Richard Hicks is in his fifth year as Director of Bands at Lake Travis High School. Mr. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Applied Music from the University of Houston.
He began his career in education in 2000 as Associate Band Director at Tomball High School in Houston where he served as director of the symphonic winds and marching band. During his tenure at Tomball, Mr. Hicks established consistent UIL Sweepstakes for the school’s non‐varsity band.
In 2005, he joined the faculty at the University of Houston, serving as a graduate assistant for university bands. In that capacity, Mr. Hicks was Co‐Director of the symphonic band, concert band, and assisted in all aspects of running a university band program. He also served as Assistant Director of the Cougar Brass and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.
Most recently, Mr. Hicks served as Head Band Director at J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, a position he held since 2006. During his time at Dobie High School, Mr. Hicks functioned as lead coordinator for more than 200 student‐musicians annually comprising concert bands as well as winter guard, jazz and marching bands. He also served as Co‐Director of the school’s full orchestra and various musicals and activities within the Fine Arts department. Bands under Mr. Hicks’ direction have received numerous first division ratings (sweepstakes) in marching and concert contests as well as Best-in-Class awards throughout the state and nation. This includes performances at the National Concert Band Festival in 2008 and 2011.
Taylor Trevino joins us from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas. While at MacArthur, he directed the Symphonic Band and led all visual skills for the marching band who both received sweepstakes. He is currently a member of the Visual Staff of six-time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps where he has served since 2011 and was formerly a member in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Trevino is very excited to be returning to the Austin area and becoming a part of the Lake Travis High School Band.
Lance Brightwell, a native of Beckville, TX, is a graduate of Northwestern State University, LA with a BA in Music Education and Music Theory. While under the studies of Kenneth H. Green, Caroline Beatty, and Bill Brent he was Section Leader multiple years for the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Marching Drumline where he also acted as an arranger. After graduating NSU in 2005, he lived in Nashville, TN working as a freelance percussion instructor and private lesson teacher for Wilson Central High School, where he was involved with WGI and TCGC competing nationally.
In 2006 he began his full time Music Education career at Midway High School in Waco, TX as Assistant Director / Percussion Coordinator. As an arranger and teacher in the Waco Area, Lance designed for, worked with and taught various successful PASIC competitors. These include High School Snare Championship solos for the 2009-2011 1st place award winners as well as the 2010 PASIC Multi-Percussion Champion and 1st Runner Up Compositions.
In 2008 Lance was hired as Assistant Director of Bands / Coordinator of Percussion for Lake Travis ISD in Austin, TX. Here he worked with all percussionists from 6th-12th grade including Lake Travis and Hudson Bend Middle Schools and also conducted the high school Symphonic Band. In 2011 Lake Travis High School achieved the honor of qualifying for the 4A Texas State Marching Band Contest placing 5th place overall in Finals Competition. In 2012 the band qualified again for the State Marching Contest in the 5A classification.
While under Mr. Brightwell’s direction the Percussion section at Lake Travis also experienced many high achievements including 2012 PASIC Silver Medalists in the marching stand still division and winning “Best Snare Line” and “Best Cymbal Line”. In 2012, the LT Winter Drumline was the Scholastic Marching A Campion in the Texas Colorguard Circuit. In 2013 they were the WGI Houston Regional Champions and the Scholastic Marching Open Champions in TCGC. In 2014, the Winter Drumline finished 3rd place in the TCGC State Competition solidifying themselves as a consistent medalist in the circuit.
Lance is an active adjudicator and clinician in Texas and Louisiana for UIL and Percussive Arts Society and is Educationally Endorsed by Innovative Percussion. He has been an instructor all over TX since 2010 for “RATAMACAMP”, a series of Summer Percussion camps, beginner level – 8th grade with founder, Paul Garretson. It is here that he continues his pursuit for teaching and developing the young percussionist, one of his greatest passions. Associations include PAS, TBA, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Lance lives in the hill country of Austin, TX with his wife Hannah and their 2 dogs. He is honored to be a part of the Lake Travis Band family!
Whitney Stone (Guard Director) grew up in Sylva, North Carolina and attended Smoky Mountain High School, graduating in 2003. She danced for 8 years with a studio in her younger years. She was a member of the band as a flutist and joined colorguard her Sophomore year. She completed 6 seasons in high school, 4 as the Guard Captain. After graduating, she marched with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps for 5 years, 2003-2007 and was a captain for 2006/2007.
In 2007 the Guard placed 2nd at DCI, nearly winning the Guard Award. Whitney also marched at WCU in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from 2003-2005, and was a co-captain of the guard in 2005. She marched with The Study IW winterguard in 2004-2005 and First Flight IO in 2006. After that, she moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to immerse herself in the guard community and march with the Pride of Cincinnati (POC). The POC were the IW World Champions in 2007 and the IW Silver Medalists in 2008. In 2009 POC did not come out so Whitney marched at Zydeco IW. She then taught Zydeco in 2011-2013.
Some of the other groups she taught are: Carmel SW (2012 BOA and ISSMA State Champs, 2013 IHSCGA State and WGI SW World Champions; 2013 ISSMA state runner up, BOA Silver Medalists, IHSCGA State Champs and WGI SW Silver Medalists), Center Grove HS BOA/WGI Semi-Finalists, Northview HS State medalists, Lawrence Central HS State/BOA finalist, Greenfield Central HS (State medalists and WGI Finalists), Decatur Central HS, New Palestine HS, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2009 DCI finalists), Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2016), Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2014) as well as many other groups in the Indiana/Ohio area.
She currently teaches at ATX Independent winterguard, Hendrickson HS, Vandergrift HS and Hutto HS. Whitney graduated from Paul Mitchell The School in 2009 with a Cosmetology Degree. She has designed hair and makeup looks for many of the above colorguards as well as Pride of Cincinnati in 2013 when they were the WGI IW World Champions. She is very passionate about colorguard, dance, hair and make-up. She also loves animals of every kind; helping them, donating to the betterment of their livelihood and caring for any animal she comes across!
Kevin Jedele is the band director at Lake Travis Middle School and has been doing band his whole life. A child of an Air Force bandsman, Mr. Jedele has performed in a variety of ensembles ranging from polka bands to The University of Texas Longhorn band and everything in between. Currently, he plays trumpet in the Austin Symphonic Band and serves as their concert coordinator . When is he is not performing or teaching, he enjoys reading, running, biking, swimming, and spending time with his family.
Ryan O’Donoghue, Hudson Bend Middle School Band Director, grew up in Plano and was drum major of the Plano East Marching Panther Band. He attended Florida State University on a National Merit Scholarship and was a section leader in the Marching Chiefs, one of the largest collegiate marching bands in the nation. Mr. O’Donoghue began his teaching career in 2005 at Hudson Bend and Lake Travis Middle Schools and became the head director at HBMS in 2009. His primary instrument is clarinet.
Vanessa Montelongo, Vanessa Montelongo, Assistant Director. Ms. Montelongo received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Texas State University where she was part of the Bobcat Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Horn Cats. She received her Masters in Music in Horn Performance from Western Illinois University and studied with Dr. Randall Faust. At Western Illinois, she participated in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and the Jazz Studio Orchestra. She had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Brazil performing on horn and trombone. In her spare time Ms. Montelongo enjoys spending time with her family, running and reading.
Alyssa Trittin is teaching at Lake Travis Middle School. Ms. Trittin is the conductor of the Concert Band, assists with the Symphonic Band and also teaches the beginning Trumpet, French Horn, Saxophone and Trombones classes. During her time at LTMS, the Concert Band has received sweepstakes at Texas UIL competitions as well as “Outstanding Performer” at Texas Music Festivals.
Ms. Trittin earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. While attending the University of Texas, Ms. Trittin studied horn with Patrick Hughes and performed with several University groups, including the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, UT Wind Symphony, UT LongHORN Choir and Longhorn Band. She was also an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma and UT’s Student Music Educators Association. Currently, Ms. Trittin performs with the Cedar Park Winds in Cedar Park, Texas under the direction of Chris Yee and Jeremy Spicer.
When not performing or teaching, Ms. Trittin enjoys cooking delicious food and attending musicals.