Leadership Team

2018  Drum Majors

Camran Ahmed

Camran graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in the Spring of 2016. There he served as both a Drum Major and a Section Leader for the Bronco Marching Band. Camran is a Junior at SHSU, studying as a Music Education major. He also studies clarinet under the teachings of Dr. Patricia Card, while also having the privilege to be a part of ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, multiple National Collegiate ensembles, Clarinet ensembles, and the SHSU Clarinet Studio. Camran is also the Parliamentarian for Tau Beta Sigma, one of the National Honorary Band Sororities. He intends to graduate in the Spring of 2020 and proceed to graduate school to better his ability as both a conductor and a teacher.

Maggie Tullius

Maggie Tullius graduated from Midlothian High School (MHS) in the spring of 2016. While there, she served the Midlothian Panther Regiment as band librarian and secretary, tuba section leader for two years, and brass captain and band president her senior year. During high school, Maggie had the honor of performing at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago with the MHS Wind Ensemble. Maggie is currently a junior at SHSU studying Music Education. During her time at SHSU, Maggie has been a member of the tuba studio under the instruction of Professor Robert Daniel, the SHSU Symphonic band, Angry Orange Basketball Band, and served as both visual and music techs for the tuba section in the BMB. Upon graduating from Sam Houston State University in spring 2020, Maggie intends to begin her teaching career in the Houston area. Her long-term goal is to bring a new perspective to the high school marching arts. 

Juan Guardiola

Juan Guardiola is an aspiring Music Education major here at Sam Houston State University. He graduated from Andy Dekaney High School in the Spring of 2017 where he served as head Drum Major for the Blue Legion Marching Band. As a current sophomore bassoonist and under the direction of Dr. Nathan Koch, Juan has had the honor of performing with the SHSU Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra. In the Spring of 2021, Juan intends to graduate with honors and will, furthermore, continue his aspirations in becoming a greater educator, performer, and conductor; additionally, he hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Instrumental Performance.


2018 Student Assistants

Taylor Michelle Evans

Taylor Michelle graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in the spring of 2015. There she served as flute section leader for two years and Band President her senior year. Currently, as a flute Music Education major under the direction of Professor Kathy Daniel, she has had the honor of being a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, served as a visual tech for the Bearkat Marching Band, and is in her second year as a Student Assistant. She also had the honor to perform and compete with the Sam Houston flute choir and perform in Music Showcase with a flute ensemble at TMEA. Taylor Michelle is currently a member of the female fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota and serves on the officer board as Corresponding Secretary. She is also a member of the band service sorority Tau Beta Sigma having served as Co-Educator. After graduation from Sam Houston State University in the spring of 2020, she will continue to improve her musical abilities as a band director. 

Natalia Lambert

Natalia Lambert is a senior Music Education student here at SHSU. She graduated in 2014 from Luling High School where she served as the drum major for the Luling Eagle Marching Band. This year is Natalia's fifth season in the Bearkat Marching Band where she has served as the Baritone Visual Technician for two years and is serving in her second year as Student Assistant. Natalia is a euphonium student and has played in the SHSU Symphonic and Concert Bands, as well as the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. She is an active member in the Alpha Omicron chapter of Tau Beta Sigma where she has served in multiple office positions. In Tau Beta Sigma, Natalia is currently serving her third term on the Southwest District Council. Ms. Lambert intends to graduate with honors from SHSU in the Spring of 2019 with the hopes of teaching beginner band

Amelia Mixon

Amelia Mixon graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she served as Marching Tech for two years and drum major for her final year in high school. Ms. Mixon is currently a Junior at SHSU working towards her degree in Special Education and Minor in psychology. She has served the Band previously as a music tech, and a member of the Angry Orange Brass Band in the spring semesters. She is a member of the Co-Ed service sorority dedicated to the band, Tau Beta Sigma, and has served as historian and will serve as the Vice President for this upcoming year. Ms. Mixon intends to graduate fall of 2020 and hopes to find placement in an elementary level special education classroom.

Hunter Keuthan

Hunter Keuthan graduated from Caney Creek High School in the Spring of 2016. She served as a flute Section Leader for two years and Drum Major her senior year. Currently, she is a flute Music Education major studying under Professor Kathy Daniel. She has had the honor of being a member of the SHSU Wind Ensemble and served as a visual tech for the Bearkat Marching Band. She has also had the honor to perform with the Sam Houston flute choir and several flute ensembles. Hunter is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a fraternity of women who share the love of music. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, she will continue to learn and strive to become a band director. 

Luis Olivares

2018 Logistics Coordinator

Christopher Swatzel

2018 Visual Techs

  • Anna Wier - Flute
  • Valeria Escobedo - Flute
  • Joseph Nguyen - Clarinet
  • Sam Reyna - Clarinet
  • Parker Bretz- Sax
  • Xavier Knott - Sax
  • Akira Nakamura - Trumpet
  • Hayden Henley - Trumpet
  • Ashlyn Pugh - Mellophone
  • Catherine Ruiz - Mellophone
  • Max Suarez - Trombone
  • Zach White - Baritone
  • Alex Cuellar - Baritone
  • Lupe Mirafuenta - Sousaphone

2018 Music Techs

  • Kelly Orlando - Flute
  • Britleigh Nettuno- Clarinet
  • Diana Arredondo - Clarinet
  • Jacob Tunstall - Sax
  • TJ Williams - Trumpet
  • Kyle Foster - Trumpet
  • Allen Cole - Mellophone
  • Dratler, Steven - Trombone
  • James Elam- Trombone
  • Jordan Lamb - Baritone
  • Erik Aguilar - Sousaphone

2018 Drum LineTechs

Lia Claus - Captain

2018 Color Guard Techs

Gayla Raulie - Captain
Emma Brummett - Co-Captain