Notable Alumni

Dale Baker
Dale Baker ('90)
Drummer who played for Sixpence None the Richer
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
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.

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Brave Combo
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

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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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Herb Ellis
Herb Ellis
Deceased 1921-2010

Regarded as one of the finest jazz guitar soloists; received honorary doctorate from the College of Music in 1997

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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

Jesús Garcia
Jesús Garcia ('99)

Tony Award-winning opera singer; appeared in La Bohème

Jimmy Giuffre ('42)
Deceased 1921-2008

Influential composer and musician who helped integrate chamber music into jazz as part of the "Third Stream" movement

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Frank Greene

Trumpet player; played on Late Show with David Letterman

Billy Harper
Billy Harper ('65)

Saxophonist who was the first Black member of the One O'Clock Lab Band and has played with jazz greats

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J. Walter Hawkes
J. Walter Hawkes ('92)
Four-time Emmy Award-winning composer for children's TV shows Peg + Cat and Wonder Pets!
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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