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2016 Drumline and Fall Band Judges Bios


James Bode

Active composer, arranger for percussion, marching, concert bands and jazz ensembles.  Principle Percussionist with San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Founder and director of the West Texas Jazz Orchestra; drummer for Jazz Concho, conductor of the Directors Band of San Angelo; adjudicator and clinician for competitions ad schools throughout Texas for 28 years;  Adjunct Instructor of Percussion and Jazz Ensemble, Instrumental Methods Angelo State University; Retired from public school teaching 2010.  Member Of TMAA (Texas Music Adjudicators Association).

Bachelor Of Music (Education), University Of North Texas.  

Master Of Music (Performance) University Of Texas At Austin

Robert Brannock

Robert Brannock is beginning his 18th year in music education as Director of Percussion Activities for Liberty High School in Frisco,  Texas. Prior to his appointment at Liberty, Mr. Brannock served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at Denton High School and Adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. During his tenure at Denton, the percussion program grew to become one of the largest 5A programs in Texas, including the nearly 50-member Bronco Drumline, Varsity and Symphonic Percussion Ensembles and the World Percussion Group. Recent honors for the Denton percussion program have included several Drumline caption awards and top placements at various regional and national competitions, including the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Festival. Many students in the program earned recognition for their high level of performance, including top finishes at Percussive Arts Society individuals competitions, “Outstanding Soloist” awards and top chairs in All-Region ensembles. The Varsity Percussion Ensemble was selected as the “Commended Winner” in the 2015 National Percussion Honors Recording Project and was invited to perform at the 2016 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Brannock’s background includes teaching, writing and arranging for ensembles from middle school through the collegiate level that have consistently earned both state and national recognition. Some of these include the Texas and Indiana State Marching contests, Bands of America Regional Finals and Grand Nationals, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, named both a Winter Guard International Regional Champion and Indiana Percussion Association State Champion, Superior concert band ratings, including “Awards of Distinction” and “All-Music Awards” from the Indiana State School Music Association, numerous Texas University Interscholastic League “Sweepstakes Awards” and several “Best in Class” concert band and percussion awards at music festivals around the country. His students have also earned positions in the Texas and Indiana All-State Bands, the Indiana Music Educators Association Honor Band, Texas and Indiana All-District Bands, Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble and several regional orchestras. Many of Mr. Brannock’s former students have gone on to receive high acclaim in music performance and teaching careers, some of which include earning Grammy awards, recording for television and movie soundtracks, studio and touring work with several orchestras, Top 40 and Country music groups, as well as instructional staff for several drum & bugle corps, including the Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment and several high school band programs around the country. Additionally, many of his students have earned positions in WGI Independent groups and Top 12 drum corps, as well as scholarships to several leading colleges of music across the United States.

Mr. Brannock holds a Masters degree in Music Performance and Conducting from the University of North Texas, where he also

served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Music, one of the largest in the United States. His Music Education degree is from Ball State University. He has been a guest artist, conductor and clinician throughout North America and Asia. He is published with Row-Loff Productions and is currently an artist/endorser for Dynasty USA/Bergerault, D’Addario & Company-Evans/Pro-Mark, has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Percussion Association and as a design consultant for the Zildjian company, Rhapsody Percussion and Dynasty USA, as well as a program consultant for several middle and high school band programs.

Mr. Brannock has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year”, voted “Most Influential Faculty Member” by the student body andreceived several other commendations for excellence in education. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Golden Key and Kappa Delta Pi.

 Dr. Stephen Crawford

Dr. Stephen Crawford is Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Music History at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.  He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Minot State University, the Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.  Dr. Crawford is the principal percussionist/timpanist with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the UMHB Percussion Ensemble. He has held teaching and conducting positions at Temple College, Minot State University, Ellsworth College, the University of Northern Iowa, and was the Associate Conductor with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.  A nationally recognized conductor and scholar of wind and percussion music, Dr. Crawford has conducted performances at state, national, and international conferences including the Texas Music educators Conference, College Band Director’s National Conference, The Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference, and the International Horn Symposium.  He has presented percussion Clinics at the Music Education Associations of Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Carolina, California, New Mexico, Minnesota, and North Carolina.  Dr. Crawford is in demand as a percussion artist, clinician, scholar, lecturer, and guest conductor having appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Taiwan, Indonesia, Scotland, England, the Czech Republic, China, Russia, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Dr. Crawford lived in London, England as the UMHB faculty member for the London Studies Program for Spring of 2009 where he lectured courses in British Music History. His research specialties include wind and percussion music of the Renaissance; the chamber music of Carlos Chavéz; and Czech music.

Dr. Crawford represents Majestic Percussion, Mapex Drums, and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician. An award-winning composer, his marimba compositions include Ghost River; Winter Mix; From the Edge of the Frame; Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo (solo marimba); Remembering Tomorrow (flute and marimba); and Chroma 1 (marimba quartet).  As a University scholar, Dr. Crawford was awarded a 2011 Faculty Research Grant to allow study in the Czech Republic and has also conducted research in Russia, and Belgium. His research articles Carlos Chávez’s “Xochipilli- Macuilxochitl: An Imagined Aztec Music,” and The Bells of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Novgorod’s Kremlin have been published in Percussive Notes. He has been the recipient of the UMHB Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UMHB Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and was a past nominee for Composer of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. He is currently the Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Dr. Crawford’s biographical record is included in “Who’s Who in AMERICA.”

Bana Estes

Bana Estes is currently the Associate Director of Bands in Thrall ISD.  In his 2nd year of teaching, the Thrall High School Marching Band was an Area finalist in 2015.  Thrall earned the Sweepstakes award for superior ratings in both marching and concert season.  

Mr. Estes is a percussion specialist.  Schools he has attended were Round Rock High School and Texas Tech University.  He has taught for 14 years in the public schools.  He has taught in Princeton (Dallas area), Aledo (Fort Worth area), and Kennedale, Texas (Fort Worth area) all State Marching Band programs.  

Mr. Estes hold a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University and was a member of the Goin Band from Raiderland as well as the Tech Drumline.  He is a current member of Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB). 

Eric Harper

Teacher, composer, and performer Eric Harper was the Director of Percussion Studies for Brazoswood High School and it’s feeder programs in the area of Clute/Lake Jackson, Texas for thirteen Years.  Eric is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, where he studied with Greg Koyle, Alan Shinn, and Dr. Lisa Rogers.  He has performed in masterclasses with Evelyn Glennie at the 1996 PASIC Convention, as well as performed with percussion legends Leigh Howard Stevens, Michael Burritt, and Nexus.  During his last two years in Lubbock, Eric was an instructor for the Texas Tech Drumline and a member of the Lubbock Symphony.  When Eric moved to the Austin area in 2013, he worked for Austin ISD and Lake Travis ISD

In Eric’s years in Houston, Eric taught “Percussion One” ensembles and percussion camps with Lamar Burkhalter. Eric helped lead Percussion One in their performance and clinic at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998. The same year, Eric was working for Westfield High School Band and helped them achieve 5A Texas State Marching Band Champion. In 2000, Eric traveled to Hanover Germany with Percussion One to perform at the World Expo.

Eric was a section leader of the Houston Texans Drumline for nine years, member of the Houston Rockets drum group known as “Big Bang” and also a member of a West African drum ensemble known as Drum Cafe.  In 2003, 2006, and 2009 Brazoswood percussion ensemble performed at the renowned Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Austin, Texas through the call for tapes competition.  Brazoswood High School Percussion Ensemble is the only high school group in history to have won the call-for- tapes process three times in a row. Percussion groups from all over the world were in competition with Brazoswood for this honor. The other ensembles listed with top marks were from Germany and Japan. The Brazoswood Drumline has been recognized in many Texas-based competitions and recently won second place in the PASIC international indoor drumline competition.

While working with the Brazoswood High School band program, the band was honored with several high level achievements, including finalists at Texas 5A State Marching Band Championships, Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Finalists, and 2012 Texas 5A State Honor Band.

Eric is a family man and enjoys spending time with his wife Carrie and two daughters Jade and Cora.  Eric is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and has two compositions, “Sands of Africa” and Drume” published with Drop 6.


 Robert Vetter

Robert Vetter has spent thirty-seven years directing bands in Texas.  He recently retired as Director of Bands for Robinson Independent School District. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas.  Prior to 2008, he was Director of Bands at Reagan County ISD in Big Lake for twenty-five years. He began his teaching career in 1979 at White Deer High School.  Bands under his direction have appeared at the UIL State Marching Contest six times.  In July of 2014, the Robinson Band was named TMEA Honor Band for it’s classification.  Mr. Vetter now spends his time as a consultant and adjudicator.

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