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United Sound is an organization whose mission is to provide musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.

National Board 2

Dr. Richard Crain, President, The Midwest Clinic

Richard C. Crain has served on The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors since 1992 and was a Vice President from 2004 until late 2009. His numerous professional activities include serving as the Festival Coordinator for the National Concert Band Festival (1991-2008), a Region Chairman and Band Chairman for the Texas Music Educators Association, and International Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity (1977-2008). While living in Houston, Crain was director of the Houston Police Department Band for one year and one of the directors of the Summer Olympics Band that performed at the 1987 opening ceremonies. He is Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Along with his wife Gayle, he served as the Executive Secretary for the University Interscholastic League Region IX band, choir, and orchestra contests for over 11 years. He and Gayle were inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005. Crain is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and is a co-author of Band Expressions, Books I and II (Alfred Publications).

Crain’s many honors include The Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor (2007), Phi Beta Mu International’s Outstanding Contribution to Bands Award (2009), TBA’s Music Administrator Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Texas Bandmaster of the Year (1994), and the Texas Bandmaster Hall of Fame sponsored by Phi Beta Mu (2002). The Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building at Spring High School was dedicated in 2000.

Crain is very grateful for the many opportunities he has received during his career and considers serving on The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors as President to be the greatest honor he has received. “I am very excited about the future of The Midwest Clinic and look forward to serving the mission of this great event.”

Roger Eaton , Chief Marketing Director, Yamaha Corporation of America

Roger Eaton, Chief Marketing Director, Yamaha Corporation of America

Roger Eaton is a music industry veteran and currently the Chief Marketing Director for Yamaha Corporation of America. He joined Yamaha in 1997 and has held various positions within Yamaha including Director of Marketing for the Band & Orchestral Division.
In the chief marketing role, Mr. Eaton is responsible for overall Yamaha brand promotion in the United States, spanning all products and services. Responsibilities include interfacing between all Yamaha departments and divisions to drive increased positive brand presence and awareness, and working with key alliance partners to increase the reach of the brand. This position plays the pivotal role in growing business for all Yamaha branded products.

For the past decade Mr. Eaton has been president of his homeowners association and a member of the Music Distributor Association board of directors, plus other industry and community organizations.

Mr. Eaton holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in music business from Appalachian State University and resides in Orange County, California. Mr. Eaton is married to Donna Eaton who is currently a 7th grade special education teacher in Mission Viejo, California. They have 2 grown children with active careers in supply chain management and telecommunications.

Dr. Andrew Hunter , Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Andrew Hunter, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Andrew Hunter joined the faculty in 2018. In his duties at UTEP, Dr. Hunter directs the Marching Miners marching band, the Basketball Pep Band, the Symphony Band, and teaches Conducting. Prior to his appointment at UTEP, Dr. Hunter served on the faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received the Thomas V. Fraschillo Award for Outstanding Musicianship among faculty, Louisiana College, where he was named Professor of the Year in 2012, and public schools in Louisiana and Georgia. Dr. Hunter holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Dr. Catherine Rand. His doctoral dissertation focused on the wind band and chamber winds compositions of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. He also holds the Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee.  

Dr. Hunter has worked as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Izmir, Turkey, where he presented a seminar on American music and wind band history. His ensembles have performed across the country, most notably in Carnegie Hall in February 2018. He holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.