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Alumni News

1914 Band photo

First music graduate Bertie Goodwin



The Department of Music is proud of its alumni, from the earliest to the most recent. Their many accomplishments are a result of the strong foundation they built while at Louisiana Tech University.

In 1898, four years after the founding of what was then Louisiana Industrial Institute, the first music degrees were awarded to Bertie Estelle Goodwin (pictured) and Pearl Blanche Sherwood. These early graduates established a tradition of excellence that has only grown stronger with time.

Did you earn a music degree at Louisiana Tech? If so send us an email at musicstudy@latech.edu with your contact information and current activities.

Alumnus of the Year

(2013-2014) Sean Holt, '89 BM in Music
Sean Holt's Biography

Photo of saxophonist Sean Holt

(2012-2013) David Wylie, '67 BM Vocal Performance
(2011-2012) Leon Anderson, '92 BA Music Education

Alumni Spotlight

Rod Hill, '73 BS Music Education
Rod Hill's Reflections

Rod Hill Photo

















Tech Graduates in the Field (Partial List)

Leon Anderson
Associate Professor & Director of Jazz Studies, The Florida State University (FL) 

Dr. Tony Boutte
Assistant Professor (Vocal Performance), University of Miami (FL)

Sean Holt
Adjunct Instructor, University of Southern California (CA)

Joe Brown
Drum Major, The U.S. Navy Band (D.C.)

Dr. Susan Brumfield
Associate Professor of Music Education, Texas Tech University (TX)

Dr. Matthew D. Fallin
Associate Director of Bands & Professor of Percussion, Georgia Southern University (GA) 

Dr. Darryl Kirk Ferrington
Professor of Music Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 

Lawrence Gibbs
Associate Director of Bands, Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Paul Hageman
Department of Music Chair & Professor of Trombone, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)

Jarrod Richey
Director of Choral Activities, Geneva Academy

Jim Robken
Director of Bands, Louisiana Tech University

Dr. James Stubbs
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Lonestar College-Kingwood (TX)

Gregory Torres
Director of Bands, Nicholls State University 

Dr. Ronald F. Vernon
Professor of Music Emeritus, The University of Mississippi (MS) 

Adrian Alba
Director of Bands, Rayne High School

George Apperson
Director of Bands, North DeSoto High School

Jennifer Brown
Director of Bands, Vogel Intermediate (TX)

Todd Burke
Director of Bands, John Horn High School (TX)

Sean Carrier
Band Director, Southside High School (AR)

Victoria Childress
Band Director, West Baton Rouge Parish Schools

Christie Cochran
Director of Bands, Danville High School (OH)

Casey Conway
Director of Choirs, Lee Road Jr. High School & Folsom Jr. High School

Cory Joy Craig
Band Director, Herndon Middle Magnet

Houston Cummings
Director of Bands, Rice High School (TX)

Dr. O'Neal Douglas, Jr.
Director of Bands, Vidalia High School  

Howard Gauley
Director of Bands, Emily C. Watkins Elementary School

Chris Hand
Director of Bands, Bossier High School 

Dr. Richard Holsomback
Band Director, Pine Tree Jr. High School (TX)

Donald Kitchens
Assistant Director of Bands, Heritage High School (TX)

Charles Lee III
Director of Bands, St. James High School

Clif Liner
Director of Bands, West Ouachita High School

Mindy Martin
Director of Choral Activities, Ola High School (GA)

Craig Millet
Director of Bands, St. Amant High School

Curtis Mills III
Director of Bands, Minden High School 

Walter Moss
Director of Bands, Ruston High School

Jeffery Mount
Director of Bands, Blair High School (NE)

Tim Pardue
Director of Bands, South Plaquemines High School

Patti Roussel
Director of Bands, East Ascension High School

Lindsey Sellers
Music Therapist, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care (IL)

Julie Smith
Director of Bands, Calhoun Middle School

Dr. Michael Spears
Associate Director of Bands, West Monroe High School

Linda Spillers
Director of Bands, West Ouachita Junior High School 

Gary Teague
Director of Bands, Ruston Jr. High School

Richard Thomson
Associate Conductor, Oak Lawn Band (Dallas, TX)

James Willet
Director of Bands, C. E. Byrd High School

Kevin Williams
Director of Bands, Haughton High School

Martin Van Wick
Director of Bands, Duson Elementary School

Nicholas Wood
Director of Bands, Kinder High School

Kenneth Vise
Director of Bands, Lake Travis High School (TX)