Maudell Baker (BMus, music education - the College of Music’s first alumna) was the guest speaker in a piano pedagogy class in Fall 2009, hosted by faculty Brad Beckman and Fred Kern. She is still a vital and creative pedagogue, teaching private students in piano and painting in her studio in Gainesville, Texas.
Robert Dale Olson (BMus ‘56, MM, trumpet) gave a lecture titled, “The Trumpet Mouthpiece” at the Scottish International Festival of Trumpets in Summer 2010.
Nora McDaniel (jazz) continues to play religious, jazz, blues and classical music on the piano while residing at a senior living community in Tyler, Texas.
Rosalie (Grimes) Bergman (BMus, composition) was the first graduate of the composition program in the School of Music and she continues to be politically active. She is pictured here at a political rally in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Robert Stanton (BMus ‘57, MM, oboe) leads an active musical life as a member of the Arizona Broadway Theatre Orchestra in Peoria, playing piccolo in the Phoenix Valley Concert Band, and saxophone in the Senior Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band. He also plays saxophone in his group “The Golden Saxes” which performs at retirement centers and church services in Arizona.
Joe Buttram (BMus ‘54, MM, music education) (center) continues to perform with the Washington Street Strutters in the Rockbridge, Virginia area.
Geoff Bissett (BMus, music education) completed the master of music education degree at Texas Tech University in August. As the associate high school band director of the Frenship High
Robert Herman (BMus '64, vocal studies) (right) and Cary Lewis (BMus, MM ‘65, piano) reunited in Oregon for Herman’s “Swan Song” recital. The last time they performed together was in 1964 at Herman’s degree recital; they repeated three songs from the 1964 recital in this final concert.
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Sparky Koerner (MM '76, jazz) became president of the Texas Jazz Educators Association in July 2010. He is director of the College of the Mainland Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo and serves as chairman of the Fine Arts Department.
School band in Wolfforth, Texas, his individual bands have won over 40 first divisions at UIL contests.
Harry Watters (BMus, jazz) plays trombone for the U.S. Army Band, is a clinician for Jupiter Band Instruments, and is an instructor of trombone at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Eden Brent (BMus, music theory) was recently honored for her keyboard skills when she won a Blues Music Award for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year and released a new CD titled Ain’t Got No Troubles, which she recorded in New Orleans.