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Sarah McKoin
Director of Bands

Dr. Sarah McKoin is the Director of Bands at Texas Tech University and Associate Professor of Music as well as Director of the Wind Ensemble at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Dr. McKoin conducts the Texas Tech University Wind Ensemble and teaches all levels of conducting and wind literature. She is entering her ninth summer in residence at the Brevard Music Center where she serves on the conducting faculty and conducts the Transylvania Wind Ensemble comprised of college-aged musicians from throughout the country.

Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, Professor McKoin was the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and held appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Her UMKC Wind Symphony was selected as a featured ensemble and performed for the 2005 Missouri Music Educator's National Association Conference. In addition, the Wind Symphony under Dr. McKoin's leadership performed for the College Music Society's National Conference and for the opening concert of a nationally recognized month long festival honoring Igor Stravinsky which involved all of Kansas City's major arts organizations. While Director of Bands at the University at Buffalo, the UB Wind Ensemble was invited to perform for the New York State Band Directors' National Association, the first invitation of its kind for that ensemble.

Dr. McKoin maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. She served as the 5-A Concert Band All-State Conductor for the Texas Music Educator's Association conference and has been contracted for upcoming Iowa and Florida All-State band festivals. While in Kansas City, she was frequently called upon to guest conduct NewEar, a professional chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary music. In 2001 Professor McKoin traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to serve as producer for the world premiere recording of Roberto Sierra's Fantasia Correliana with the Castellani-Andriaccio guitar duo on the Fleurdeson label, Arie Lipsky conducting.

Committed to performing literature of today's prominent composers, ensembles under Dr. McKoin's leadership have won the praise of local music critics and guest composers. She has performed several regional and world premieres including works by Chen Yi, Lukas Foss, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Dan Welcher, Donald Freund, Walter Hartley, David Maslanka and others. Her position at Brevard has allowed her to collaborate with a number of soloists which include Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony, Fred Mills, Tim Morrison, Marty Hackleman, Sam Palafian, Scott Hartmann, Joseph Lulloff, Timothy Northcutt, Rhythm and Brass and the tuba/euphonium ensemble, Symphonia.

Her publications include Leslie Bassett's Colors and Contours: An Analysis for Conductors and Joseph Turrin's Two Sketches published in Volumes 3 and 5 of Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Her DMA research is on the music of Dan Welcher and the ensuing treatise is entitled, Three Places in the West: A Critical Analysis and Reference for Conductors.

McKoin holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin as well as degrees from Wichita State University and Michigan State University. She is active in the College Band Director's National Association having served as the New York state chairperson and has taught secondary school in both Michigan and at L.D. Bell High School in Texas.


Duane Hill
Assistant Director of Bands
Goin' Band Director

Duane HillDuane Hill is Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands. He holds a Bachelor of Secondary Music Education from Texas Tech University under Keith Bearden and Christopher Anderson and a Master of Music in Conducting from Dr. Sarah McKoin. 

Mr. Hill teaches classes in Secondary and Marching Band Techniques, Secondary Instrumental Ensemble for choral students, as well as serving as conductor of Concert Band. In service to music education Mr. Hill is currently a leadership facilitator with Solutions and Specialized Innovations (SASI), which specializes in student empowerment in music students, and he serves as a consultant to high school band programs across the state the state.

His professional affiliations include: College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Music Society and Kappa Kappa Psi.    


Eric Allen
Assistant Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Eric AllenDr. Eric Allen is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Tech University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate conducting, and assisting with direction of the Goin' Band from Raiderland. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in instrumental music education from Florida State University, and a doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Craig Kirchhoff.

Prior to completing his doctorate, Allen served as Director of Bands at Sebastian River High School in Florida for over ten years. His ensembles consistently earned top honors with performances at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association Conference and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Dr. Allen recently contributed to GIA Publications' Teaching Music through Performance in Band- Solos with Band Accompaniment edition, and his recent research also includes a documentation of the life, work and musical interpretation of conductor/composer Joseph Kreines. His recognitions include four Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association and being named the 2006 Indian River County (FL) District Teacher of the Year. In addition to making music, Dr. Allen enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and children, Audrey and Brady.



Debbie Holt

Administrative Assistant, University Bands