Notable and Famous Alumni - Music


    Pat Boone

    Top-selling singer with gold records in the 1950s and 1960s for "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'll Be Home" and starred in several movies, including State Fair.

    Brave Combo

    Two-time Grammy Award-winning polka band known for its eclectic mix of pop, jazz, rock and other musical styles with polka; featured on The Simpsons and Prairie Home Companion

    Composer; Emmy Award winner for the Batman Beyond cartoon series


    Jeff Coffin

    Saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band; three-time Grammy Award winner with the band Bela Fleck & the Flecktones; founder of Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet; educator, clinician and author.

    Michael Daugherty

    Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2011

    Jazz musician, composer and music director of Schoolhouse Rock; wrote and performed "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number" and other well-known songs in the series.

    Singer-songwriter whose songs were recorded by Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett; 2007 Texas Poet Lauraute

    Bobby Fuller (1942-1966)

    Late singer of "I Fought the Law;" inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

    Frank Greene

    Trumpet player; played on Late Show with David Letterman

    UNT alum Don Henley and the Eagles are 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees, given to those who have exemplary lifetime achievements in the performing arts. The Eagles will be honored Dec. 6 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29.

    Well-known Texas folk singer and songwriter; children's advocate; 2010 Texas State Musician

    Country western singer-songwriter

    Nine-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter

    Grammy Award-winning Gospel rapper

    Tom "Bones" Malone

    Trombonist; member of the original Saturday Night Live band for 10 years; backed John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd for the Blues Brother act; formerly served as the principal arranger and trombonist for the Late Show with David Letterman

    Lou Marini

    Saxophonist; original member of the Saturday Night Live band for 10 years; backed John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Blue Lou" in The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000; also played in the band for Night Line with David Brenner

    Composer and keyboardist for the Pat Metheny Group; won seven Grammy Awards with the group and has been nominated four times for his own work

    Grammy nominee, country singer-songwriter of the hit "Wildfire"

    Roy Orbison (1936-1988)

    Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist; songs included "Oh, Pretty Woman," considered one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and "Crying"

    Soprano with the Houston Grand Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

    Soprano with the Santa Fe Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

    Band, known for its combination of jazz, funk and world music, who won the 2014 Grammy for Best R&B Performance for its song "Something," with Lalah Hathaway

    Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"

    Eli Young Band

    Academy of Country Music-winning Eli Young Band members, James Young ('02), Chris Thompson ('04), Mike Eli ('04) and Jon Jones ('04); formed the country quartet as UNT students