Our Mission

The Lone Star Symphonic Band offers the community quality performances balancing audience appeal with challenging literature for its members. We promote lifelong opportunities and growth for skilled musicians. The Band is committed to providing a valuable contribution to the American Concert Band tradition.




Our History

The Lone Star Symphonic Band is an adult community organization comprised of volunteers from the greater Houston Metropolitan area. The Band membership is composed of individuals from various walks of life and range in age from high school students up through members in the upper eighties. The Band is a diversified group of people who have a common tie that brings everyone together: a love to play music and perform music in the community.

The Band was originally formed in 1993 as the West Houston Concert Band under the direction of Tom Stuchbery. Over the course of its existence the Band has rehearsed at various churches and schools locations throughout the Houston area in Katy, Alief, and Spring Branch. Previous conductors include Joe Williams, Terry Crummel, Dale Koran, Phillip Hatton, Ken Henderson, Robert McElroy, Jon Fisher, Steven Levenson, and Dr. Clancy Weeks.




Our Director

Bob BryantBob Bryant is married to Felice, his supportive and understanding wife of over forty years. They have three married children; Nathan (Christina), Natalie (Matt), and Noel (Kate), with six (6) active and beautiful grandchildren!

Mr. Bryant retired from Katy ISD in the fall of 2015 after a career in public education that spanned over forty-one years. His most recent position was that of serving as Executive Director of Fine Arts in Katy ISD for over fifteen years. Prior to this position he served as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Dept. Chair at Katy HS (17 yrs.). Before his time in Katy ISD, Bob was the Director of Bands in Lamesa, TX (9 yrs.) and Sudan, TX (3 yrs.).

Throughout his 26-year public school band tenure, bands under Mr. Bryant’s direction earned numerous Texas UIL Sweepstakes Awards, as well as earning Superior and Best of Class Awards in music festivals across the country. The Katy HS Marching Band, “That Roarin’ Band from Tigerland”, grew to an annual enrollment of over 400 members during his term as director. Under the baton of Mr. Bryant, the Katy HS Symphonic Band presented a concert at prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY.

In 2007, Mr. Bryant was named as the Music Director of the Lone Star Symphonic Band. In 2013 this band was named the sole recipient of “The Sudler Silver Scroll Award”, a designation of being an outstanding community band, by The John Philip Sousa Foundation. In the summer of 2016, the Lone Star Symphonic Band was invited by the Texas Bandmasters Association, and they performed a concert for the inaugural “Community Band Day” during the TBA summer conference.

Mr. Bryant was awarded the distinction of “Outstanding Music Educator” by Texas Tech University in 2006 and was named “Texas Music Administrator of the Year” by the Texas Music Administrators Conference (TMAC) for 2007-2008. In 2015, Bob was awarded the “Jacob L. and Sophia Meyer Farb School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education” by the Houston Symphony. Mr. Bryant was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association, receiving the “2015 Lifetime Administrator Award” for his work in the support, development and growth of band programs. Bob and Felice were honored for “Remarkable Achievement” by the Texas Tech University School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts and served as their keynote speakers during their “Celebrate Success” event in August of 2016. In the fall of 2017, the fortieth (40th) elementary school in Katy ISD opened its doors, designated as “Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary School” by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.

Bob earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX where he studied with Mr. Dean Killion. He received his Master of Music Education also from Texas Tech under the tutelage of Mr. James Sudduth. Mr. Bryant has served as a member of the State Board for the Texas Music Educators Association, continues to serve as an adjudicator for University Interscholastic League and various music competitions.

Bob remains very active in music and arts education. He is the founder and lead at Fine Arts Solutions of Texas, LLC (www.FASTx.org) a consulting firm working with schools, school districts, and communities to insure quality arts opportunities for students and teachers. He is also founder and board president of the Katy Jazz Association, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, to support and promote the Katy Jazz Festival. Bob serves in administrative and advisory roles for various non-profit groups to promote accessibility and enhanced possibilities of arts education for ALL students.




Musicians

Piccolo

Karen Robertson
Barbara Knight
Katie Cooper

Flute

Katie Cooper
Amy Hubbell
Barbara Knight +
Dana Lopez *
Denise McClelland
Karen Robertson
Jonathan Salazar
Tammi Tuthill

English Horn

Meredith Hernandez +

Oboe

Meredith Hernandez +
Liz Sabillon

Bassoon

Michelle Harrison
Linda Russell

Eb Clarinet

Elizabeth Kurdziel
Valentina Palma

Bb Clarinet

Cathy Adams *
Sandra Brunskill *+
Katie Cummins
Stephen Hearn
Michael Honor
Elizabeth Kurdziel
Robert Littlefield
Valentina Palma
Michelle Poteet
Eloy Salgado
Jennifer Walsdorf

Bass Clarinet

Beverly Buis +
Debra Clapp
Bob Morales *

Soprano Saxophone

Justin Jones

Alto Saxophone

Tyler King
Justin Jones
Cecelia Peterson

Tenor Saxophone

Kurt Kays
Tai Livingston

Bari Saxophone

Doug Paulin

French Horn

Mark Langford
Jennifer Newton
Jessica Rowan
Amber Wilbanks-Sambile
Billie Wilbanks +
Jill Wiseman

Trumpet

Esther Baeza +
Ricky Cook
Terry Crummel
Craig Goodman
Richard Graham
Eley Grimes
Jason Harrison
Mike Hernandez *
Steve Tippett

Trombone

Eric Behmer
Robert Brashear
Katrina Cassity
Brad Isdal +
Gene Lege
Mark Priest

Bass Trombone

Bill Brawn
Jonathan Langan
Monte Simmonds

Euphonium

Jason Booth
Stephen Johnson *+

Tuba

Kris Harris
Jerry Johnson +
James Vance
Jennifer Zimmerman

String Bass

Steven Wagner

Percussion

Pierre French
Nathan Poteet
Todd Rossetti
Brittainy Stone
Pam White +
David Vise

Emcee

James Morris

Photographer

Patrick Johnson

Volunteers

Erika Johnson
Joan Johnson
Sharon Simmonds
Cary Wagner
Janis Wagner

* = Board Member
+ = Section Leader

Lone Star Symphonic Band

Lone Star Symphonic Band

P.O. Box 498 Katy, Texas 77492

281-769-5129