Daniel Byrd is a senior at Texas A&M University and has been in their Wind Symphony for five years now. For the past two years he has been 1st chair on the alto saxophone and has also had several features on the soprano saxophone. This past year, Daniel was given the opportunity to perform at TMEA with the A&M Wind Symphony and was the soprano soloist at that concert. He graduated from C. F. Brewer High School in 2011 and was first chair for three years there. While in high school he made second chair in the all-region competition and went on to get second chair at the all area competition. He also received several perfect scores at state solo and ensemble.
He started playing saxophone when he was in the 6th grade making this his 13th year playing. He has played in the jazz band where he mainly played tenor sax and clarinet. He also has played on stage for his church for ten years. In 2011 he went on to compete at a church competition for woodwind performance where he won first place for the state of Texas, and went on to win second place at nationals.
In the summer of 2010 Daniel was given the opportunity to travel Europe with other high school students that proved to be outstanding musicians. During this tour he went to 7 different countries including London, France, Germany, and Austria.
Marla Goodwin is a Professional Woodwind Doubler and Intermediate Music Teacher in College Station. Marla completed her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2009. She has been living, teaching, and performing in the BCS area for 6 years. She has performed at many places in town including The Theatre Company, local restaurants and churches, and for the OPAS concert “Phantoms of the Opera” by Neil Berg. Marla specializes in woodwind instruments, especially clarinet, oboe, and saxophone and has taught private lessons on those instruments for 10 years. Marla has studied with professional oboists Ceci Lagarenne and Dr. John Goodall, both of whom were students of John Mack. She has also had the privilege of studying with professional clarinetists Dr. Mary Druhan and Dr. Christopher Ayer.