Phone: (903) 675-6222
Office Hours: 9:25-10:40am M,W, 12:15-2:55pm M
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.
Phone: (903) 670-2657
Office Hours: 1:00 - 3:00pm Monday, 10:00-10:50am Tuesday
The music of Kenn McSperitt stems largely from the natural sciences, predominantly phonetic science, of which he is a musical innovator. His research, based on phonetics, phonology, and spectral analysis are at the forefront of his current projects. McSperitt’s honors include presentations at the N_SEME (2015 & 2016), the NYCEMF (2015), MGMC (2014), Iowa State University (2014), the NASA National and Regional Conferences at the University of Illinois-Urbana (2014 & 2015), and the Denali Music Festival (2014), and winning the Ravel Association International Composition Competition in Bergamo, Italy (2015) and the Orchestra of the Pines Composition competition (2012).
McSperitt has lectured at the University of California – Santa Barbara, the University of Madison – Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and the University of Oklahoma. He has also been Composer-in-Residence at Denali National Park, affiliated with the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. McSperitt has been a music educator since 1992 in a number of Oklahoma and Texas High Schools.
McSperitt holds his Bachelors of Music Education and Music Business from Oklahoma State University, his Masters of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. McSperitt resides in Gun Barrel City, Texas with his wife, Carin, and four children.
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.