Program Coordinator, Chris Green
Chris Green will serve as the Program Coordinator for Lone Star in 2020.
Chris Green has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Music Composition from Gardner-Webb University in NC.
He is the Special Projects Manager for the Saint Petersburg Opera Company, serves as the Artistic Director for Central Florida Sounds of Freedom, teaches musical theater, Represents Fruhauf Uniforms, Director's Assistant, and Marching Apparel for the state of Florida.
He has been an conductor, adjudicator, arranger and clinician for marching, concert, jazz bands, winter percussion and winterguards across the country. He was a Band Director in Dallas for 10 years, winning accolades in USBands, Bands of America, and North Texas Colorguard Association. He was named the Dallas Rotary Club Teacher of the Year in 2014, and Teacher of the Year for his school through the Distinguished Teacher Review in 2015. He also won the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher of the Year grant to provide $100,000 worth of new equipment for the Band Program.
Chris is excited to be a part of the Lone Star team in helping bring drum corps back to the DFW area.
Brass Coordinator, Thaddeus Webb
Thaddeus Webb is a southeast Arkansas native who came to Texas to pursue a career in music education. Mr. Webb has Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He currently resides in Dallas, TX and is the Director and Coordinator of Performing Arts at Faith Family Academy in Oak Cliff. Since 2006,
Mr. Webb’s career has spanned from middle school to high school band, choir, and piano; 1A to 6A, rural, urban, and suburban schools. His eclectic teaching experiences have allowed him to lead students from a plethora of backgrounds, and help them to become accomplished young musicians. His professional organizations include Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small Schools, Texas Bandmasters, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Choral Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for college bandsmen, he is also a member of Alpha Phi Aloha Fraternity, Inc and the Turtle Creek Chorale.
“Creating the ultimate musical experience for all students”
Brass Arranger, Dennis Eveland
Dennis Eveland is a veteran of more than three decades in music education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University, and a Master of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music. He also earned an Educational Administration Certificate from Texas A&M International University.
Eveland has studied horn with Roger Collins, Ethel Merker, Arden Keen, and John Thompson. He has also studied with Dale F. Hopper, Dennis L. Johnson, Christopher Izzo, Roger Rocco, Dr. Victor Zajec, Bart Ghent, Michael Katterjohn, and Kelly Love. He is a former marching member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Rosemont, Illinois). He also instructed the Geneseo Knights (85-86) and Guardsmen (88). Dennis is an alumni of the Western Illinois University “Leatherneck” Marching Band.
Eveland began his teaching career in Toulon, Illlinois and has spent the past 30 years teaching in the United Independent School District in Laredo, Texas. He has experience at both the middle and high school levels. He is currently an Associate Director of Bands at Los Obispos Middle School. Active as a marching band arranger, as well as a composer, he has written or arranged over 50 selections for competitive marching bands. His concert works are found on the Texas UIL PML List, receive frequent performance at state music educators conventions, and have received positive review from around the band world. He is also an accomplished visual designer, as well as an active adjudicator. He is a member of Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He has been a past ASCAP Plus award winner.
Dennis enjoys spending time with his family; wife Felisa, and their children William and Tamara . They also have a German Shepard/Rottweiler mix named Lucy.
Percussion Team Coordinator, Berry McWhorter
Berry McWhorter is a band director and percussion teacher with San Antonio ISD. Mr. McWhorter is originally from Lubbock, TX and moved to San Antonio in 1999. After graduating from Communications Arts High School in 2005, Berry marched one season with Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps as a timpanist. In November of that same year, he left for basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, followed by six months of training as a percussionist and military musician at the Navy School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. Mr. McWhorter then served for three years as a percussionist with the Parris Island Marine Band in Parris Island, SC.
Upon finishing his enlistment, Mr. McWhorter began studies in music education, starting with undergraduate coursework at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio and transferring to the University of Georgia. While at UGA, Berry performed with the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, touring in Switzerland and France in 2013, and the UGA Percussion Ensemble. After graduating with his Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2015, Mr. McWhorter was accepted to the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin. He began coursework for his Master of Music degree in Music and Human Learning, graduating in May of 2017. While at UT, Berry studied with Bob Duke, Judith Jellison, Laurie Scott, and Amy Simmons, developing a passion for research and the psychology that makes up meaningful learning. He completed his Master's Project on Japanese music education and Japanese wind bands.
Mr. McWhorter's percussion mentors include Timothy Adams, Jr., Kimberly Toscano, and Tony Edwards. Berry, his wife Erin and their 5 year old son Conley live in San Antonio, Texas. Berry is thrilled to be part of the drum corps educator community, and happy to return to the Lone Star team for a second year!
Percussion Arranger, Brandon Mooney
Percussionist. Educator. Arranger.
Percussionist Brandon Mooney is an active performer, educator and arranger currently located in Toronto, Canada. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, he has established a strong reputation for the growth and promotion of youth percussion programs, with extensive teaching and performing experience throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
A versatile musician, Mooney has been heavily involved playing in drum lines in the Drum Corps International circuit. He has toured/performed in over 30 states with Pride of the Lions (Regina, Saskatchewan), Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps (Kitchener, Ontario), and the World Class Finalist Blue Stars (Lacrosse, Wisconsin). As an orchestral musician, he has performed with Orchestra London Canada, and Stratford Symphony, in addition to many chamber ensembles. Brandon has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, as well as the UT Percussion Ensemble as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Regarding composition, his original composition, "Blink," is a provincial awarding winning solo and was selected to be performed at Canada's National Music Festival. Mooney has been a finalist in the Orchestra Toronto Marty Hidy Concerto Competition as well as the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Previously in Texas, Brandon taught 40 students a week within the Round Rock ISD, ran the Cedar Valley Middle School Percussion Ensemble, and taught the highly recognized Round Rock High School Drum Line. Brandon has previously served as the Drumline Director for the University of Western Ontario Marching Band, Adjudicator for the Canadian Drumline Association, Percussion Arranger for MDC Indoor Drumline of Salzburg, Austria, percussion staff with Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, and has worked with several additional percussion programs throughout Southern Ontario, and Central Texas. Currently, Brandon is a busy freelance musician in the Toronto area. Additionally, Brandon serves as the percussion arranger for the Lone Star Drum and Bugle Corps (Fort Worth, Texas), Blue Diamonds Drum and Bugle Corps (Nienhagen, Germany), and St. Marcellinus Secondary School Drum Line (Mississauga, Ontario).
Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Music Education, and an Artist Diploma from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Primary instructors include Chris Worthington, Jill Ball, Tom Aungst, Thomas Burritt, and Tony Edwards.
Colorguard Coordinator/Choreographer, Joshua O'Kain
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 the 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.
Visual Coordinator, Jay Fuentes
Bio coming soon.