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Dr. Lopez served as the Director of Athletic Bands at Christopher Newport University (CNU) for nine years, where he directed the Marching Captains and Pep Band and was conducted the University Concert Band. Under his leadership, the CNU Marching Captains over doubled in size to become one of the largest NCAA Division III athletic band programs in the country. The band was featured in the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and the 2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. He has been honored twice by the Northeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi with the Outstanding Sponsor Award for his work as advisor to the Mu Nu chapter of the organization. Dr. Lopez previously served as Director of Bands at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, WV where his teaching earned him the 2007 West Virginia Region 7 Teacher of the Year Award. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Georgia, Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Ohio University, and Bachelor of Music Education from Glenville State College. His conducting teachers include John Lynch, Andrew Trachsel, Frank Wickes, and John Whitwell. While at Ohio University, he earned the 2010 Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award and the Ronald Socciarelli Award for Outstanding Service to the Ohio University Marching 110. Dr. Lopez is also an active scholar on wind band music with extensive contributions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, actively presents at music conferences and conducts and adjudicates throughout the country.


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Dr. Ben Tomlinson is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he teaches Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Methods, and oversees all aspects of the percussion program at TAMUK. Previously, he was on faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and has held teaching assistantships at Florida State University and the University of South Carolina. As a performer, Dr. Tomlinson is dedicated to the creation and continuation of new and canonic works within the percussive repertoire and has premiered several new works. Dr. Tomlinson has performed nationally and internationally in some of the most visible venues in music including Carnegie Hall and the China National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Additionally, he performed at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble. As an educator, Dr. Tomlinson is an active clinician in universities and public schools and gave a clinic at the 2020 TMEA Convention titled 10 Things Your Percussion Methods Teacher Wants You to Remember. Active in the marching arts, Dr. Tomlinson performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and he regularly arranges music for marching percussion ensembles across the United States. He previously served as the primary percussion arranger for the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band. Dr. Tomlinson holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State, Master of Music from South Carolina, and Bachelor of Music from Furman. His primary teachers include John Parks, Scott Herring, Omar Carmenates, John Beckford, and Gary Robinson. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda, and is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Inc. sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion.


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Mr. Armendariz currently serves at Alexander High School as the Head Choir/Mariachi Director and as the Avant Guard Instructor. Mr. Armendariz' goal is to help his students discover themselves through musical and artistic expression along with instilling an appreciation for the fine arts.

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Abraham Armendariz began his love for the fine arts at Christen Middle School. After performing competitively with the Martin High School Band, Mariachi and Color Guard, Mr. Armendariz went forward to pursue a degree in Music at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

While at TAMUK, he held the position of Color Guard Captain for the Javelina Marching Band, Piano player for the Wind Symphony and performed in countless ensembles including the piano accompaniment project, Kingsville Orchestra and the Javelina Mariachi. During his time at TAMUK, Mr. Armendariz spent his summers performing and marching with Revolution Drum Corps as part of their color guard.

It was his love for the marching arts that took his teaching into the school system and gave back to his University community by being on the guard staff for the Javelina Marching Band as well as surrounding schools of Banquette, Refugio and Callalen.

Applied Faculty


  • Dr. Elizabeth Janzen, Flute
  • Dr. Ann Fronkowiak, Oboe, Chamber Music
  • Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort, Clarinet, Chamber Music, Practice Strategies
  • Dr. Thomas Zinninger, Saxophone, Improvisation


  • Dr. Kyle Millsap, Trumpet, Jazz Band
  • Dr. Jennifer Sholtis, Horn, Chamber Music
  • Dr. Paul Hageman, Trombone
  • Dr. Jesse Orth, Tuba/Euphonium, Chamber Music, Intro to World Music


  • Mr. Vicente Barrera, Intro to Sound Recording, Mariachi
  • Ms. Rachael Bustamante, Beginner Piano
  • Mr. Edward Moncada, History of Rock & Roll