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(Founding Member, Percussion Consultant 1991-1993)
   Currently as a performer, Michael has submerged himself deep in the Austin Texas music scene. As a hired gun he can be found recording and playing live with all types of music projects in and around the area. In 1988 and 1991 Mike was a drumline member of the Sky Ryders Drum & Bugle Corps from Hutchinson, Kansas. In 1992, as section leader of the McNeese State University tenorline, Mike was awarded the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Best Individual Tenor caption and 1st runner up award in 1993. From 1993 to 96, Michael was a member of the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra from Lake Charles Louisiana. As a drumline instructor/arranger, Michael has worked with various high School and junior high programs in Texas as well as several other high school and junior highs in the south central Louisiana area. From 1991-1993, Michael was a consultant and arranger for the Lone Star Drum & Bugle Corps from Wichita Falls, Texas and in 1993, he was the tenor line Technician for the Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps. Mike also spent 3 years as battery tech/arranger for the SWT Bobcat Drumline for the 1998 through 2000 seasons, including two PASIC seasons.
(Founding Member, Bass Line 1991, Tenors 1994, 1996, Drum Major 1995, Pit 1997)
   Adam has been living in Chicago since 2002.  He is a scenic carpenter at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.  For the past couple of years, Adam has marched with The Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps of Racine, WI.
(Co Founder, Founding Member, Executive Director 1991 - 1996)
(Percussion Staff 1996-1998)
   Bryden Atwater is a professor of percussion at Troy University in Troy, Alabama where he teaches applies percussion, and conducts the Troy University Concert Percussion Ensemble. Bryden is also working as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the nationally acclaimed Troy State University ‘Sound of the South Marching Band. He also has works published with Warner Brothers Music. As a performer Bryden has played professionally throughout the southeast.
(Mellophone 1994-1997)
   So what is the notorious TAZ up to these days? After marching four summers with lone star I finished my last two years of high school...always the youngest, geez. I went on to college at the University of Texas at Austin where I was a member of the Longhorn Band's trumpet section. I graduated with a degree in Special Education, and I currently teach first grade in south austin. I've been married for three years, and we live with a wonderful dog and cat.
(Snare 1995-1997)
   In 1999 Carlos was an age-out of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, placing 4th at DCI Midwest I&E and 3rd at DCI I&E. In 2000, he also played snare in the Blue Knights WGI World Class Champion Percussion Ensemble, and took 2nd place at the Percussive Arts Society College snare drum individual’s competition. Botello has marched and studied with percussion instructors John Wooton, Mickey Hartzog, Allan Murray, Brian Stevens, Doug Rosener, and Curtis Pierre.
     Carlos holds a B.A. in Music Education from New Mexico Highlands University and has been teaching for three years now as an accredited teacher. He has instructed and arranged for many groups including Lake Wood High School Winter Drumline in 2000 (Percussion Staff); Manzano High School Marching Band & Winter Drumlin in 2003-2004 (Arranger/Caption Head); 2005 Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (Percussion Staff), and 2006 Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps (Percussion Staff). He is currently an assistant band director at South Garland High School in Garland Texas, where his responsibilities include arranging, teaching and all aspects of the percussion program from the junior high level on up to the high school drumline. Botello is also the Percussion Caption Head/Arranger for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps.
(Pit 1994, 1995,1997)
   After marching Lone Star, Shoe went to college graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University (College Station).  He then moved up to Fort Worth to work for Lockheed Martin. He now works for a pharmacy software company in Fort Worth.
(Pit 1995-1996)
   Robert Castillo is in his 7th year as a music educator and his 4th year as Director of Bands at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, TX. Under his direction, the REL Bands have received numerous superior ratings at UIL Contest and festivals.. Mr. Castillo is a graduate of Marble Falls HS, under the direction of Ron Davis, and Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), under the direction of James Hudson and John Stansberry.  His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He is married to his lovely wife, Robyn and has two wonderful boys, Matthew and Jarett.
(Soprano 1995-1997)
    I lived in the Dallas-area for many years.  I married my high school  sweetheart back in 2005 and moved to Waco, TX.  I'm currently the network engineer for Waco I.S.D. and my wife Morgan is a Spanish teacher (No kids yet).
   I'm a bit of a hobbyist.  I enjoy cycling, fishing, disc-golfing, anything technology related, and Mo and I both enjoy travelling.  We were fortunate enough to have traveled to India back in 2006 for a few weeks and also did a tour of the Western-US States more recently in June 2008.  Most of our time is spent maintaining and "improving" our 1920's Tudor-style home in Waco.  It's and oldie-but-a-goody.  Everyone is welcome to see our random pics at http://pics.simpleguy6.com .
   Taz was always the youngest one in the group by a few months but I was considered the younger-acting one, lol. I was a handful. Her and I had tension in the early years but by 1997 we were working together much better. I still remember us having to wake up earlier than everyone else to go paint the practice fields.
   I'll keep in touch as I find media you might be able to use on the site.  Thanks for making the Lone Star Drum Corps site.  It looks great.
(Brass Staff 1994-1998, Brass Caption Head & Arranger 1996-1998)      
     Marc is married and lives in the Dallas-area along with two cats and two dogs (including a Bassador, which in Marc's words is picture "a Black Lab cut at the knees"). Currently, Marc and his wife are expecting their first child, a daughter. He is  the head director of  Molina High School in Dallas, Texas.  He has also instructed with East Coast Jazz and Pioneer drum and bugle corps.  He is also a free-lance performer and arranger for concert band, jazz band, and marching band.  Marc also writes marching drill.
(Founding Member, Brass & Visual Staff 1991-1995)
     Chris is currently taking time off of being a band director to raise his son full-time.  He has taught in Kingsville, Weslaco, and inner-city Chicago-area schools with Music Education Solutions.  He has remarried to Kelly, a pharmacist for Walgreens, has one son,  and is currently living in the Chicago-area. He is re-starting his show design  business, Jester Marching Concepts.  While in Texas, he was principal tubist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra for eight years.   His professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Education Association, International Trombone Association, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.  He is also the webmaster of the website you are looking at. In his spare time, Chris likes performing magic, playing his tuba, tormenting his four cats,  and staring into the Sun.
(Brass & Visual Staff 1993 - 1997)
     Mike currently lives in Stephenville.  He is the Head Director and the Fine Arts Chair at Stephenville High School.
(Color Guard 1994-1995, Drum Major 1996)
     Jenny graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Arts.  She also marched in Bluecoats after her time with Lone Star.  She is currently living in England (no the country and not a small town in West Texas!) and is earning her PH.D in Theater. She also just recently got married! Congrats!
(Mellophone 1993)
     Will currently resides in Portland, Oregon.  He works as a Network Administrator / Network Analyst / Security Manager.
(Baritone 1995)
     Dimas  began his educational career at the University of Texas San Antonio. While at UTSA, he played lead trombone in the jazz trombone section along side legendary trombone soloist Ron Wilkens. He next attended Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech he toured with the TTU jazz ensemble featuring Jazz saxophone artist Ernie Watts to the TMEA convention. In 1997 he played at the International Trombone Festival with the first place trombone choir, Texas Tech Trombone choir under the direction of Mr. Don Lucas. In 1997 Mr. Delgado marched in the Cadets of Bergen County drum and bugle corps winning runner-up in the world championships in Orlando Florida. He also marched in the Goin’ Band from Raider Land 1997-1999. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national brotherhood of musicians. Mr. Delgado graduated from Texas Tech University in December 1999. In 2001 he was invited back to tour with the Trombone choir with the world renowned trombone soloist Carsten Svanberg. After graduating Mr. Delgado began teaching in the Dallas ISD at Skyline High School. In 2001 he began a four year stay at Arlington High School. He joined the Boswell High School Staff in June of 2005 in his 7th year of teaching. He continues his trombone performance in the Metropolitan Winds of Dallas. Mr. Delgado is married to Traci Delgado 5 years and has a 2 year old daughter Emma.
(Contra 1994)
     Immediately after DCI in 1994, Robert joined the "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C. There he performed for Former Presidents, Dignitaries, Kings and Queens, and two Inauguration Parades and Ceremonies. In 1998, he requested a transfer to the Marine Corps Band in New Orleans.  In 2000, he became immersed in the New Orleans music scene and began to play and record professionally.  He has played and recorded with some of the best jazz artists and groups.  he has also toured around the world performing at all the major music festivals.  He formed the New Orleans Potholes Brass Band and his website can be found at http://www.potholesbrassband.com/
(Top Bass 1998)
     Nick is currently a student at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas where he is pursuing an Associates in Arts.
(Soprano 1996)
     Cori currently lives it up in Austin.  She graduated in 2000 from Blinn College with an Associate's Degree in Computer Science.  She works in the IT department for HSIA Company, a telecommunications company out of Austin..
(Color Guard 1993-1994)
     I didn’t march after ’94 because I got married the summer of ‘95, and I have been married to the same wonderful man for 12 years now.  We have more or less lived in Raleigh, NC since 2000 with a brief displacement while my husband attended flight school at FT Rucker, AL.  My husband is slated to graduate flight school in Nov, and we are closing on a house next month and moving back to Raleigh.  As you can imagine things are getting a bit hectic here especially since we have decided to move ourselves…argh!!  I am currently focusing my time and energy into being a stay at home mommy to our beautiful little girl who joined our family in 2005. 
   I’ve not participated much in the marching world since I left Lone Star, but I did volunteer as flag instructor for my old high school after their instructor quite early in the season.  The girls worked hard for me, and turned their performance around.  They finished the season with Outstanding Guard in Class in several competitions.
(Percussion Staff 1995-1996)
   Chris Goodwin is currently the Associate Band Director, Percussion & Jazz Coordinator for the Cleburne ISD in Cleburne, TX; home of several former Lone Star members. He is married to Shelley and has two kids, Hunter (4) and Melody (20months). They make their home in the City of Crowley. He has also taught Percussion or been a Band Director at Lamar University, Fredericksburg HS, Magnolia HS, La Porte HS, Dulles HS, and Deer Park HS. He studied percussion with the Principal Percussionists of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Houston Symphonies and has performed with The Louisiana Philharmonic and the Symphonies of Southeast Texas, Brazos-Valley, Brazosport, Midland-Odessa, Rapides, Houston Civic, Texas Music Festival, and Pasadena. He has a BME from the University of Houston and a MM in Performance from Sam Houston State University. He was a member of the Magic of Orlando and is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
(Percussion Caption Head & Arranger 1996-1998, Corps Director 1998,
Executive Director 1998)
     Mickey is a freelance percussion instructor in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area.  He is the Percussion Caption Head for the Frontier Drum and Bugle Corps of Dallas. He is a Dynasty Band sponsored Percussion Specialist and a percussion specialist with the School Music Division of Brook Mays Music Company.  He is a Evans Percussion sponsored artist.  Mickey is highly sought after as a arranger, clinician, and judge.  He has also worked as an instructor with The Colts, Orlando Magic, the Rochester Crusaders and Pioneer.
   To visit his arranging site, go to http://www.zogpercussion.com/
(Bass Line 1994-1995)
   George currently resides in the Metroplex.  He is the Director of Business Development for C5 Wireless Products, based out of Arlington.
(Tenor Line 97?)
   John marched Pioneer after Lone Star.  He is a middle school band director in Marlin, TX.
(Founding Member, Snare/Drum Captain 1991, 1993 -1997, Drum Major 1998)
     Tahle has six years of teaching experience as both a middle school band director and district percussion coordinator.  Tahle and his wife, Ginny, live in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he is currently attending Texas Christian University for his MM Performance degree.  He was the percussion caption head for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004.  He is the percussionist for the Phil Brumley Band and they can be found at http://www.philbrumleyband.com/
   From Tahle : "When people ask if and where I marched, I always answer with great pride.  We had something special during our short lifespan in DCI.  I sure would like to see the return someday, and I'd love to be involved in that return.  My biggest regret - not really getting to know many of you.  I hope this site will become a spark for more friendships and relationships for all of us somehow.  It's fun to get on here and read what's going on with all of you.  Please keep updating yourselves."
(Snare Line 1993-1995)
   Pete graduated from Angelo State University with a Degree in Business Management.  He lives in Seattle, where he works as a Inventory Planner for the Video Games & Software department for Amazon.com.  Pete has taught and arranged the percussion sections at San Angelo Central HS and Angelo State University's Ram Band.  He also was a clinician for John "Hoss" Rindom's Mineral Wells HS with Eric McNeil and Stuart Spoon.  
(Percussion Staff 1993-1994)
   Robert lives in New Jersey, where he is the Corporate Returns Department Administrator for 6th Avenue Electronics.  Since 2004, Robert has been a percussion instructor with DCA's Sunrisers.  He misses everyone from that wonderful time with Lone Star.
(Snare Line 1996)
   What up, this is Jermaine Love of Houston Tx. I marched snare for Lone Star back in 1996. Now I am C.E.O. of a production label by the name of Psalms of Love Productions. I'm currently working on my 1st cd to be released this year. I am married with 2 beautiful daughters. I tried marching w/Bayou City Blues and Gulf Coast Sound but, my schedule would not permit me to fit it in to my schedule. I would love to get back in touch w/that part of me that will never die........hopefully, this will be a start. 


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