Dr. Milton Hudson
Milton Leander Hudson, graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, and he began his undergraduate studies in music education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 1971, he enlisted in the United States Navy. As a navy musician, he completed tours in Orlando, FL; Norfolk, VA; Pensacola, FL; Gaeta, IT; Great Lakes, IL; New Orleans,LA; and Newport,RI. Dr. Hudson is a tuba and electric bass guitar instrumentalist. He has worked as an education specialist, administrator, leader of various rock bands, conductor of many ceremonial and concert units, and Assistant Bandmaster.
He taught basic music theory, ear training and sight-singing at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, and held the singular position as Item Writer for the Navy Music Program from 1993-1997, authoring over 30 advancement exams for Navy fleet musicians. He completed the Assistant Bandmaster's Course in 1984, Instructor Training School in 1988, and the Senior Enlisted Academy in 1992. During his 26-year career in the Navy, he received numerous citations and awards. He retired from the Navy in 1997.
He graduated from Regents College of the New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in music. In 1998, he received the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education in August 2004 from the same institution.
Dr. Hudson has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Miss. Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss; LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN; and Trinity Valley Community College. He is a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity and is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Community College Band Directors Association and Tubists' Universal Brotherhood Association.
Tim Samples joined TVCC in July 2014 as the marching band director. He is also a high brass specialist. He has been a band director, choral director, and elementary music teacher, as well as a volleyball, basketball and track coach.
Mr. Samples graduated from Midlothian High School and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and a Master’s of Music-Trumpet Performance degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Mr. Samples has taught at Navarro College as the assistant band director/brass instructor in Corsicana, Texas. He taught at Dallas Baptist University as a brass teacher and as a band director. He has taught in both public and private schools. He served as the band director, choral director, and coach at Ovilla Christian School in Red Oak, TX and was the band director at Dublin High School and Jr. High.
Mr. Samples is a member of the Texas Music Educators Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Community College Band Directors Association. Mr. Samples is a member of the Singing Men of East Texas where he sometimes accompanies the choir with his trumpet in the Brass Ensemble.
Eric Boyett is currently an assistant band director and percussion coordinator at Mabank ISD in Mabank, TX as well as Adjunct Professor of Applied Percussion at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX. Under his direction, the Mabank High School drum line has received superior ratings at UIL Marching Competitions in Mesquite, TX and has also been awarded “Best in Class AAA Percussion” at the Northwestern State University Marching Contest. In November 2013, The Mabank drum line competed at the first annual “Gulf Coast Classic” competition held at Lamar University, and received second place honors in class AAA. Most recently, the Mabank High School PANther Steel band was selected to perform a showcase concert at the 2016 TMEA Convention in San Antonio. Prior to his position at Mabank, Boyett was a tech for percussion sections at Barbe, Sulphur, Sam Houston, Silsbee, St. Thomas Moore Catholic, Delcambre, Lafayette, and Crowley High Schools and is also a member of the percussion staff for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2014, he founded the Cedar Creek Summer Drummin’ camp held in Mabank each summer, and has also been a staff member for both the McNeese State University and Southeast Texas Summer Percussion camps.
As a performer, he was a member of the "Pride of McNeese" Marching Band, the McNeese Wind Symphony, the McNeese State Percussion Ensemble, McNeese Steel Drum Band, McNeese Jazz Band, UL Lafayette Wind Ensemble, UL Lafayette Orchestra, UL Lafayette Percussion Ensemble, and the UL Lafayette World Percussion Ensemble. He has held the position of section leader for the McNeese State Drum Line in 2009 and 2010, McNeese State Wind Symphony, UL Wind Ensemble, and UL Orchestra, and was selected to perform with the CBDNA Louisiana Intercollegiate Band in 2009 and 2010. Outside of University activities, he has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the steel drum duo, “The Killer B’s.” Mr. Boyett has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many world class percussionists such as Lonny Benoit, Troy Breaux, Travis Fife, Tom Neville, Mark Ford, Dean Gronemeier, Andrew Beall, Jeff Mills, Brian Zator, and Adam Mason.
Mr. Boyett holds a Bachelors Degree from McNeese State University in Music Education as well as Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His primary teachers include Lonny Benoit, Troy Breaux, and Danny Devillier. Boyett is a member of the Vic Firth Education team and proudly endorses all Vic Firth products.