DMA, Trombone Performance
Lauren Casey-Clyde is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance under Dr. Nathaniel Brickens at The University of Texas at Austin, where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Longhorn Band and the Longhorn Pep Band. She is a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin, and a member of the critically acclaimed University of Texas Trombone Choir. Lauren previously earned her BM degree in Music Education and Performance at Boston University, studying Euphonium under the tutelage of BSO Principal Tubist Mike Roylance.
She maintains an active performance career on trombone and euphonium, that has brought her across the globe and has given her the opportunity to perform with ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Wind Symphony. Most recently, she placed Third in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference in Arizona.
Alongside her performing career, Lauren is passionate about dedicating her time to teaching. She is a low brass specialist in the Austin and San Francisco Bay Area, where she maintains a studio of over twenty middle school through college aged students. Her students have consistently won positions in the CBDA All-State Ensembles, Santa Clara County Honor Band, and summer festivals such as the BU Tanglewood Institute. During the summer, she works with the seven-time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, also serves as a marching instructor to the 2019 BOA Grand National Champion Vandegrift Viper Marching Band.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Drew Eary is in his first year of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Jerry Junkin. Eary holds a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University where he studied with Dr. Jamie L. Nix. He also received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from The University of Arizona.
While at Columbus State University, Eary’s primary responsibilities were to guest conduct the Schwob Wind Ensemble and Schwob Wind Orchestra. He was the director of the CSU Cougar Pep Band and assisted the annual CSU Conductors’ Workshop. At the University of Arizona, Eary served as the Drum Major of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band as well as the principal clarinetist of the UA Wind Ensemble under Professor Gregg Hanson.
Prior to beginning his MM, Eary was the first Director of Bands at Casteel High School (Queen Creek, Arizona). The Casteel High School band program has received multiple Superior ratings and first place awards in both local and national festivals. In 2018, the Casteel Colt Marching Band received the Bronze Medal at the Arizona State Marching Band Championships.
Most recently, Eary was named a Finalist for the 2021 American Prize in Conducting. He has also presented at the annual Arizona Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference and was named an “Educator to Watch”’ by the Arizona Republic Newspaper in September of 2018. Eary is a former board member with the Arizona Marching Band Association and is an active educator and clinician with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. He is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Tyler Ehrlich (he/him) serves as a doctoral teaching assistant in wind conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he assists with the conducting and administration of the university’s concert bands, athletic bands, and conducting courses.Ehrlich previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a conductor and educator at the secondary and collegiate levels. For three years, Ehrlich served on the faculty of Emory University, where he conducted the Emory University Wind Ensemble. Additionally, Ehrlich taught band, music technology, and International Baccalaureate music courses at Decatur High School and Centennial High School in metro Atlanta. The Centennial Bands received their first national performance invitation as a guest ensemble for the 2020 Music For All National Chamber Music Festival, and all three concert bands received superior ratings for the first time in the school’s 20-year history. Ehrlich has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence for his work with the Atlanta Wind Symphony. He has conducted the ensemble at the 75th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2021 and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in January 2020. Ehrlich has presented on pedagogy and technology at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference. Ehrlich has a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Cornell University. His undergraduate thesis involved developing music software for Google Glass, the now defunct wearable technology. Ehrlich lives with his partner, Dr. Brent Allman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at UT Austin, and their dog, Milo.
DMA, Percussion Performance
An emerging voice in the realm of contemporary-classical music, percussionist Francis Favis is drawn to unique and unconventional sound worlds. With an affinity for new music, he has premiered both solo and chamber works, taking him across the United States and Canada. These engagements have occurred at venues and festivals such as the College Music Society International Conference in Vancouver, B.C, Red Note New Music Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Canadian Music Centre, and the Toronto Creative Music Lab. He has had the opportunity to perform for and learn from artists such as Hypercube, So Percussion, Jumblies Theatre, and The Percussion Collective.
Equally at home with a large ensemble, Francis has performed with groups like the Heartland Festival Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Honor Band of America. He has also been featured on percussion concerti by John Mackey and Michael Daugherty. Francis can be heard on Naxos Records with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.
An active educator, Francis has taught both privately and at multiple schools, all who have won awards under his instruction. Presently, he is the Drumline Instructor for the iconic Longhorn Band of the University of Texas at Austin.
Francis earned his BM in Music Performance from Illinois State University, and his MM in Music Performance from George Mason University. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Percussion at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include David Collier, John Kilkenny, John Spirtas, and Thomas Burritt.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Mike Lebrias (he/him) is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies with Professor Jerry Junkin and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UT Bands. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Music Education (‘15) and Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting (‘21) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew McCutchen, Dr. Marc Sosnowchik, and Dr. William Wiedrich.
Prior to graduate study, Mike served as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL from 2015-2019. Throughout his time in Tampa, Mike served as a staff member, leadership instructor, and low-brass clinician for various bay area summer music camps, local high schools and middle schools, and USF’s Festival of Winds. During his time at USF, he assisted with all aspects of the bands department – instructing and serving as a TA for undergraduate conducting and music education courses, designing drill & writing arrangements for the Herd of Thunder Athletic Bands, as well as assisting with rehearsing and conducting the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. In his time as an undergraduate student, he also served as a Drum Major for the Herd of Thunder Marching Band from 2012-2014. Mike has made guest conducting appearances with the Tampa Bay Brass Band, The Florida Wind Band, and the Bay Area Youth Winds.
His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Weston Lewis is currently pursuing a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the band department. He joined the UT Department of Bands in the Fall of 2021 and assists with all ensembles and undergraduate conducting courses. Weston holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Houston (2014) and Master of Music in Conducting from Louisiana State University (2021).
During his time at the University of Houston, Weston served as a member of the Wind Ensemble, a section leader for the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, a member of the choral program, and a Moores School of Music Ambassador. After graduation, Weston taught high school band in Klein ISD from 2014-2019. In his role, he worked with all concert bands, the jazz band, beginner flute classes, and oversaw the IB Music program. At Louisiana State University, Weston assisted with all ensembles including the Golden Band from Tiger Land, Bengal Brass, and the LSU Concert Ensemble. He was also a Co-Chair of the LSU School of Music Student Diversity and Inclusion Organization and is currently a chairperson for the Graduate Wind Conductors Association. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
MM, Trombone Performance
Thomas Ly is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in trombone performance at the University of Texas at Austin under Dr. Nathaniel Brickens where he is serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Longhorn Band. He is also a member of the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin, the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Farkhad Khudyev, and the Trombone Choir. Thomas previously earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in music education and performance from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied under Dr. Ben McIlwain. He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
As a performer, Thomas has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and Natchez Opera Festival. He has also performed at the CBDNA with the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble. Most recently, he was a semi-finalist for the orchestral excerpts competition at the 2019 Southeastern Trombone Symposium.
With a deep passion for teaching, in both a classroom and in lessons, Thomas has student-taught at South Jones High School in Ellisville, MS where he worked with middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensembles, and indoor winds. He has also had private students who earned placements in the Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band on trombone and euphonium. he is currently an active private instructor for Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
Outside of music, Thomas enjoys cooking, exploring the local coffee scene in Austin, and walking in parks. He is also an active competitive powerlifter in the United States Powerlifting Association.
DMA, Percussion Performance
Multi-faceted artist and percussionist Reese Maultsby has enjoyed an exciting start to his career. As an educator, he has maintained a private studio for over 7 years and has led multiple groups to success. His most recent position as the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger at A.C. Davis High School resulted in a first-place high percussion award at the Washington State University Marching Band Championships in 2018. The following year, the A.C. Davis Percussion Ensemble won first-place at the 2019 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition. Familiar with college level as well, Reese served as the adjunct percussion professor at Washington and Lee University from 2020 to 2021.
Performing in many states and countries across the world, Reese has also found success in multiple ensembles including a third-place finish in the Chamber Music Competition at the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Composing for multiple platforms, he is often commissioned for competitive marching percussion music and continues to write for the contemporary percussion idiom. Starting in the fall of 2021, Reese will be the marching percussion arranger for both The University of Texas’ Longhorn Band and James Madison University’s Marching Royal Dukes. Having marched DCI and WGI for multiple years, the marching arts have been a deep passion of his that he enjoys to continue throughout his career.
Currently, Reese holds two bachelor’s degrees from Central Washington University in percussion performance and music education, as well as a masters from James Madison University in percussion performance where he was fortunate enough to study with Casey Cangelosi. He is currently seeking a doctor of musical arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Reese loves to find new musical opportunities as he continues to freelance and teach across the country while simultaneously performing and composing current music. Outside of music, he loves to drink coffee, hike, and eat great food with his friends and family.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Ogechi Ukazu is a doctoral candidate in wind conducting at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as an Assistant Instructor for the UT band program. Prior to this appointment, she acted as Visiting Instructor of Instrumental Music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Ms. Ukazu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Houston where she studied with Mr. Tom Bennett, Mr. David Bertman, Mr. John Benzer, Mr. Mike Warny, and Mr. Eddie Green. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Sam Houston State University where she studied with Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Brian Gibbs, and Dr. Aric Schneller. Ms. Ukazu began her career in Spring ISD where, in 2011, the Claughton Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic.
Ms. Ukazu is an avid proponent of quality music education for all students and has presented on music education advocacy at workshops, clinics, and conventions around the state of Texas and country, including the SHSU Teaching in the Middle School Band workshops, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the Southern Methodist University Art of Teaching Music workshop, and the Conn-Selmer Summer Institute.
In addition to her work as a music educator, advocator, and presenter, Ms. Ukazu works as a consultant and analyst for Deutser, LLC, a management consulting firm in Houston, TX that specializes in corporate & organizational leadership training, organizational change management, risk management, strategic planning and branding design & architecture. Amongst the client projects she has worked on are the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Houston Community College System, PHI Health, United Way of Greater Houston, and the University of Arizona.
Ms. Ukazu’s professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.