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Caroline Beatty - Director of Bands

Caroline Beatty serves as Director of Bands at Texas State University. While overseeing all aspects of the band department in the School of Music, her teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony and Concert Band and teaching conducting. Dr. Beatty also enjoys an eclectic performance and teaching schedule outside of the university.   She has been engaged as a conductor with the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, for recording projects of composers John Mackey and Stephen Barber, and with various regional and all-state high school bands. Her diverse teaching engagements have included serving as a conducting workshop clinician, providing a workshop lecture on music in American history for secondary school history teachers, and serving as a rehearsal clinician for high school and middle school bands across the state.  

Prior to her current position, Dr. Beatty held the positions of Associate Director of Bands at Texas State and Northwestern State University. Her public school teaching experience includes thirteen years as a high school band director. While in that position, ensembles under her direction garnered frequent accolades for their performances, including consistent superior ratings and top awards at various festivals in the state and around the country as well as selection as a Texas Music Educators Association 5A Honor Band finalist.
 
Dr. Beatty holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and holds both a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association and is listed multiple times through student nominations in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

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Kyle Glaser - Associate Director of Bands

Kyle Glaser serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, overseeing all athletic bands, and teaching various methods classes. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He has studied saxophone performance with Daniel Yoder and Otis Murphy.

Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Glaser served as the Director of Bands at the East Stroudsburg Area South High School in northeastern Pennsylvania. Under his direction, bands at East Stroudsburg received numerous Superior ratings at PMEA and PBA Concert Band Adjudications, and were chosen in 2002 and 2005 to perform at the Annual PMEA In-Service State Conference. He has also served as the interim director of the East Stroudsburg University/Community Concert Band, and was the co-director of the COTA Cats, a regional high school honors jazz ensemble that was founded by jazz legend Phil Woods.

Glaser maintains an active schedule as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, and has also served as a contributing author to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.

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Matthew Holzner - Assistant Director of Bands

Matthew Holzner serves as Lecturer in Music and Assistant Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Bobcat Marching Band and Basketball Band, teaching instrumental conducting, and supervising student teachers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has studied tuba performance with Mark Moore and Daniel Perantoni.

Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Holzner served as the Director of Bands at Mendota Township High School in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Under his direction, ensembles at Mendota received numerous Superior ratings at the IHSA State and Solo/Ensemble contests.  In 2014, the MHS Percussion Ensemble was chosen to perform at the Annual Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) State Music Education Conference.

Holzner has served as a contributing author to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and assisted in the filming of GIA series The Marching Band Director's Video Toolbox. Holzner served on several committees for ILMEA, and regularly served as adjudicator for IHSA and IMEA festivals and auditions.  His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.

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Kari Klier - Marching Percussion Coordinator

After growing up in Fredericksburg, Texas, and finding her interest in percussion, Kari ventured out to Lubbock to pursue a performance degree at Texas Tech and then a master's degree at the University of Colorado. During this time she spent her summers in a marching drum corps with the Sky Ryders and Santa Clara Vanguard. After aging out, she returned to drum corps as an instructor with the Glassmen and Blue Knights. In 1998, she took a job in public education as a percussion specialist for the Judson Independent School District outside of San Antonio. Kari is grateful to have been able to have so many wonderful experiences in the world of percussion. She has played with an all female percussion ensemble named "Chix with Stix" in Atlanta, Ga. and worked with the "Million Dollar Band" at the University of Alabama. Since returning to Texas, she has worked as a private instructor in the Austin school district, is on staff at Texas State University and performs with Austin, San Antonio and Mid-Texas Symphonies.
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Kim Booher - Color Guard Coordinator

 Kim grew up in Crestwood, KY where she began participating in color guard in high school. While attending college at Northern Kentucky University and earning her degree in Elementary Education, she began teaching various color guard programs in Ohio and Kentucky. For 15 years, Kim participated with the Onyx Winter Guard organization from Dayton, Ohio either as a marching member or a staff member. She also spent 5 summers as a staff member for Cincinnati Glory and Marion Glory Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, Kim has served as a color guard adjudicator for various marching band and winter guard events along with participating in MEPA, Tri-State, and OIPA color guard circuits. She continues to serve as a color guard clinician, choreographer, and consultant.

Kim moved to San Antonio in 2008 where she is currently the Color Guard Director at Judson High School. She is also a staff member with Identity Winter Guard, the 2013 WGI IO World Champion from San Marcos, Texas and is serving the TCGC Circuit as a member of the Task Force.