2016-2017 Horn Studio
Alex Escudero is a senior music education major at MTSU. She is originally from Gallatin, TN and graduated from Gallatin High School in 2011. She plays horn for the School’s wind ensemble, symphonic orchestra, and is also in the Band of Blue, where she is currently one of the section leaders for the mellophone section. She is currently a member of Delta Omicron and is uniform leader of the Band of Blue. Alex is also the coordinator for the school’s volleyball pep band. She also enjoys playing and helping out with the uniforms and music for basketball pep band. When Alex is not playing in ensembles, she likes to relax at home with family and friends. Alex hopes to be a middle school or high school band director after she graduates from MTSU, and eventually get her master’s degree.
Deborah Hickey, a lover of all things music, has played for a number of groups including the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School marching and symphonic bands, The University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band and symphonic band as well as the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue, concert and symphonic ensembles. She has also played trumpet in the Nashville State Community College Jazz Ensemble. Deborah is a member of the National Honor Society and the inventor of the Mute Cozy.
Deborah resides in Nashville with her husband Jeff and two cats Gatsby and Pip.
Michael Collins, a native of Hermitage, TN, has performed in countless groups, some of which include the McGavock High School band, MTSU Band of Blue and Symphonic Band, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and many more. He serves as a Visual Instructor at Riverdale High School and as the STOMP Instructor at Barefoot Republic. During his free time, Michael enjoys studying the Bible and spending time with friends and family.
Holly Smith is a Junior Music Education Major from Nashville, TN. She has played in MTSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Horn Ensemble, MTSU Band of Blue, and other various chamber groups throughout the school year. In her free time Holly enjoys hiking, and aspires to hike the Appalachian Trail one day. She also enjoys relaxing with friends, playing video games, and hanging out with her dogs Chica and Tbone.
Marilin Kelley is a sophomore Professional Mathematics Major with a minor in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University. She has played in MTSU’s Band of Blue, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, and is also in the MTSU Honors College. Marilin graduated as valedictorian from Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, TN, where she was a soloist in the marching and symphonic bands. She also participated in TN All Mid-State bands for 6 consecutive years and attended Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts in 2013. Marilin plans to pursue a career in mathematics research while also maintaining musicianship as a horn player. Outside of mathematics and music, Marilin fills her time working with Special Kids, training in CrossFit, and running with her dog, Harper.
Nathaniel Stone is a sophomore Music Industry major from the Chattanooga area, currently playing in the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and horn ensemble. Past performances include the Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute, TMEA All-State Band & Orchestra Clinics, Lee University Honor Bands, and the Chattanooga Youth Orchestras. Nathan is also a part of the Nashville chapter of GrammyU as well as a senator on the School of Music Student Advisory Council. After college he hopes to pursue a career in arts administration, performance or wherever life leads him. Outside of music Nathan also enjoys hiking, traveling, and too much coffee.
Mikaela Ray is a sophomore music education major at Middle Tennessee State University. Originally from Franklin, Tennessee, she attended Franklin High School and teaches at her alma mater during marching season. Ray is a recipient of the Buchanan Fellowship, the highest academic honor at MTSU. She is also a SOMSAC senator and mentor as well as the public relations chair for MTSU's chapter of cNAfME. She enjoys playing in the Symphonic Band and Band of Blue at MTSU.
Robin Kinney is a sophomore music education major at Middle Tennessee State University. She has played horn for MTSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Big, Loud, and Funky Band of Blue, where she is a rank leader in the mellophone section. Robin graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she was a featured soloist in the marching band and the top Wind Ensemble. She attended Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2013 where she was a concerto soloist in the honors recital. She also participated in the Curb Youth Symphony as the principal horn for two years, Middle Tennessee All Mid-State Bands for six years, Tennessee All-State Band, and the NAfME National Honor Band where she was the principal player and a soloist. She also participates in the Northside Baptist Church Orchestra. After college, Robin hopes to be an elementary school music teacher and pursue her passions for music, children and art.
Matt Mullins is currently a sophomore Music Education major. While growing up in Smyrna and attending LaVergne High School, he participated in Mid-state Bands for six years and All-state Bands for three years. He also became principal horn and a soloist with LaVergne's own Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He was on staff with the LaVergne High School Marching band as a brass instructor after he graduated. Besides horn, Matt also enjoys playing piano and singing all kinds of different music.
Sean Brabston is a freshman at MTSU majoring in Music Education. He has been involved in music since he was young, starting with piano lessons at the age of five. In middle school Sean moved on from the piano to the horn, which is where he found what he loves, especially enjoying the competition that performing offers. Sean strives to make all the pieces he plays as perfect as he can while having fun in an ensemble. Usually in his free time he's either playing video games or hanging out with friends.
Lane Johnson is a freshman Music Education Major with a Secondary Education minor. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, he moved to Tennessee his freshman year of High School. After his first year at Siegel High School, Lane joined the band in 2013 to play French horn with no prior music experience. In 2015, he was selected to be in the Mid-State Honor Bands and Co-Principal in the ETHOS Youth Orchestra. He also was principal horn in the Siegel High School Wind Ensemble. After Lane graduates from MTSU he plans to become an Elementary or High School music teacher.
Ally Johnston is a music education major from Columbia, Tennessee and a graduate of Columbia Central High School. Prior to her studies at MTSU, Ally was a member of the All-Midstate Bands and Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee All-State Band, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and Curb Youth Symphony. Ally is the director of the Columbia Brass Ensemble, a group comprised of high school-aged students. In 2016, the Columbia Brass Ensemble received a superior rating at the Maury County Solo and Ensemble Festival. In her free time, Ally enjoys arranging music, conducting, performing, and watching buzzfeed videos.
Holly Pate is a freshman Music Theory and Composition Major at MTSU from Knoxville,TN. She played Flute throughout middle school and her freshman year of high school. Holly started playing French horn her sophomore year of high school and quickly began to show her love for the instrument. Within her last three years of high school she was principal horn every year, was a soloist in both marching and symphonic band, participated in Knox county honor bands, All-State East Sr. Clinic, two TTU honor bands, and a Lee University honor band. After she graduates, Holly plans to be a Music Supervisor for a cinematic company. When she's not working with music, she's most likely spending time with friends or binge watching Netflix.
Haley Lawson was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a freshman Music Industry major and has been in Mid-State honor bands, local honor bands, TTU Festival of Winds and Percussion, the US Army All American Marching band, and recently just returned from tour with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. While in high school, Haley was also actively involved in FFA where she participated in the Floriculture CDE at the national level. She hopes to one day work for a large company such as Jupiter or Yamaha and help tech at local high school marching bands.