June 19-23, 2017


Coppell, Texas / Coppell High School


Guest Artist, Raquel Rodriguez

Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Raquel is a versatile musician having appeared as a clinician, soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Raquel is principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, 1st trumpet with the Brass Arts Quintet (TTU Faculty Brass) and an associate member with Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. Dr. Rodriquez is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies.

Raquel has been praised for her performances on trumpet and cornet. She has been a trumpet/cornet prizewinner at NABBA (North American Brass Band Association), the US Open Brass Band Championships, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. In 2013, Raquel recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt” which is available on Amazon and iTunes.

Active in her discipline, Raquel is the Editor of the Trumpet Technology Column in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and Co-Editor of the ITG Video Page. She has also presented sessions at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Historic Brass Society Conference, TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and the ITG Conference. Raquel served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and ITG Conference.

Dr. Rodriquez holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas and the MA and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University. For more information about Dr. Rodriquez please visit her personal website: www.solotromba.com


Kelsie Dunham's love of trumpet and music began locally, at Creek Valley Middle School and Hebron High School, where she performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, as a member the 5A All-State Symphonic Band, and as a member of the 2011 5A Honor Band with the Hebron Wind Symphony. 

She then pursued her degree in Music Education at Baylor University, studying trumpet under Wiff Rudd, Alex Parker, and Mark Schubert.  As a member of the Baylor Gold Trumpet Ensemble, she was a four time finalist in the National Trumpet Competition, placing in the top five consistently.  As a trumpet soloist, she was a semi finalist at the National Trumpet Competition four times. She spent the summer of 2014 marching lead trumpet with the World Class Drum and Bugle Corps Carolina Crown. A passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Kelsie has taught quintets, trumpet ensembles, masterclasses, and trumpet lessons throughout Texas.  Currently in the summer, she travels the country working with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps as a trumpet tech.

Kelsie graduated from Baylor University in December 2015, and she was appointed as the Assistant Band Director at Bowman Middle School in Plano, Texas in January 2016.


Eric Guerrero is in his 16th year of teaching band in the Carroll Independent School District. Prior to teaching band, Mr. Guerrero taught private trumpet lessons for Carroll ISD.

Originally from Garden City, Kansas, Mr. Guerrero moved to Texas to attend the University of North Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at UNT, he studied with Jay Saunders and was a member of the world renowned One O'Clock Lab Band (1997-1999), playing lead and second trumpet respectively.

Mr. Guerrero has also performed on cruise ships and with many artists, including Gladys Knight, Clark Terry, Pete Christlieb, Rich Matteson, Frank Mantooth, Tim Hagans, Kenny Wheeler, and Jon Faddis to name a few. In addition to teaching, Mr. Guerrero continues to play professionally in various bands around the metroplex.


Marty Nelson, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, began playing the trumpet in 5th grade. His love of the trumpet and his high school band program led him to the University of North Texas in 1976 where he earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Music Education, and was a student of John Haynie.

In the spring of 2013, Mr. Nelson retired from band directing at Arbor Creek Middle School in Carrollton. Prior to teaching in the Lewisville Independent School District, Marty taught at Coppell Middle School East, Shackelford Junior High in Arlington, and in the Houston area for the Spring Branch and Aldine school districts.

Mr. Nelson serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state, helps organize Music Across Texas events in the DFW area, and teaches master classes and private lessons for the Hebron High School Band cluster. In 2014, he launched his own music publishing company MRNS Music to promote his trumpet solo compositions.


David Stone is the former director of bands at Dawson Middle School in the Carroll Independent School District. He started his career in the Dallas I.S.D. where he started two beginner band programs and assisted a high school. In 1987 he was recruited to the Carroll I.S.D. and took over the middle school band program while assisting at the high school.

During his 27 years at CISD, David taught at both intermediate schools, both middle schools, the high school and senior high. He was in charge of the CISD Jazz Program for 10 years, where his jazz bands won numerous contests in the DFW area as well as competitions in Austin, Corpus Christi and Winter Park, Colorado. His middle school bands won numerous UIL Sweepstakes awards, were finalists for the state honor band competition, and winners of Best in Class in four local middle school band competitions. Throughout David's career, he taught every beginner band class and had multiple all-state musicians come from each class. Many of his former students are teaching band or are teachers in other areas.

Now retired, David is busy consulting throughout the area, judging and serving as a clinician for bands. He is also an adjunct professor at UNT, working with student teachers as they begin their journey into the world of band directing.