Brass Staff


Max Muciño is the associate director of bands and director of the jazz band at Santa Fe Middle School in Cleveland Texas. Previously, Mr. Muciño worked in Nacogdoches ISD as the head director for McMichael Middle School’s 2021-2022 school year.  During this time, his band earned first division sweepstakes at their UIL Concert and Sightreading contest.

Mr. Muciño has also served as adjunct professor of instrumental music at Stephen F. Austin State University and Navarro College. In addition to these appointments, he maintains a private studio and an active schedule as a guest artist, clinician, and soloist.

Mr. Muciño earned his degrees from Weatherford College (A.A.),Texas Wesleyan University (B.A.), and Stephen F. Austin State University (M.M.). His primary teachers include Dr. Jacob Walburn, Dr. Jerome Biershenk, Ron Puckett, Larry Harrison, and Beth Losos.  Mr. Muciño also received coaching and mentorship from Dr. Charles “Chuck” Tumlinson, Joel Adair, Cal Lewiston, Dutch Ode, Vurl Bland, and Lou Carfa.

Based in Houston, TX, Mr. Muciño maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician, recording artist, and horn arranger for rock and top 40 bands. He has performed with groups such as the Jordan Kahn Music Company, Legacy Brass Quintet, Longview Symphony Orchestra, Uptown Theatre pit orchestra, Sounds of Swing big band, Brick Street Blues Band, numerous top 40 groups and several mariachi bands. He is also the band leader and founder of the Old Town Brass Band, a New Orleans style dance band.

Mr Muciño participated with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp as a trumpet player during the 2009, and 2011 seasons..  He is excited to rejoin his friends and colleagues for his second year as a member of the brass education team.

In his leisure time, Max enjoys riding motorcycles and playing video games with his daughter.

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John Matthews II

BOARD MEMBER John A. Matthews II graduated from New Mexico State University, where he received