About Texas Drums
Texas Drums is the University of Texas at Austin drumline that performs with the Longhorn Band, composed of 10 snares, 6 tenors, 5 basses, and 12 cymbals. Texas Drums can commonly be seen at the LBJ parking lot, the Bubble, Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium during game days, and Double Dave's on Tuesdays.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I don't make Texas Drums?
- What are my chances of making the (insert section here) line if I do (insert practice routine here)?
- How many people try out on average?
- When will next year's audition material be posted?
- I'm currently in high school/not going to college next year. Can I still go to the clinics?
- When will next year's clinic dates be posted?
- Do we need to bring sticks? And if so, what type of sticks do we need to bring?
- How does early move-in work?
- When are rehearsals?
- I have a problem with the website.
- Where can I buy a Texas Drums shirt?
Section Leaders & Staff
|Tyler "Rusty" Townsend (Snare)|
|Major: Music Education|
|Hey Texas Drums! I'm Tyler Townsend and I am the snare drum section leader. This will be my fifth year of school as a music education major. I've spent the summer teaching high school drumline and taking summer classes. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to drum together, have questions about LHB, or just want to chill.|
|Megan "ShamWow" Shammo (Bass)|
|Major: Architectural Engineering|
|I'm a fourth year architectural engineering major from Houston. I am the vertically challenged bass drum player that is most likely dancing, smiling, or laughing (or all three) at any given point in time. College football season is one of my favorite times of the year. I also enjoy watching and attending all kinds of other sporting events, especially University of Texas ones. Hook 'em!|
|Gabe "Pancake" Durand-Hollis (Tenors)|
|Major: Psychology Pre-Med|
|I love drumming and Robert Downey Jr.|
|Catherine "Zeta" Whited (Cymbals)|
|Major: Classical Archaeology|
|Oh hi there! My name is Catherine Whited and I am one of the two cymbal section leaders for the 2012 marching season. I'm going into my third year as a Classical Archaeology major (think Indiana Jones, but less Nazis and more digging). This is only my third year as a cymbal player; my lowly origins lie in playing the oboe (so if you've never marched or played cymbals before, no worries!). Houston is where my home is, and this summer I'll be staying there working as a Chick-fil-A cow and playing Super Mario 64. I'm super excited about getting to meet all of you! Feel free to shoot me an email or friend me on Facebook if you have any questions!|
|Eric Lovay (Cymbals)|
|Hey, I am Eric Lovay and I am one of the cymbal section leaders for Texas Drums. I am a fifth year physics major from New Braunfels and this will be my fifth year in band and second year as a section leader. I enjoy a good laugh, playing video games, and am known for being quite the automotive enthusiast including a fair bit of track experience here and there around Texas. So far I've had a great experience here at UT and I am really looking forward to the upcoming year. If you have any questions or believe you have a funny joke, feel free to contact me.|
|Corey "Miyagi" Roberts (Webmaster)|
|Major: Computer Science|
|I graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in computer science this past semester, and I'm from Bastrop, Texas. I was a member of the Texas Drums snareline from 2008 to 2011. I'm Asian, and so naturally, I know how to make a fine batch of rice. I'm also the head webmaster of this site! I enjoy playing videogames, programming, and attending UT football games. Some of my favorite moments in football while being with the band have been this, this, this, and this.|
|William "Slick" Vickery (Webmaster)|
|Major: Computer Science|
|Well hello there ... I am a junior Computer Science Major and have been a member of the bassline (3) for the past two years. Playing with Texas Drums and being apart of the band have been amazing experiences here at UT. I love every moment of it, but I wont blabber on. If it has to do with video games, programming, or percussion (I also love to write music), or England then talk to me about it. If you have any questions about the site then please feel free to email me or anyone on this page.Hook'em, God Save the Queen, OU sucks, and hit me up on XBOX Live!!!|
|Alexander Casimiro (Instructor)|
|Major: Doctor of Musical Arts: Performance|
|Alexander Casimiro is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also minored in Information Technologies.
In Omaha, Alex adjudicated frequently in both the outdoor and indoor marching circuits. Also during this time, he served as the percussion teacher at Creighton University and performed with the Omaha Symphony.
At UMass, Alex performed in the Minuteman Marching Band for four years, under the direction of George Parks and Thom Hannum. Alex served as the section leader of the UMass drum line from his sophomore through senior years, and then continued to teach the line in 2009. During this time, Alex also studied marching percussion arranging both privately and in a classroom setting with Thom Hannum.
Alex is the writer and instructor for the Trash Tones percussion group at Six Flags New England, while also being an original member and performer of the group.
Alex has been a member of numerous competitive marching ensembles, including the Silver Knights, the Targets, the Spartans, the Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble, the Madison Scouts, and the Cadets.
He has had the pleasure of teaching a variety of marching ensembles including Jersey Surf, the Blue Stars, Dojo Winter Percussion, Shepherd Hill Regional High School, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Omaha Central High School.
Alex has had the honor of performing at special events such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade, George W. Bush's second Inaugural Parade, the 2005 New England Patriots Super Bowl Ring Ceremony, Craig Mello's Nobel Prize Banquet, a concert with the band KANSAS and the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, and a performance with the Boston Pops and the UMass Marching Band.
In recent years, Alex attended the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, and the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar.
Alex currently studies with Dr. Tom Burritt. In the past, he has studied with Dr. Tomm Roland, Ayano Kataoka, Thomas P. Hannum, and Ken Yoshida. In drum corps, Alex was also fortunate enough to march under the direction of Colin Mcnutt, Tom Aungst, Lee Beddis, Jeff Queen, and Chris Dufault.
Alex is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Vic Firth Education Team, and the American Federation of Musicians.