MEET THE MUSICIANS FOR THIS SEASON
*denotes an original member
Thank you to PJ Dejesus for the beautiful pictures!
Roy McLerran*, originally from San Augustine, TX, holds a degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogodches, TX. He is starting this fall as the Head Band Director for Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Florida. McLerran founded the East Texas Chamber Winds in 2015 in order to give back to the community and promote harmoniemusik. Read an article by McLerran over the importance of chamber music here.
Christina Smith, originally from Kemp, TX, is currently the Head Band Director at Center Middle School in Center, TX. She is an SFASU alumna and serves on the state board for the Association of Texas Small School Bands.
Callie DeJesus, from Rockwall, TX, graduated with a degree in Music Education from SFASU in 2014. She is currently the Assistant Band Director for Marshall ISD.
BreiAnn Gee*, originally from Lufkin, TX, is an Assistant Band Director at Jacksonville ISD. Gee graduated with a degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014.
Christopher Allen Monasmith is a native of Harlingen, Texas and holds a degree in music education from Baylor University. He is currently serving as an Assistant Band Director at Texas City High School.
Marina McLerran* is originally from Austin, TX, and holds a degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (2014) and is the editor of the McLerran Journal. She is pursuing a master’s in music education at the University of Miami in Florida. McLerran is also the Public Relations representative for the ETCW.
Gary Jones, from Houston, TX, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in music education in 2017 and a master’s in conducting in 2019. He has most recently served as the Minister of Music at the Johnson Chapel CME Church in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently he is the Director for the Nacogdoches Winds and the Houston Wind Symphony.
Tyler Autin, originally from Tyler, TX, is currently earning a degree in Music Education from the SFASU School of Music.
Corrie Bird, originally from Huckabay, TX, is currently earning a degree in Music Education from the SFASU School of Music. She is also employed as a music intern for the First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches and plays for the SFASU Roarin' Buzzsaws.
Ismael Mendoza*, from Dallas, TX, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2017 with a degree in music education. He is currently an Assistant Band Director in Shepherd ISD.
Brandon Beavers*, from Livingston, TX, completed a degree in music education (2015) and a master’s in instrumental conducting (2018) from SFASU. Currently, he is an Assistant Band Director for Lufkin ISD, the music director for the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches, and is a member of the Longview Symphony Orchestra.
Marilyn Chatary, from Houston, TX, is currently working on a music education degree at the SFASU School of Music. She is employed by the band department as an office assistant and also serves as the operations manager for the Lumberjack Marching Band.
Emma Hoover, from Keller, TX, is a recent graduate of the SFASU School of Music (2018). She is currently working as an Assistant Band Director.
PJ Dejesus, from Lufkin, TX, graduated from the SFASU School of Music in 2015. He is currently the Head Middle School Band Director for Spring Hill ISD in Longview, TX.
Christopher Cummins, from Fort Wayne, IN, graduated with a degree in Music Education from the SFASU School of Music in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Band Director for Nacogdoches ISD.
The East Texas Chamber Winds (ETCW) is a Texas ensemble dedicated to the accurate performance of harmoniemusik. The ETCW’s premiere concert took place in San Augustine, TX at the First United Methodist Church in the summer of 2016, conducted by Roy McLerran. Members of the ETCW are all either current students or recent graduates of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, TX.
Since its premiere concert, the ETCW have returned to the First United Methodist Church three more times, performed five additional concerts at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, participated in the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Music Showcase series in San Antonio, TX, and provided the musical entertainment for the Gilbert I. Low Excellence in Education Awards Gala (San Augustine, TX) in both 2018 and 2019. In January 2019, the ETCW performed the world premiere of “Mountain Songs” by Jack Wilds in historic downtown Nacogdoches, TX as part of their annual winter concert series.