Past-LSWO Youth Winds Conductor
Dr. Bradley Kent is the Associate State Director of Music of the State of Texas University Interscholastic League. Prior to his current position, Dr. Kent served as Director of Fine Arts in the Richardson Independent School District in Richardson, Texas, where he administrates all Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Theatre programs. Dr. Kent has also served as Director of Bands at both Texas A&M University at Commerce and Lamar University. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention (twice), the College Band Directors National Association Conference (twice), and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Dr. Kent also served as Director of Bands at Lewisville High School in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area from 1993-1999. He has presented lectures/clinics at the International Wind Music History Conference, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He is also the author of a series of articles for Clarino, an international wind music publication in Germany.
LSWO Youth Winds Artistic Administrators
Dr. Andrew Lee Tucker is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Richardson High School in the Richardson Independent School District. He recently taught at Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Florida. Prior to this, he was the Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands and taught Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. At UW-L he directed the Screaming Eagles Marching Band and Symphonic Band. He held a similar position at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he was in charge of the Marching Salukis and Saluki Pep Band. He has taught and worked with various drum corps for over a decade, including Blue Knights, Colts and Magic of Orlando. Tucker also remained active as a composer, arranger and drill writer of marching band shows. He has been a guest conductor for bands in Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Dr. Tucker graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, then did undergraduate work at the University of Kansas, before earning his Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas. At Indiana University, he completed his Master’s degree in Tuba Performance with a minor in Wind Conducting. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Indiana University in Brass Pedagogy with minors in Music Education and Wind Conducting. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Parents among others.
Kendal Lee Tucker is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Parkhill Junior High School in the Richardson Independent School District. She recently taught at Young Middle Magnet School in the nationally recognized Hillsborough County Public School system in Tampa, Florida. She was the Assistant Director of Bands in the Tomah Area School District in Tomah, Wisconsin and was the Head Director of the Instrumental Music Program in the Christopher Unit School District #99 in Christopher, Illinois. Throughout Mrs. Tucker’s career, she has taught instrumental music from beginning band through high school in such capacities as private lessons, concert band, jazz band, marching band and a college credit music appreciation course for the non-musician. Groups under her direction are known for an astounding increase in quality of performances and student retention.
Kendal grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area and attended school in the reputable Francis Howell School District. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she studied Euphonium with Dr. Thomas Bough and received Kodaly training with Dr. Katherine Hickey. Mrs. Tucker received her Master’s in Music Education at Auburn University where she studied pedagogy and conducting with Johnny Vinson and Dr. Rick Good. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and National Association for Music Education among others.
LSWO Youth Winds Musicians