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2017 Fall Band Judges

John Hinojosa: 

John Hinojosa is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Mary Carroll High School. Mr. Hinojosa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. While a percussion student at UT, John studied percussion with George Frock. John is a Former Marching Member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. While a Cavalier he studied with James Campbell.

He has taught band students in Texas for over 25 years. Currently, John is Director of Bands at McAdams Jr. High School in Dickinson ISD. Mr. Hinojosa’s teaching responsibilities include the Honors Band, Cadet Band, and Percussion Ensemble at McAdams JH as well as teaching the beginning percussionists at Dunbar and Lobit Middle Schools. Under his direction, the McAdams Junior High Bands have received consecutive sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading contests. The McAdams JH Honors Band has earned superior ratings at local festivals as well garnering Best in Class honors as well. The 2016 McAdams JH Honors Band achieved national recognition in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band competition when they were named a National Winner in 2016. The 2016 McAdams JH Honors Band was selected to perform at the “Music For All” National Middle School Band Festival in Indianapolis in March of 2017. Each year, the McAdams JH Band program places a large number of students in the TMEA All- District and All Region Band as well as top players in the TMEA Region 17 All Region Symphony Orchestra.

He started teaching at Eisenhower High School, in the Aldine ISD. He has now completed his twenty-fourth year of teaching currently in the Dickinson ISD. John has recently completed his 26th year of teaching at the Sam Houston State University Summer Music Camp. Mr. H is an Artist with Innovative Percussion and a member of Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association. John is a member of TMAA and is an active adjudicator and clinician in Texas. John has presented clinics at TBA and TMEA conventions, as well as Professional Development workshops for TBA also. John resides in League City with his wife Denise along with their four-legged kids… Caryn, Sydney.

Krystal Michal:

Krystal Michal just completed her 10th year of teaching at Robinson. She serves as Director of Percussion for 6th-12th grade and is also the director of one of the 7th grade bands at the JH. Under her direction, her students have made the ATSSB All-State Band, Superior ratings at UIL State Solo and Ensemble, and Sweepstakes in Concert & Sight-Reading. She was also on staff when Robinson was named TMEA 3A Honor Band. Her professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Percussive Arts Society.

Michael Varner:

Dr. Michael Varner has recently retired from the position of Director of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington after 36 years. Previous to that he was Director of Percussion at Western Michigan University. He has taught Percussion and World Music at the University level for a total of 40 years. He holds a degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s in Performance from The University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Performance from The University of North Texas. With a long history as a performer he draws from over 40 years’ experience performing new and time-honored repertoire to the highest standards. In 2014, he released his latest CD “reVelations” featuring his own compositions. Excerpts from Dr. Varner’s performances can be seen on Youtube. He has presented Percussion clinics in every state, Europe, and Japan and has over 20 commissioned compositions published internationally.

His interest in world music led to a sabbatical in Nigeria and “Study-Abroad” classes to Ghana. His article “Skin That Speaks” was published in the 2013 Percussive Notes Journal and he received a Grant to accept an invitation from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria for teaching and research. He taught all percussion and world music courses at UTArlington and was a member of the Honor’s College Faculty, chosen as Honor’s faculty member of the Year. He is an artist performer for Remo World Percussion, Vic Firth mallets, Yamaha drums, and Sabian cymbals.

For video and more information on Dr. Varner visit: http://www.uta.edu/faculty/mulberry/acover

Andy Anker:

Mr. Andy Anker received his academic training at Southern Methodist University and St. Cloud State University respectively. He currently serves as the percussion director for Liberty Hill ISD. Prior to coming to Liberty Hill ISD, Mr. Anker served as an assistant director at both Creekview High School in Carrollton Farmers-Branch and Highland Park High School in Dallas.

Mr. Anker is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas. In addition to teaching and judging, Anker is a composer and arranger of both marching and drumline contest music. Since 2007, performances of Anker’s marching arrangements
have been performed by some of the top band programs in the state of Texas. Throughout the concert season, Mr. Anker stays very active as a percussion coordinator at the region and state level and as a performing artist. He has performed and recorded with the Dallas Wind Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and many other performing organizations.

Mr. Anker’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association,  Percussive Arts Society, Vic Firth Education, and the American Federation for Musicians.

Robert Vetter:

Robert Vetter 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 Symphonic Band was named TMEA 3-A Honor Band. Mr. Vetter now spends his time as a consultant and adjudicator.

Robert is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and he is a Charter Member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands. He has served ATSSB as a Region and Area Coordinator and was on the State Board as President Elect, President and Immediate Past President from 2008 until 2013. He is an active member and deacon of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Robinson.

He is married to the love of his life, Leeann Vetter, who teaches fifth grade in Robinson. Robert and Leeann are the parents of twin daughters, Allison and Ashton, age twenty-eight, both former members of the ATSSB All State Band. Allison is married to Bradley Sell and they have a daughter, Adilynn and a son, Haddon. Ashton is married to Brice Campbell and they have two sons, Hudson and Elliot. Robert and Leeann also have a son, Austin, who is in his second year at Texas A & M University. Austin was a three-year member of the ATSSB All State Band and is a member of the elite Wind Symphony at A & M.

Paul Martin:

Paul Martin is currently the Director of Bands at SFA Middle School in Bryan, TX. He is also the district middle school band coordinator in overseeing all aspects of the intermediate and middle school band programs. Prior to his appointment in Bryan, Paul was Director of Bands at Lake Country Christian School in Fort Worth. His bands were consistent in earning sweepstakes and participating in TAPPS and TPSMEA events. Paul helped serve on the TAPPS State Music Committee and worked to establish the TAPPS Drumline Contest. He is an active clinician and performer across the state and was just recently appointed conductor of the Brazos Valley Community Band. Paul and his wife, Kristin, reside in Bryan, TX.

Aaron Lewis:

Aaron Lewis spent 25 years as a head director in classifications 1A-4A schools.  He has judged for UIL Area competitions in Waco and Odessa.  He received 21 first division ratings in UIL and has never had a band not advance to Area competition.  He competed at the State marching competition in 86 and 88.  He conducts clinics for many schools in the central Texas area.

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