Notable Alumni

Arthur Barrow
Arthur Barrow ('75)

Bass player best known for working with Frank Zappa and playing on the movies Scarface and Top Gun

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Jim Bogios

Drummer for the Counting Crows who also has performed with Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton and Prince

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
Brave Combo ('84)

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

Kristopher Carter ('93)

Composer; Emmy Award winner for the Batman Beyond cartoon series
 

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Jeff Coffin ('90)

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.

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John Ford Coley

Member of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley that produced such hits as "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight."

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Michael Daugherty ('76)

Four-time Grammy-winner composer

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Bob Dorough ('49)
Deceased 1923-2018

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.

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Steve Fromholz
Deceased 1945-2014

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

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Bobby Fuller
Deceased 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

Don Henley

Grammy Award-winning singer and musician; member of The Eagles and solo artist; environmental activist.

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Sara Hickman ('86)

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

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Country western singer-songwriter

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Norah Jones

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter

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Lecrae ('02)

Grammy Award-winning rapper

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Tom "Bones" Malone ('69)

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

Lyle Mays

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

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