Anthony.
Jeff is a former member of the Conway Civic Orchestra and New World Symphony. He has been invited to play with the Fort Smith Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Legend Brass Quintet.
Eric Perry- Trumpet
B.M. ed. – University of Texas at Arlington
Mr. Perry is currently a Music Education / Trumpet Major at the University of Texas at Arlington where he studies trumpet under Dr. Rick Bogard. He is the principal trumpet player in the Wind Symphony, plays in the Symphony Orchestra and the UTA Jazz Orchestra, is the Drum Major of the UTA Marching Band, and is involved in many other ensembles. He is currently the President of the Sigma Omega chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and holds leadership positions within the music building, sitting on the department chair’s student committee.
As a graduate of Birdville High School, Mr. Perry was a four-year member of the Mighty Hawk Band program. During his time at BHS, he was the trumpet section leader and band president. He was a four-year member of the All-Region Jazz and Concert bands and earned a spot in the Texas 4A All-State Band in 2010. Eric was also the Birdville Cluster “Concerto Contest” Champion in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Perry has spent the past three summers performing for thousands with the world famous Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as Drum Major for the 2014-2016 seasons. During the 2015 season with the Scouts, he was awarded the Jim Jones award for outstanding leadership by the DCI board of directors.
Travis Howell - French Horn
M.M. p. - Colorado State University
B.M. p. - Texas Christian University
Travis Howell, a native of north Texas, recently finished his Master’s of Music Performance degree at Colorado State University, under the tutelage of Dr. John McGuire. During his time in Colorado, Travis was an active performer throughout the northern Colorado and Denver areas, including performances with the Cheyenne Symphony and Longmont Symphony. In the spring of 2014, Travis was a featured regional artist at the Western Horn Workshop, where he also collaborated in performance with former Canadian Brass horn player Jeff Nelsen.
Travis has performed internationally in South America and across Europe, including a 2014 tour to Austria, Hungary, and Bratislava with the CSU Faculty Chamber Winds. In the past Travis has been invited to play at Marrowstone Music Festival, and served as principal horn of the CICA Music Festival in Dallas in 2013. Travis holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance degree from Texas Christian University, where he studied with Heather Test and Alton Adkins. During his time at TCU, Travis won 3rd place in the TCU Concerto Competition, and was an active freelancer and teacher throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Travis’s other teachers include David Cooper and Dr. Howard Hilliard.
Paul Birk – Tenor & Bass Trombone
M.M. p. - University of North Texas
B.M. ed. - University of Texas at Arlington
Paul Birk is a freelance trombonist, private lesson teacher, composer and arranger in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He received his Bachelors of Music (education) from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Masters of Music (performance) from the University of North Texas. He has completed an assistantship and the course work in pursuit of his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from Texas Tech University. He regularly plays for Lyric Stage in Irving, Chris Watson Band, Brazz, Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the Curt Bradshaw Jazz Octet as well as playing in brass groups at various churches.
Seth Shaffer – Tuba
M.M.-Music Performance-University of California Los Angeles
B.M. - Music Education-Texas Christian University
Seth Shaffer is a freelance musician and private lessons instructor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to teaching privately, Seth is a member of the brass staff of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps based in Diamond Bar, California.
Seth currently performs with the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Carrollton Wind Symphony, and as a substitute musician in the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He has previously performed with the top wind ensembles and orchestras at UCLA and TCU, including on domestic and international tours. He has also participated in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the International Festival of Winds and Percussion.
His teachers include Aubrey Foard, Richard Murrow, and Ed Jones.
Rich Bono - Percussion
B.M. ed. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.M. University of North Texas
Rich Bono is an Innovative Percussion Education Artist and currently instructs private percussion lessons, arranges Battery and Front Ensemble music, and freelances in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Rich previously held the position of Percussion Director at Krum ISD where he worked at both the High School and Middle School instructing the drum line, front ensemble, percussion ensemble, steel band, and concert bands. He has placed students in the Region and Area Concert and Jazz Bands and was an Assistant Director for the Texas Music Educators Association 2013 Class C Middle School Honor Band with the Krum Middle School Wind Ensemble.
He is currently the principal percussionist with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and is also a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. He has performed at numerous conventions including the Percussive Arts Society Showcase Concert and New Literature Session, the CBDNA Evening Concert, the WASBE Showcase Concert, and has performed in sessions at the Texas and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conventions. Rich was also a member of the West Percussion Group that performed at the International Festival of Wind Bands and Percussion Ensembles hosted at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. Along with conventions and festivals, Rich has performed numerous solo, duet, and chamber recitals in both Texas and Pennsylvania, was Principal Percussionist with the UNT Wind Symphony, and was previously the Acting Principal Timpanist with the Johnstown Symphony.
Rich can be heard on recordings with the Keystone Wind Ensemble, Mark Ford’s Stealing a Moment CD, GIA’s Teaching Music through Performance collection, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony,the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind and Percussion Ensembles, and the Percussion Music of Dana Difillippantonio recorded by the paradox Percussion project.
Christopher Lennox - Percussion
B.M. ed. - University of North Texas (In Progress)
Christopher Lennox is originally from Newark, Delaware. He began his interest in music at an early age, learning percussion from his father. While in high school he earned the honors of performing with the Delaware All State Band. He attended the University of Delaware studying music education with an emphasis in percussion. His principal teachers include Jim Ancona, Harvey Price, and Orlando Cotto and he performed with the percussion ensemble, marching band, and symphonic band. In 2012 Christopher moved to Denton, Texas to complete is Bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of North Texas. While at UNT Christopher has studied under the tutelage of Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Robert "Doc" Schietroma, Ed Smith, as well as Michael Drake. Christopher has since performed with the percussion players, brass band, concert band, concert orchestra, symphony orchestra, and taught the Green Brigade marching band.
Between his time at University of Delaware and University of North Texas Christopher traveled the country, and the world, teaching and performing with many world-class ensembles. Since 2005, Mr. Lennox has been working with percussion groups across the country including Unionville High School (Kennett Square, PA), Ayala High School (Chino Hills, CA), Fred J. Page High School (Nashville, TN), and William H. Taft High School (San Antonio, TX). He performed with the Jersey Surf (2002-2003), Crossmen (2004-2005), Phantom Regiment (2006), Blue Devils (2007), Cavaliers (2008), and Music City Mystique (2009). After aging out of Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International, he taught the Troopers (2009) and Boston Crusaders (2010-2013). Throughout his DCI career he received numerous awards and honors such
as the 2005 Beanpot Invitational scholarship, performing in the 2002 movie, "Pulse! A Stomp Odyssey", and performed with the 2005 DCI Honor Corps. In 2006 and 2007 his ensemble won the Fred Sanford DCI High Percussion award and in 2007 he traveled to Japan to represent the DCI World Champion Blue Devils at the Marching in Okayama festival in Okayama, Japan. In 2010 Christopher returned to Japan to perform with the Aimachi marching band in Nagoya, Japan. Later that year he traveled to Basel, Switzerland to perform with the Top Secret Drum Corps in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
After Christopher completes his bachelor’s degree this spring, he plans to continue teaching percussion in the DFW area.
Joey Depperschmidt - Jazz Guitar, Bass
B.M. ed. - University of Texas at Arlington (In Progress)
After graduating from Birdville in 2013, Joey Depperschmidt began his Undergraduate degree in Music Education at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a part of the marching band, concert bands on percussion and guitar in jazz combos. He studies guitar under Samuel Walker at UTA. He's also marching DCI for the summer of 2014. He plans to attend UTA for his entire undergraduate career then go to another school for a master's degree. His future plans are to become a band director at the high school and eventually college level to inspire and help students with their love for music!