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    Mr. Nathan Myers, Director of Music Conservatory

    Overview

     

    Booker T Washington HSPVA is the DISD magnet school for the performing and visual arts, and is one of the top high schools in the nation for the study of music.  The BTW Music Cluster offers a wide range of interests for the music student.  These interests include classical and jazz studies with extensive courses in vocal music, instrumental music, music composition and music theory. Students pursue a core course of study with additional electives.

     

    Awards and Honors

    The BTWHSPVA Music Cluster has received national recognition and state honors since our inception in 1976.

     •  Five Time Grammy Signature School Winner

    •  Major performances at Carnegie Hall and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall

    •  More than 200 Student Downbeat Awards

    •  More than 30 Grammy Awards by our Alumni

    •  Multiple Grand Champion Awards at the Monterrey Jazz Festival

    •  National Scholars of the Arts recipients

    •  National Invitational Festival Best in Class Awards and Grand Champion Awards from our Choral, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble programs

    •  TMEA Texas All State Students in Choral, Jazz, Orchestra and Wind Studies

    •  UIL State Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Musician Awards

    •  UIL Sweepstakes Awards for Choral, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

     

    Our faculty are some of the most respected professional musicians and educators in the nation. ​

     

     

     
    Partial List of Notable Music Alumni

     

    Keith Anderson – Sax
     

    Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

     

    Aaron Comess - Drums, The Spin Doctors

     

    Damin Criswell - Major Movie, Commercial, Composer/Writer

     

    Tiger Darrow - Major Movie, Vocalist, Composer

     

    Alan Emert – Brave Combo

     

    Andrew Griffith - Drums, Cedar Walton

     

    Roy Hargrove - Trumpet

     

    Sam Harris – Piano

     
    Joe Jackson – Trombone Leader, Airmen of Note

    Daniel Jones – Keyboards

     
    Norah Jones – Vocal
     

    John Koen - Cello, Philadelphia Orchestra

     

    Bralon Lacey – Bass, Erykah Badu

     

    Frank LoCrasto - Piano, Pat Martino

     

    Keith Loftis - Ray Charles

     

    Luke Marantz – Piano

     

    Matt Marantz - Sax

     

    Shawn Martin - Piano, Kirk Franklin


    Danny O'Brien – Brave Combo
     

    Tim Owens – Vocal, Atlantic Records

     

    Michael Palma – Piano

     

    Roger Roe - Oboe, Indianapolis Orchestra

     

    Fred Sanders - Piano, Leaning House Records

     

    Robert “Sput” Searight – God’s Property

     

    Max Townsley - Guitar

     

    Eric White – Drums, Reprise Records


    RC Williams Piano, Erykah Badu
     
     
    Donessa Washington - Vocal, Kirk Whalum