WELCOME TO THE BAND DEPARTMENT AT LAKE TRAVIS HIGH SCHOOL
The Band Department at LTHS enrolls over 200 students from the 9th through 12th grades who study with a dedicated teaching faculty as well as private lesson instructors.
It only takes a glance at the calendar to see that this is a busy group. Our band performs at many events and represents our school’s pride and spirit throughout the state.
We support one another by attending all performances and rehearsals. Remember that you play a vital role in every performance and rehearsal, so your attendance and punctuality is always important. A major part of learning to work successfully in a team is knowing that you are important to the group and the group is weakened if you are not there.
We participate in all state-prescribed UIL and TMEA events as well as selected festivals and contests. It is our philosophy that students can learn and grow through competition when it is approached in an educationally sound manner. All events are carefully selected for their ability to enhance student learning through participation, observation, and adjudication. Winning is not the ultimate goal, but the fortunate by-product of hard work and proper preparation.
Achieve a balance between the elements of education, entertainment, community/school service, and competition.
Continue to expand upon our role as the spirit leader of our school.
Provide new and varied performance opportunities for our band and all its ensembles.
Explore musical literature that will challenge our students musically and intellectually.
Build individual musicianship through All-Region auditions, solo, and small ensemble contests.
Broaden our selection of competitive and non-competitive events to meet the educational needs of all our students.
Build camaraderie and unity throughout all the units of our Cavalier Band.
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Richard Hicks is in his seventh 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.
Mr. Hicks is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.
Taylor Trevino has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Lake Travis High School since 2015. He directs the Marching Band, the Symphonic Band, and the first Concert Band. Prior to this, he taught at Douglas MacArthur High School in North East ISD in San Antonio, TX. A graduate of Cedar Park High School and Texas State University, Trevino studied trumpet with Jack Laumer, Dr. Amanda Pepping, and Dr. Robert Cannon and music education with Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt and Dr. Amy Simmons.
While at Texas State University he was Trumpet Section Leader as well as Drum Major for the marching band. He student taught and served on the instructional staff at Vandegrift High School and has been on the instructional staffs at Ronald Reagan and James Bowie High Schools. Groups under his direction have received numerous Sweepstakes awards in marching and concert contests. In addition to music and education, Trevino has performance experience with Orchesis Dance Company and the Shay Ishii Dance Company.
He has served as a visual judge for the Birdville ISD Marching Festival and has been an instructor for the Drum Major and Leadership courses at Texas Lutheran University’s Summer Music Academy. Mr. Trevino is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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 of 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!
Ben Zein joins us from Jersey Village High School in Houston, Texas where he served as assistant band director for three years. While at Jersey Village, the band program advanced to the 6A State Marching Contest for the first time in school history and his concert bands all received unanimous first divisions at UIL Concert and Sightreading.
A native Austinite, Mr. Zein completed his student teaching at Vandegrift High School and Four Points Middle School and holds degrees in Music Education and Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to performing with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, he studied oboe with Dr. Andrew Parker, conducting with Prof. Jerry Junkin and played piccolo in the Longhorn Band and was Section Leader for two years.
Mr. Zein has been on the staff of the Longhorn Music Camp and designs drill for multiple schools around Texas with many advancing to the UIL State Marching Band Contest.
Joshua O'Kain, M.A., M.Ed., BCBA has been working with children since 2003. He currently holds a M.A.M. in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and an M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Josh is a Certified Teacher and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. He began his marching career as a brass player and transitioned into Color guard during the winter of his Freshman year. Josh is also a classically-trained singer and he also plays French Horn. Joshua performed with Middle Tennessee State University's Band of Blue, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Eklipse Winter Guard (Hopkinsville/Nashville, TN), Chimeras Winter Guard (Nashville, TN), and Phantom Regiment Winter Guard (Rockford, IL).
Joshua began teaching band/color guards in 2003, consulting with nationally-competitive bands and winter guards in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. While finishing graduate school, Joshua was the Director of Color guards for Lincoln Way East High School Marching Band. During his four years with the LWE Band, the team was recognized as the Illinois State Marching Band Champion on three occasions. The winter guard programs at Lincoln Way consistently medaled at their local championships and in 2010, the winter guard became the Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver Medalists (2010). Joshua also consulted for other WGI finalists and competitive BOA programs across the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas, and Hawai'i including Mililani High School (HI), Wylie East High School (TX), Northwest High School (TX), Elizabethtown Independent Winter Guard (KY), and Eklipse Winterguard (KY,TN). He also has been an instructor DCI Drum Corps including Southwind (KY) and Blue Stars (WI).
Outside of marching arts, Joshua is a Licensed, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Education teacher. Joshua has experiences in the use of Applied Behavior Analysis in both the education of all students, as well as the clinical treatment of individuals with autism. Joshua has worked in multiple settings including clinic-based, school-based, and home-based intervention services with children and young adults with a wide range of needs.
Previously, Joshua has also held positions as an instructor and lecturer at the University of Hawai'i and Leeward Community College. Mr. O'Kain also served as a board member of the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis, which are organizations that are dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting both providers and consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis across their respective states. In addition to his position at Lake Travis, Joshua works as a clinician with Centria Healthcare, an organization that provides ASA intervention for children diagnosed with autism.
The Jazz Band is a performance-oriented ensemble specifically designed for serious, dedicated, and experienced musicians. This ensemble introduces students to this musical genre and provides an opportunity for developing talents in improvisation and jazz performance. All Jazz students have the opportunity to compete at the Region Jazz level and beyond by learning difficult audition repertoire on their own and performing for a panel of professional musicians and educators. Jazz Band performs at a variety of community events each year including local civic clubs, grand openings, benefits and festivals.
Conductor: Richard Hicks
The Wind Ensemble features the finest musicians in the LT band program. The Wind Ensemble is made up of students from all grade levels. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest wind literature and continues the development of refined, professional skills. The Wind Ensemble will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. This select group will also participate in outside musical opportunities when they present themselves. Members of this ensemble are highly encouraged to study privately with our adjunct faculty. Additionally, these students are required to provide professional concert critiques and participate in UIL solo and ensemble and TMEA region band events.
Our marching band is one of the largest student organization on campus with 230 students involved. The Marching Band consists of students from all concert bands, as well as the Color Guard. Marching Band begins with a mini-camp in May, followed by summer band during the month of August, which all participants are required to attend. Once school starts the Marching Band rehearses three times a week and performs at pregame and halftime of all football games. The Marching Band competes in 6-8 competitions on Saturdays during the fall in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Bands of America (BOA) circuits.
MEET OUR ENSEMBLES
Conductor: Taylor Trevino
The Symphonic band focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. They will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. Members of this ensemble are highly encouraged to study privately with our adjunct faculty. Additionally, these students are required to provide professional concert critiques and participate in UIL solo and ensemble and TMEA region band events.
CONCERT I BAND
Conductor: Joseph Manzo
The Concert Band I is one of four concert bands in the LTHS band program. The Concert Band is made up of students from all grade levels. The Concert Band focuses on developing and refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature. The Concert Band will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.
CONCERT II BAND
Conductor: Taylor Trevino
The Concert Band II is one of four concert bands in the LTHS band program. The Concert Band is made up of students from all grade levels. The Concert Band focuses on developing and refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature. The Concert Band will perform many concerts throughout the school year and during the month of April is a participant in the TMEA UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.