What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and
what does that involve?
"I am a Tech Supervisor for Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner
Cable) for my paying job, but I am also the President for the Seguin
Band Boosters, which is pretty much a part time job during marching
season. I am also a member of Crossroads Church here in Seguin."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I love to go tent camping with my girls, and working on my old house
on Nolte Street."
What city and state were you born in?
"Lubbock, Texas, and Mac Davis was right when he said, ‘Happiness is
Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror.’ I grew up in Lockhart."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Denise, my wife of 23 years; Bethany, 19; The Maggie, 18; and Ella
K., 13. Yes, three teenage girls. I live in a sea of estrogen!
Denise and I also have numerous ‘Band Kids’ that call us Band Mom and
Band Dad that we feed, take places, help with homework, and spend
time with at our home here in Seguin."
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"I would say the biggest challenge I faced was leaving my family and
stepping out on my own at 19 years of age. I ended up in Hutchinson,
Kansas of all places. It was an interesting few years to say the
least. I learned how to be self-sufficient up there. I did meet the
love of my life in Hutchinson and brought her back to Texas where I
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I don’t watch much TV. I do like Cheers and Home Improvement reruns.
Movies would be True Grit, Braveheart, Lonesome Dove, and Tin Cup."
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Classic Country and Some Classic Rock. Merle Haggard, Creedence… I
also really enjoy Chris Tomlin and Chris Rice. I think Chris Rice is
the most underrated song writer in Contemporary Christian Music."
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My Favorite Seguin Restaurant, hmmm? I really like Reyna’s and
Tavern on the Creek is nice as well."
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am a softy. I come off sometimes as gruff but I am a real softy. I
get emotional about things dear to me; be that seeing Maggie dance,
Bethany marching with the Texas State band, Ella playing the drums,
or one of my adopted band kids performing well at a contest. I will
get all misty and tear up when I see others give their all to
something they worked hard on and believe in."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or
dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"I have to pick 6: Craig Turner, Mike Marshall, Rush Limbaugh, Tony
Deharde, Coach Rodney Hayden, and Matthew McConaughey"
What are your roles in the community?
"I’m an Active member at Crossroads Church, the President of the
Seguin Band Boosters, and a Member of the Gold Battalion Booster
club. I am part of the GBBC for two reasons: one is that Denise is
President of the Club, and the other is that my daughter, Maggie,
loves to dance, and as Captain of the dance team, I love to be there
to support her. The highlight for me in that role is dancing at the
“Bob and Sue”. It is so much fun, and getting to see the light in the
young ladies’ eyes and the smiles on their faces when their “Bob”
dances with them on the field makes all the time worth it. As
President of the Band Boosters, Marching Season is pretty much a
fulltime extra job. Getting 230 students to football games and
marching contests involves so much more than 5 buses. It involves
people…LOTS of extra people. We take a 53’ Band truck as well.
Loading and unloading all the instruments and equipment multiple
times in two days is really quite a chore. Feeding all those students
and keeping track of where we have to be and when we have to be there
is also a really big task. I have an awesome group of parents that
support the Band program. This is in no-way shape or form a one man
job. I am just the guy that gets to stand back and watch it all
happen. We have so many great people that take care of so many
details. The rest of the school year there is still a lot to do for
the band: Spring trips, concert UIL season, Solo/ensemble contests,
as well as numerous concerts keep us really busy. The end of year we
present scholarships, and then awards at the end-of-year band
banquet. The best part about all of these organizations isn’t really
bringing home awards for the School and the Team (although that is
awesome!), but it is seeing the students grow and change throughout
their years in these programs. Denise and I think so highly of so
many of these students. You can’t help but get involved in their
lives when you spend as much time with them as we do."
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I have been with my company for 25 years. I was actually in Seguin
as a Technical Supervisor but moved out to Gonzales for a while. Now
I am in San Marcos. I don’t really count achievements other than
seeing my daughters do amazing things in school and out in the world.
The Band boosters, teaching Bible study classes, and just being there
for people round out my ‘leadership’ roles."
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"In my personal life, it would have to be seeing my daughters grow up
to be honorable young ladies and doing amazing things in school and
their extra-curricular activities. In my career, it would be having
been awarded as an ‘MVP’ and sent to Puerto Rico in March 2016 for a
week as a reward for being one of the top 1 percent performers in my company."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"This community cares about its schools and its image. We don’t
always agree about how to get to the end product, but I have never
doubted that people in this town care about Seguin."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The hidden treasures in history. Walk around and read the historical
markers. This town is steeped in Texas history and that is really
cool. Have you seen the limecrete walls? How about the basement in
the Los Nogales house? Do you know about the ‘Indian tunnels’ out on
What are your future plans?
"I will go where Father leads me. Right now, I just see me being a
part of my community, and serving my wife, my girls, the GBBC, and
The Matador Band Program. I am anticipating what the next chapter of
my life will look like. Ella has 4 more years in Seguin ISD, so I
figure I will be around for a while."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"I just want to thank this community for supporting the Seguin band
program. To see so many people come out to the concerts or stay AFTER
the football games to see the band perform and hear the cheers at
contests is really a great way to support the students and the
school. If you would like to support the Band in any way, please get
with me. I am always around and the band would love to have your
support. If you haven’t made it to the Band BBQ in November, you are
missing a treat. Going to that event is a great way to support the
entire Band Program in Seguin, 6th grade through the high school
program. Even if you think what you could do is small, we do not see
it that way. We call the High School band the Mighty Matador Band but
with a tag: “YOU MAKE US MIGHTY!” We believe that."
Editor’s Note: The SHS Band Barbecue is slated for 5 p.m. today, Nov. 10 at the Seguin Coliseum.