College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Beginning Band Pedagogy Workshop

JULY 5 through JULY 9, 2016
Tuition: $400
Refunds: We are unable to refund any registration amount after June 15, 2016


"This was an amazing experience - more than I could have imagined." - Samantha McCarty, 2012 workshop participant




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"This is honestly the greatest workshop I have been to in my career as a band director." - 2012 workshop participant


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About the workshop

This five-day workshop features hands-on teaching demonstrations of beginning and intermediate concepts for flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Participants will be actively involved in playing each of the instruments (at a beginner level!) and will have the opportunity to participate in active discussions and other learning activities. Optional private lessons are available on each of the instruments for those workshop participants who want extra help or want to dig into concepts in a little more depth. While this workshop is primarily geared toward middle-school teachers, instrumental music instructors at all levels will find the information on the fundamentals of each instrument valuable. Handouts and other materials you can use with your students will be provided as a part of the workshop fee.

Texas teachers can receive CPE credit for attending (CPE #015-505).

Each workshop participant will have the opportunity to play every instrument and take part in demonstrations of how to make great sounds with efficient fundamentals on each instrument. Learn tricks and tips to help your students of all levels develop great playing and performance skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other directors throughout the day during formal discussions and informal interaction during the workshop and at optional recreational events each evening.

Housing On-campus housing is available for only $20 per night by contacting or (210) 458-5334. Off-campus lodging is provide by the official workshop hotel - The Wyndham Garden La Cantera - which offers conference rates for only $95.00(plus tax) a night. Contact or (210) 458-5334 for more information.

Fun for the whole family! San Antonio is a terrific destination for families. Nearby attractions include Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World San Antonio , Imax Theatre , the Riverwalk , Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Splashtown Waterpark, San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, Natural Bridge Caverns, Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Missions Baseball, King William Historic District, Botanical Garden, the Alamo, and the San Antonio Missions Historical Park. Shopping options include Northstar and Rivercenter Malls and, just across the highway from campus, the Shops at La Cantera.


"I drove 250 miles to get here, but I would be willing to drive 1,000 miles. I learned so many tips, tricks, and secrets to teaching band. The thinks I learned will be applied not only to my beginners, but also to all of my students." - David Berndt, 2012 workshop participant









Debra Haburay – Forestwood Middle School, Lewisville ISD – Brass

Debra Haburay is enjoying her 15th year as Director of Bands at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. She is a native of Connecticut where she studied trumpet with Richard Green.

Ms. Haburay received the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, performed with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of John Paynter and with the Symphony under the direction of Victor Yampolsky. She continued her studies as a graduate assistant at Baylor University, performing as a member of the Baylor faculty brass quintet and the Waco Symphony. She received the Master of Music degree in performance, studying trumpet with Barry Hopper and conducting with Michael Haithcock. Ms. Haburay studied for three summers at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, under the direction of Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. With gratitude, Debra’s teachers also include Jim Irwin – brass pedagogy, Tom Ridenour – clarinet, Patti Mecklin – flute and Hermann Vogelstein – bassoon.

Under Ms. Haburay’s leadership, Forestwood bands have consistently earned outstanding honors and distinctions including TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and 2006. She serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas and is a member of Phi Beta Mu. Most of all, Ms. Haburay is grateful for the excellent influence of her students who bring her joy and inspiration each day.

Kathy Johnson – Argyle High School, Argyle ISD – Woodwinds

Kathy Johnson is in her tenth year at Argyle High School where her responsibilities include directing the high school Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching the beginner flute class and overseeing the instrumental music program in both middle school and high school. She is privileged to have on her staff Michael Lemish, Asa Burk, Evan Fletcher, Bojan Gutic, and James McNair.

Under the direction of Kathy Johnson, the Argyle High School Band earned the honor of performing at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2009 as the TMEA 3A State Honor Band. The Argyle High School Band is the reigning 4A State Marching Champion and earned this title in 2008, 2010, and 2012, and 2014. In addition, the Argyle Wind Ensemble performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2007. Both high school bands for which Mrs. Johnson is responsible consistently earn Superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Marching and Concert and Sightreading Contests and Superior and “Best in Class” awards at the various festivals they have attended. In 2009 the Argyle Band program was awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award by the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association. Other Argyle Band accomplishments include ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Winner and National Wind Band Honors Winner.

Mrs. Johnson is a founding member and plays flute in the Dallas Wind Symphony for the past 30 years. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area and teaches at several summer band camps throughout the state of Texas.

Mrs. Johnson attended The University of North Texas, where she received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education. Her professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu where she is on the board representing the small schools of Texas, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association where she is the representative for Region 2, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Women’s Band Directors International and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mrs. Johnson resides in Flower Mound, TX.

Mark Wessels – Percussion

Mark is a nationally respected clinician, adjudicator and author. He has written numerous method books, including “A Fresh Approach to Snare Drum” and “A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion”, two of the world’s best selling beginning percussion methods. Mark’s teaching experience includes 18 years in the Texas public schools as a percussion instructor and band director at middle and high school levels (Lake Highlands/Richardson ISD, DeSoto/Desoto ISD, Shepton HS/Plano ISD) and as the percussion caption head for the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps (1985-91). Currently, Mark is the Director of Internet Activities for Vic Firth where he produces all web related content for


Jennifer Auerbach – Bocal Majority – Bassoon

Jennifer Auerbach is the CEO and founder of the Bocal Majority organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Chicago Musical College and master’s and doctoral degrees in music theory from the University of North Texas. She has taught private bassoon lessons in the Dallas metroplex since 1998 and has given numerous clinics at the Texas Music Educators’ Convention, the International Double Reed Society.  Along with her partner, Sally Bohls, she has co-authored a method book for first-year double-reed classes.
Dr. Auerbach was a Fulbright grant recipient to study in Austria in 2005, she is the  principal bassoonist of the Richardson Symphony and contrabassoonist of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. She resides in Dallas with her husband and cats.

Sally Bohls – Bocal Majority – Oboe

Sally Bohls is a professional performer/contractor, studio musician, and private teacher in the Dallas Metroplex. Sally is the oboe side of Bocal Majority/Operation O.B.O.E. summer double reed camps and master classes and is the head of ADRIT which is the advanced part of the camps. Sally is actively sought after as a guest soloist, clinician, and adjudicator. She has articles published in national and international magazines. She has been playing oboe since 1967 and started teaching oboe in 1976. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. She has studied oboe with Stephen Lickman and Eric Barr of the Dallas Symphony and been a participant in master classes and seminars given by John Mack and Ray Still. Sally has played auditions and made the finals for the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sally has played under the batons of Henry Mancini, Col. Lowell Graham, Howard Dunn and Marvin Hamlisch. She plays with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, Dallas Summer Musicals, and has recorded CD’s with the Turtle Creek Chorale. Sally is head of ADRIT and oboe studies for Bocal Majority/Operation O. B. O. E. double reed camps. Her woodwind quintet, all about 5, performs throughout the state and at national music conventions. She has a private studio of young oboists grades 6 thru 12 and has taught at the university level. Her students are extraordinarily successful at all levels and in all types of competitions. Sally tries to instill a profound sense of self-worth and joy of playing in all of her students. Her husband, Jon, is a professional musician/trombone teacher. Sally has three sons, David, Jason, and Mark who are successful musicians themselves. She currently resides in Carrollton, Texas.

Si Millican – UTSA – Assistant Professor of Music Education

For thirteen years prior to his university work, Dr. Millican was a public-school band director at the high-school and middle-school levels. He taught beginning woodwind and percussion classes in the Lewisville and Arlington Independent School Districts in Texas. He is the author of "Starting Out Right: Beginning Band Pedagogy" which provides information on recruiting students, selecting instruments, finding equipment, organizing and managing a band program, teaching students to make first notes on their instruments, helping students read music, and classroom management techniques.





Note: Graduate Credit is available. Workshop participants who would like graduate credit must apply through the Graduate School by April 1, 2016. Please visit the Graduate School Website: For more information on the workshop, contact Si Millican – - (210) 458-5334.





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