Texas Tech University

Winds and Percussion

Our nationally and internationally recognized woodwind/brass/percussion faculty, all of whom are full-time tenure-track artist/teachers, mentor a diverse student body in a professional atmosphere with progressive curricula that stimulate the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity, and service


woodwind faculty

Faculty Name Area
Lisa Garner Santa Flute (Winds & Percussion Area Chair)
Amy Anderson Oboe
David Shea Clarinet
Richard Meek Bassoon
David Dees Saxophone
The Mariah Winds

The Mariah Winds is the faculty woodwind quintet of Texas Tech University. Members include Lisa Garner Santa (flute), Amy Anderson (oboe), Richard Meek (bassoon), David Shea (clarinet) and Christopher Smith (horn). The group's name was taken from the famous song "They Call the Wind Mariah*" from "Paint Your Wagon," to recognize the prevalent winds of the South Plains and our Southwest heritage. Formed in 1965, the Mariah Winds has performed numerous concerts in the Southwest Region and throughout the United States and Mexico. The group's mission is to provide the highest quality chamber music for the Texas Tech community and the Southwest Region. In addition, the Mariah Winds has always made music education in the public schools a major priority, by doing children's concerts and working with the young musicians of tomorrow. The group has evolved over the years with numerous personnel changes. Richard Meek, the bassoonist of the group, is however one of the founding members of the group. The current group is a reflection of the outstanding School of Music Program at Texas Tech University, which continues to thrive as one of the outstanding music programs in the country.

*Away out there they got a name for rain, and wind, and fire. The rain is Tess, the fire's Jo, and they call the wind Mariah. Mariah blows the stars around, and sends the clouds a'flyin'. Mariah makes the mountains sound like folks were up there dyin'.


Faculty Name Area
Will Strieder Trumpet
Andrew Stetson Trumpet
Christopher M Smith Horn
James T. Decker Trombone
Kevin Wass Tuba/Euphonium


The Faculty Brass Quintet

Faculty Brass Quintet

The Texas Tech University Faculty Brass Quintet has represented the School of Music at Texas Tech University for over 30 years. The ensemble presents regular recitals on the Tech campus and throughout Texas and the Southwest. The quintet's many outreach projects include performances at area high schools and middle schools as well as appearances at state and national conventions, most recently the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Members of the Texas Tech University Brass Quintet are; Will Strieder and Andrew Stetson, trumpets; Christopher M. Smith, horn; James T. Decker, trombone; and Kevin Wass, tuba.


Faculty Name Area
Alan Shinn Percussion
Lisa Rogers Percussion



The TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PERCUSSION PROGRAM is under the direction of Dr. Lisa Rogers and Mr. Alan Shinn. The program includes several percussion ensembles and steel drum bands. These ensembles have performed for such events as the American Orff-Schulwerk National Conference (2002), International Society for Music Education Conferences (2008, 2010), National Conferences on Percussion Pedagogy (2002, 2011, 2012), Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008), and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions (1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006). Students from all over the United States as well as from other countries such as Japan, South Korea, and Canada have matriculated through the percussion program at Texas Tech University.

Under Rogers's direction, the Texas Tech University Steel Drum Band “Apocalypso Now” has entertained many audiences since forming in 1993. The bands perform music ranging from a calypso style to "pop" hits. Celebrated performances include performances on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as well as opening for The Beach Boys at Branson's Mel Tillis Theatre in May 2000.

Performing Ensembles


Texas Tech offers a variety of performance opportunities for wind and percussion students. Below is just a portion of the available ensembles. Please contact your specific applied faculty for more information.


Please visit the following links for a list of available degrees in the School of Music as well as admission procedures and audition requirements.

Unergraduate Degree Programs

Graduuate Degree Programs


The TTU School of Music offers a variety of undergraduate scholarship awards each year to incoming students.  To be eligible students must complete the scholarship portion of the Texas Common Application by February 1st.  Scholarship decisions are based upon the strength of the student's entrance audition as well as academic record.  We also encourage students to take advantage of the many academic scholarships, grants, and loan programs offered through the university. More information can be found at the website for the Student Financial Aid Office. Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships are available. Contact Dr. Peter Martens (Associate Director for Graduate Studies) for complete information.