Leadership Team

2017 Drum Majors

Dominique McCray

Dominique McCray will be a senior at Sam Houston State where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Music Education. A native of Houston, TX, Dominique is an alum of J. Frank Dobie High School, where he served as Drum Major for the Longhorn Marching Band. While attending Sam Houston State, Dominique has held several major leadership positions, such as Vice President for the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, Visual Tech for the BMB, Student Assistant for the BMB, and currently Drum Major for the BMB. In addition to his high school and college experiences, Dominique served as the Drum Major for the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. Studying  flute student under Kathy Daniel, Dominique has had the opportunity to perform with several chamber and large ensembles while attending Sam Houston, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, and the Bearkat Marching Band.  He plans to graduate in fall of 2018 with a degree in Music Education and pursue a career teaching as a band director.

Peter Johannigman

Peter Johannigman is a senior at SHSU majoring in Music Education. He graduated from Brentwood Christian School in 2009 and received a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from Rice University in 2013. While at Rice, he was a member of the Rice Symphonic Band and the Marching Owl Band, serving as an Equipment Manager for two years and as a Drum Major for one year. In 2014, Peter enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard, where he currently serves as a euphonium player in the 36th Infantry Division Band based in Austin, TX. Peter is currently a euphonium student of Dr. Henry Howey, and has performed as a member of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Tuba/Euphonium ensemble, Angry Orange Brass Band (SHSU’s basketball band), and, of course, the Bearkat Marching Band. This is Peter’s fourth year in the BMB, having previously served as the baritone music tech. He plans to graduate in Spring 2018 and pursue a career as a band director.

Camran Ahmed

Camran Ahmed graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in the Spring of 2016. Here he served as both a Drum Major and a Section Leader for the Bronco Marching Band. Camran is a Freshman here 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, Latin Band, Clarinet ensembles, and Clarinet Studio. Camran is his MC class President 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.

Miguel Coronado

Miguel Coronado graduated from Pasadena Memorial High School in the Spring of 2016. While he was there, he was a Drum Major and a Section Leader for the Maverick Marching Band. He also was involved with the indoor drum line program at his high school. He marched cymbals for three years and bass drum for one year. Miguel is currently a Freshman at SHSU, majoring in Music Education. He studies clarinet under the teachings of Dr. Andrea Harrell. Miguel is also a part of various ensembles such as symphonic band, clarinet studio, basketball band, and clarinet choir. Miguel intends to graduate in the Spring of 2020 and proceed to graduate school to better his ability as both a conductor and a teacher.


2017 Student Assistants

John Zellar

John Zellar graduated from Rice High School in the spring of 2014.  He served as drum major at RHS for three years.  Now a Senior Music Education major, John studies saxophone with Dr. Scott Plugge and Dr. Masahito Sugihara. John is in his fourth year with the BMB, having served as a Visual Tech for one year and is now entering his second year as Student Assistant. He has been a member of the SHSU Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Saxophone Ensemble, and Saxophone Studio.  John is a Terry Scholar and an active member of Tau Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a degree in Music Education, pursue a career as a band director, and eventually continue with graduate studies in either saxophone performance or conducting.

Katie Knight

Katie is proudly serving in her fourth year in the Bearkat Marching Band! This is her second year as a student assistant and has held the position of baritone music tech. She is from McKinney, Texas seeking a degree in Music Education as a euphonium student under Dr. Henry Howey. Ms. Knight has been the principal euphonium for the SHSU Wind Ensemble as well as participating in National Intercollegiate Bands. In Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Katie has been elected as the Vice President of Membership and has served as  the Recording Secretary for her chapter. She intends to graduate in the Fall of 2018 and eventually go to graduate school to study euphonium performance to refine her skills as a musician and teacher.

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 and uniform manager for the Luling Eagle Marching Band. This is Natalia's fourth year in the Bearkat Marching Band where she has served as the Baritone Visual Technician for two years. Natalia is a euphonium student of Dr. Henry Howey 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 as both chapter President and Parliamentarian. In Tau Beta Sigma, Natalia has been a District Officer of the Southwest District. Ms. Lambert intends to graduate with honors from SHSU in the Fall of 2018 with the hopes of teaching beginner band and later plans to attend graduate school for Academic Administration with the intention of becoming a principal.

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, and served as a visual tech for the Bearkat Marching Band. She also has had the honor to perform and compete with the Sam Houston flute choir and flute ensembles. Taylor Michelle is an active 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 and eventually pursue a Master's degree in Instrumental Performance. 

Colton Lackey

Colton Lackey is a senior Music Education major at Sam Houston State University. Colton graduated in 2014 from Troup High School where he served as two-year Drum Major and Band President for the Tiger Military Marching Band. He was also a three-year Texas All-State trombonist. Colton is currently in his fourth year with the Bearkat Marching Band, previously serving as trombone music tech. He currently studies trombone under Ben Osborne and John McCroskey and has previously studied clarinet under Dr. Andrea Harrell. Colton has had the opportunity of performing in several ensembles while at SHSU, such as the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Lab Band. He is also an active member in Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority. Colton plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. After graduation, he plans to be a high school band director with eventual plans to return to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Conducting.

2017 Visual Techs

Moutafis, Katie - Flute
Keuthan, Hunter - Flute
Umanzor, Ivan - Clarinet
Acker, Samantha - Sax
Swatzel, Christopher - Sax
Mosqueda, James - Trumpet
Wade, Emma - Trumpet
Durden, Michelle - Mellophone
Daricek, Maranda - Mellophone
Warner, Evan - Trombone
Hill, Jackson - Baritone
Farley, Tessa - Baritone
Olivares, Luis - Sousaphone

2017 Music Techs

Allgood, John - Flute
Norman, Reid - Clarinet
Arrendondo, Diana, Clarinet
Ruano, Carlo - Sax
Mixon, Ame - Sax
Silva, Lucas - Trumpet
Foster, Kyle - Trumpet
Cole, Allen - Mellophone
Coronado, Jose - Mellophone
Dratler, Steven - Trombone
Emiliani, Kyle - Trombone
Munoz, Guadalupe - Baritone
Tullius, Maggie - Sousaphone

2017 Color Guard Techs

Gayla Raulie - Captain
Victoria Burgess - Co-Captain