Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce Tyler Clark as our 2019 Brass Caption Head!
Mr. Clark is a music educator, performer, clinician, and arranger from Austin, TX. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, majoring in music performance. As an undergraduate, he worked as both a music and visual technician/consultant at Frenship ISD for 4 years, while maintaining a private studio. After moving to central Texas, he worked as a supplemental instructor for the Westlake High School band program in Austin (TX) for 3 years. Presently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Baylor University in Waco, TX. His brass instructional career has included roles as a brass teacher for the Oregon Crusaders, Guardians, Music City, Pacific Crest, and Seattle Cascades, dating back to 2013. As a performer, he was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010, aging out in the latter year.
Mr. Clark will be joining returning Caption Heads Will Kramer (Percussion), Edwin Parker-Mendenhall (Color Guard) and Ziggy Garcia (Visual). He has been hard at work in the off-season, working with corps administration to prepare audition materials and assemble a stellar team of brass educators; we look forward to announcing more of his team as we get closer to auditions! In the meantime, please take a minute to visit our staff page and read the bios for some of the other wonderful designers and educators that will be joining us in 2019.
Arsenal Performing Arts is happy to announce a new partnership with Wessex Tubas. Following a successful competitive season using Wessex brass instruments, Arsenal reached out with regards to the possibility of becoming a Wessex Artiste. With both parties agreeing that such a relationship would be mutually beneficial an agreement was reached, making Arsenal the first Wessex exclusive Drum and Bugle Corps.
“We are extremely happy to be working with Wessex. When we were just getting off the ground they worked with us to help us purchase a full set of corps horns which enabled us to get a uniformity in sound and appearance that was completely out of reach using borrowed or personal instruments. We had a great run in San Antonio, and we greatly attribute that to our Wessex horns.”
– J. Spenser Lotz, Executive Director of Arsenal Performing Arts
Beyond continuing to use Wessex instruments into 2018 and beyond, another significant part of the agreement is that Arsenal musicians will not only provide feedback to help improve existing Wessex designs, but also field test new marching brass prototypes before they go into production. Beth Nielsen, Arsenal’s 2017 Horn Sergeant, said she was very excited that Arsenal was going to be field testing new Wessex marching brass because “…it puts the instrument construction in the hands of people who will be using them, and have experience with playing and marching, helping to further refine instruments that are already extremely specialized.” Nielsen also thanked Wessex for working with Arsenal saying “Having access to Wessex instruments has taken Arsenal one step further toward creating an independent organization capable of providing students with important, quality musical education.”