Thomas Mims III is an emerging saxophonist with a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a master of fine arts degree in jazz reeds from California Institute of the Arts. Honing the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Mims would take his talents to
the world’s largest stages. Performing with Grammy Award- Winning artists Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Solange Knowles, Ted Nash, and Billy Childs, Mims has become a popular saxophonist on the local music circuit.
Omar Urrutia recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Music Education. During his time at TCU, he played trombone in the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, and was a drum major for the Horned Frog Marching Band. Mr. Urrutia has performed at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. He’s super excited to be a part of the lessons staff at Crowley!
My name is Kevin Merkel, and I am the Percussion and Double Reed Private Instructor for North Crowley schools, and I am excited to expand into teaching at Crowley HS and Allie MS as well! I have a degree in Music Education and over 10 years of teaching experience. My students have earned many honors and awards including: earning music scholarships for college, making the AllRegion band, numerous superior ratings on solo and ensemble performances, and more.